For some years visitors to London and Londoners themselves have had the opportunity to skate on a temporary rink in the courtyard under the famous facade of Somerset House overlooking the River Thames. Skate at Somerset House is back again for another season of ice skating from November until Sunday 10th January 2016 and offers two months of fantastic outdoor entertainment. With skating sessions all day, every day and into the night, this is certainly one of the best ice rinks in London.
This is the ice skating event of the winter and the venue is perfectly located for a day of skating, shopping and other fun festive events, Somerset House pulls out all the stops for a fantastic Christmas experience. In association with Fortnum & Mason, Skate at Somerset House offers a host of seasonal events on and off the ice.
If you fancy taking a date to ice skate at Somerset House, there is nothing more romantic than being able to hit the ice after dark. The skating sessions can be booked up until well after dark, making this one of the best ice rinks for late night skating. You can also skate around to some cool music with the Somerset House club DJ nights, when a series of DJs including Ministry of Sound residents, Toddla T and even Austrian festival Snowbombing bring a slice of off-piste action to the rink.
Construction of the original building was begun in the 16th century by Edward Seymour, who became Duke of Somerset and Lord Protector when his nephew the boy-king Edward VI came to the throne in 1547. Before it was finished, however, Somerset was overthrown, attainted by Parliament and in 1552 was executed on Tower Hill. It then came into the possession of the Crown and was used as a royal residence.
At the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century Somerset House was completely rebuilt and is the building one can see today. For many years it was used as government offices but in the late 20th century the building was converted into a centre for the visual arts.
Tickets for skating sessions cost from £7.50. For more information or to book tickets for Skate at Somerset House, go to www.somersethouse.org.uk/ice-rink
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