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On the Ice: The Canary Wharf of London vs. BarGelona


With Christmas just around the corner, we once again have Christmas markets, various family plans, and, of course, ice rinks, a fun alternative to combat the winter cold that’s suitable for all ages. If you’re planning to visit London or Barcelona during the Christmas holidays, don’t miss out on visiting their ice rinks.


Just a 15-minute walk from central Bond Street, the capital of the Thames has an ice rink in the heart of the business district of Canary Wharf. Surrounded by the three tallest skyscrapers in the UK, the Canary Wharf Ice Rink opened on November 1 and won’t be closing until February 28. It’s open from 11 am to 11 pm, except holidays. The ticket price does not exceed 15 pounds per person per hour and there are numerous discounts for groups, students and families. And to avoid the queues, it’s also possible to purchase tickets online with specific dates and times for skating.

The open-air rink also has a terrace bar with views, which can also be rented for private parties. The Canary Wharf Ice Rink can be accessed by people with reduced mobility. A traditional Christmas market is also only a two-minute walk from the rink, offering the perfect complement to a day of skating.

You can reach the Canary Wharf track is possible by public transport (metro, train, bus and boat) and they also have complimentary parking on weekends and holidays.


Dubbed BarGelona, the ice rink of Barcelona will host skaters from November 21 until January 11, from 10 am to 9 pm Sunday through Thursday and from 10 am to 11 pm on Friday, Saturday and the evenings before public holidays. The ticket prices to this indoor ice rink won’t exceed 10 euros per person per hour and they offer group discounts. In addition, younger guests can celebrate their birthday parties at the skating rink with their friends.

Located in such a privileged spot as the Plaza de Catalunya, BarGelona is ideal place to take a break from a day of Christmas shopping in the center of Barcelona. Lines can form, however, but the luxury of being able to skate in the heart of the city makes the wait worthwhile.