Ice-Skating at Somerset House

Every year Ms B & I go ice-skating at the Somerset House ice rink at least once, preferably in the evening, when they put on a bit of a light show. The rink is open from mid-November to mid-January. It’s been this way for twenty years now. The building itself is 250 years old.

Out of all London ice rinks (not counting Hampton Court, which is kind of outside of London), this is by far our favourite one. Winter Wonderland is usually completely overcrowded with mostly intoxicated people. The Natural History Museum looks rather beautiful too, but for some reason their rental ice skates are more uncomfortable than most medieval torture instruments, complete no-go for us.

For several years now Somerset House has partnered up with Fortnum & Mason for the decoration and some of the catering. And no one beats them on Christmas decorations or chocolate fondue.



There is something for everyone, including skating sessions for three-year-olds just like DJ nights for fans of all different types of music.

While we don’t mind the food they sell on location, we usually combine our visit at the rink with a meal at Mamie’s (link to blog post here), less than five minutes’ walk away. Other options within a fifteen-minute radius include Beso, The Ivy, or the local outlets of Cote Brasserie and Five Guys.


For more inspiration about things to do in London, check out our posts on the French baking course we did, on the Emirates Airline, and on Lock’d Escape Rooms.

Other fun activities we’ve blogged about include our Norfolk seal safari, rowing in Venice, powerboating, hot air ballooning, rock-climbing, and or our trip to the Sahara. For some restaurant reviews, feel welcome to have a look at our posts about the Robot Restaurant, Tokyo, Gruvelageret near the North Pole, Lafleur, Frankfurt, and The Porch House, Stow-on-the-Wold.

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