As soon as Bonfire night had burnt out, London’s seasonal ice rinks started to pop-up all over the place, ensuring we can indulge our inner Torvill and Dean or at least get red faced and exhilarated, laughing like drains as we smack down once more on the unforgiving ice. Broadgate Ice opened this morning with the help of some penguins. After last night’s Frozen Planet (parental penguin distress!) these were sure to get top billing on this post. Happy skating!
Natural History Museum
The first of the pop-ups to welcome unsteady skaters to its sides, the NHM Ice Rink is now open until 8 January, 10am-10pm weekdays and from 8.45am on weekends. Tickets for adults £12.75-14.30 for a 50 minute session depending on time of day.
With three sessions daily available – 12-2:30, 3:30-5:30 and 6–8pm (9pm on Friday) – on a first come, first served basis it looks like lunch hour and after work outings round Liverpool Street just got more interesting. Tickets adults £9, kids £6, £2 skate hire. Open from today until 12 February but check the website.
The Docklands ice rink opens on 12 November in Canada Square Park until 19 February. Skate in the shadow of the soaring towers in one hour sessions from 9.45am-11pm weekdays and Saturdays and till 7.30pm on Sundays. Tickets for adults off peak £10, kids £7.50.
Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland ice rink opens on 19 November until 3 January. Be careful you don’t fall over distracted by the Giant Wheel, the bright lights of the funfair or the smell of mulled wine. Daily skating sessions run from 10am-10pm. Off peak tickets are £10.50 adults, £8.50 kids.
Tower of London
Taking to the ice alongside the impressive Tower wall will set you back £10.50 off peak adults and £8 kids. The rink is open from 19 November to 8 January, between 10am-10pm for one hour sessions, skates included.
Skate at the foot of the London Eye between 19 November and 6 January. Buy your ticket online for a 45 minute session and tickets start from £7.35 (£10.50 on the day). There are also opportunities to combine a slow spin on the Eye with a quick whizz on the ice. Skating sessions start from midday in November and 10am in December, through till 9pm, skates included.
Westfield (west and east)
Combine shopping with ice skating at Westfield’s Shepherds Bush (indoors) and Stratford City (outdoors) sister shopping centres. The cheapest skate is available to buy online for the ‘off peak’ sessions: adults £8.50, kids £5.50 (plus 50p booking fee). Open 19 November to 8 January.
One of the prettiest places for your wintry ice dance, Skate at Somerset House offers ice dance lunchtime workouts and club nights (disco music while you skate/stumble/tumble). The rink opens 22 November to 22 January and one hour sessions start at 10am with the last skate at 10.30pm, tickets from £7.50.
Hampton Court Palace
Glide gracefully past the magnificent tudor palace from 26 November to 8 January daily from 10am-10pm. Off peak adult price £10.50, kids £8, skates included.