Best ice skating rinks in London to visit this Christmas

From Somerset House to Hampton Court Palace, where to ice skate this festive season

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Best London Ice Skating rinks to visit this Christmas

Broadgate Ice Rink

As the old saying goes, Christmas is a time to strap a pair of bladed boots to your feet and hurtle along a hunk of frozen water until you feel like you're alive. That said, we've rounded-up some of the best places to go ice skating in the city this festive season.

Somerset House
According to their website, Stylist called Somerset House 'London's ice-cool destination', so there's that. By day, it's all ear muffs and bobble hats as people skate around, and by night there is a selection of club nights. This year there's nights hosted by Green Man Festival, independent radio station Soho Radio and international DJ Goldierocks. Ok, that's pretty ice-cool.
Until Sun 15 Jan 2017

Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court is a fancy place, guys: it's all red Tudor bricks and it comes with a solid view of the Thames. The historic building's festive rink is now open, and once you're done whizzing around the ice, you can fortify yourself with some winter drinks and snacks at the Ice Bar & Cafe.
Until Sun 8 Jan 2017

Westfield London
The Westfield indoor rink has a 160-person capacity, and sessions are an hour long (with 40 minutes on the ice). It's situated right in the heart of the Shepherd's Bush shopping centre, so you can have a session on the ice, then nip and pick up that new scarf for your nan.
Until Sun 8 Jan 2017

JW3
There's plenty of space to bust out fancy moves at this 200 square metre ice rink. Penguins stabilisers are on hand for those who are a bit unsteady and there is hot chocolate and mulled wine to help you warm up.
Mon 3 Dec–Sun 8 Jan 2017

Natural History Museum
This ice rink's been open since October, which is good, since ice skating ought to be indulged in once the last of the summer barbecues have been extinguished. The rink hosts a number of sessions for wheelchair users throughout the season and youngsters can brush up on their skate skills at the Penguin Skate Club. Once you're done on the rink you ought to go inside and look at dinosaurs. Because, dinosaurs.
Until Sun 8 Jan 2017

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Everything is supersized at Hyde Park this Christmas with the UK's largest open-air ice rink and London's largest German-style Christmas market. Here's hoping they have the biggest pretzels on sale. Live entertainment at the Winter Wonderland includes The Sooty Christmas Show, The Nutcracker on Ice and Zippo Christmas Circus.
Until Mon 2 Jan 2017

Broadgate Ice Rink
The Broadgate Ice Rink is on until February, which is nice, since most close in January. You can find it nestled in Exchange Square, and there's a rinkside bar and street food hub for a post-skate treat. The more health conscious among you might enjoy Skatercise, a series of morning classes run by Virgin Active.
Until Mon 2 Feb 2017

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

Six weeks of festive fun with the UK's largest open-air ice rink and London's largest German-style Christmas market. Entertainment includes The Sooty Christmas Show, The Nutcracker on Ice and Zippo Christmas Circus.

Hyde Park, London W2

Wed 7 Dec

prices vary

Thu 8 Dec

prices vary

Fri 9 Dec

prices vary

…and 24 more dates until 2 Jan 2017

Ice Skating

Get your skates on at this 200 square metre ice rink before warming up with a hot chocolate or mulled wine.

JW3, London NW3

Wed 7 Dec

£6–£12 (£3–£6) / 020 7433 8988

Thu 8 Dec

£6–£12 (£3–£6) / 020 7433 8988

Fri 9 Dec

£6–£12 (£3–£6) / 020 7433 8988

…and 30 more dates until 8 Jan 2017

Ice Skating

Nestled in Exchange Square Broadgate is London's longest running ice-rink.

Broadgate Ice Rink, London EC2A

Tue 6 Dec

Times vary / £13.50 (£11; Children £9.50)

Wed 7 Dec

Times vary / £13.50 (£11; Children £9.50)

Thu 8 Dec

Times vary / £13.50 (£11; Children £9.50)

…and 56 more dates until 2 Feb 2017

Ice Skating at Hampton Court Palace

Ice skating in Tudor surroundings. Visit the Ice Bar & Café for festive snacks and warm drinks.

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey

Tue 6 Dec

£11.50–£13 (£9.50–£10.50; Children £8–£9.50; Family £36–£38) / 0844 482 7777

Wed 7 Dec

£11.50–£13 (£9.50–£10.50; Children £8–£9.50; Family £36–£38) / 0844 482 7777

Thu 8 Dec

£11.50–£13 (£9.50–£10.50; Children £8–£9.50; Family £36–£38) / 0844 482 7777

…and 31 more dates until 8 Jan 2017

Natural History Museum Ice Rink

Ice rink outside the Natural History Museum. Enjoy some skating action then check out the dinosaurs.

Natural History Museum, London SW7

Wed 7 Dec

£8.80 / 020 7942 5000/5011

Thu 8 Dec

£8.80 / 020 7942 5000/5011

Fri 9 Dec

£8.80 / 020 7942 5000/5011

…and 27 more dates until 8 Jan 2017

Skate at Somerset House

Ice skating in the Edmond J Safra Fountain courtyard, plus club nights with international DJs, a special one-off Jazz Skate, Skate School and Polar Cub Club for young skaters.

Somerset House, London WC2R

Tue 6 Dec

£8.90–£16.15; £14.65–£17.35; £17.35–£19.35 / 020 7845 4600

Wed 7 Dec

£8.90–£16.15; £14.65–£17.35; £17.35–£19.35 / 020 7845 4600

Thu 8 Dec

£8.90–£16.15; £14.65–£17.35; £17.35–£19.35 / 020 7845 4600

…and 38 more dates until 15 Jan 2017

Somerset House Ice Rink, London WC2R

Tue 6 Dec

£7.50

Wed 7 Dec

£7.50

Thu 8 Dec

£7.50

…and 38 more dates until 15 Jan 2017

Westfield London Ice Skating

A 160-person capacity ice rink in the heart of the Shepherd's Bush shopping centre.

Westfield Shopping Centre, London W12

Tue 6 Dec

£10.50–£14 (£9.50–£11.50; Children £8.50)

Wed 7 Dec

£10.50–£14 (£9.50–£11.50; Children £8.50)

Thu 8 Dec

£10.50–£14 (£9.50–£11.50; Children £8.50)

…and 30 more dates until 8 Jan 2017

Broadgate Ice Rink

Whether your moves are up there with Torvill and Dean or you're a novice on the ice, this wintry ice rink is open to all.

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