Pop-up ice rinks are one of the most magical things about Winter in London. The one at the Natural History Museum is already open so make sure you book your Christmas treat now. Here's where to skate:
The Big Ones in Town
Natural History Museum
19 October–12 January. 10am–9pm. Tickets from: £12.65 adults, £8.80 kids. 50min sessions.
The most sparkly skate venue in town. Heavenly to glide here at night surrounded by thousands of fairy lights. Great Junior Rink for younger skaters with snazzy Penguin Skate Aids. Parents and Toddler skate sessions weekdays with free hot choc from the Café Bar, £11. Penguin Skate Club, ages 4–8. Saturday morning, varying times. 30mins. Wheelchair Skate Sessions available. Vintage Carousel.
13 November–12 January. 10am–10.45pm. Tickets from: £11 adults/£8.50 kids.
Celebrating 20 years, Somerset House have once again partnered up with Fortnums to offer the most elegant skate in town. Twirl next to their glorious 40ft hamper-laden Christmas tree before hitting the Fortnum’s Christmas Arcade for a festive shop up. New this year: London's first-ever Skate All-Nighter (7 Dec) plus the Gingerbread City has moved from the V&A to Somerset House for the first time. Skate School Courses or single lessons for ages 8+, weekends in November/December. Polar Cub Club Skating lessons for U8s, 30mins, £9 per lesson. Training Rink with cute Polar Bear Skate Aids. Book a Skate Mate to help your family glide across the ice (£35). Alpine-themed Fortnum’s Lodge and Skate Lounge. Skate Lates (Mums/Dads only) and cool Club Nights.
Tower of London
16 November–5 January. Daily 11am–9pm. Tickets from: £15 adults, £10.50 kids, families £45.
Zoom around the ice in the dry moat. Ice Rink Café Bar and Penguin Skate Aids.
Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park
21 November–5 January. 10am–10pm. Tickets from: £9.50 adults, £7.50 kids, £30 family. 50mins.
Get ready! It is back and bigger than ever. Love it or loathe it, the monster that is Winter Wonderland has become an annual fixture in Hyde Park and the UK's biggest open air skating rink is at its heart.
London’s only rooftop rink will return again this November. Small but perfectly formed, it has glorious skyline views. Show off your ice skating skills, then cosy up in one of their igloos. Festive sing-alongs planned. Children welcome at weekends.
NEW Queen's House, Greenwich
29 November–12 January. 10am–10pm. Tickets from: £13.50 adults, £6.75 kids, 45mins.
What better treat this Christmas than to skate in front of the ‘House of Delight’. Enjoy striking views of the River Thames and Greenwich Royal Park as you weave (or wobble) your way around this brand NEW rink.
NEW Camden Market
15 November–9 January. 9am–8.20pm. Tickets from: £6.
Glide on North London’s longest outdoor ice rink, against the historical backdrop of London's most iconic markets.
The Royal Pavilion, Brighton
2 November–19 January. 10am–10.15pm. Tickets from: £10 adults, £7 kids. U5s free with paying adult.
We are loving that this rink is powered entirely by wind and solar power! Glide next to the stunning Royal pleasure palace feeling guilt-free. 60min sessions. Penguin Skate Aids and Beginners’ Area. Plus Rinkside Bar & Kitchen.
Hampton Court Palace
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22 November–5 January. 10am–10pm. Tickets: £15 adults, £10.50 kids, £45 family.
Skate hand-in-hand in front of this stunning regal Tudor palace. Café & Bar and Penguin Skate Aids.