Tuesday 22 November 2011

Ice Skating in Style

The Somerset House Ice Rink opened to the public today and is in my opinion a really magical experience. As you pass through the three arched entrance from the strand you enter a small oasis of Christmas, with a large and colourfully decorated Christmas tree set against the magnificent building of Somerset House built in the classical style. I always find the atmosphere of this enclosed square truly surreal especially when juxtaposed with the frenetic pace of the strand on which it stands.
Sponsored by Tiffany’s expect to find lots of egg shell blue, you might even fancy a quick visit to their pop up shop, (far left of photo).
There is also a cafe for those all important warming drinks once you have fallen over one to many times.
Get arty with it!
If you wanted to make a day of it why not visit the Courtauld Gallery where you can escape to other equally atmospheric venues and places:
The vibrant Parisian Folies-Bergere
The idealised Egypt of Bruegel
Or the sun soaked Tahiti of Gauguin

Regardless of how you choose to spend the rest of your day a trip to the Somerset House ice rink should be in the diary, there are even some special events going on that are worth taking a look at.
 All the details about the skating are on: http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/ice-rink
For any more information about the Gallery go to http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/gallery/index.shtml

P.S Pippa Middleton even attended the opening evening!!

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