You know the holidays are coming when Somerset House turns into an ice rink! At the end of a very busy week and what was a very rainy day, I wasn’t sure how successful this icecapade would be. Turns out, I worried for nothing! The rain stopped, the zamboni smoothed the ice down and the staff onsite couldn’t be more helpful swapping our shoes for skates and putting our bags away.
I confess, I was feeling a little cocky about my ice skating prowess. I’m a whizz on a pair of roller blades, how different could it be?
Turns out, very different.
We were more Bambi on Ice than Dancing on Ice.
After a wobbly start, our confidence slowly grew and we were soon whizzing around the rink getting braver and braver! Let’s just say it’s lucky I don’t drive the way I ice skate (if I drove at all, hah!)
There’s a kiddie rink where little ones can use Penguins for balance…sadly none were for adults. I would have loved to hold onto a human sized penguin to zoom around the ice with- Ismay had to step up to that job!
The smell of mulled wine wafts from the bar tent next to the rink and choooons were blasting through Somerset House so that for a split second you could pretend you were about to do a leaping spin in the middle of a gold medal winning performance. Only split seconds mind you, remember we’re still Bambis on Ice.
Skating and singing along to a Kings of Leon song, in the middle of gorgeous Somerset House lit up beautifully with a giant Christmas tree overlooking the rink= Friday night PERFECTION!
You can buy your ice skating tickets from the Somerset House website, I wish I had started going years ago. Now I understand what the fuss is about!
I was worried it would be chaotic but I was so impressed with how organised it is- the ice isn’t overcrowded with people, the skates were CLEAN, no one was grumpy…and I’m now excited for Christmas. I know it’s November, but I can’t help it. Just LOOK AT THE TREE!!