There is no better way to celebrate the festive season than pulling on the blades and going ice skating with friends and family.

Whether you are a pro or need help simply standing we have a round-up of the best ice skating rinks in London this Christmas.

Bluewater Shopping Centre, November 16 to January 7

With the Big Christmas Lights Switch On starting the festivities, there is so much to look forward to at Bluewater this festive season. In partnership with Snow and Rock, the undercover, outdoor ice rink is located by the lakes at The Village, next to Santa’s Grotto. Last year they introduced skating lessons and this year they are back by popular demand.

Tickets are £9 for adults, £11 for adults.

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Winterville, Clapham, November 23 to January 1

This ice rink is the first ever on Clapham Common. Open seven days a week, the all-weather, outdoor rink is 600 square metres and constructed from real ice. If gliding across the Common doesn’t appeal, then why not enjoy a winter warmer in the neighbouring cafe, where you can check out all the action in comfort.

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Hampton Court Palace from November 24 to January 7

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This year Hampton Court Palace has a bigger rink for your skating enjoyment, early morning and weekend skate sessions. Prepare to be swept away by the seasonal atmosphere of the stunning 1040m² ice rink. Skate against a backdrop of one of the greatest palaces on earth.

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Greenwich Winter Time Festival

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The Greenwich Winter Time Ice Rink sits under a clear canopy with sparkling lights at the Old Royal Naval College. You can skate under the stars whilst listening to bespoke music composed by students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire.

Adults £15 and Children £8.

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Ruxley Manor, Sidcup, until January 4

Ruxley Manor never fails in its festive cheer and this Christmas is no different. Not only is there Ice Skating, but there are also themed skating events for you and the family to enjoy.

Tickets are £5.99

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Canary Wharf, November 4 to February 24

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The spectacular outdoor ice rink will be back for 16 weeks of ice skating in Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf. The 1300sq m rink will have you gracefully gliding through the serene skate park. The path leads you on a new route this year underneath the park's enchanting canopy of trees. If you want to eat, drink and shop all in one go, Canary Wharf is the spot.

£14.50 adult and £10.50 child.

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Reigate, November 30 to January 3

Under the cover of a marquee you can skate all winter long at Reigate on Ice. There will be festive music and Christmas grub to get you ready for the cosy season. There is also Santa’s grotto so you can make a day of it with the family.

£12 for an adult and £9 for children.

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Somerset House, November 15 to January 14

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Somerset House is the perfect background for a picturesque ice skating experience. Skate day or night with friends and family and try ‘Skate Lates’, new for 2017 with a specially curated programme of music nights throughout the season.


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Tower of London, November 17 to January 2

As you glide around the rink, take in the magic and ambience of the castle beside the Thames, which offers a unique and unforgettable setting. There’s something for everyone whether you are a novice or an expert, new this year try the early morning sessions.

Tickets are £14.50 for adults and £12.50 for Children.

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Natural History Museum, Kensington, until January 7

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The Natural History Museum is the perfect backdrop to make your Christmas really special this year. The history creates a great atmosphere and this is always a must if you are visiting London this Christmas. The rink is accompanied by a cafe-bar, which gives you a bird's eye view of the skating.

Adults from £12.65, children from £8.80.

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Hyde Park Winter Wonderland from November 17 to January 1

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It’s been 10 years since Winter Wonderland opened in Hyde Park. It’s packed with market stalls, mulled wine, circus shows and an ice rink. Along with roller coaster rides and festive bars. Skating is open 10am to 10pm.

Admission into Winter Wonderland is free and Ice Skating is £14.50 for adults and £9.50 for Children.

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, Caverley Grounds, November 17 to January 1

A little way into Kent, Tunbridge Wells goes big on Christmas. This is a fantastic outdoor rink which has been around for seven years now. The events get bigger and better every year so check the website for lots of festive surprises.

Tickets are £14 for adults and £9.50 for children.

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