After visiting the Natural History Museum Ice Rink the other night, I planned to go back there to see how it looks like during the day. As expected, it was just as gorgeous!
I fell in love with it all over again. I guess the natural light makes its beauty stand out without the added aesthetics of the fairy lights surrounding the whole place. The beautiful architecture of Natural History Museum as a backdrop of this ice rink makes it gorgeous no matter what time of the day it is.
It was drizzling yesterday when I was there but that didn’t stop these skaters to enjoy the ice rink. It does look too slippery though but I saw that there’s an emergency kit and team inside ready to respond in case someone gets hurt. So that must be comforting to know.
The Cafe Bar which overlooks the ice rink is a place you can go to in case you’re feeling too cold with the weather we now have or hungry/thirsty. Do try their mulled wine.
It was really lovely, I haven’t seen the other ice rinks in London yet but I do think that the beauty of Natural History Museum Ice Rink will be quite hard to beat.
Plan your visit to the Natural History Museum Ice Rink
Adult: from £12.65
Child: (12 and under): from £8.80
Family: (2 adults, 2 children or 1 adult, 3 children): £39.60
Members: Save 10%
Student: £9.00 – includes a drink
Parent & toddler: £11 – includes a drink
Dates and Timings:
The Naturally History Museum Ice Rink will be up and running from October 27 to January 8 and will be closed on Christmas day, 25December. Generally, the ice rink is open from 11am to 9pm however depending on the dates of your visit – you might want to check their website if you plan on going there later in the evening, on the weekends or during New Year day itself.
Each skating session lasts for 50 minutes.
Skate hire is included in the price but you can also bring your own skates.
There’s a cloakroom for bags and coats which costs GBP2 per item.
You don’t have to have a ticket if you just want to walk around the whole area. You only need a ticket if you wish to ice skate however, you can also just enjoy watching the skaters from the Cafe Bar which is what I did without the need to buy a ticket.
Nearest underground station is South Kensington.
The Natural History Museum Ice Rink is open from October 27 to January 8 and closed on December 25.
For more Christmas in London festivities, do visit the below posts:
Christmas Ice Rinks in London
Natural History Museum
Skate at Somerset House
Street Christmas Lights in London
Christmas Markets in London
Christmas in Leicester Square
Southbank Centre Winter Festival
Kingston Christmas Market
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Christmas Walking Tours
Christmas Walking Tour Part 1
Christmas Walking Tour Part 2
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I actually did Katy! :p
If I get into the Christmas spirit earlier than December this year, Noemi, it will be down to you alone! Love your photos of the gorgeous architecture of the Natural History Museum against the ice rink. I’m very impressed by the look of those wicker chairs and benches for the spectators – they look a lot better than the plastic chairs you usually get. Thanks for sharing it with us on #FarawayFiles
Were you able to visit it finally Clare? 🙂
LOVE the christmas tree in the middle! We have ice rinks here in Copenhagen – but none would rival that one! Reminds me a little of the one in NYC at Rockefeller Plaza. Gorgeous! Glad you are getting your christmas fix again – cheers from Denmark – Erin #FarawayFiles
The one in NYC looks amazing too! I should definitely keep that in mind to make a visit. 🙂
So much holiday spirit! I love it! I’m absolutely terrible at ice skating, but I’d do it here just because it looks so magical 🙂
At least you’re just terrible, I don’t even know how to stand on the ice rink with the skates on. Lol.
This ice in the middle of these buildings look so good! I can skate but can’t break, what a n00b, what a fake Canadian haha!
Hahahahaha! Really? At least I have an excuse, I’m from the Philippines where we don’t get snow. Lol.
Ice Skating is always fun! London is so pretty during the holidays. I would love to go back during that time.
You must Ty! 🙂
I would absolutely love to spend Christmas in London one day! I have visited London 3 times and the latest in the year was at the end of October- I think the week before the ice rink was set up! (Was rather sad about that!). But I absolutely love the Natural History Museum. 🙂
You should come visit again. 🙂 I have not explored Natural History Museum just yet. 🙁
Ahh! I’d love to skate on that rink. It looks so Christmassy. I love London when it looks like this. We have a rink in Edinburgh on Princes Street each year, this as prompted me to try it out!
I think that would be an amazing ice skating rink too. Do blog about it. 🙂
I love Christmas time in London. The markets, decor, lights, and the festive spirit! The Natural History Museum is so beautiful year round, and especially for Christmas.
I can’t hardly wait for everything Christmassy to open up here in London. I’ve been Christmas-deprived in the Middle East. Lol
Love the snow..nothing like a white Christmas with twinkling lights. I don’t know ice skating…so will have to learn it before I get here. Any places around where I can try some mulled wine?
It’s actually not snow although it does look like it. Lol. Yes, there’s mulled wine served at the cafe bar overlooking the ski rink. 🙂
Looks gorgeous, I will definitely be visiting this shortly! Were you there on a weekday? It’s so quiet!
This was taken during the day, around 3pm and it was raining. When I went there the first time it was at night and there were a lot more people skating. :p
I’m visiting London in May 2017 and I’m starting to think that I’m going there at the wrong time of the year! 😉 London looks absolutely gorgeous in the winter! I guess I’ll just have to visit again someday. Also, your photos are so sharp and beautiful!
London is pretty any time of the year but I do believe that it’s much prettier during Christmas season. Yes, a reason for you to come back. :p