12 days of festive fun – 1. Skate 'n' Dine

Photo Credit: Broadgate London Facebook page.

With only 22 days until Christmas, it’s time to fill your diary with festive lunch dates, market trips, shopping marathons and catch-up dinners. If you’re feeling a little low on Christmas spirit, we’ve rounded up twelve of our favourite festive things to do in London so you can get inspired and get out there. Don’t forget, if you need restaurant recs over the holidays, we’re only a tweet away…

Photo Credit: Somerset House Facebook page.

Photo Credit: Somerset House Facebook page.

12 Days of Festive Fun – 1. Skate ‘n’ Dine

Strapping on your skates at one of London’s fantastic outdoor ice rinks is the perfect way to kick start the Christmas cheer. Our favourite is the stunning Skate rink that pops up every year in the 18th century courtyard of Somerset House on the Strand. After dark, you can skate to a soundtrack mixed live by top DJs and then have dinner at Tom Aiken’s Skate Lounge or in nearby Covent Garden.

Looking for a kid-friendly skate experience? Head for Eyeskate in the shadow of the London Eye or glide hand-in-hand under twinkling lights at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. At Somerset House, the Penguin Club will help nervous skaters under eight take their first steps on ice with penguin stabilisers to keep them upright! (The penguins are also available at the NHM rink.)


Here are our top five rinks, with some recommendations for where to eat nearby:

1. Skate at Somerset House. Eat at: The Savoy Grill, Terroirs, The DelaunayFlesh & Buns.

2. Broadgate Ice Rink. Eat at: Bar BBQ on Ice, Duck & Waffle, Gaucho, Cinnamon Kitchen, Androuet.

3. Winter Wonderland. Eat at: Coya, Theo Randall, The Rib Room, Bar Boulud, Buddha-Bar.

4. Natural History Museum Ice Rink. Eat at: Obika, Bumpkin, Casa Brindisa, Aubaine, Bo Lang.

5. Ice Rink Canary Wharf. Eat at: The Pearson Room, Tom’s Kitchen, One Canada Square, Roka.

Stay tuned for more of our favourite festive things to do in London this winter!