Best Ice Skating in London at Christmas: #1 Locals Guide

Ice skating in London at Christmas is a truly magical experience. Whether you’re a Londoner or just visiting for the holidays, here’s my local guide to the best places to go! From historic sites like Somerset House and Hampton Court palace to festive family favourites like Winter Wonderland Hyde Park, there’s something for everyone. So grab your skates (or rent them) and get ready to enjoy a winter wonderland right in the heart of London!

MHM Tip: The earlier you book, the better ice skating London deals you will get.

Christmas in London: lights on Regent Street

1. Somerset House Ice skating

One of the most iconic places to go ice skating in London at Christmas is Somerset House. This beautiful 18th-century building is transformed into an outdoor winter wonderland, complete with an open-air ice rink and a magnificent 40ft Christmas tree. Skating here is the perfect way to start your skating season in London.

Somerset House ice skating also offers food and drink options, including my favourite – a hotel chocolate pop-up stand. There are also DJs and special events during this festive season, too. Check out their website for more info and opening times.

Where: Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

Dates for London Public Skating Schedule: 16 November 2022 until 15 January 2023

Price: Adult tickets start at £10 and Child tickets start at £7.50

MHM Tip: The earlier you book in advance the more likely you are to get the best price.

PS: After ice skating at Somerset House, why not make your way to Oxford Circus and see the Christmas lights around Regent Street?

2. Hampton Court Palace Ice Skating in London at Christmas

Another must-visit ice skating spot is at Hampton Court Palace. I mean, who wouldn’t want to go skating at Henry VIII’s home? This historic palace is a beautiful backdrop for an afternoon of skating, and it’s the perfect place to take a break from all the holiday shopping!

Hampton Court Palace Ice skating has festive refreshments and options for booking for special occasions.

Ice skating London deals alert! You can get a 10% group booking discount if you book for 10-30 people and a 15% group booking discount if you book for 31-100 people. Making Hampton Court Palace a great place to plan a winter event.

Where: Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, KT8 9AU

Dates for London Public Skating Schedule: Open daily from 17 November 2022 to 8 January 2023 (excluding Christmas Day) between 10:00 and 20:45 (20:00 last skate).

Price: Adult prices start at £17.50 and child tickets start at £13.00

3. Winter Wonderland Hyde Park Ice Skating

Winter Wonderland Hyde Park London skyline view

No list of London ice skating spots would be complete without mentioning Winter Wonderland Hyde Park! Lidl on Ice prides itself on being the biggest open-air ice skating rink in the UK. Wow! This massive Christmas market is a festive paradise, and the ice rink is the perfect place to take a break from all the festive treats and park rides. I loved Winter Wonderland so much that I wrote a whole post about it. Check it out!

The rink itself is set around a Victorian bandstand, and you’ll skate around under twinkly lights. (So I recommend booking a time slot after 4 pm when it starts to get dark to enjoy the real magic on the ice rink.

You are given a 50-minute time slot to skate on Lidl on Ice, and you can bring your own skates if you have any. Also, skate rentals are included in your ticket price so that’s a win.

Ice skating London deals Alert! When you book Winter Wonderland tickets in advance, you can sometimes use that ticket price to apply towards an activity in Winter Wonderland, such as ice skating.

Where: Winter Wonderland Hyde Park, Ice Rink, closest entrance is Blue Gate.

Dates for London Public Skating Schedule: 18 November to 2 January 2023 between 10 am and 10 pm.

Price: Adult prices from £10.50 and child tickets start at £7.50. You’ll notice as well that the price varies depending if you’re booking an off-peak, standard, or peak time. (This will also coincide with what Winter Wonderland entrance ticket time you buy)

4. Where to go Ice skating in London? Why not try Canary Wharf Ice Rink

If you’re looking for a more modern ice skating experience, then Canary Wharf is the place for you. This huge outdoor rink is located in the heart of London’s financial district, and it’s the perfect place to skate away your troubles! What’s better? Canary Wharf ice rink has its own twinkling skyline meaning you can skate no matter the weather.

