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Christmas Skating at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason

Ice-skating in some of London’s most iconic places is a favourite Christmas pastime. SEEN has chosen some of the most stunning ice-skating rinks in the capital to help you keep up with tradition.

Ice-skating in some of London’s most iconic places is a favourite Christmas pastime. SEEN has chosen some of the most stunning ice-skating rinks in the capital to help you keep up with tradition.


Somerset House has been transformed into a festive hotspot, signalling the start of the Christmas season with the launching of an open-air rink that becomes a party destination all day long: live DJs playing from a rink-side booth; Club Nights presenting celebrated names from international music and festival scenes; raving in one-off early morning sessions run by Morning Gloryville, the pioneers of morning raving… to name just a few of the possibilities that Somerset House offers both Londoners and visitors alike, during the Christmas holidays.

Skate at Somerset House

There is even a Skate School that helps first-time skaters to learn, as well as improvers wanting to perfect their skating skills. The Polar Cub Club, located on a smaller, separate section of the ice rink, provides under-eights with polar bear skating aids, designed exclusively for Somerset House. The Skate Lounge, beside the rink, with a front-row view of the ice, serves a selection of Jägermeister long drinks and cocktails within a rustic alpine setting.

Skate at Somerset House

But skating at Somerset House is not the only fun you can have here this Christmas. If you want to do some shopping, just a stone’s throw from the ice, in the West Wing of Somerset House, Fortnum’s Christmas Arcade is a pop-up shop stocked with a selection of presents from Fortnum’s flagship store in Piccadilly: from confectionery to Fortnum’s famous teas, gifts for men, women and children, and a section specially dedicated to Christmas decorations and accessories.

After so much activity, the exclusive Fortnum’s Lodge is an all-day food and drink destination featuring Fortnum’s favourite dishes like Winter Classic Fondue served with Pigs in Blankets, Gold Sphere of Fruits with Hot White Chocolate Sauce, and après-skate aperitifs such as champagne, mulled wine and a ‘tipsy’ hot chocolate.



Besides all this, Somerset House’s exclusive cultural programme continues to run over the holiday season, including the major exhibition ‘Hair by Sam KcKnight’, and a solo exhibition of work by late Malian photographer Malick Sidibé.

Skate at Somerset House

Somerset House Ice Rink will be open until 15th January 2017. The Christmas Arcade with Fortnum & Mason will close on 1st January 2017, and the Fortnum’s Lodge on 8th January. Tickets are available to buy online here.

Somerset House


Photography by James Bryant

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