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.