The Five Most Scenic Ice Rinks in London to Visit this Winter

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Ice skating is an incredibly fun activity to do throughout the year, however it’s particularly enjoyable during the lead up to Christmas. Skating in the winter also means outdoor ice rinks, which are arguably much more picturesque, especially when they’re located on a London rooftop or in front of an iconic historical building. We’ve listed the five most scenic ice rinks worth visiting in London. 

1. Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink

The ice rink at Hampton Court Palace is predictably beautiful, particularly in the evenings when it’s illuminated by vibrant lights. The ice rink is located directly in front of the palace entrance, making it a must-visit location for those who like stunning architecture. Adult tickets range between £17.50 and £20.50, and children’s tickets cost from £13 to £15.50 depending on the time that you choose to visit.  


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2. Skylight at Tobacco Dock 

The Skylight at Tobacco Dock ice rink is situated picturesquely on a towering rooftop. Due to its location, this rink offers fabulous views of London’s incredible skyline. It’s also the only rooftop ice rink in London! Tickets cost just £15 per person, and this venue features an indoor bar, making it an excellent location for a date night or drinks with friends. 


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3. Canary Wharf

This indoor ice rink is encompassed by a clear canopy, providing warmth and shelter during the colder months. The roof of this ice rink is decorated with twinkling lights and the ice itself is illuminated by glowing multicoloured beams. There are often special events hosted at this venue, including live music, DJ sets, and curling! Tickets vary in price depending on whether you choose to go during peak or off-peak hours, however they tend to begin at £13.50 for children and £17.95 for adults.


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4. The Queen’s House Ice Rink

The Queen’s House in Greenwich is well known for its scenic backdrop and beloved cafe, and the ice rink here glows a deep magenta, making it an excellent place to visit if you’re in search of an aesthetically pleasing skate. Additionally, the onsite cafe serves a range of hot and cold drinks, including some festive favourites such as mulled wine and hot chocolate! There are student nights every Thursday, when ticket and drink prices are reduced for those studying.


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5. Skate at Somerset House with Moët and Chandon

Skate at Somerset House is an iconic London experience, and this year, the venue is working in collaboration with UNIQLO to host a range of special events evenings, including themed music nights and live DJs! This backdrop is undeniably gorgeous – from the radiant lights and Christmas trees that surround the rink to the magnificent house, it’s an unforgettable place to skate this winter season. The Somerset House ice rink is reasonably priced, with adult tickets ranging from £10 to £22 per person!