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Ice skating in London this winter

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Ice skating in London this winter

Here are details of the outdoor ice rinks that are operating in London this winter. I've given the dates that they are operating and you can check the individual websites for opening times and prices. If I've missed any, please could you add them in your reply.

With most of these you can book online and this might be advisable to avoid disappointment.

Somerset House

22/11/2006 to 28/1/2007

http://www.somersethouseicerink.org.uk/

Tower of London

25/11/2006 to 14/1/2007

http://www.toweroflondonicerink.com/

Hampton Court Palace

2/12/2006 to 14/1/2007

http://www.hamptoncourticerink.com/

Kew Gardens

25/11/2007 to 7/1/2007

http://www.kewgardensicerink.com/

Natural History Museum

9/11/2006 to 21/1/2007

nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/…

Hampstead Heath

2/12/2006 to 14/1/2007

http://www.hampsteadheathicerink.com/

Canary Wharf

18/11/2006 to 18/2/2007

http://www.canarywharficerink.com/

Greenwich

2/12/2006 to 14/1/2007

http://greenwichicerink.com/

Broadgate

Open now until early April

http://www.broadgateice.co.uk/

Hope this helps someone but please ask away if you have any questions and I'm sure someone will be able to answer.

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1. Re: Ice skating in London this winter

We've been to most, our favorite is Somerset House. I always say to my son at Hampton Court, if Henry 8th could see this now...Lots of fun watching souls who have never skated before.

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2. Re: Ice skating in London this winter

I'm curious to know from you, mick, or anyone else who's skated at Somerset House, the Tower, or Natural History Museum - can one rent hockey skates, or just figure skates?

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PG ~ I'm game if you are....can I be the goalie?

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4. Re: Ice skating in London this winter

I'll need a stick and a bucket of pucks, MP. Get yer pads on.

The rink at Somerset House looks absolutely gorgeous - wonder if it's an option for something to do after work for hunky City boys, rather than another trip down t'pub? mick? stempler?

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5. Re: Ice skating in London this winter

PG!!!! A TALF Hockey meet......the North Americans vs the Brits!!

Game ON!!

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6. Re: Ice skating in London this winter

TP: I've been to the Somerset House ice rink -- just to watch though and take photos. I believe all the skates they rent are just for ice skating.

I remember seeing an ice marshal skating around the rink after the Zamboni had done its icing thing (or whatever it does). This particular guy was such a show-off that when he slipped and fell, we all applauded and laughed. He gave a rueful grin.

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7. Re: Ice skating in London this winter

PG ~ it appears that we will have to immitate Michelle Kwan (she should have won the gold medal) or Torvill & Dean in order to skate. Get out your shiny twirly skirt and glitter eyeshadow.

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8. Re: Ice skating in London this winter

I believe the skates are included in the admission fee. My son brings his own.

Lee, I know exactly which marshal you are referring to, my son aksed him 2 yrs ago if he wanted to race. The following year when we went back he remembered my son said "Yank, you're back".

Lots of fun, but certain ice times will fill and must be booked in advance.

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9. Re: Ice skating in London this winter

I've never tried proper ice skating on a rink in my life.....but I'd love to know the difference mentioned above about the hockey boots and skating ones. Do the hockey ones have like a break thingy sort of at the front or back or the blade, like serrated? or are they a thicker blade ?

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10. Re: Ice skating in London this winter

Lara: Just last weekend I watched the 90s movie The Cutting Edge about a hockey player who became the male partner of a pairs team. He kept tripping on the ice and his partner kept commenting, "toe pick, toe pick, toe pick." So, after looking on the internet at both types of skates, it seems ice skates have a toe pick (little edges thingy) on the front of the skate while hockey skates don't.