Ice Skating 2015 – with a historic royal backdrop.

ice skating london 2015

Ice Skating in london is a time honoured tradition that has been drawing the crowds since the worlds first artificial ice rink in Chelsea in 1876. Nowadays taking to the ice whether you are a pro or simply scramble around has become a fabulously festive must even just for the views. With so many pop up skating facilities all over the capital we have chosen to feature a couple of the most magical locations set at historic royal Palaces and world-famous heritage sites.

Skate at the Tower of London

The 1,000 year old moat at the Tower of London which last year became a sea of poppies, this year is being turned into an ice rink. Located in the building’s dry moat, the Tower of londson ice rink offers a grand historic setting for seasonal ice skating, with views of the ancient fortress. A mighty picturesque backdrop, especially as the sun sets and it’s lit up after dark. Sit on the side of the ice with a glass of mulled wine and enjoy the views!

Tickets are on sale from and 02920 230130. For prices, skating times and further useful information visit

Hampton court Palace ice rink

The striking Tudor facade of Hampton Court Palace -(King Henry’s pleasure palace, this year celebrating it’s 500 year¬†anniversary)provides a majestic backdrop at it’s best. Located on the west front of Henry VIII’s historic home with sweeping views of breathtaking¬†architecture and easy¬†accessibility¬†from London by train. ¬†

Alongside the ice, the popular Ice Bar and Café returns, offering a whole host of delicious food and drink from The Pie Man; with mulled wine and hot chocolate to keep out the cold alongside more substantial fayre such as delicious hot pies and tasty filled crêpes.

Tickets available via:

For prices, skating times and further useful information visit

Ticket Giveaway

For a chance to win a family ticket to one of these locations, enter our competition below. Competition closes on Friday Nov 20th.

Competition is now closed and the winner will be announced tomorrow Mon 23rd Nov

TOL ice rink at night 14

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