Christmas Ice Skating

Somerset House Ice Skating Rink

Ice Skating at Somerset House in London
From Thursday 14 November 2013
Closes Sunday 5 January 2014

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Somerset House Ice Rink
Somerset House, The Strand
London, WC1R 1LA

Nearest Tube: Temple (not Sundays), Charing Cross, Holborn or Covent Garden

Ice Skating Times
Skating sessions are available between:
Monday to Sunday: 10.00am to 9.15pm (skating finishes 10.15pm)
Club Nights: 10.30pm (skating finishes 11.30pm)

London's original and most beautiful open-air ice rink returns to the courtyard at Somerset House, located just off The Strand within easy reach of Covent Garden and 'Theatreland'. Whether you're an able skater or an absolute beginner The Skate At Somerset House Ice Rink is the essential winter experience.

"Until the Thames freezes over, the beautiful rink erected in the romantic 18th century Courtyard of Somerset House remains London's best skating spot" The London Evening Standard

During the daytime you skate in the spectacular setting of the 18th century courtyard then, as darkness falls, the rink is transformed with architectural lighting to become London's most glamourous night-time destination. Skate to a live soundtrack at one of our open-air club nights, find your feet on the ice with Skate School where children can take their first glide on the ice with Penguin Club. Or simply soak up the atmosphere rinkside at Tom's Skate Lounge. Skate at Somerset House is the ultimate winter destination for everyone, right in the heart of Central London.

The Christmas Arcade Operating from 14 November 2013 though to 5 January 2014 is Somerset House's premier pop-up shopping mall that bringing you a selection of shops from the very best of British brands and independent artisans. Set within the elegant rooms of Somerset House's West Wing overlooking the ice rink, the mall stocks a range of luxury gifts, yuletide treats and bespoke products created exclusively for The Christmas Arcade, creating a unique shopping experience right in the heart of London.

Club Nights After dark, the music will turn up the tempo as the rink transforms into an ice dance floor, skaters bust their moves to a live soundtrack spun by DJs from some of the UK and Europeís leading clubs, festivals and labels. DJs will play at the rink from 8.00pm to 11.30pm on these dates:

  • Friday 15 November: Ministry of Sound
  • Saturday 16 November: Greco-Roman on Ice
  • Wednesday 20 November: Vintage on Ice
  • Thursday 21 November: Brownswood Recordings
  • Friday 22 November: Horizon Festival Takeover
  • Wednesday 27 November: Movember
  • Friday 29 November: Future Disco Skate
  • Wednesday 4 December: Ibiza Rocks The Snow
  • Thursday 5 December: PMR Christmas Party
  • Friday 6 December: Lovebox
  • Wednesday 11 December: Snowbombing
  • Thursday 12 December: Moshi Moshi Records: Music to Skate to
  • Friday 13 December: Work It x Donít Watch That
  • Saturday 14 December: Foxes on Ice
  • Wednesday 18 December: Eat Your Own Ears / BleeD and Lanzarote DJs and guests
  • Thursday 19 December: Primavera Sounds presents: Headbirds
  • Friday 20 December: NTS Radio
Glad Tidings Tuesdays brings the spirit of Christmas to Skate at Somerset House on Tuesday evenings throughout the season, with festive music on Tuesdays 19, 26 November, 3, 10 and 17 December

Skating Lessons The Skate School sets the standard for people of all ages and abilities to learn how to build confidence or improve their technique. A variety of classes and courses are available on weekends in November and December, taught by instructors accredited to the National Ice Skating Association. You can join a course over three consecutive weekends or sign up to one-off lessons. Time: 8.45am to 9.45am on three Saturdays: 16, 23 and 30 November and three Sundays: 17, 24 November and 1 December. Please note that the course of three lessons is either all three Saturday sessions OR all three Sunday sessions.

Penguin Club Children under 8 years old can join the special Penguin Club which provides a safe environment for them to take their first tentative steps on the ice. The 30 minute lessons are designed for 4 to 8 year olds on the Somerset House training rink. Times: 8.30am to 9.00am or 9.10am to 9.40am on four Saturdays: 16, 23, 30 November and 7 December and four Sundays: 17, 24 November, 1 and 8 December.

Student Special Get fit, have fun and save money! Student discounts apply to the following time slots: 12.30pm, 1.45pm and 3.00pm on Monday to Fridays up to 6 December. Please note that students will be asked to show ID to prove their student status/eligibility for this reduced ticket price.

Spectators are welcomed at the Ice Rink free of charge. They can watch from one of the viewing platforms or in Tom's Skate Lounge overlooking the ice. Please arrive at the Ice Skating Rink around 20 minutes early to allow time to get your skates on and therefore allow you to enjoy the full session time skating. Please note that the Somerset House Ice Rink is outdoors, open air and skating continues come rain or shine - therefore please dress appropriately! Wear thick socks for extra comfort and donít forget your gloves. Parents must judge whether their children can skate safely. The child skate price applies to children 12 years and under. Children under 8 must be accompanied on the ice by an adult. Skating is suitable for children from child's size UK7 / European 25 - age approx 3 to 4 years old. The largest skate boot is shoe size UK 15 / European 50. Children aged eight years and under must be accompanied by an adult on the ice. A child must be 12 yrs or under to qualify for the child ticket price. Bags and bulky items are not allowed on the rink or in the skate hire area. These can be left in the cloakroom for which there is a charge.