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The 8 best ice rinks in London

What kind of skater are you? There’s the eager beginner who pulls himself by the handrail, secretly wishing he were young enough to ask a penguin for help; the show-off who can’t stop himself from spinning on the skating rink; and the real ice skater who knows his toe curl from his Lutz – and of whom we are infinitely jealous.

Regardless of your ice skating ability, trying out an ice rink is a fun activity, and the whole family can get involved.

London has no shortage of ice rinks. Some are open all year round, such as the ice rink at Alexandra Palace and Streatham Ice Center, and many that pop up around this time of year, like Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland and the Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink. Plus, there’s a new kid on the skating block this winter: Battersea Power Station.

So channel your inner Torvill and Dean. The RadioTimes.com The team have scoured the web so you can find the best places to ice skate in London this Christmas time.

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The best ice rinks in London at a glance:

Best places to ice skate in London 2022

Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink

Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink

Secure your ice skating boots and admire the magnificent Tudor Palace, home to none other than Henry VIII, at Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink. It has arguably some of the best views in all of London, and the ice rink is huge so there’s plenty of room to slide around freely.

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Slide at Battersea Power Station

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Battersea Power Station

The highly anticipated Grade II listed power station redevelopment was completed this year, which means Battersea Power Station is now open to the public – and it has a lot of exciting things in store for us.

Along with restaurants, bars, a cinema and a sleek glass elevator, there’s a brand new ice rink. Take in views of the River Thames as you cross three interconnecting ice rinks, adorned with twinkling lights and featuring a giant 30-foot Christmas tree.

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Ice skating at Skylight Tobacco Dock

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If you’re planning on throwing a party date, then ice skating at Skylight Tobacco Dock is a great way to break the ice (we’ll show up…). This ice skating package for two includes a 45-minute session on Europe’s first rooftop ice rink, two main meals and a bottle of wine to share.

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Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

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If you think of ice skating in London, chances are your mind first goes to the iconic Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. The annual festive event is home to the largest outdoor ice rink in the UK.

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Festive skating at Ally Pally

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Alexandra Palace

Alexandra Palace’s ice rink is open year-round, but at Christmas the venue goes the extra mile to turn it into a winter wonderland.

The Festive Skate sessions, which run from November 28, 2022 to January 8, 2023, include Christmas tunes and festive food and drinks from the café, such as mulled wine, Baileys hot chocolate and hash pies. Mmmmm!

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Skate at Somerset House

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In addition to the ice skating experience, Somerset House also offers Skate Lates with live DJs, Skate School lessons, food and drink, and a Skate Lounge with cocktails and champagne.

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Ice rink at the Queen’s House

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Located within the grounds of the Royal Museums in Greenwich, Queen’s House Ice Rink has fantastic views and is wonderfully lit for night time skating.

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Canary Wharf ice rink

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With the unpredictable UK weather, this ice rink is a safe bet as it has a roof! Skate under a giant disco ball and the Canary Wharf skyline, then head to the Off Piste bar for a well-deserved bite.

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The best ice rinks in the UK

Now for some special mentions. They’re not in London, but that obviously doesn’t mean they’re not as magical as those who are.

Royal Pavilion Ice Rink, Brighton

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If you’re celebrating Christmas in Brighton this year, why not head to the Royal Pavilion Ice Rink? This ice skating arena is powered entirely by green energy, and if you go there at night, you’ll see it lit up in pinks and purples for a truly dazzling experience.

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Christmas at Warwick Castle

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warwick castle

If our Christmas elves are right, we’re led to believe that Warwick Castle Ice Rink is the only ice rink within the castle grounds.

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