Skate at Somerset House

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Somerset House , Temple Until Sunday January 10 2016
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A glorious backdrop and special events help make a trip to this outdoor rink one of the capital's most festive outings.

The grand 18th-century courtyard that is home to Somerset House ice rink provides a stunning location for a skating session this winter – and no matter how unimpressive your skills a trip to this 900-square-metre outdoor rink will look the very definition of festive fun on Instagram. There are lots of tempting extras too: the Fortnum's Lodge will offer champagne, afternoon tea and even private dining; Club Nights will feature DJs from Ministry of Sound and Island Records. The Christmas Arcade will bring posh shopping from Fortnum & Mason, and guests can admire the skaters with drink in hand at the Botanical Bar, both of which can be accessed without a ticket.

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Venue name: Somerset House
Address: Strand
Opening hours: Daily 10am-6pm
Transport: Tube: Temple/Charing Cross/Covent Garden
Price: from £7.50 plus booking fee
Event phone: 020 7845 4600
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When you're going round and round and round an ice skating rink for an hour you want your surroundings to be pretty special and this place really delivers. Somerset House is the most beautiful backdrop with a huge Christmas tree at one end of the rink. It absolutely nails atmosphere and that warm Christmas feeling. Finish off with a mulled wine or a hot chocolate whilst debriefing on how many times you fell over. Perfect.


The ice rink at Somerset House is an absolute London institution, but I'm here to rave about the Fortnum and Mason chalet bar that you can go to when you're done picking your arse off the ice (i.e. after 10 minutes for me). This is set to return in 2015 and mark my words, the white hot chocolate with vanilla marshmallows is the greatest. Just look at that copper mug,

Janet Martin

How brilliant to have the ice rink at Somerset House. What a beautiful picture of it. My daughter and I were talking about going ice skating. We live in Brighton and have the ice rink at the Pavilion. I said what about going to London and we were trying to think of a skating rink there, when I remembered that one year you showed Somerset House ice rink on Seeing A New Year show. We can't wait to come up to London to take a turn on the ice in such beautiful surroundings. We are Londoners so it will be a trip down memory lane for us as a family. See you soon

Alexandra Waite

Having not been skating for years a friend and I decided to tick this one off the bucket list. Although I was probably one of the worst ones there I had an amazing time. The setting was beautiful, the staff were incredibly friendly and the smell of mulled wine was an incentive to make it round the rink. Everyone seemed to be having a fantastic time, even the spectators.