Natural History Museum Ice Rink

The Natural History Museum Ice Rink is a London festive icon and a great place for a spot of festive ice skating. Peter Gray reports.

Natural History Museum

After a break for the pandemic in 2020, the Natural History Museum Ice Rink is back in 2021, and with a new installation planned for 2022, this year marks the final time that the rink will be erected outside the iconic venue. So, even more reason to go then.

Indeed, during the festive season in London there are several views of the city that absolutely must be seen – and the Natural History Museum, complete with ice rink, fairy light filled trees and majestic Christmas tree is certainly one of them.


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There’s something truly magical about the place, with Waterhouse’s architectural triumph providing the perfect backdrop for this exceedingly heart warming Christmas scene.

We are spoilt for choice when it comes to ice rinks in London but the rink at the NHM is one of the best. At 1000 square metres it’s certainly a big beast and there’s a smaller 100 square metre rink for youngsters.


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Benugo will once again be providing the food and drink at their Indoor Cafe bar and the chain will no doubt be serving the usual assortment of drinks – mulled wine, hot chocolate as well as tea and coffee and other refreshments.

One great thing about the NHM Ice rink is that you can never be entirely sure of who you’ll spot on the ice. The rink is a popular choice with celebrities so it’s quite possible that you’ll be rubbing shoulders with celebrities ranging from the cast of Made In Chelsea to the actors from EastEnders.

The Natural History Museum also offers a junior club for kids who want to learn to skate or sharpen their skills. The Penguin Skate Club offers lessons to children aged from four to eight so if you’re thinking of bringing the little ones then the NHM can cater to them too.

Finally, if you’d like to make a day of it, City Countdown recommends combining a skating session with a visit to the museum itself.


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The Natural History Museum Ice Rink will be open from the 22nd of October 2021 until the 16th of January 2022. More information about the venue can be found here.

For more suggestions on ice rink a in London and outdoor events in general, please click here.

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What: festive skating
When: 22 \oct 21 - 16 Jan 22
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