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London Imagery: Canary Wharf Skating Rink

The first picture in my smoking in Canary Wharf post was that of Canada Square little park. I neglected to photograph it from the office windows above thus far, but since mid-November the place has been converted into an outdoor skating rink. The annual attraction will stay in place until mid-February.

The tickets are a bit on the pricier side, and once school holidays start, the rink will be very crowded. Nonetheless, Becky came to skate here with a friend a couple of years ago, and will likely do the same this season.

Here is what it looks like. The sun never reaches this particular spot directly in winter, which could explain the dreadful light. But in truth, I’ve taken the picture on an overcast day. If I wait for a sunny one, I might miss the whole season.

And here is the same rink after darkness, which I find considerably more impressive.


  1. Ilya

    There are a few such rinks erected in several cool places around London: Somerset House, Natural History Museum, Canary Wharf, etc. All get very busy around holiday time, but I’m sure all are pretty cool places to skate. I’ll try to see if I have any good last year pictures from Somerset House.

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