Utimate Guide to London’s Ice Skating Rinks

Ice skating rink

If you fancy yourself as a bit of an ice-skating superstar or just want to get those festive feels during your next visit to London, then you’re in luck!

At this time of the year, several iconic London spaces welcome the addition of a public ice rink, so there are plenty of places to head if you feel like trying out your skating skills this winter. Here are a few of our favourite London ice rinks as well as everything else you could possibly need to know for those staying at our hotel Park Grand London Hyde Park.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

One of the most popular Christmas events in the entire city, the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland has a plethora of festive events and activities to enjoy.

It may offer circus performances and comedy clubs, fairground rides and bars made from pure ice, but the attraction that definitely helps pull in the crowds is the large Christmas tree-lined ice rink. Open daily, and with sessions from morning 'til night, visitors to the Winter Wonderland can take to the ice surrounded by beautiful trees and glittering fairy lights.

Not only is this ice rink located in an area full of festive cheer, but it’s just a short walk away from our hotel Park Grand London Hyde Park meaning that you can head back to your room to change before trying out some of the popular restaurants in Hyde Park before returning to Winter Wonderland later in the evening.

Natural History Museum Ice Rink

A two in one attraction, why not gather your friends or family and head to the impressive Natural History Museum to take in their iconic whale and dinosaur exhibits during the day then skate later? Once you've visited many of the fascinating artefacts and exhibitions, it’s time to take to the ice on the wonderfully lit ice rink which features a beautifully decorated Christmas tree in the centre.

For those members of your group who perhaps aren’t keen on the idea of donning a pair of skates, the museum also has a beautiful balcony café bar serving delicious hot chocolate and mulled wine to keep them nice and warm while the rest of the group sharpens up their ice skating skills.

To reach the Natural History Museum ice rink from the hotel Park Grand London Hyde Park, take the Piccadilly line from Knightsbridge Tube station and you’ll reach the rink in just 9 minutes.

Skylight at Tobacco Dock Ice Rink

Definitely one for the adults, enjoy amazing skyline views at the rooftop Skylight ice rink at Tobacco Dock.

The perfect night out with friends, skate the night away surrounded by igloos and live music before heading to the bar to grab a cocktail or two and soak up the amazing vista of the London skyline as night begins to fall.

As the best time to visit this particular ice rink is in the evening, be sure to check out one of the restaurants in Hyde Park before heading out as you’ll need plenty of fuel to make those killer moves on the ice later on.

To reach the Skylight at Tobacco Dock ice rink from the hotel Park Grand London Hyde Park, take the Piccadilly line from nearby Knightsbridge Tube station and you’ll reach your destination in just over half an hour.

Somerset House Ice Rink

One of the most spectacular seasonal settings for an ice rink, Somerset House is hosting its 20th annual Christmas event this year with an amazing backdrop and impressive 40ft Christmas tree.

With an array of special club nights, music and the return of a luxury shopping arcade to help you pick up a few last-minute gifts for the folks back home, this year the event has included special dates that offer 24-hour skating. This extended calendar means you'll have plenty of time to check out your preferred restaurants in Hyde Park and to finish off your Christmas shopping in places like Oxford Street or Camden Town before heading over for a little festive fun.

As well as the beautiful shopping arcade, you can also pay a visit to the Skate café afterwards to enjoy a warm drink and tasty piece of gingerbread before returning back to our hotel Park Grand London Hyde Park.

To get to the Somerset House ice rink from our hotel, take the Piccadilly line from Knightsbridge Tube station to Covent Garden. From there, the ice rink is located just a short walk away.

Tower of London Ice rink

For an ice rink with a difference, the historical backdrop makes the Tower of London rink an experience that really shouldn’t be missed during your time in the city!

Every year, the event organisers project snowflakes on to the walls of the tower giving it a wintery feel, and there are also several cafes and refreshment stands available for a warm drink or quick snack if you’ve still got a little space left after a visit to one of the many restaurants in Hyde Park.

Open all day and well into the evening, the morning is the best time to head over to the Tower ice rink if you want to beat the crowds, but the evening sessions are well worth making an effort for due to the snowflake projector.

The best way of reaching the Tower of London ice rink from the hotel Park Grand London Hyde Park is via Tube. Make tracks to the nearby Knightsbridge Tube station and hop on the Piccadilly line which leaves the station every three minutes. Once you’re on the train, the journey takes no more than half an hour, so you’ll be skating away in no time at all.

Just don’t forget to pack your gloves and some warm clothing if you want to experience some of London’s best ice rinks as it can get a little chilly in the city once the sun begins to set.