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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.

Last year, the ice skating rinks listed below were some of London's top outdoor ice rinks. Most open in mid-November and last into early January – check back later in the year for confirmed locations and details of London's top annual open-air ice rinks in 2019

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 museum's cosy cafe, accompanied by acoustic sessions from emerging UK artists.

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. 

Winter Wonderland ice skating 

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

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 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 top things to do at Christmas in London, or discover more magical ice skating rinks with the Visit London app.

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