Stuck For NYE Plans? You Can Ice Skate Your Way Into 2019

National History Museum

New Year’s Eve is a tough one isn’t it? Do you go out and pay a crazy amount of cash to get into a club where you’ll probably only get served at the bar once every hour because it’s SO rammed full of people. Or pay a ridiculous entry fee into your local pub where you’ll probably have the same situation. Head to a friend’s house gathering, or if all else fails just accept it is what it is and stay in. But now you can ice skate.

Skating at the Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum is known for it’s gorgeous ice rink at Christmas time and in recent years it seems to be becoming even more popular than Somerset House. But what if you can’t ice skate? That’s no biggy – you won’t miss out. If you want to give it a go, they’ve got those cute little penguins you can hang onto for dear life, or try it the old school way by hanging on to the ledge as you shimmy round REALLY slowly. Of course, if you’d rather stay firmly on the ground, there’s a little café where you can top up your beverages while you watch everyone else whizz round like pros.

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And this year, they’ve gone one better. If you fancy something a little different, the National History Museum ice rink will be open for the last night of 2018, so you can ring in the new year on ice or toasting to a glass of bubbly – or both.

The best bit? It’s not actually overly priced – for £33 per person, you’ll get entry to both the ice rink and the Café Bar, plus a glass of champers for the occasion.

Of course if you want to splurge a little, the Café Bar will be serving party platters at £12 each, a ton of Charles Heidsieck NV bubbles, with a DJ on site spinning some tunes and a Hotel Chocolat chocmobile where you can grab yourself some chocolate truffles. Sounds pretty swish.


If you think you might fancy it and you’re in London or planning a trip down to the capital, there are two extra ice skating sessions available for 31 December – so take your pick between 9pm-10:45pm if you fancy a calm start to the year, or if you want to be on the ice when the clock strikes 12, there’s a session from 11pm-12:30am.

You can book your tickets here