Skate into the new year

It’s not too late to enjoy ice skating in London! A few ice skate rings are still open. Whether you’re planning a picture-perfect date night, eager to show-off your skills with fellow skating enthusiasts, or enjoying a fun family outing, here are the ice rinks still open.

Ice Rink Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf Ice Rink

London’s longest-running seasonal ice rink is open until 24 February. Head to The Grandstand Bar for the best views of those skating on the rink and enjoy a variety of drinks and lite bites on offer to warm up or cool down after your session on the ice. 

Nearest Pier: Canary Wharf

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Skate at Somerset House

Skate Somerset House

Somerset House’s spectacular courtyard has been transformed into a glorious wintry destination with a Swiss winter vibe courtesy of Switzerland Tourism until 14 January . With trailblazing DJs on the decks and skating lessons with Skate School, you can choose to take to the ice or the dance floor. Enjoy a glass of Provence Rosé with the ultimate rink-side view at the Skate Lounge by Whispering Angel and browse the Shelter Boutique's pre-loved vintage, designer, and high-street clothing and gifts. 

Nearest Pier: Embankment

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Bankside Frost Fair

Bankside's Frost Fair

Celebrate the winter season at the Frost Fair, returning for its second year. Head on over to Bankside from 26 - 28 January as they pay homage to one of the most extraordinary events in London's history.

Between approximately 1605 and 1814, the river Thames froze over 24 times, halting all water trade. In response, the people of Bankside transformed the frozen river into 'Frost Fairs'—spectacular events featuring markets, amusements, food, drink, games, pubs, shops, and more!

Drawing inspiration from the area's rich heritage and lively characters, Bankside has reinvented the Frost Fair for the 21st century. Immerse yourself in traditional games, music, dance, artisan stalls, art and craft workshops, and even encounter a life-sized elephant!

Nearest pier: Bankside

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Battersea Power Station’s Annual Light Festival

Prepare to be dazzled as Battersea Power Station's annual Light Festival returns to brighten up winter evenings this January. This year's festival is bigger, brighter and more interactive than ever before, featuring spectacular installations from British and international artists.

Returning for its fourth year, the free-to-attend Light Festival promises a visual feast with a large collection of installations. These stunning pieces of artwork will be showcased both outdoors and inside the iconic Grade II listed Power Station between 25 January – 25 February.

Make a day or evening out of your visit and soak in the vibrant atmosphere with a great mix of shops, bars, and restaurants open at Battersea Power Station. There will also be family-friendly workshops, live entertainment and music throughout the festival.

Nearest pier: Battersea Power Station

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Light Festival at Battersea Power Station 2024

Winter Lights at Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf Winterlights

Experience the enchantment of light at Canary Wharf's Winter Lights Festival between 17 – 27 January. The eighth edition invites you to explore 13 spectacular temporary installations alongside beloved permanent light artworks. This immersive journey, showcasing global light artists, highlights the captivating fusion of nature and technology, offering moments of stimulation, beauty, and technical marvel.

As you traverse the illuminated trail, witness Westferry Circus ablaze with the flames of Sign, meander through geometric monoliths in Crossrail Place Roof Garden, and immerse yourself in the mesmerising Submergence at Montgomery Square.

Alongside the stunning installations, savour street food and hot drinks from pop-up markets or indulge in sweet treats with marshmallow toasting at Jubilee Park. Warm up with a hearty meal or cocktail at the various cafés, bars, and restaurants.

Nearest pier: Canary Wharf

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Don't miss


See the light this winter with Coalescence, a stunning art installation by designer Paul Cocksedge, at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich. Coalescence is made from over 2,500 pieces of coal, cleverly representing the amount of energy consumed by a single 200W light bulb in a year. Suspended against the backdrop of the magnificent Painted Hall, this thought-provoking piece contrasts between the dark fossil fuel and the bright baroque ceiling. The coal pieces reflect and refract the light, creating an impressive effect that invites you to question our dependence on fossil fuels.

Coalescence is on display until 4 February, and tickets are £15.

Your ticket also includes access to Skittle Alley, all the tours of the Old Royal Naval College, and the multimedia guides. 

Make your visit even more special and book a Social Media ticket, which includes reduced capacity and allows selfies with the installation. You can also book a Quiet Hour ticket, which is designed for visitors with sensory needs.

Nearest pier: Greenwich

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Dissecting the Dirt Advanced Archaeology Club

Fulham Palace YAC

Are you aged 16-25? Join the ‘Dissecting the Dirt Advanced Archaeology Club’ at Fulham Palace between 20 January – 27 April. This unique opportunity allows you to gain valuable transferable skills, including project management and leadership, by actively planning and supporting Fulham Palace's Young Archaeologists Club.

Led by community archaeologist Alexis, these full-day sessions provide hands-on opportunities for exciting archaeological training. Begin by assisting with the Young Archaeologists’ Club, and later in the term, take charge of planning and facilitating upcoming sessions. In the afternoons, focus on gaining in-depth, practical archaeological training—skills that are not only valuable in the field but also in various career paths. The sessions promise to be informative, interesting, and offer a chance to unleash your creativity!

Nearest pier: Putney

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Royal Museums Greenwich

Take off on captivating cultural and celestial journeys with Royal Museums Greenwich this January.

Burns Night Aboard Cutty Stark

Cutty Stark Burnsnight

Celebrate Burns Night in a unique setting aboard the iconic tea clipper, Cutty Sark, for a folktastic evening of music featuring The Salts. Following a sell-out performance last year, The Salts, a cooperative of seasoned musicians, promise a twenty-first-century folk experience that respectfully embraces the traditional.

Immerse yourself in the brilliant music in the distinctive Michael Edwards Studio Theatre, located in the Lower Hold. This not-to-be-missed performance on 25 January blends contemporary energy with folk traditions, creating an exciting and memorable experience.

Join in for a night of music and celebration in a venue as unique and fitting as the historic Cutty Sark.

Nearest Pier: Greenwich

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Planetarium Shows

Royal Museums Greenwich Planetarium

Embark on a captivating journey into space at the Royal Museums Greenwich. Join Royal Observatory astronomers and leading scientists for an immersive experience featuring live planetarium shows, interactive science sessions, and much more!

This January, discover a range of astrological shows and special events that promise to offer a whole new perspective on the world. Whether you're a space enthusiast or just curious about the cosmos, these planetarium shows and activities are designed to engage and enlighten.

Nearest Pier: Greenwich

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