This year, you’ll be able to glide straight into the festive season on the gorgeous Somerset House ice rink again.
Festive events have seen a lot of disruption in the time of coronavirus, with many returning in a socially distanced format, while others were called off entirely. Happily, Somerset House’s iconic ice rink will return for Christmas 2021, joining the Natural History Museum rink. Skate at Somerset House takes up residence from November 17 2021 to January 16 2022, and tickets are available from September 17. The winter holidays can’t come fast enough now!
It’s the rink that launched a thousand festive Instagram snaps, and keen skaters can once again master the triple Salchow/stumbling around like a novice here this year. A skate at Somerset House is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the Christmas season, with the magical setting, rinkside hot chocolates, and a 40ft Christmas tree providing cheer aplenty. Their much-loved Skate Lates will be bringing big names in music to curate playlists for skaters, and more open skate space will guarantee a safe outdoor experience this winter.
Somerset House will be partnering with Moët & Chandon in 2021, who will be providing decorations (and hopefully some tipples to warm us up during breaks). As always, you can expect festive drinking and dining experiences, pop-ups, music events, and more fun surprises. Meanwhile, the rink’s commitment to welcoming all to the ice extends to a skate school to help new skaters become pros, whilst wheelchair users can take to the ice across all skating sessions. The frozen playground also went to new heights in 2019 by hosting an epic, 24-hour skating session that we hope to see return in 2021.
Tickets for the 2021/2022 skating season go on sale on September 17, and you can find them here.
Find Somerset House on the Strand, WC2R 1LA. Nearest station is Temple.
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