It's become a Christmas-time tradition for my daughter and I to ice skate at Somerset House, open air, rink - we've always enjoyed ourselves. The rink always looks so lovely (especially when it gets dark) - a large, well decorated tree at one end, coloured lights illuminating the ice and framed on all sides by Somerset House itself -a very attractive building. Music plays to add to the atmosphere.
The rink itself is a good size and there is a separate learner area for small children complete with 'pushalong penguins' to help give small folk steady support and confidence.
The event always seems well organised. Skating sessions last for one hour (not including time taken to change into or out of skates). It's a popular venue - we booked online in advance.
There is a bag storage facility ( £1 for 2 items I believe), a rink side cafe and plenty of toilets (down the steps behind the rear of the rink).
We look forward to returning in 2013.
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