Get your skates on
Phoebe Master checks out the best places to skate in London and Surrey this season
Beginner or pro, there’s nothing like a turn around the ice over the winter. Some are open all-year-round, others pop up just for the season. Either way, it’s great exercise, fun and festive… here’s our top picks of where to skate in London and Surrey.
Natural History Museum
Flanked by the stunning museum buildings of Exhibition Road on one side, and sparking fairy-light covered trees on the other, the winter ice rink at The Natural History Museum is one of the most scenic on offer. Warm up with a glass of mulled wine or hot chocolate while taking in the view from the Café Bar. 19 October – 12 January; Times vary; From £8.80, South Kensington (pictured top: (c) Maxime Chowski)
Hampton Court Palace
Surrey’s beautiful ice rink returns this festive season at Hampton Court Palace. Skate against a backdrop of Henry VIII’s Tudor home beneath a starry sky before enjoying festive tipples, loaded hot chocolate and tasty pies. 22 November – 5 January; From £10.50; Times vary; Hampton Court
Streatham Ice and Leisure Centre
Take to the ice at London’s only Olympic sized ice skating rink at Streatham Ice and Leisure Centre. Join in a public skate session or sharpen your skills with a lesson from a nationally acclaimed coach. Open daily; Times vary; From £7.25; Streatham, More info.
Dance on ice at Guildford Spectrum where a live DJ plays out disco hits from Thursday to Sunday night, or head out on a Simply Skate day for a more relaxing session. Open all-year round, this huge rink is large enough for beginners and children to skate alongside seasoned skaters. Open daily; Times vary; From £5.05, Guildford.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Draw yourself away from Winter Wonderland’s fairground rides and market stalls and take to the ice at the UK’s largest outdoor ice rink. Open throughout the day, skate sessions are accompanied by live music from Hyde Park’s bandstand, with twinkling lights illuminating the ice. 21 November – 5 January; 10am – 10pm; From £7.50, Hyde Park.
Skate at Somerset House
Under a 40ft Christmas tree in the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court of Somerset House sits one of London’s most picturesque winter ice rinks. Treat yourself post-skate to Champagne and fondue by Fortnum & Mason before picking up some luxury gifts at their on-site Christmas Arcade. If you’re feeling daring, visit on December 7th when the rink is open for an all-night skating session. 13 November – 12 January; Times Vary; From £8.50, Temple.
Tower of London
Soak up the breath-taking views of the 1,000 year old fortress while skating alongside the River Thames at The Tower of London Ice Rink. The remarkable setting leaves skaters in awe as the sun sets and the London landmark is lit, creating a dramatic ambience. Regain your energy by indulging in traditional pies and pasties from the heated spectator area. 16 November – 5 January; Times Vary; From £10.50, Tower Hill
Reigate on Ice
Enter a Big Top Marquee located at Reigate on Ice in Priory Park and make magical memories, whatever the winter weather. Live music and carols accompany skaters while a carousel, rides and a bar provide warmth and entertainment for spectators. 28 November – 4 January; Times Vary; From £10, Reigate