This is a really nice rink in the heart of Canary Wharf! Very beautiful with the lights of the surrounding buildings. And open on Boxing Day as I just spend an hour here on this very day.
It's only open during the winter months. And prices are comparable to other ice skating rinks. My only grip is that for 12 pounds, you only get an hour of skating. Comparing to skating rinks in the USA... you pay a similar price but are allowed to stay all day. I didn't feel an hour was enough. I can easily skate for 3 hours non stop.
But a very enjoying evening even if only for an hour!
I've been to the Canary Wharf Ice Skating (open air) last year.
I think I paid £10 for 1 hour session in the evening (which is more than enough for a beginner like me). I think it was at 20.30.
I had a great time. It was my first time so I think I felt 4 or 5 times, had bruises everywhere but it was really nice.
This year, I won't forget my gloves!
I checked on viewlondon.co.uk (where I bought the tickets last year) and it's now £12 and apparently it opens on 17th November.
I might do it again but need to buy roller blades to train before :-)
Went to the Canary Wharf ice rink today at a 12 noon Sunday session. It doesn't have a very magical Christmassy atmosphere but it is a nice, large-ish rink that if you want to have some fun with, is an ok place to do it. When I was there, it wasn't very crowded at all leaving us a lot of space to skate (and fall). I suspect it gets busier as the day goes on though.
If you're only going to skate once this season, there are better places to go, but if you want to have some fun (especially with children) I'd recommend it.
I did NOT like this ice rink. Let me explain. Firstly, its absolutely tiny. Okay, I guess I shouldn't complain too much, they're all this size. But when you're skating tight circles in one direction for an hour, eventually you'll find that one of your legs has lost all functionality. And that can't be good. Secondly, the ice was awful - again, understandable I suppose when such crowds pass through here every day.
But one thing they could at least have made an effort with when the price of a session is 13 quid - the skates themselves. They're pick-axe grade blades welded onto the modern plastic version of the chinese torture boot. And this leaves only the most optimistic and/or desensitized to enjoy the ride for any longer than ten minutes. Bring your own blades. Better though, take them to a proper ice rink, and enjoy your skating with better ice, much more space and dare I say , a better view.
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