Strand, Somerset House, the ice skating rink
Get booking for Somerset House now (Picture: Getty Images)

Itching to get your skates back on?

After a long and (occasionally) hot summer, the nights are getting longer and there’s even a bit of chill in the air, which can only mean one thing – autumn is here, and Christmassy activities aren’t far behind.

Alright, it’s only October, but it pays to be prepared and some of these ice rinks are wildly popular, so booking now might save you disappointment later.

So without any further ado, here’s a list of some of our favourites you can already secure tickets for.

Glide, Battersea Power Station 

Dates: Friday November 10, 2023 – Sunday January 7, 2024

Price: £8.50 for children (aged 12 and under), £12.50 for adults, £36.00 for family (booking fees may apply)

battersea glide
Skate right next to the Power Station (Picture: Joshua Atkins)

Glide at Battersea Power Station has three whole interconnecting ice rinks to enjoy this season.

There’s also a Ferris wheel and carousel to take a ride on, and some private igloos you can hire to drink and dine on some artisan pizza (where it’s also a whole lot warmer). These have capacity for up to twelve people, with costs starting at £12.50 per person.

ICE at Kensington Palace

Dates: November 30, 2023January 7, 2024

Price: Adult tickets from £19 and child tickets (under 14) from £16

Not only does this palace ice rink have room for 750 people, but there’s also a funfair plus a food hall where you can get some mulled wine and festive treats.

Naturally, there’s also going to be shopping to do with brands like Fortnum & Mason and Cecconi around to choose from, as well as a massive Christmas tree in the middle of the rink.

Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink

Dates: 17 November, 2023  7 January, 2024

Price: Adults/Teens from £19.00, children (aged between 3 and 12 years old) from £14, family ticket from £53 

Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink
What a backdrop (Picture: Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink)

Fancy skating with a backdrop of a Tudor Palace? Us too.

Not only does Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink come with historical charm, but it boasts its own café and bar too, where you can treat yourself to mulled wine, mince pies and hot chocolate.

The Queen’s House Ice Rink

Price: Adults from £17, children from £10

Dates: November 23, 2023– 7 January, 2024

The Queen's House Ice Rink
Get your royal skates on (Picture: The Queen’s House Ice Rink)

This gorge open-air ice rink sits right in the middle of Greenwich’s UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The place offers great views of iconic architecture, Greenwich Park to the south and the sparkle of Canary Wharf at night to the north.

Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland - Christmas themed amusement park in Hyde Park, London, UK
You can’t be the classic (Picture: Getty Images)

Price: Adults from £11.50, children: from £8.50, families: from £34.00

Dates: 17 November, 2023 – 1 January, 2024

No Christmas ice rink list could be complete without Winter Wonderland.

A London staple, the fairground’s rink around the Victorian bandstand is just the tip of the iceberg, with rides and games galore as well as the opportunity for the kids to meet Santa himself.

Be sure to check out other UK Christmas markets here, as well as the best European options.

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Skate at Somerset House

Price: Adults £10 £25, children £8 – £13

Dates: November 15, 2023 January 14, 2024

Somerset House ice rink
A popular spot (Picture: Getty)

The Somerset House ice rink is a yearly favourite in the capital.

Sponsored this year by Switzerland Tourism, expect DJs, a Shelter Boutique pop-up charity shop, and a stunning 40ft Christmas tree.

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