10 Cool Places to Go Ice Skating in London in 2020
London is an impossibly cool city anyway, but over the festive period, these places to go ice skating in London increase the cool factor in more ways than one. Visiting a London ice rink is one of the best things to do with kids in London at Christmas and it’s when London really comes alive with all the twinkling Christmas lights.
Being the historic city that London is, of course it had to be the first place in the world to have a mechanically frozen ice rink, the Glaciarium, which opened in 1844. There are now lots of London ice rinks. There are the big hitters like the Tower of London Ice Rink, Somerset House Ice Rink and The Natural History Museum Ice Rink but also some lesser known ice skating rinks in London.
Natural History Museum Ice Skating
Ice skating Natural History Museum – probably the most festive ice skating London can offer is the NHM ice rink. The epic backdrop of the Natural History Museum, one of the most iconic sights in London, is hard to beat. There’s also a huge Christmas tree in the middle of the rink. We highly recommend this one if you’re looking for Christmas ice skating in London. Skate aids are available.
If you have time, why not turn up a little early and pop in to the Natural History Museum? It’s one of the best museums in the world and one of the many free things to do in London with kids.
Price: Adult – from £12.65, Child – from £8.80
Where: The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD
Nearest tube: South Kensington
Somerset House Ice Skating
Ice skating Somerset House – competes with the Natural History Museum for the most beautiful location for a spot of London ice skating. The Somerset House ice rink has teamed up with Fortnum & Mason for the last few years and created a mini Christmas market next to the rink ofering the best of their food, drink and gifts. Skate aids are available.
On certain evenings there are special music events (Skate Lates). Tickets prices for these events are more.
Price: Adult – from £10.00, Child (under 12) – from £8.50
Where: Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA
Nearest tube: Temple
Hampton Court Ice Skating
Hampton Court is one of the most impressive Royal Palaces in the world. A quick 30-minute train journey out of the centre of London to the Hampton Court ice rink is well worth it.
The ice rink is located in the gardens of the Tudor palace and if you feel like warming up, there’s the Hampton Court Palace ice rink café and bar. Ice skating in the evening is particularly special with the palace facade illuminated. Skate aids are available.
When: 20th November 2020 to 3rd January 2021 from 10.00 am to 21.00 (except Christmas Day)
Price: Adult – from £16.00, Child (3-12) – from £11.50 for 45 minute sessions. Skate Aid – £5.00 (must be pre-booked)
Where: Hampton Court Palace, Hampton Court Way, Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU
Nearest tube: Hampton Court Station (overland train) on the SouthWestern Railway from London Waterloo
Tower of London Ice Skating
The large open space outside the imposing walls of the Tower of London is the ideal space for ice skating in London. The ice rink at the Tower of London is arguably best visited in the early evening when the Tower lights are just coming on and make for a stunning illuminated backdrop to the rink. Skate aids are available and must be booked in advance.
When: CANCELLED FOR 2020
Where: Tower of London, St Katherine’s & Wapping, London, EC3N 4AB
Nearest tube: Tower Hill
Alexandra Palace Ice Skating
The Alexandra Palace Ice Rink is now open and offers fun skating sessions on an indoor rink. Ally Pally ice skating lessons are also available (although very popular). Skate aids are available fokr an extra charge.
When: From 16th October 2020 – 11.00 to 17.30 weekdays and 11.00 to 18.00 weekends
Price: (Weekdays) Adult – £9.00, Child (5-16) – £8.00, Under 5 – £6.00 | (Weekends) Adult – £9.50, Child (5-16) – £8.50, Under 5 – £6.50
Where: Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 7AY
Nearest tube: Wood Green (although the Alexandra Palace overground station is closer – trains depart Moorgate)
Ice Rink Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf ice skating is back in 2020 in Canada Square Park. The modern skycrapers of Canary Wharf provide a complete polar opposite to the historic backdrops of the Tower and Natural History Museum. There’s also a huge screen providing an ever changing backdrop. Polar bear skate aids are available for little ones and the Grandstand Bar looks out onto the rink if you just want to watch.
Where: Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5AB
Nearest tube: Canary Wharf
Skylight Ice Rink
The Skylight rooftop bar is home to one of London’s lesser known ice skating rinks. How cool is a rooftop ice rink? If you’re popping here for a skate, you could also book yourself an igloo for a bite to eat or a drink after your skating session. Skate aids are available.
Price: £12.00 for 45 minutes. No booking required. Tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis. Skate aids are included.
Where: Skylight, Tobacco Dock, Pennington Street, Wapping, London, E1W 2SF
Nearest tube: Shadwell
Queen’s House Ice Rink
The Queen’s House Greenwich ice rink is located in a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the grounds of the Royal Museums Greenwich with amazing views of the River Thames. Skate aids are available.
When: 20th November 2020 to 10th January 2021 (except Christmas Day)
Price: Adult – £14.50 – £17.00, Child (3-15) – £7.25 – £9.00. There’s a one off booking fee of £2.95 and skate aids must be pre-booked (£5.00). Sessions last 45 minutes.
Where: Queen’s House, Romney Road, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF
Nearest tube: Cutty Sark
Winter Wonderland Ice Skating
The Winter Wonderland ice rink is the centre piece of Hyde Park Winter Wonderland set around the Victorian band stand in Hyde Park. It’s the largest outdoor skating rink in the UK and sessions get booked up quickly. There are penguin skate aids available for kids.
When: CANCELLED FOR 2020
Where: Hyde Park
Nearest tube: Hyde Park Corner
Camden Market Ice Rink
Camden’s Ice Rink is located in Camden Market’s North Yard. It’s a long, narrow rink with skate aids for both adults and kids.
Where: Camden Market, North Yard, Chalk Farm Road, Camden, London, NW1 8AH
Nearest tube: Chalk Farm, Camden Town
Watch this space…
In 2019 there was a pop up ice rink in Covent Garden in association with Tiffany & Co. There is a chance of more pop ups in 2020 so we will keep an eye on this and update accordingly.