Queens, the oldest ice rink in the United Kingdom, opened in October 1930. She remains the only permanent ice rink in central London.

It was the brainchild of architect, builder, speculator and entrepreneur A.O. ‘Alfred Octavius’ Edwards, who amongst his many interests had a passion for ice skating. Queens was Edwards’ second ice rink, the first being ‘The Grosvenor House Ice Skating Rink’ in what today is the Great Room in London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.

QUEENS was the first venue used by the BBC for televised skating. She has the best part of a century, played host to elite athletes, high society partygoers and around 25 million guests. Now with a few nips & tucks over the past 12 months, we think the old girl’s looking damn fine for 87.

Our History, on Ice

From the 1950s through to the 1970s produced its fair share of top skaters, many of whom went on to become British, European, World and of course Olympic champions.
The roll of honour includes such names as Courtney Jones, June Markham, Doreen Denny, John Curry, Robin Cousins, Sally Stapleford, Diane Towler, Bernard Ford, & John & Jennifer Nicks – the list goes on.

Despite pursuing different disciplines at Queens, they were all coached at some stage in their careers by the late, great, Gladys Hogg MBE, who began coaching at Queens from the day it opened in 1930. until her retirement in 1984.


Peter Pan

“Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning”

This famous quote was first written 112 years ago by our neighbour; J.M. Barrie when he lived just one road away, writing “Peter Pan” in 1904. Originally titled “The Boy Who Would Never Grow Up” this epitomizes the new playful ethos of QUEENS • skate • dine • bowl, and so is emblazoned in 29 meters of royal blue neon lights (the longest single piece of neon artwork in the UK).