London’s Winter Ice Rinks 2013 / 2014

Natural History Museum Ice-skating

London’s Winter Ice rinks have appeared again so it’s time to get your skates on and enjoy a date on the ice. There are ice rinks all over London so there’s plenty of choice and if it’s a first date skating is a great way to break the ice (sorry, couldn’t resist). Set in some fabulous locations and decked out to get you in the Christmas spirit London’s ice rinks are perfect for a date. Read on for the full list of London’s winter ice rinks.

Skating at Somerset House
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Skate at Somerset House

Sponsored by Coach and taking place in the middle of Somerset House courtyard, Skate is probably the most famous of London’s seasonal ice rinks, and for good reason as it is also one of the most beautiful. We recommend you visiting after dark when you skate to a live soundtrack spun by some of the top DJs around with Skates Club Night. Sitting on the Strand, after you’ve skated we recommend taking a walk across Waterloo Bridge which offers one of the best views of London, then ending your night with a glass of mulled wine at the pop up Christmas market on the South Bank.
When: Until – 5 January 2014 (excluding Christmas Day)
Price: From £7.50
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Skate at Somerset House
© Ben Pruchnie

Westfield London Indoor Ice Rink

If you’d rather go ice skating in west London then we recommend heading to Westfield’s Indoor Ice Rink. This is particularly perfect for a date night as Westfield Indoor Ice Rink are holding Date Night sessions that run every Wednesday evening. Pre-book your tickets online to get a discounted rate to tickets bought on the day. Use the code WESTFIELDICE for a 20% discount. Westfield is also a good location for a bite to eat afterwards with a huge food hall and lots of restaurants to choose from.
When: Until – 5 January 2014 (excluding Christmas Day)
Price: From £7.00
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Westfield Ice Skating

Ice at the Tower

My personal favourite, the beautiful Tower of London makes a stunning destination for a date. The Tower of London ice rink is located in the moat of the Tower of London and set within the fortress battlements. We highly recommend visiting at night when the Tower and rink are illuminated, showing it at its most beautiful. As well as being next to the Tower of London and Tower Bridge there is also St Katherine Docks close by which makes for a lovely wander afterwards.
When: until 5th January 2014 (closed on Christmas Day)
Price: From £12.50
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Ice At The Tower

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland Ice Rink

Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland has returned with a vengeance and with it comes the fairground, the market stalls, the overpriced food and drink and of course the ice rink. Set around the Victorian bandstand and lit with over 100,000 glittering lights, the ice rink is the best thing about Winter Wonderland and you won’t be able to help getting excited about Christmas. Have a walk around the market afterwards and treat yourself to some hot cider, or if you’d rather escape the madness, you’re also near to lots of bars and restaurants right outside the park.
When: Until 5 January 2014 (except Christmas Day)
Price: From £9.50
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Winter Wonderland Ice Skating

Natural History Museum

Sitting next to the magnificent Natural History Museum, this ice rink sits beneath 76,000 fairy lights making it beautiful winter haven in the heart of Kensington. Have a walk around the free exhibitions before taking your date for a spin on the ice and then treat yourselves to the delicious festive themed refreshments in the Café Bar. They’ll be offering a good selection of food, warming drinks and creative cocktails right through the festive season. We also recommend you cosy up with a hot chocolate on the open-air balcony which overlooks the Ice Rink. This is particularly good for students who will benefit from an exclusive special rate and a complimentary drink.
When: Until 5 January 2014 (except Christmas Day)
Price: From £8.50
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Natural History Museum Ice-skating

Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf’s ice rink is back and it’s bigger and better than last year! This year the rink has a unique skate path which leads skaters under trees lit with fairy lights then back onto the main rink making it perfect for a date. There are also lots of bars and restaurants nearby where you can warm up after the skate.
When: Until 23rd February 2014 (except Christmas Day)
Price: From £13.50
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Canary Wharf Ice Rink

London Eye Eyeskate

Nestled in the shadow of one of London’s most iconic landmarks, Eyeskate’s location on the South Bank is one of the most spectacular for the view. We recommend tying in your skate with a walk along the river where you can enjoy the festivities of the Christmas Market, especially sipping on a hot a mulled wine or spiced cider.
When: 27th November 2013 to 5th January 2013
Price: From £9.45
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Ice at the Palace – Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink

Set slightly outside of London, Hampton Court Ice Rink really is the fairytale setting. This location gives you the chance to explore the palace and grounds which in themselves are a great location for a date, you have the spectacular backdrop of Henry VIII’s beautiful palace whilst on the ice.
When: 30th November 2013 to 12th January 2014 (except Christmas Day)
Price: From £9.50
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Ice At The Palace

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