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.
We went along to the press preview and came away will full festive swing in our step.
The whole vibe seems to be slicker and more well-planned than ever before. The Big Wheel is extraordinary, it is the biggest transportable big wheel in the world, you can tune in to your favourite radio station and take in the staggering views of London.
Even if you just grab a churros and ride on the big wheel you will have got some proper Winter Wonderland Magic.
New this year is Paddington on Ice. It's a 45 minute full-sparkle ice-show starting with Paddington and Aunt Lucy in the jungles of Peru and then exploding into a full-throttle dance show as he boards the cruise ship on his way to London. Professional dancers, twinkly dresses, aerial acrobatics and massive cinema screen behind projecting images of his journey.
Well worth it. Very charming family show. All details in the link below.
29 November–12 January. 10am–8pm daily. Tickets: £13.50 adults, £6.75 children.
The only outdoor ice rink in South London opens at Queen's House in Greenwich! Skate in front of the 'House of Delight' built for James I's Queen and enjoy a range of winter warmers from the food and drink stalls.
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 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.
Opening 28th November
Battersea Power Station Winter Village
We love the sound of the curling lanes and ice-rink. See you there!
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
Photo credit SWNS Hampton Court
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.