Skating at the Natural History Museum Ice Rink



The Natural History Museum Ice Rink must be the most enchanting skating location in London. My 11 year old son Diego was lucky to be invited to try one of the Kids Fast Track Skating Courses, a fun-filled four-day course running though the Christmas holidays for children aged 6 upwards to be taught key skating skills and learn how to skate relatively well within a matter of days. He had absolutely no skating skills whatsoever and never really fancied this sport but within minutes (literally) the excellent coach managed to get him from zero to hero. Take a look at my video below where you can see children improving within seconds under the teacher’s supervision.




Watch the video!


Inevitably the fact that it’s set against the stunning backdrop of one of London’s best-loved landmarks, the Natural History Museum Ice Rink makes this skating destination quite popular. It is open until 7 January 2018 so families staying in London over the holiday season will be able to enjoy it. Tickets are on sale now at


The Kids Fast Track Skating Course is particularly good because children can learn skating with a proper coach whilst parents can relax at the Café Bar located just above the ice rink which has a perfectly-positioned viewing balcony.


The hot chocolate with marshmallows is delicious and warming. Wrap up well as it can get cold standing outside the ice rink photographing your little ones whizzing around the rink.

The next courses, available to book online now, take place on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 27th December – Saturday 30th December 2017

  • Tuesday 2nd January – Friday 5th January 2018

The Penguin Skate Club takes place on Saturday mornings from 9am-10am until 6 January and is designed especially for tiny ones aged 4 to 8 years old. With the help of the Natural History Museum Ice Rink ’s much-loved penguin skating aids, children will have a 30-minute skating lesson. Tickets are £8.50 plus booking fee and must be booked online only via the website.


The Natural History Museum Ice Rink welcomes over 130,000 visitors every year, providing the perfect treat as the festive season draws ever closer. The glistening ice rink which runs alongside South Kensington’s tree-lined streets will be topped off once again with a sparkling 30ft Christmas tree. It’s not just skating that’s on offer, there are fun activities for the whole family to enjoy both on and off the ice. This year for the first time, luxury chocolatier and cocoa grower Hotel Chocolat will be serving their luxurious signature hot chocolate and other hot drinks for skaters to enjoy and indulge in.


Bookings: Tickets for the Natural History Museum Ice Rink can be booked via or phone 0844 847 1576.


Dates:  The Natural History Museum Ice Rink is open until Sunday 7 January 2018 – Check the website for daily session times.

Peak Times:                            Please refer to the website.

Ticket prices:  From £8.80 for children, £12.65 for adults, £39.60 for family (all include booking fee).


Travel: Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD – Nearest tube – South Kensington


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Tip for mums: Ditch your old skates and head to the Natural History Museum Ice Rink where you get brand new ice skates equipped with the latest technology. Join in the fun with the kids! And enjoy the beautiful location.

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