Eyeskate 2012

Ice skating

Winter sports

EDF Energy London Eye

Until Sun Jan 6 2013

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Frami

First time I have used this rink. Much preferred it to the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland rink. Yes it is much small but far better for families. Less crowded, slower speeds and much better trained staff. The check-in/skate hire area is a bit small but the staff are fast and efficient but courteous and a serve with a smile. On the ice there are push along toys for young children and also double bladed skates. The stewards at the Eye are alert and are on the scene to help immediately they see anyone in difficulty but they are not obtrusive. A complete contrast to the Hyde Park stewards who are more concerned with showing off their skating skills (one of them actually knocked me over), flirting and with enforcing petty discipline ie stopping people taking photos while ignoring real safety issues such as overcrowding and objects on the ice. The Eye stewards were alert to all these things, they even noticed one man's skate was damaged and sorted a better pair for him. They will also help take photos ( the official photographer still did a roaring trade) and also inspected the ice between sessions far more thoroughly than their Hyde Park counterparts and made an effort to clean it. Oh yes and to crown it all Eyeskate is cheaper and came with a free entry to the 4D experience which was short but fun.