December 01, 2014

A Winter Skate

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This weekend my family came to visit and so we decided to hit the Ice over at Somerset House. Skate at Somerset House is put on every year. This year Fortnum and Mason, the famous department store are sponsoring the event and the big Christmas tree is festooned with their famous  hampers and giant  baubles. 

We decided to hit the ice in the morning, when we booked tickets ( I recommend you do this as far in advance as possible as places on the ice are super popular) I pictured a beautiful crisp day and we were fortunate enough to have that this weekend. 

The evening is just as gorgeous and everything is lit up, but the morning brings clear skies and winter sunshine.  So it is really up to you when you fancy going. 

One of the best things about going the in the morning is that you are first on the ice. Its crisp, fresh and just been prepared ready for the eager, early morning skaters!

Once you have got your wrist band ( and pulled on your gloves) it is time to get your skates (get these in the same size as your shoes)

Once kitted out get out there on the ice, you have a whole hour to skate with these tickets, which is fantastic as you can really start whizzing around by the end and work up an appetite for hot chocolate later. 

Once your hour is up, or your are just simply skated out, head over to the Lodge in the Christmas Avenue put on by Fortnum and Mason in the main building.

Walk down the decorated hallway...festooned with pine and gold,

Until you stumble upon The Lodge.

It can be enjoyed during the day after a skate with fondue and hot chocolate or later into the evening with cocktails, champagne and 'choctails'.

You walk into a restaurant that has been converted with a lodge like feel,  bare wood floors and wooden tables with bowls piled high with satsumas and walnuts.  

You are encouraged to tuck in while you examine the alpine inspired menu. A fantastic christmasy extra. 

These copper mugs are piled high in the corner.

I love everything copper at the moment and think these would make fantastic stocking fillers. Buy them here...

The giant menu looms over you and everything it offers is deliciously tempting.

Sticky marshmallows fill antique victorian sweet jars which you can stuff into your hot chocolate to make it more decadent and delicious. 

The milk hot chocolate did not disappoint.  They fill the copper mugs and top with chocolate curls, which melt into your already fantastically indulgent drink.

Book tickets to skate here... 

1 comment:

  1. I had no idea F&M were sponsoring it Hannah. You make it sound so inviting :)


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