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The Tower Of London, Tower Hill, London EC3N 4AB 020 8241 9818 ‎
  • I know the ice rink is temporary but the cafe could do with getting some decent beverages and food
  • The main problem with the popularity of Christmas outdoor rinks is that sessions are short (1 hour)

    • by Shaun Humphreys
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      Racking my brains for places to take my date, ice skating ranked top. I had been to one other ice rink in London-Queen’s Ice and Bowl-frankly not a romantic hotspot, more of a cheesy family ghetto.

      Skating underneath the stars was more what I had in mind and Tower of London Ice Rink doesn’t disappoint. In fact its perfect.

      You get off the tube at Tower Hill and its 1 minute round the corner. You walk down a narrow flight of steps and behold an ice rink in a moat. It was a star- lit chilly night this December and the ice so bright it made your eyes hurt looking at it- which I took to be a good sign.

      The ice rink is large for an outdoor rink but it needs to be as it takes 100s of skaters in peak times. Beware, you will probably be paying the peak price for skating, see times and ticket prices below. Also the ticket price is abit much for just a 1 hour session-12 pound peak.

      I paid for the two of other 24 pound. It did include skate hire, however I advise bringing your own skates as ice rink owned skates tend to


      be blunt. As with all ice rink provided skates you will need to use a foot size below and strap them on very tight otherwise you will find your feet bending sideways on the ice. Your feet will be in pain from lack of circulation but its a necessity.

      The ice is cleared after every hour session so its always smooth and level making for a pleasurable surface to skate on. There’s nothing worse than wearing blunt skates over uneven ice.

      Queue early, as about a hundred people queue in peak times to get their skates and you will hit into your 1 hour session. There’s a good amount of bench space to sit down and strap your skates on.

      The location couldn’t be more perfect in the moat: a view of the tower of London. It’s truly breaktaking skating round the rink with this backdrop.

      The size of the rink accomodates the crowds well with plenty of space and no annoying kids to navigate over and through. This is an ice rink for the mature, so perfect for a date or small group of friends.

      I was looking forward to a good hot drink and food after spending an hour keeping my ...


      • date from falling over. The ice rink has a ski chalet style cafe overlooking the rink where you also purchase your tickets from.

        Their drinks and food are utterly disappointing: powdered instant drinks and a couple of flapjacks and cookies. The surrounding area doesn’t house much in the way of restaurants and cafes either. As it was, I took us all the way back to Baker Street to eat.

        I know the ice rink is temporary but the cafe could do with getting some decent beverages and food: folk are hungry and cold after skating.They would surely take a decent amount for the two months of opening.

        The main problem with the popularity of Christmas outdoor rinks is that sessions are short (1 hour). A session time of 2 hours would make better value for money. 12 pound for 1 hour seems pricey to me.

        The ice rink itself and its location are perfect; its a scenic and romantic treat. Being able to skate up to 10pm is fantastic. An ice rink that kept its doors open til midnight would really be winter’s hotspot though.

        The rink is open from 20th November 2010 to 9th January 2011 from 10am to

        10pm every day.

        Phone 020 8241 9818, or go online to www.toweroflondonicerink.com to book. The rink recommends advance booking, but 9 times out of 10 you should be fine getting your tickets there. Pre booking does comes with a charge as well.

        The easiest way to get to the rink is by tube. The nearest station is Tower Hill which is on the Circle Line between Monument and Aldgate, and the District Line between Monument and Aldgate East. It’s near to Liverpool street station if you’re visiting London. Get out at Tower Hill station, walk around the corner and the rink is there. Nearest parking: Ensign Street, Poplar, Greater London 0.4 mi away.

        Peak times are as follows:

        Weekends, all evening sessions from 5.15pm, all day Mon 20, Tues 21, Wed 22, Thur 23 Dec, Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, Mon 27, Tues 28, Wed 29, Thur 30 Dec, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

        Ticket prices are as follows: Adults : £12.00 peak £10.00 off peak

        Child (under 16) :£8.00 peak £7.50 off peak

        Concessions :£11.00 peak £9.50 off peak.

        (Students (with Student ID) & Senior Citizens (over 60)

        Family ticket :£32.00 peak,£30.00 off peak.

        (1 Adult and 3 Children or 2 Adults and 2 Children)




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