Skate at Somerset House 2012-13
16 November 2012 – 6 January 2013
Prices start at £7.50 available online
Sunday Best presents Bestival with Rob da Bank & Friends and Vintage Festival confirmed to host Club Nights
The Christmas Arcade at Somerset House transforms the beautifully renovated West Wing into a luxury pop-up shopping mall for the first time
This November, the festive season will start in style with the return of London’s most glamorous ice rink. Set in the glorious surroundings of Somerset House’s 18th century courtyard, Skate at Somerset House, London’s original outdoor ice rink, will open on 16 th November and run until 6th January.
With an unrivalled Central London location moments away from Covent Garden and the West End, yet sheltered from the hustle and bustle of the capital, a spin around the stunning ice rink at Somerset House has become one of London’s favourite winter experiences – the perfect place for a romantic date, a magical family day out or an evening’s entertainment with friends.
This season’s highlights include:
The popular Club Nights will return this season in collaboration with some of the UK’s hottest music festivals, clubs and record labels. A glittering line up will take to the rink-side decks, offering skaters a chance to catch up over a cocktail at the bar before hitting the ice for late night music skate sessions. New this season, Somerset House is proud to announce Sunday Best presents Bestival with Rob da Bank & Friends as part of the Club Nights line up. The boutique music festival, usually held on the Isle of Wight, takes up residence on the rink for a special night on 17 th November. Wayne and Geraldine Hemingway’s award-winning Vintage Festival hosts three nights on 28th, 29th and 30th November celebrating seven decades of ‘British Cool’ from swing to rock ‘n’ roll. Critically-acclaimed DJs and remixers,
Dimitri from Paris and Joey Negro bring their blends of funk, house and disco, while the home of dance music, Ministry of Sound and dance floor favourites Nocturnal Groove presents The Shapeshifters also join the exciting and eclectic Club Nights roster of talent this season.
The Christmas Arcade at Somerset House Somerset House introduces The Christmas Arcade at Somerset House, a luxury pop-up shopping mall in the beautifully renovated West Wing overlooking the rink. In an iconic year for Great Britain, The Christmas Arcade at Somerset House will celebrate the best of British by selling exclusively British boutique brands, with a selection of winter accessories, jewellery, artisan chocolates, gift sets and decorations from established and up and coming designers.
There will also be a host of festive demonstrations and events taking place, available to skaters and non-skaters.
Skate School and Penguin Club
Skate School sets the standard for people of all ages and abilities to learn how to build confidence or improve their technique on the ice. A range of classes and courses are available on weekends in November and December, taught by instructors accredited to NISA, the National Ice Skating Association. For children under 8 years old, Penguin Club provides a safe environment to take first steps on the ice.
Food and drink
Overlooking the ice rink, Tom’s Skate Lounge offers a delicious winter menu, devised by Michelin-starred chef Tom Aikens, of hot soups, sandwiches and snacks as well as mulled wine, hot chocolate and cocktails and provides rink-side seats for non skaters to view the action on ice.
Fernandez & Wells café and bar, located in Somerset House’s East Wing, will also celebrate the ice rink with a hot pudding counter, including nutmeg caramel toffee apples, panforte with candied quince and spiced nougatine in addition to its staple stand-out coffee.
Sessions sell out quickly so it is advised that visitors book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment on the day.
Opening hours: 16 November 2012 – 6 January 2013, daily from 10.00. Last Skate session starts at 21.15, except on selected dates and Club Nights when last Skate sessions start at 22.30.
Address: Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
Transport: Nearest Underground Stations are: Temple, Covent Garden, Charing Cross and Embankment
Somerset House hosts Skate at Somerset House as part of its Autumn/Winter season, which sees landmark exhibitions from legendary Italian designer Valentino, celebrated fashion photographer Tim Walker and father of modern photojournalism Henri Cartier-Bresson, making Somerset House the capital’s ultimate destination this winter.