It’s that time of year again, time to succumb and embrace the festive spirit. December is here so why not get your skates on and head to one of London’s glittering ice rinks. Whether you’re a pro or a quivering Bambi, this is the perfect way to get your giggle on and fantastic fun for adults and kids alike. To help you decide where you want to go, we’ve compiled a list of the best in town.
One of the most popular festive destinations for Londoners and tourists to come and indulge in the excitement of Christmas, Hyde Park’s Ice Age 4 ice-rink is certainly one to tick off the list. As you glide around the Victorian bandstand centrepiece, make sure to look up and admire the canopy of more than 100,000 twinkling lights.Opening Times: 23rd November – 6th January 10am-10pm (please see website for more details). Prices:
Adult: £13.50 peak, £10.50 off-peak.
Child: £9 peak, £8.50 off-peak.
Family: £36 peak, £34 off-peak. Concession: £12.50 peak, £9.50 off-peak.
Ice Guide: £32
Westfield Indoor Ice Rink
Located inside the renowned Westfield shopping complex, this ice-rink is ideal for families and those wishing to avoid the chilly winter winds. With discounts on group bookings it’s great for having fun in numbers and the 9pm closing means that there’s no excuse not to go after work or school. While you’re there it’s definitely worth paying a visit to Santa’s Grotto where you can witness (in all his 5D glory) Elbow the Elf saving Christmas.Opening Times:
Peak: Mon-Thu 6pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 12noon-6pm. Also, December 24th, 26th, 31st & January 1st.
Off-Peak: Mon-Thu 10am-5pm. Prices:
Adult: £10.50 peak, £9.50 off-peak. Child: £7.50 peak, £6.50 off-peak.
Family: £32 peak, £28 off-peak.
Tower of London
If you want to skate amidst the splendour of London’s world-famous history and architecture then look no further. This ice-rink is in fact located in the Tower of London’s moat against the backdrop of this illuminated landmark. The setting lends itself to an unforgettable experience for families, couples and groups of friends – with 20 or more people receiving a 10% discount when booking online. For those of you who are still novices, you can hire a trained professional to guide you on your magnificent journey beneath this medieval fortress.Opening Times: 17th November – 6th January 10am-10pm.
Peak: 5:15pm onwards weekdays. All day weekends and from 17th December to (and including) 21st December, 24th December, 26th – 28th December and 31st December & 1st January. Closed Christmas Day.
Off-Peak: Weekdays before 5:15pm (excluding the above). Prices:
Adult: £13 peak, £11 peak. Child (under 16): £9 peak, £8.50 off-peak
Concessions: £12 peak, £10.50 off-peak.
Family: £36 peak, £34 off-peak.
Ice Guides: £32
For a similarly spectacular skating experience with a modern twist, head on down to Canary Wharf. Arguably the location of one of the most unique skating opportunities, this ice-rink is set underneath a sparkling rise of tall buildings. With bars, shops and restaurants encircling the ice, you can easily spend a whole afternoon there. But that’s not all – why not test your talents on the skate path that leads you through the sparkling trees around Canada Square Park.Opening Times:
Open until 13th January. 9:45am – 11pm (last session 10pm) – These times do vary so please see the website for details. Prices:
Adult: £12.50 Child (13 and under, must be accompanied by an adult): £8.50
Natural History Museum
With 950 square metres of ice-rink to enjoy, the Natural History Museum has proved once again that it can really put on a show. With a separate rink designed specifically for children, there is something to cater for all. If you don’t fancy a go on the ice yourself, you can sit in the balcony café bar and watch your friends and family slip-sliding about.
Open from 2nd November to 6th January.Opening Times 12th – 25th November:
Monday – Wednesday 11am – 10pm
Thursdays & Fridays 11am – 11pm
Saturday 10am – 11pm Sunday 10am – 10pm
(After 25th November the rink opens 10am weekdays and 9am weekends). Prices:
Adult: £13.50 peak, £11.50 off-peak
Child (12 and under): £9 peak, £8 off-peak.
Family: £38 peak, £31 off-peak.
Peak sessions: weekends, evenings 4pm onwards and from 17th December – 4th January all day. Off-Peak sessions: weekdays (outside of the peak times specified above).