Friday, 14 November 2014

Ice skating at Somerset house

Address: Strand, London WC2R 1LA
Nearest station: Temple
020 7845 4600

There’s nothing more magical and festive than skating on an outdoor ice-ring, especially one with a gorgeous building as a backdrop. Transformed with marquees, magenta lighting and a giant Christmas tree ornate with vibrant bauble, Somerset house beckons you in with alluring christmasty vibe and charm.

Each ice skating session lasts an hour, and it’s best to arrive an hour early so you can deposit your bag at the cloakroom to the right of the Somerset house main entrance. It costs £1 for two items so make sure you grab your friend going in. No dangling items are allowed so make sure your phone or camera would fit into your coat pocket!

Let's get ready to skate :D
As a student, you get 50% off ticket price (which is £14.55) with a £2 booking fees; however this only applies to day-light session. It’s worth the extra money to go when it’s dark to make the most out of the festiveness. Having booked a 17:30 time slot, I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t overly crowded, which was a big plus!

The initial round of skating (My sister is the girl in beige coat, too scared to go out)

The ice ring is smaller than expected – but offer an excellent view of the Christmas tree and Somerset house. As everyone makes the initial grip-the-fence round, classical music played softly mingling with the delicious scent of mulled wine from the adjacent restaurant.

Photo credit to my sister for capturing me in this beautiful lighting

The lightings change periodically from magenta to snowflake to my favourite criss-cross ice-fracture. Personally I find the music choice perculia, a mix of classical with an odd pop song thrown in. The surface was rather wet and slippery as well, not ideal for novice skaters.

Whilst it isn’t the best place to skate, the great atmosphere and setting was definitely worth a visit. It is afterall free to wonder in and take some photos, even if you don’t want to go to the ice ring.

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