If you’re anything like the team at The Amazing Blog, you’ll already have put on the estimated five pounds that most people rack up over the festive season. And with Christmas still nine days away, and a number of social events to get through beforehand, as well as the big day itself, it doesn’t take a mathematician to calculate that your skinny jeans will barely get past mid-thigh come New Year. And with grey and dismal mornings and dark nights a-plenty, the thought of a trip to the gym is more nauseating than a bumpy cab ride home following some serious over indulgence at the office Christmas party. However, wanting to avoid morphing into Waynetta Slob and living out the rest of my days in elastic- waisted trousers, I have thus decided to experiment with a bit of seasonal ice-skating at the capital’s top spots. And while I may have neither the grace nor the poise of her Royal Hotness, aka Pippa Middleton, who was recently spotted gliding across one of London’s ice rinks, I can at least go on to indulge in the mince pies and mulled wine on offer guilt free, knowing that a skate session will have burnt some much-needed calories.
The grand courtyard at Somerset House, complete with magnificent Christmas tree decorated by non-other than Tiffany’s, is certainly one of the most beautiful ice rinks in London. With a skate school offering lessons for beginners, children and disabled people as well as late night skates and club nights, Somerset House caters for people of all ages and is certainly a lovely festive treat for the family. The resident Tiffany’s shop sells yummy sweets and cakes as well as ornaments and gifts and is perfect for a bit of post skate shopping!
If, however, you’re yet to experience Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland Christmas extravaganza, then why not see one of London’s most beautiful parks decked out in all its Christmas finery? As well as an ice-rink they also have a whole host of fairground rides, a Santa Land and a festive Christmas Market, all of which are perfect for anyone on a budget as entry to the site is completely free.
Last, but certainly not least, is the Natural History Museum’s ice rink, set against one of the most stunning back drops in London. The Christmas trees are decked with thousands of Christmas lights, adding to the jovial atmosphere and the bar overlooking the ice will warm your cockles with a festive mulled wine or hot chocolate.