Ice skating is one of London’s favourite Winter activity, especially over the Christmas season. Here at thewe enjoy putting on our warmest and cosiest clothes to go ice skating in some of London’s most iconic locations such as Somerset House, Hyde Park, Alexandra Palace, Westfield and Hampton Court Palace.
Winter is definitely not complete if you haven’t gone ice skating with family and friends, Somerset House is known for its stunning outdoor rink. Its glamorous venue opens up to the public from 17th November 2016 until 15th January 2017, the rink is open all day and goes into the evening when the rink comes alive with special club nights featuring top DJS. Embracing the festive season you can indulge in a variety of skate extras including: champagne and chocolate truffles, wine & fondue for two or Fortnum’s signature hot chocolate and plenty of other festive goodies. Somerset House has a partnership with Fortnum & Mason, so not only can you relax and enjoy the action at the skate lounge, but you can go to the Fortnum lounge and soak up the atmosphere be cosy in the lounge.
You can purchase your ticket at the box office onsite adult prices start from £7.50.
Hyde Park over the Christmas season transforms into a magical winter wonderland full of entertainment and winter festivities. The magic begins from Friday 18th November until 2nd January 2017 each day it opens from 10am until 10pm. It is located in the perfect setting right in the heart of the capital. Winter Wonderland is an annual extravaganza and this year it is extra special as they’re celebrating a 10th year anniversary. It also has a big attraction as they’re outdoor rink is the largest open air rink in the UK. Why not skate in style it is a beautiful setting for a family and friends day out as you will be surrounded by jaw dropping views and this is definitely a place to go get you in the mood for Christmas.
Enter and experience a world full of Christmas celebrations; it is free entry to explore the park but to purchase a ticket for ice skating depends whether you are going on off-peak or peak time but a standard ticket for an adult is £14.50, which you can buy here for £38.00. Plus you can purchase tickets at the box office onsite.
London’s weather can be unpredictable and at Winter it can be hard to enjoy an activity when it is freezing cold or raining, which is why if you wanted to enjoy ice skating with family and friends in a indoor ice rink we recommend going to Alexandra Palace. This rink is open all year round for the public to skate. Alexandra Palace is known as an iconic landmark, and while you can enjoy family ice skating days, they also offer professional ice skating lessons, ice hockey and a commercial disco every Friday and Saturday.
Enjoy a family day out and you can purchase a ticket here from £7.00 for an adult ticket.
Westfield Shepards Bush over Christmas is filled with every one getting all of their Christmas shopping done as it’s a big shopping centre filled with high street and luxury brands. Over the festive season they open an indoor ice rink right in the middle off the shopping centre for the public to enjoy ice skating in style. The ice rink opens from 24th November until the 8th January, you can pre-book tickets online or you can purchase tickets on walk in, but it is recommend to purchase online. Westfield is a great eventful family day out as it has the shops, cinemas, restaurants all year round and the ice rink over the festival season. They also provide entertainment to distract the skaters such as family entertainment, themed sessions, DJs and live performances.
Depending on time you go off peak is the cheapest time to go, off peak adult ticket is £10.50 and for children it is £8.50 between age 4-12 years old. You can find all the prices and ticket info here.
Last but not least on our London’s ice rink guide is the Hampton Court Palace. It will return over the festive season, it is an outdoor ice rink with spectacular views of the Palace that Henry VIII once lived in. Ice skating is defiantly a mood lifter and is a good way for the family enjoy the festive season and have some fun and amusement. The ice rink will be open to the public from 25th November until 8th January. Put on your ear muffs, hats and gloves and booking an evening session so you can skate under the moon and stars its such a pretty setting for the family, after you have can enjoy refreshments and festive treats at the ice bar and café.
Whether you can skate or not this season is about spending time with your loved ones and having fun together you can grab each others hand and skate away. You can purchase your tickets onsite at the box office or you can get them online and all information and tickets prices are here.