Christmas in London Magical Ice Skating Rinks

Christmas in London Magical Ice Skating Rinks

The Ice Skating Rinks adds magical vibes to Christmas in London. The festive season not only brings magical markets and dazzling lights into play but also some of London’s finest ice-skating rinks bounce into business. Ice skating is one of London’s winter traditions. Not everyone is Torville and Dean, and you don’t have to know how to slide and glide. You can get your skates on and inch your way on the handrail at one of these fabulous ice skating rinks in London that has the loveliest of backdrops I have seen. It all comes together with the music, the dazzling lights and round and round the Christmas tree.

1 | Somerset House Ice Rink, London

Christmas in London Magical Ice Skating Rinks | The most beautiful ice rink in London is at Somerset House
Christmas at Somerset House Ice skating rink

This is the most iconic of London’s ice rink and this year marks the 20th anniversary of the ice rink at Somerset House. There is a 40ft tall Christmas tree and Fortnum & Mason runs the champagne and chocolate fondue at the Skate Lodge. It is open 24/7 on some days. Check their official website here for more details.

Somerset House Ice Rink.Strand, WC2R 1LA. Nearest station: Temple. [Open from 10:00 am-10:45 pm]. Adult tickets start from £11.00

2 | Natural History Museum, London

Christmas in London Magical Ice Skating Rinks | The ice skating rink at Natural History Museum
Christmas in London Natural History Museum Ice-skating rink | Image: georgina_daniel

The Ice Rink at the Natural History Museum is one of the most enchanting of ice rinks in London. There is a 30ft tree, beautifully decorated with dazzling twinkling lights right in the centre. Benugo’s Cafe serves up hot chocolate, cream teas, prosecco and cake. There is a viewing platform providing a glimpse of all the sparkling action below.

Natural History Museum, London. Cromwell Road, Kensington, SW7 5BD. Nearest station: South Kensington. [Open from 10:00 a.m – 9:00 p.m. until 12th January] Adult tickets start from £15.95 

3 | Tower of London, London

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Tower of London | Image: georgina_daniel

For the first time, Tower of London has opened its doors to ice skating . The moat is converted to an ice rink with a cafe in an adjoining marquee. Skate away in the grounds of a castle that has stood 1000 years of history.

Tower of London, LondonSt Katharine’s & Wapping, EC3N 4AB. Nearest station: Tower Hill. [Open from 11:00 a.m – 9:00 p.m on weekdays, and from 10:00 a.m on weekends]. 16th November 2019 to 5th January 2020
Tickets: Adult from £15, Children 3-12 years old from £10.50

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4 | Winter Wonderland Ice Skating, London

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5 | The Queen’s House, Greenwich Ice Rink, London

For the first time in 2019, a new ice rink opens its door in Greenwich, with the Queen’s House being the backdrop for an amazing experience.

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6 | Covent Garden Ice Skating Rink – Inspired by Tiffany & Co and it is FREE

Christmas in London Magical Ice Skating Rinks | Covent Garden Ice Rink 2019 inspired by Tiffany & Co
Ice skating rink by Tiffany & Co at Covent Garden, London UK

This simple guide is designed to give you a taste of London at Christmas – my favourite of the Ice Skating Rinks without a doubt is Somerset House followed by Natural History Museum. Both are Christmassy and I can’t imagine Christmas in London without a visit to the ice skating rink.

Enjoy the holiday season and have a splendid New Year!

Georgina xx

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By Georgina

Georgina is a travel writer and a content creator. An escapist, she seeks stories, off-beat things to do, and adores the beauty of culture while embracing comfort and slow travel as a responsible traveller in the off-season. Georgina has lived in 3 continents, visited 30+ countries and strives to share her travel steps, passion, and experienced tips to inspire her readers to explore for themselves. Georgina enjoys venturing solo, takes pleasure in listening to classical, country & jazz, and delights in spending joyous time with A & M, her two adult children.


  1. Christmas is not Christmas without ice skating rinks! Thank you so much for appreciating my blogs. Hope you will visit London at Christmas.

  2. Wow, London next year it is then. I am nice skater but did enjoy falling down a few times a couple of years ago. Bristol has one of two but they are really commercial or expensive and lacking in spirit. This is a marvelous blog and a real encouragement for people to visit London at Christmas for more than shopping.

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