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Central London’s best ice rinks for winter 2019

By Fraser Gregory  //  Mon 28th October 2019
If you enjoy gliding across the ice on a crisp winter’s day, it’s time to book a skate or two.
Temporary ice rinks at London landmarks are a big part of Christmas in the capital. If you enjoy gliding across the ice on a crisp winter’s day, it’s time to book a skate or two. Read on for what you need to know about central London ice rinks in 2019.


The Natural History Museum

If you can’t wait to get skating, the annual rink outside the Natural History Museum was first to open – just in time for the half term holidays. Against the backdrop of this iconic building, the rink promises fairy lights, frost-covered trees and the scent of mulled wine. There’s a café bar overlooking the skaters, Penguin Skate Club lessons for little ones, special midweek parent and toddler sessions and acoustic lates with live music on Thursdays. The rink is open daily (except Christmas Day) until 12 January.

Somerset House

The original outdoor skating experience marks its 20th anniversary this year. The rink boasts a 40ft Christmas tree, alpine lodge with gourmet dining, skate school and an arcade selling Fortnum and Mason treats. There’s also a bar overlooking the rink – with Baileys hot chocolate on tap. The ice rink is open from 13 November until 12 January and, for the first time, it will offer a skate all-nighter with DJ sets on 7 December.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland promises the UK’s largest outdoor rink. It’s busy, but not short on atmosphere. Skate around the bandstand under a canopy of fairy lights. There’s live music, and, if you’re unsteady on your skates, you can book the assistance of an ‘ice guide’. Winter Wonderland is open from 21 November to 5 January.

The Tower of London

Skate in the moat of this London landmark while snowflakes are projected onto its wall. There’s the usual café bar serving hot pies with ‘full-loaded’ hot chocolate or book a special prosecco and skate session. The ice rink is open from 16 November until 5 January.


Find more London ice rinks in this story in the Londonist.

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