London has some of the most iconic and popular attractions in the world, yet sometimes it is the activities you do during your holiday that are the most memorable. In winter, London creates opportunities for you to have a memorable experience enjoying one of the country’s favourite winter past-times, ice-skating, with some very unique backdrops that make for great photos and even better memories!
Here’s our list of our Top 5 ice-skating rinks in London this winter.
There’s no better time to visit the London Eye than during Christmas. The well-lit London eye looks stunning during the evening and the ice rink beside it faces the Thames, so it’s very convenient.
EDF Energy London Eye has this year expanded it’s winter time festivities this year, to also include ice-carving demonstrations, packages with cocktails, mulled wine or champagne and their new ‘Frosty Guided Experience’ a unique capsule taking you on a new journey of the Christmas in London experience.
This beautiful ice skating rink turns into an ice dance floor after dark with Top live DJs from Europe and UK’s top leading clubs. You can also treat yourself for champagne and cocktails to make the evening truly memorable.
On Tuesdays, a special late night shopping is available; The Christmas Arcade. Traditional yuletide treats such as mince pies, toffee apples and mulled wine is available besides the rink. The very best of British brands and independent artisans play their music to bring the spirit of Christmas!
Somerset House plays hosted to some of London’s biggest cultural events and the ice-rink is built in the courtyard area, so you are surrounded by the beautiful architecture of Somerset House whichever way you look.
The Natural History Museum is one of London’s most beautiful buildings, so the only hard thing about this experience will be remembering to keep looking where you’re skating rather than admiring the view!
Located in the popular museum and shopping district of South Kensington (and just down the road from the Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt), the location is very convenient to fit around your other London plans.
The rink is also available for private hire parties – perhaps a unique pre-dinner option for your corporate Christmas party?
Winter Wonderland is one of the festive season’s most popular family events! In addition to the ice skating rink, your visit to the East End of Hyde Park could include enjoying the giant wheel, a variety of funfair rides, a huge Christmas market and lots of festive food to sample. It’s an guaranteed fun filled experience not to be missed! Entrance is free however each activity has a separate price at a very reasonable cost. The nearest tube stations are Marble Arch, Hyde Park Corner and Knightsbridge. It is also very close to the Radisson Blu Edwardian Sussex.
If historic sights and open parks don’t appeal, perhaps being surrounded by the lights and glass of the Canary Wharf skyscrapers will be more your thing. The ice rink is located in the heart of the Canary Wharf, very close to the Radisson Blu Edwardian New Providence Wharf, and an onsite bar is also available as well for refreshments. Not only that, a pop up shop will be retailing Tresor Paris lines as well as Samsung will be showcasing their TVs; a buzzing environment that will keep everyone on their toes!
Skate hire is available at all locations and advance bookings are strongly encouraged. Whether you are an experienced and passionate skater or a first time novice, the stunning locations of these ice rinks are sure to make your skating experience memorable.