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.
As well as general sessions, visitors can sign up for ice skating courses (including school holiday lessons for kids), while ice discos take place semi-regularly, and cheesy club night Club de Fromage sometimes hosts Fromage on Ice sessions.
Ice hockey team the Haringey Huskies play out of Alexandra Palace — keep an eye on the schedule for upcoming matches (winter only), 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
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
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. There's also a bar, but save that for after you've been on the ice. Curling sessions are also available to book, as are ice skating lessons, if you're taking things really seriously.
QUEENS, 17 Queensway, W2 4QP
Lee Valley Ice Centre
Usually public skating sessions, ice skating lessons and ice hockey matches are all happening at Lee Valley Ice Centre, but it's currently closed for a couple of years for the construction of a huge new ice skating centre with two rinks. It's scheduled to be completed by the end of 2022, so watch this space...
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