The Best Places to Go Ice Skating in London

Natural History Museum ice skating rink in winter

Ice skating, believe it or not, can be done all year round, but we all seem to forget how fun an activity it really is until it hits the holiday and suddenly becomes the number one date idea of the season.

Our list of the best places to go ice skating in London, of course, includes the magical Christmas rinks but also some exciting places to go skate even in the summertime…

Somerset House ice skating rink winter Christmas activities

Somerset House

Probably one of the most famous places to go ice skating in London, Somerset house is not only beautiful all year round but has had an ice rink every winter for 20 years. It’s something of a tradition to go ice skating here at Christmas time. These days they even do “skate lates” with DJs for something a little different on the ice.

Natural History Museum ice skating rink in winter

National History Museum

There are few places more magical than the National History Museum Ice Rink, with their giant Christmas tree and sea of fairy lights. It’s the perfect place to skate with friends, dates or families. They even provide push along penguins for the younger skaters, (though unfortunately, they don’t let adults benefit from these).

Alexandra Palace ice skating London skating rink

Alexandra Palace

We can’t just depend on festive ice skating opportunities; Alexandra Palace solves this issue by providing year-round skating in their iconic Victorian venue. Every Saturday they have an ice Disco with themes changing throughout the year. You can also learn to skate or see an ice hockey game! Check out what they’ve got going on…

Queens bowling and ice skating rink London skating


Food, bowling and ice skating all in one place? Sounds too good to be true! Yet Queens is the most central year-round ice rink in London and after 8 pm it’s entirely over 18s. Since its establishment in the 1930s, it has recently been renovated and now boasts the UK’s first rink-side skate up bar. Plus, Queens also provides ice skating lessons and half-price skating on Mondays!

Ice bar London activities and dates to do in london

Ice Bar London

Want all the fun of the ice but none of the skating? Ice Bar London is a well-known location for just that. They keep their bar at -0.5c and serve drinks in glasses made of ice, surrounded by themed ice sculptures for an extra memorable experience. Don’t worry about bringing your own coat, Ice Bar provide their own super cosy jackets so you won’t freeze too much!

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Words: Kirsty Allen