Where: Canary Wharf, E14, London

Dates for London Public Skating Schedule: 22 October 2022 to 25 February 2023

Price: Adults prices from £17.50 and includes skate hire, child prices start at £13.50 and also includes skates hire.

5. Skylight Tobacco Dock London Rooftop Ice Rink

Yep… You read that right! Skylight Tobacco Dock is Europes only rooftop London ice rink. Providing excellent views of the city.

The ice skating is based on a first come, first serve basis. If you want to book a table in advance, that is highly recommended. Don’t worry if you book a table and are worried you won’t be able to get any time on the ice. The staff are really attentive and make sure that everyone sticks to the 45 minute rule.

There are skates you can hire (included in your ticket price) and if you’re a newbie for me then you can borrow one of their friendly penguins for extra stability.

After your rooftop skate, make sure you sit and cosy up with one of their blankets and enjoy some mulled wine to really get in the festive spirit! See ya there.

Where: Tobacco Dock, London, E1W 2SF

Dates for London Public Skating Schedule: Open during December.

Price: 45-minute sessions start at £15.

6. Queen’s House Ice Rink: Ice skating in Greenwich

Queens House ice rink with purple lights

For a truly regal ice skating experience, look no further than Queen’s House Ice Rink. This beautiful rink is located in the historic Queen’s House, in Greenwich. and it’s the perfect place to take in the festive sights of London.

The ice rink is situated in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so you can skate surrounded by beautiful and iconic architecture. To the south, there’s Greenwich Park, and to the north there’s the sparkling lights of Canary Wharf. Providing, in my opinion, one of London’s best skyline views.

Where: Queen’s House, Greenwich, London

Dates for London Public Skating Schedule: 17 November 2022 to 8 January 2023, 10 am-9 pm.

Price: Adults from £16, children from £10.

7. Westfield Ice Rink (In the Winter Village)

Cartoon picture of the winter village Westfield ice skating in London

If you’re looking for a festive day out, then be sure to check out Westfield Ice Rink. This rink is located in the Winter Village, and it’s the perfect place to enjoy some holiday shopping and ice skating.

If you’re a beginner or an experienced skater, you’ll be welcome and have a great time skating under the twinkly lights at the Westfield Winter Village ice rink.

Where: Westfield Square, Ariel Way, Shepherd’s Bush, London W12 7GF

Dates for London Public Skating Schedule: 18 November 2022 to 08 January 2023, 10 am to 10:30 pm.

Price: Off-peak tickets for adults start at £15.50 and children’s off-peak tickets start at £11.00.

8. Battersea Power Station Glide Ice Rink

For a truly unique ice skating experience, head to Battersea Power Station. This iconic London landmark is transformed into a festive ice rink, and it’s the perfect place to enjoy some holiday fun!

Brand new for 2022, enjoy ice skating in London at one of the capital’s most iconic locations – against the Grade II* listed Battersea Power Station. This is the only open-air rink located by the river and features three interconnecting rinks with a beautiful 30ft Christmas tree.

After you’re done skating, keep yourself busy with the festive street food stalls, bars, vintage-style fairground rides, live entertainment and photo booths. Who doesn’t love a polaroid?!

Where: Battersea Power Station, Circus Road West, Nine Elms, London, SW11 8EZ

Dates for London Public Skating Schedule: 11 November 2022 to 8 January 2023.

Price: Adult prices start from £12 and children’s tickets start at £8.

Final Thoughts on Ice Skating in London at Christmas

So, now that you know where to go ice skating in London and assuming you have all the necessary gear like a good pair of ice skates or are prepared to hire them (in most places listed above the hire is included in your ticket price) comfortable clothing is key when hitting the rink. You want to be able to move freely and not be restricted by tight clothing. Layer up with a light sweater or long-sleeved shirt so you can easily take off layers if you get too warm.

So there you have it, my locals guide to the best places to go ice skating in London at Christmas! Whether you’re a Londoner or just visiting for the holidays, be sure to check out one of these magical spots. And don’t forget to bundle up, because it can get chilly out on the rink!

PS… In case for some reason you aren’t in London during these dates- don’t worry. Alexandra Palace and Queen’s Ice Rink are both open all year. You just might not get to experience all the festive cheer.

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