Ice Rinks

We’ve hit peak Christmas time and everywhere around us there’s winter rooftops, Christmas light displays, magical things to do with the kiddos, and of course ice rinks’. Amazing for date nights and whizzing around with the kids, there’s nothing more Christmassy than ice skating in the open air. Okay, apart from catching Mummy kissing Santa Claus. Or reindeer sledding in Lapland. Or singing O Holy Night under a Victorian lamp post. You could dress as your great aunt, down a bottle of Port and hurl unwoke slurs at the television. BUT, other than all that, there really couldn’t be anything more Christmassy than ice skating in the open air.

And because we’re here to make your winter as Christmassy as possible, here are some of our favourite skating rinks, booking now and back for another Christmas season!

 

Somerset House

Somerset House has been putting on winter skating for over two decades now and remains the most popular outdoor rink of the season and probably the most ‘London’ place you can skate. Well, unless you include the actual river Thames, which last froze properly in 1814 when it hosted its last ‘frost fair’.

You'll be able to enjoy a glass or a cocktail in the Skate Lounge by Moët & Chandon...

Either way, the rink is back in the Edmond J. Safra Fountain courtyard and this year they’ve teamed up with Moët & Chandon. The Champagne house is responsible for the attractive decorations in the courtyard and, of course, you’ll be able to enjoy a glass or a cocktail in the Skate Lounge by Moët & Chandon.

Also look forward to DJs on the rink-side decks at Skate Lates with UNIQLO and, for the ultimate post-skating experiment, gourmet dining at Chalet Barragiste with Jimmy Garcia.

Open until Sunday 15th January 2023

Where: Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA
Website: www.somersethouse.org.uk

Glide at Battersea Power Station

Enjoy the ultimate festive ice rink this season, while taking in the backdrop of one of London’s most iconic buildings. Glide is London’s only riverside ice rink and has much more to offer than skating. Hop on an amusement ride, take in the live music, or sip on a mulled wine all whilst enjoying the holiday ambiance.

 

 

Enjoy unrivalled views of the Thames as you spin around three interconnecting rinks surrounded by twinkling lights and a spectacular 30ft Christmas tree.

When you’re done skating, take in Battersea Power Station’s 120 shops, bars, cafes, entertainment venues and restaurants, including the likes of Gordon Ramsay Street Pizza, Le Bab, Where the Pancakes are and delicious Malaysian plates by Roti King. A perfect spot to spend some quality family time, go on a date, or make memories with dear friends.

Open until Sunday 8th January

Where: Nine Elms, London SW11 8EF
Website: www.glidebatterseapowerstation.co.uk

Winter Wonderland

It’s not officially Christmas until you’ve been to Winter Wonderland. The sprawling Christmas fair is always thronging with fun-seekers enjoying their time on the myriad fairground rides, in the bier haus or shopping for trinkets in the market.

A top-tip, from one Winter Wonderland aficionado to another, is to cut out everything else and head straight to the large outdoor skating rink...

But a top-tip, from one Winter Wonderland aficionado to another, is to cut out everything else and head straight to the large outdoor skating rink.

Surely one of London’s largest rinks, it’s built around a Victorian bandstand and, in the evening, below a canopy of fairy-lights, it’s the perfect way to start your inevitable trip to Winter Wonderland.

Open until Monday 2nd January 2023

Where: Hyde Park
Website: www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com

Hampton Court Palace

Don’t lose your head (or any peripheral body parts, I’m always terrified for my poor fingers) at Hampton Court Palace this winter as the ice rink returns for another year.

Wouldn't you rather be in leafy South West London than the city on a crisp autumnal evening?

It’s usually the sister rink to the one at the Tower Of London, but this year the Tower’s preparing for a new launch in 2022 and the area is otherwise occupied. Which is fine, because wouldn’t you rather be in leafy South West London than the city on a crisp autumnal evening?

Choir boys optional.

Open until Sunday 8th January 2023

Where: Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, KT8 9AU, United Kingdom
Website: www.hrp.org.uk

Skylight

Every summer our readers go completely wild for a rooftop pool, so how about a rooftop skating rink? Well you’ll be glad to know that your rooftop fix is catered for at Skylight at Wapping’s Tobacco Dock.

Small but perfectly formed, the rink is a firm Handbook favourite, and it’s only part of the offering at Tobacco Dock this autumn.

Small but perfectly formed, the rink is a firm Handbook favourite...

The heated igloos are back again, there’s live DJs and festive street food from Mac n Cheese to bratwurst are on the menu.

All set to a panoramic view of East London. You’d better get your skates on!

Returns this November!

Where: Tobacco Dock, Pennington Street entrance, St Katharine’s and Wapping, E1W 2SF
Website: www.skylightlondon.com

The Queen’s House, Royal Museums Greenwich

Let’s all go skating down at the Queen’s House! No, not Buckingham Palace but the exquisite mansion opposite the Royal Naval College in Greenwich.

The Royal Museums Greenwich rink is set in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, surrounded by famed architecture and stunning views.

Let's all go skating down at the Queen's House! No, not Buckingham Palace...

You might consider a cultural afternoon spent glimpsing the college, the park and the Cutty Sark, followed by a romantic skate and a broken collar bone beneath the twinkling lights of this Georgian masterpiece.

Open until Sunday 8th January 2022

Where: Romney Road, Greenwich, SE10 9NF
Website: www.rmg.co.uk


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