Hg2’s Top 5: Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks

There’s a chill in the air, it’s dark long before you leave the office, and there’s still nothing good on TV. Follow Hg2 as we glide gracefully across the ice (cling desperately to the wall)…

1. Red Square, Moscow

Perhaps Russia’s most iconic location, the Red Square ice rink has phenomenal views of the Kremlin, St Basil’s Cathedral and the GUM stores. If you want scenic skating, there are few places that can top it (helpfully, most are also on this list).

2. Somerset House, London

Beautiful, beautiful building – there’s a reason why this London hotspot makes the list. The Tudor palace is a fabulous setting for skating, and sponsorship from Tiffany & Co adds sparkle to the mix (non-Londoners, check out their accommodation deal with myhotels). Grab yourself a helpful penguin and get skating.


3. Trocadero Gardens, Paris 

Yes, you can skate on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower, but forget that unless you want to tick a box, since you won’t be able to see the tower itself. Instead, head to the Trocadero Gardens nearby, and skate to your heart’s content with the iconic building forever before your adoring gaze.

4. Rockefeller Centre, New York

Picture-perfect New York at the Rockefeller, simply has to be done if you’re in town. The Centre claims up to a quarter of a million people skate there each year, watched over by the legendary tower and it’s golden Prometheus.



5. Citi Skate Rink, Tokyo

Iceskating in Tokyo has gone all out to be comfortable. Although they haven’t managed to soften the ice, there are heated areas for warming up and seats all around the rink. Health and safety aside, the park is a beautiful place to skate, and the lighting displays around the outside are gorgeous.

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One comment

  1. Lovely photos. My favorite rink has always been New York, but I must admit I didn’t know of several you mentioned. Take care.

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