Ice Skating In London

Once upon a time there was a cold and cloudy day in London town.

“Once” Who am I kidding? We get about 300 of those a year… but none the less, it was one of those days.

Two young(ish) maidens awoke in their chambers and looked out over the city. Uninspired by the weather, they turned to one and other unsure of how to spend the day.

Thankfully their wizened old friend, PJ was on hand with a suggestion.

“Man up Princesses” he said. “We’re going ice-skating.”

And so they did.

The Natural History museum always has fun little popups on the lawn.

It only seems like yesterday that I was here blogging about their summery butterfly tent, but the time has flown by and it’s already time for their Christmassy, magically festive ice rink to slide into our lives.

Things got off to somewhat of a… wobbly start.

So we eased ourselves in at the shallow end, with the help of two little buddies.

Meet Edward and Phil.

(I can’t remember which was which, they look so alike.)

They had us on our feet in no time and cheeky Phil even suggested a conga!

Having stretched our legs, we said goodbye to our Southern friends and went for a spin by ourselves.

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On our travels we ran into a couple stray Los Angelenos and joined forces to become an unstoppable skating team.

We’ve decided to call ourselves The Mighty Ducks.

Catchy name, right? I don’t think it’s been used before.

If you fancy shredding some ice of your very own, there are frozen puddles at The Natural History Museum, Canary Wharf, Westfield, The London Eye, Hampton Court, Hyde Park, Somerset House and The Tower of London.

Grab a buddy, layer up and get yo’ ice wiggle on!

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  • Sophie

    This looks so much fun! I’m completely useless at ice-skating – I could use my own Edward or Phil to help me along a little, I think!

    Sophie xo | That’s What Sophie Said

  • Zainab

    Valentina and I have the same jacket πŸ˜€

    • Joanna

      Love the jacket! Where’s it from? Is it an old one or new season?!

      • Zainab

        It’s from Zara. It was originally Β£60 but it was reduced to Β£20! You can’t buy it online anymore unfortunately but I think they still sell it in store πŸ™‚

        • Joanna

          oh pity, it’s lovely! thank you very much anyway! will have a browse when I’m next in there! πŸ™‚

  • Hette

    Wish I was in London <3

  • Guest

    Those legs!! πŸ˜€ Will you tell us how much you weight and how high you are? You look amazing!

    • A Polite Anon

      Kind of a rude question.

    • Charley

      I’m going to guess Rose is 5’8″ and weighs 9 stone πŸ™‚

  • Awww…what a fun way to spend a day! I love ice skating and just thinking of doing so puts me in the holiday spirit! Have a great day!

    Meghan xo

  • Aisha E Alsayegh

    Haha. The Mighty Ducks. Nope, never been used before. Well done!

  • Elena

    It looks really funny!! I will be in London this thursday, so maybe I try it!

    Check my blog! In the post I show a really cheap webpage!

    I hope you like it!

  • joanna

    Hello Rosie,

    Where is your friends scarf from?

    • Hi Joanna, I’m pretty sure V’s scarf is from Zara as me and my friends raided their scarf display a few days ago and left very few behind! If its not, Zara do a pretty much identical one for a great price!

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  • Amber

    Such a fun day out. I need to get ice scating!

  • Very cool – we’re enjoying a sweltering spring here in Perth so no ice skating and beaches all the way. πŸ™‚

  • Meghan

    Love Vanessa’s scarf! Would love to know where it’s from!

  • Great pictures!
    I’m so excited I’m going to London next weekend and before I’ll be checking through your blog for some tips to eat, go and things to do πŸ™‚

  • Charlotte Blackett

    I went IceSkating at Summerset house and clung to my boyfriend the whole way round. I have come to the conclusion i am not a stable human on ice! looked like you both had a great time.
    Charlotte xxx

  • Samantha-Kay Oliver

    Hi Rosie,

    Love your posts- they always look like so much fun (especially when you’re sitting at a desk at the office…)
    I was just wondering- where is Valentina’s scarf from, do you know? I’ve seen it a couple of times and would love to ask Father Christmas for one, haha!

    Thanks again for brightening up (an otherwise very dull) workday! x

  • daisy walters

    Ahhh I love ice skating! Love your outfits. x

  • I love ice skating – I grew up in Nottingham where they had a huge ice rink, it was great fun. Love the 2 little penguin helpers & your moves on the ice!

    Happy Friday Rosie xoxo

  • Aisling O’Connor

    Rosie – where did you buy your penguin socks? I’m OBSESSED!


  • Guest

    Rosie -where did you get your penguin socks! I’m OBSESSED!


  • Melissa

    Where is Valentina’s scarf is from! I love it πŸ™‚

  • I was here yesterday! I didn’t know they did ‘phils’! i NEED one of them, now I have a higher chance of not falling over… wonderful πŸ™‚ thank you
    Mollie x

  • What a fun way to spend the day! Can’t wait to go ice skating, I think the first rinks are going to open only in a few weeks though…
    xo Andrea

  • Lottie Greenwood

    This looks so much fun!
    I’m going with some people from work to the one in Winchester!
    Lottie xx

  • saradujour

    This has reminded me of how much I used to enjoy skating! It’s been a shamefully long time since I’ve done it. Time to change that!


  • Aw I’v never been ice-skating at the Natural History museum- I normally always go to Somerset House since it always looks so pretty and the tree is always amazing! Saying that, the setting here also looks lovely.

    You’re already getting us in the Christmassy mood!


  • How fun! The location and background is amazing! I can’t wait for it here in Los Angeles, although we have to wait until mid December!

