London ice rinks for toddlers 2014/15

Friday
Jan 16th

Looking for London based Christmas holiday activities to entertain your elves? Bubele’s got you covered. 
Did you know, you can take children from as young as 3 to skate at the rinks in London. 
But before you take off, here are Bubele’s top tips for skating with little ones:
1. visit the rink during quieter times, such as daytime during the week
2. call ahead to book a penguin aid for your child
3. don’t forget your thick socks and gloves for chilly finger tips
Broadgate
Broadgate Ice Rink welcomes your ice skating toddler into a winter wonderland. As London’s longest running outdoor rink, it is located at Exchange Square, near Liverpool Street Station. Broadgate has a friendly team of skate coaches, a spacious and serene rink, and a cosy refreshment bar and restaurant.
  • Opens: Nov 17 – Feb 26, 10am-10pm.
  • Penguin skate aids at £5/hour.
  • Lessons for all ages and levels from £30/30min.
  • Easily book tickets online here.
JW3
JW3’s Ice Rink and piazza promise fun for the whole family. Located in North West London at Finchley Road, JW3 serves as West Hampstead’s Jewish community centre. It features family-friendly activities and serves festive refreshments including hot chocolate, seasonal treats and mulled wine.
  • Opens: Dec 7 – Jan 11.
  • Penguin stabilisers and banana toboggans for hire.
  • Bob Skates (for 3-4 year olds).
  • Book tickets online here.
Natural History Museum
The picturesque Natural History Museum’s Ice Rink, now in its tenth year, is situated along Cromwell Road near South Kensington Station. The main rink is complemented by a smaller rink for children and beginners. A stunning backdrop of the museum buildings, fairground carousel, and lit trees add to the enchantment.
  • Opens: 24 Nov – Jan 4. Hours vary by date.
  • Penguin skate aids at £5/hour.
  • Kid tickets at £8.80; family tickets at £12.65.
  • Book tickets online here.
Winter Wonderland
The Lycamobile Ice Rink set in Hyde Park encourages you to lace up your skates and immerse yourself in a true winter wonderland. Set around the Victorian bandstand, UK’s largest rink is lit with over 100,000 lights. Extra attractions include the Magical Ice Kingdom tour, the Giant Wheel, Zippos Christmas Circus and Cirque Berserk.
  • Opens: Nov 21-Jan4, 10am-10pm.
  • Free skates available; minimum child size 9.
  • Adults: £14.50 + £3 booking fee.
  • Children: £9.50 + £3 booking fee.
  • Easy online booking
Winterville
Enjoy the enchanting Winterville Ice Rink inside Victoria Park. Tickets for 45-minute skating sessions include skate hire, and there’s lots to do besides! Test-drive an Olympus Stylus Tough camera for free and relax in the cosy Boathouse Café. Set in the city’s oldest purpose-built public park.
  • Opens: Dec2-Dec31, hours vary.
  • Penguin skate aids at £5/hour.
  • Adults (16+): £12.
  • Children (12-15): £10.50.
  • Children (under 12): £8.50.
  • Book online here.
Westfield
In the heart of Westfield London, a shopping mecca is transformed into a celebratory 160-capacity indoor ice rink. Enjoy hour-long sessions with a variety of magical family entertainment, live music performances, themed sessions and more than 70 spots to grab a bite or drink—all under one roof!
  • Opens: Nov 20-Jan4, 10am-10pm or 7pm (Sun).
  • Minimum child skate size 8.
  • Penguin and seal aides available at £5; book here.
  • Adults: £13.50 + .50 booking fee.
  • Children (4-7): £8.50 + .50 booking fee.
  • Book online here.
Canary Wharf
Surrounded by Canary Wharf’s glittering towers, this cheerful rink is flanked by a Q-on-Ice bar and terrace offering aromatic chocolate, mulled wine and zesty burgers. Be sure to explore the iced path connecting the main rink to the square’s festively-lit trees and sculpture!
  • Opens: Nov 1-Feb 28.
  • Penguin skate aids at £5/hour.
  • Adults (13+): £14.50/hour.
  • Children (4-12): £9.50/hour.
  • Student/family/group discounts available.
  • Book online in a snap.
London Eye
London Eye Ice Rink promises family fun with its annual festive, frosty “Frostival” experience.
  • Opens: Nov 15 – Jan 4, 10am-9pm.
  • Standard tickets: 45-minute skating time and skate hire.
  • 10% online discount.
  • Stabilising seats available for young children.
  • Book easily here.
Somerset House
With a splendid courtyard-turned-rink flanking Victoria Embankment and Waterloo Bridge, Somerset House evokes the Christmas spirit with winter festivals, yuletide treats and night-time shopping. Tickets can be booked via Ticketmaster.
  • Opens: Nov 11 – Jan 11.
  • Penguin skate aids available for hire.
  • Single lessons at £22 (adults) and £17 (children).
  • Course lessons at £55 (adults) and £45 (children).
  • Polar Cub Club (£8.50/lesson) currently sold out.
Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens
Down by the River Thames on Tyers Street, Vauxhall’s historic Pleasure Gardens blossom this winter to reveal a spacious sparkling ice rink surrounded by a craft market, food stalls and a cabin bar, street performers, and a Christmas tree maze. 45-minute skating sessions include free skate use.
  • Opens: Nov 21-Jan4, 11am-8 or 9pm (Fri-Sat).
  • Adults: £12.
  • Children (12-15): £12.50.
  • Children (under 12): £8.50.
  • Online group discounts available.
  • Book easily here.

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