Frost Fair 200

Relive the fun of the famous London Frost Fairs in Monday 3 February as we celebrate 200 years since the last-ever Fair took place. 

Reflecting the events of old when skaters, traders and entertainers took to a frozen River Thames, Broadgate, the City of London Corporation and the Cheapside Initiative have come together to bring you free skating at Broadgate Ice Rink, entertainers and minstrels, as well as a host of stalls selling warming food, souvenirs and some of life’s luxuries. 

Join us from 5-10pm for this after-work, family-friendly event in Exchange Square and melt away those winter blues the way they did it in Olde London town.

Free ice skating 

Free ice skating will be available at Broadgate Ice Rink on a first come first served basis from 5pm (subject to availability). 

Free skating session times: 
5-5.45pm
6.6.45pm
7-7.45pm
8-8.45pm
9-9.45pm

More information about entertainment and market stalls coming soon! 

Frost Fairs

The last Frost Fair began on 1 February 1814 and lasted four days. River Thames frost fairs were held between the 15th century and early 19th century when severe winters would see the river, which was much wider and slower, freeze over.

Londoners would take to the ice where market stalls were set up and various entertainments took place. People would ice skate, sledge and play games. Even an elephant was led across the river below Blackfriars Bridge in 1814.

For more information about River Thames Frost Fairs, see the Royal Meteorological Society, Visit Bankside and The Telegraph websites.

Pictures provided by London Metropolitan Archives, City of London