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Top 8 places to go ice skating in London in winter

Go ice skating in London on one of the capital's most spectacular outdoor ice rinks for a magical winter experience.

From stunning historic locations to modern surroundings, check out London's best outdoor ice-skating rinks. Temporary ice rinks pop up in iconic settings throughout the city and are among the top attractions over Christmas and New Year.

The ice skating rinks listed below are London's top outdoor ice rinks. Most London winter ice rinks open in mid-November and last into early January.

Natural History Museum ice rink

Skate right in front of one of London’s most iconic museums, as it’s transformed for winter with twinkling fairy lights and a magnificent Christmas tree. The ice-skating rink at the Natural History Museum is one of the top places to visit at Christmas in London. Indulge in hot chocolate in the cosy museum Cafe Bar, accompanied by acoustic sessions from emerging UK artists. Book now

Somerset House ice skating

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Glide along the ice at one of London’s most picture-pretty locations with Skate at Somerset House. Spin around the neoclassical courtyard with its giant Christmas tree, before warming up in the upscale alpine lodge from Fortnum & Mason or browsing for gifts in Fortnum’s Christmas Arcade. Choose a daytime skating session or make the most of Skate Lates club nights, with DJ soundtracks playing under the stars.

Hampton Court Palace ice rink

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Drop by Hampton Court Palace for a quick spin on the ice, or make a day of it with friends after exploring the former home of King Henry VIII. The Hampton Court Palace ice-skating rink is set against the palace's spectacular Tudor facade, which lights up with beautiful colours as darkness falls. After skating, quench your thirst with a warming drink at the ice rink’s Cafe Bar.

Ice skating at the Tower of London

Head to the Tower of London’s ice rink, one of the top things to do in London at Christmas. This gleaming central London ice-skating rink boasts a unique medieval backdrop. Visit in the evening and you’ll find the castle walls illuminated by hundreds of snowflake lights. When you’re done skating, warm up with a mulled wine at the nearby cafe and bar.

Winter Wonderland ice skating 

Get your skates on at the biggest outdoor ice rink in the country at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. Glide around the Victorian bandstand to the sound of a live band, under a canopy of fairy lights, on Winter Wonderland’s ice rink. Afterwards, explore the bustling Christmas markets, enjoy the fairground and tuck into seasonal food and drink.

Canary Wharf ice rink

Enjoy a magical ice-skating experience under sparkling lights at Ice Rink Canary Wharf. Flanked by some of London’s tallest skyscrapers, the rink stays open far later than most London ice rinks. Once your session has ended, head to the rink-side bar for a drink or check out the many buzzing restaurants and bars nearby.

Skylight London ice rink

Skate in style at rooftop ice rink Skylight London, found atop a former warehouse at Tobacco Dock. Sweeping views of London’s skyline are the main draw here, but you’ll also find heated après skate bars serving cocktails, warming drinks and tasty street food, as well as cosy igloos providing the perfect place for a post-skating break.

Winterville ice rink

Venture to Clapham Common to take to the ice rink at Winterville, London’s alternative festive experience. As well as its huge ice rink, this pop-up wonderland hosts a cinema, fairground and roller disco. Enjoy street food, craft beer and toffee vodka shots from the nearby bars and food trucks.

There was no temporary ice skating rink at the Coca-Cola London Eye or Westfield London last year, though there are always plenty of festive activities to enjoy in both locations.

Find more things to do at Christmas in London with our guides.

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