OK…WATCHING the Skating, DRINKING the Coffee:
There is a strong possibility that I am one of the worlds least sporty people. I come from a family of sportsmen and women and my total lack of co-ordination married with my lack of any kind of athletic talent was always a source of embarrassment to my parents. I’ve tried skating once and failed dismally. I watch friends, graceful, co-ordinated, or just plain enthusiastic, having an amazing time gliding round an Ice Rink and I just can’t bring myself to be embarrassed again.
If, like me, you are a spectator rather than participant, then there are two things which matter about choice of Ice Rink.
Firstly location. I’m actually quite happy to watch for half an hour or so (preferably with something warm and alcoholic to sip) if the Ice Rink is somewhere beautiful.
Secondly of course, good food and drinks.
Somerset House is one of London’s prettiest Ice Rinks. This year it’s particularly well set up, with a gorgeous Christmas tree at the front of the splendid building.
There are also a couple of options for food and drink. Toms Kitchen is the all year round venue at Somerset House and is quite well known, but there’s another almost secret coffee bar in the West Wing run by Levy Restaurants in conjunction with Lavazza. Now, apart from the fact that you will get great Lavazza coffee, this little Lounge was a peaceful haven when we arrived because it’s a pop-up just while the Ice Rink is in place and not quite so well known..
We enjoyed Lavazza coffee, naughty hot chocolate (in my case – with a shot of baileys) and yummy cup-cakes.
And watched the skaters and browsed some of the rather unusual shops.
And left for home.
You know what – it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas:)
If you’d like to try skating at Somerset House tickets are available online or from their on site box office (very limited availability) and the Ice Rink is open from 10am till 10.30pm (later on club nights). The Lavazza Lounge by Levy Restaurants is open for coffee, hot chocolate and cocktails, with cupcakes and other naughty treats available too!
Somerset House Ice Rink
Strand, London, WC2R 1LA
Disclaimer: I was invited to visit the Lavazza Louge by Levy Restaurants and received a free drink and cupcake(!)