Wondering where to bust out your best Torvill and Dean moves this winter? Whether you’re a skilful skater, talented twizzler or prefer the equally excellent falling-on-bottom technique, here’s our guide to London’s best ice rinks to help you decide which one is for you.
Location, location, location!
For the grandest view of them all, head to Somerset House for a skate on the 900-metre-square outdoor rink in the beautiful eighteenth-century courtyard. There are plenty of equally grand extras to combine with your skating sesh, including champagne and cream tea, or visit on a Glad Tiding Tuesday for live carol singing.
£7.50-£25, Somerset House, Strand,WC2R 1LA. Until January 11. Book tickets with Ticketmaster.
In a Christmas market
Where better to go for your Christmassy skate than a rink at a Christmas market? For a large dose of festive cheer, the 600-square-metre ice rink at Winterville will be surrounded by street food stalls and loads of attractions. As well as the usual food and beer, Winterville will be entertaining the crowds with a roller disco, Santa’s grotto, motorcycles stunts, and horse-drawn carriage rides.
£12, £10.50 concs, £8.50 under-12s peak; £10.50/£7.50 off peak; £5 local residents, Victoria Park, Victoria Park Rd, E3 5SN. December 2 – January 1. Book tickets with Ticketweb.
Eye-full of the London Eye
Offering another cracking London view, this ice rink is right in front of the London Eye. You’ve got the option of buying a combined ice skate and London Eye ticket for almost the same price as the ordinary London Eye ticket. Bargain (almost)!
£12.50, children £9.50, family (two adults, two under-16s) £39.60; adv: £9.45/£6.75/£18.90. London Eye, Riverside Building, County Hall, SE1 7PB. Until January 4. Book tickets with Londoneye.com. (Book in advance online for cheaper tickets.)
Christmas tree maze
If you’re not feeling festive yet, get over to Vauxhall for a skate and wander around an actual winter wonderland. This 600-square-metre outdoor ice rink has its own sparkly Christmas tree maze! That’s right, there will be a square kilometre maze of locally sourced trees decked out in fairy lights. No, this isn’t actually part of the ice rink (that would be amazing but also incredibly dangerous), but it’s right next to it along with a craft market, a cabin bar, food stalls and street performers.
From £10.80, £7.65 children. Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, SE11 5HY. Open November 21 – January 4. Book tickets from iceskatevauxhall.co.uk. (Book in advance online for cheaper tickets. (Book before Nov 21 for an online discount).
Chanukah on Ice
Escape the avalanche of people in the central London spots and slide over to this cosy little rink that has a capacity of just 70 people. Head over on December 20 for Chanukah on Ice, a celebration of the Jewish festival of lights with candles, cocktails, live music and DJs. Mazel tov!
Adult: £10. Child: £6. Family: £27. Penguin Stabiliser: £4. Jewish Community Centre, 341-351 Finchley Road, NW3 6ET. Open December 7 – January 11. Book tickets from jw3.org.uk.