  • Hahaha that’s so cute how you guys used the penguin balance thingys. I think that’s the proper terminology… πŸ˜‰

    What a lovely post!
    Love from Seoul, Isabelle
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  • Karmaz

    I simply love your writing style Rosie it’s just exquisite. Makes me reminisce my own days skating in New York as a 12 year old, pretending I was a little snowflake with penguin friends of my own! What I would give to be that young again and living in a dreamland. Unfortunately, I’ve had to grow up. But your post has given me the inspiration to pull out my skates, take a day off from work, rediscover my childish spirit and embark the ice!

    Wish me luck!

  • such beautiful photos; you’ve got me wanting to get my friends together and take a trip to the local ice rink, very festive!

    -Sarah xo

  • Judy Baker-Pearce

    In Canada and the U.S. The Mighty Ducks were in series of movies about hockey players.
    Very cute at the time.
    Love your blog

  • Sarah Smythe

    Where is VDP’s scarf from? Thank you xxx

  • I don’t think it can get any cuter than this – and I love how you and V are dressed essentially like twins. Best friends think alike!
    Perpetually Caroline

  • Livichris

    Valentina’s scarf is from Zara, “soft checked scarf”, Β£19.99.

  • Amanda Beaton

    The scarf is from zara, I have it too! πŸ™‚

  • Sarah

    I used to be not too bad at ice skating, but the last time I went was with my boyfriend and he fell over and dragged me down with him (we were holding hands). I ended up being stretchered off the rink in front of everyone against my will, most embarrassing moment ever!

  • Georgia

    Valentina’s scarf is from Zara. I have it and it’s so cosy.

  • sadia malik

    you girls look lovely!

  • Mana Smith

    I love this, I remember my friend and I tried to go ice skating once, but when we got to the rink it was much colder than we thought it’d be and ended up going shopping instead.


    Fashion and Happy Things

  • First off let me say that I am loving having Valentina over on the blog and I bet you’re loving having her around too, it shows πŸ™‚ And since I am spending Christmas in NYC (still can’t believe it!!) I can’t wait to go Ice skating at the Rockefeller center! I’m going to have to make someone taking pictures of that too so we can compare and contrast blog post once it happens haha πŸ˜‰

    Have fun you girls! Can’t wait to read more πŸ™‚

  • Teia

    I love your post as always. Judging from most of the comments here it is clear that people would rather chat about scarves and penguin socks (which are both pretty and cute, respectively:)) I am just not sure about the “man up princesses”. Really?! You yourself have said many times that you consider yourself conservative. You have also many times eloquently responded to readers questions and opinions. I wonder why do you think it is ok to suggest to a woman to “man up”?

  • Valli KC

    The little penguin helpers looks so cute, I’m a mighty fail when it comes to ice skating, but I might try again. πŸ™‚

  • Emily

    That looks absolutely amazing! I want to visit London so badly. Ice-Skating is another one of those things that us LA natives miss out on every winter…

  • Looks like so much fun! That reminds me – I need to put ‘ice skating’ at the top of my to-do list this winter! πŸ˜‰ xx

    Keep calm and carry lipstick.

  • AurΓ¨

    Ciao…funny photos…your Silhouette looks magic skating on ice!

  • Love ice-skating, it’s the best fun! Even if you fall over constantly! Although I’ve never had the help of Edward & Phil before πŸ™‚

  • I absolutely LOVE ice skating but the nearest rink to me is one of those split level ones and I always fall down the slope, every damn time! I clearly need a penguin friend, but the tumbles do make for some good laughs though πŸ™‚ xx

  • I have been dying to go on the ice rink for a long time but always scad of making a fool of myself. Maybe this time I should gather some courage and go to the Westfield one. It’s embarrassing when you see the little kids are so good at it and you are the one who keeps kissing the floor all the time

  • Ice skating with lovely penguin friends…sounds perfect πŸ™‚ London here i come ^^ as always, thanks for sharing, you make it all sound sooooo amazing!


  • Too fun. I remember being kids in New York and the field behind our house would freeze over so we had our own backyard ice skating rink. We spent hours out there!

  • Eliza

    Hi Rosie,
    I’m going to be in London for a few days visiting some family, from Christmas Eve to New Years. I’m an avid reader of your blog and I was wondering if perhaps you’d be able to put on a “Top 10” to do in London list or something of the sort? It’d be much appreciated as I’m from the states and I haven’t got a clue as to where to begin my adventures. Thanks so much!


  • Sammie

    Wizened means old and wrinkled just to let you know as you probably thought it meant ‘wise’.

  • Natasha

    Super fun! I’m gonna miss the outdoor ice-rinks this year.
    I used to be a Londoner, but have just moved to Osaka, Japan and am hoping to keep up a blog on my adventures πŸ™‚ would be great of you to check it out xxxx

  • Valeria

    Fantastico!!! anch’io adoro pattinare!!

  • Georgina HattonWoods

    Where is your friends scarf from? I am desperate for a picnic blanket scarf!

    Brunette in Louboutins

    • You can get some fab ones at Topshop in so many different colors πŸ™‚

  • Michelle
  • You should go to Somerset House – it’s so much prettier

  • Alexa

    Ah this has persuaded me to get on the ice this winter! Have always been too nervous, but it looks so fun! xx

  • Thank you sooooo much for this category in general. I’m heading over in Feb, and this gives me so many ideas and knowledge to go off πŸ™‚ I’m sure I’ll be a local in no time.

    Christine |