Where To Go Ice Skating In London All Year Round

Laura Reynolds
By Laura Reynolds Last edited 14 months ago
Where To Go Ice Skating In London All Year Round

An ice rink is for life, not just for Christmas. And while London's festive ice skating spots are all well and good, what if you fancy going ice skating at another time of year? These permanent, indoor ice rinks are open year-round.

Alexandra Palace

Enjoy an ice disco at Alexandra Palace ice rink.

Is there no end to Alexandra Palace's talents? As well as offering stunning views, an excellent events programme, history and a boating lake, it also has its own permanent ice rink.

As well as general sessions, visitors can sign up for ice skating courses (including school holiday lessons for kids), while an ice disco (for adults) takes place every Saturday night.

Several ice hockey teams play out of Alexandra Palace — keep an eye on the schedule for upcoming matches (winter only), or contact the clubs directly if you want to get involved in playing (although be warned — we know a little about the sport, and it's not one for the faint-hearted).

If you don't fancy taking to the ice (hey, the Bambi look doesn't work for everyone), kick back in the Ice Cafe next to the rink while your family and friends take their own lives in their hands enjoy themselves.

Alexandra Palace Ice Rink, Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY

Streatham Ice Centre

Photo: Matt Brown

Opened in 2014, Streatham Ice Centre is a relative newbie to the London ice scene. It's also one of the biggest, being Olympic-sized. Therefore it's the perfect place for any budding Torvill/Dean types to get their twirl on.

Regular sessions are open to the public, with lessons and coaching available for those who want to improve. Kids who are a bit wobbly can hire penguin skate aids to help them build their confidence.

Streatham's ice hockey team plays out of this venue (check team website for upcoming fixtures), so there's plenty of spectator seating

Streatham Ice and Leisure Centre, 390 Streatham High Road, SW16 6XH

Ice hockey in Streatham. Photo: Jason_Cobb

QUEENS ice skating rink

Queens Ice and Bowl has been open since our parents' childhoods, as we're regularly reminded, and underwent a huge refurbishment in 2016. Situated in Queensway, it's the most central of the indoor London ice rinks. We've spent many a happy hour bouncing from ice skating to bowling to eating and back again on a wet afternoon. Curling and ice karting sessions are also available to book.

QUEENS, 17 Queensway, W2 4QP

Lee Valley Ice Centre

Inside Lee Valley Ice Centre

London's most northerly ice rink is the Lee Valley Ice Centre in Leyton. As well as public skating and ice skating lessons, the rink hosts ice hockey matches.

Lee Valley Ice Centre, Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, E10 7QL

Sobell Leisure Centre, Islington

Run by Better (the same company as the Streatham rink), Sobell Leisure Centre in Islington is home to its own ice rink, complete with music and visual effects. Public and family-friendly sessions are held regularly, alongside courses for all ages.

Sobell Leisure Centre, Hornsey Road, N7 7NY

Last Updated 19 October 2020