Where To Go Ice Skating In London At Christmas 2016

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Where To Go Ice Skating In London At Christmas 2016

Sponsored by Alexandra Palace. See below for details of its ice skating fun this winter

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London is a wonderful place to be at Christmas. Take a look at our guide to Christmas in London for inspiration on getting stuck into the festive season. If skating's your thing, you're in the right place. We'll be updating this page as more 2016 Christmas ice rinks are announced, so keep checking back. In the meantime, check out this list of 2015 festive ice rinks to get a flavour of what to expect. Looking for other festive things to do? Take a look at our Christmas in London page.

Somerset House ice rink

The 2012 Somerset House ice rink. Photo: Anatoleya

The courtyard at Somerset House will be frozen over once again for the Fortnum & Mason ice rink. Special club nights take place on certain evenings, with DJs providing the soundtrack, and anyone can join the Skate School to improve their skills. Next to the ice is the Alpine-themed Fortnum's Lodge, serving luxurious drinks and refreshments, and you can get your christmas shopping down in the Fortnum & Mason Christmas arcade.

Somerset House, 17 November 2016-15 January 2017

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland ice rink

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland ice rink 2013. Photo: Patricia Milopoulos

The ice rink at Winter Wonderland is normally set around the bandstand, with a fairy light canopy, and acoustic musicians serenading the skaters on evening sessions. Of course, you have to battle through the madness of Winter Wonderland to get there. Tickets on sale now.

Winter Wonderland, 18 November 2016-2 January 2017.

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Skate to the beats in a Victorian palace

You don't have to wait for Christmas to skate at Alexandra Palace, where the renowned ice rink is set within a grand Victorian palace. The year-round rink has public skating sessions, courses, ice discos, ice hockey matches, birthday parties and more.

But this season there's so much more going on, including the chance to regular nights with London’s Club de Fromage gang, so you can get your skates on to get down. Prices from £7.50-£10 — book online to save at www.alexandrapalace.com.

Natural History Museum ice rink

Natural History Museum ice rink 2012. Photo: Tom Weightman

Skate in the shadow of the Natural History Museum in South Kensington, with general sessions, a penguin skate club for 4-8 year olds, and sessions dedicated to wheelchair users. The Café Bar next to the ice rink has a viewing platform for those who don't fancy taking to the ice themselves, and serves up meals and snacks, as well as hot, soft and alcoholic drinks.

Natural History Museum, 27 October 2016-8 January 2017.

Canary Wharf ice rink

Canary Wharf ice rink, 2015. Photo: Andrea Pucci

We're promised 8km of LED lights underneath the ice at this year's Canary Wharf ice rink, which should look pretty spectacular. It's open until February to, so if you're looking for somewhere to burn off the turkey in the new year, it's ideal.

Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf, 4 November 2016-25 February 2017.

Tower of London ice rink

A beefeater takes to the Tower of London ice rink.

As ice skating locations go, the Tower of London is up there with the best of them. Alongside the ice rink is the Eis Haus Ice Experience, a bar made entirely from ice, serving drinks in glasses made from ice.

Tower of London, 16 November 2016-3 January 2017.

Hampton Court Palace ice rink

Hampton Court Palace ice rink.

Skate against the backdrop of Henry VIII's historic palace, by day and by night. Some skating sessions are accompanied by carol singers, with food and drink available to buy at the Dip-Dunk Lodge.

Hampton Court Palace, 25 November 2016-8 January 2017.

London Designer Outlet

London Designer Outlet in Wembley hosts a pop-up ice rink in the shadow of the Wembley Stadium arch.

London Designer Outlet, 18 November 2016-2 January 2017

Broadgate ice rink

London's longest running outdoor ice rink pops up in the shadow of Liverpool Street station once again. In addition to the ice skating there will be special events including live music, acrobatics, and classes. Food and drink comes courtesy of the rinkside bar and street food restaurant.

Broadgate, 14 November 2016-February 2017

JW3 ice rink

The ice rink returns to JW3 Jewish Centre in Finchley — and will even be open on Christmas Day. More details to follow.

JW3, 3 December-8 January

Note: prices may vary by peak/off peak sessions, and many get booked up in advance, so plan ahead. See individual venue websites for price and booking information.

Last Updated 19 December 2016