Ice skating is one of London’s favourite winter pastimes, especially in the run-up to Christmas.
There are several permanent indoor London ice skating rinks, but in winter you’ll find many more outdoor ice rinks popping up across the capital.
Natural History Museum Ice Rink:
An enchanting outdoor ice rink that’s sure to charm visitors of all ages.
The Natural History Museum is home to London’s most enchanting ice rink, thanks to the beautiful backdrop of Alfred Waterhouse’s buildings, a row of trees dripping in fairy lights and a majestic Christmas tree in the middle of the ice. It’s become a London Christmas classic. This year, the rink will provide the usual festive fun on its perimeter: Benugo are in charge of the indoor Café Bar and viewing balcony is open t
Skate at Somerset House:
Glide on one of London’s most beautiful outdoor ice rinks with Skate at Somerset House in partnership with Fortnum & Mason.
Set against the stunning neoclassical facade, this popular icy experience is open all day and well into the evening.
Enjoy a late-night ice skating session with music by top DJs at one of the Skate Lates. Learn to skate or perfect your skills with Skate School, and let little ones have a go on the ice at the Polar Cub Club.
After your session, shop for gifts and festive goodies at Fortnum’s Christmas Arcade, and warm up with wintry food and drinks in Fortnum’s Lodge.
Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink:
Take a spin on the ice with the historic royal palace as a backdrop at the Hampton Court Palace ice rink.
The 1,040-square-metre (11,194-square-feet) outdoor ice skating rink offers spectacular views of the magnificent Tudor palace where Henry VIII once lived.
Enjoy a skating session on the gleaming ice by day, or book an evening session to see the palace lit up after dark as you skate under the night sky.
Make a special occasion of it with a visit to the palace and its gardens after your skate, and enjoy warming bites to eat provided by The Pie Man of Chelsea Green at the on-site cafe and bar.
Tower of London Ice Rink:
Take in the dramatic surroundings as you glide in the dry moat of the 1,000-year-old Tower of London.
Catch up with friends and family on the ice or enjoy a romantic skate under the starry sky, as lights illuminate the wall of the fortress after dark.
Tuck into some seasonal fare and treat yourself to a hot chocolate, mulled wine, rum punches or even a glass of champagne as you watch the skaters from the rink-side bar.