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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
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The Icing on Cake

They say the older you get, the more you hate snow, and that is certainly true about me. As a child I used to enjoy snowball fights. building snow men, and sledging down snowy hills on the remains of my friend's garden slide. But as each year went on, I grew to hate the coldness, the melting sludge, and the disruption to transport. As beautiful as it is to wake up to a pure white landscape, I have become a Scrooge. I hate snow.

Ice on the other hand? Well that's a different matter. I've never heard the saying that as you get older, the more you hate ice. It seems that ice can be enjoyed by all ages. All you need is a pair of skates.

Admittedly, most people don't own their own pair of skates, but to be honest, that doesn't matter one jot. Why? Because people don't go skating on naturally formed ice rinks. Not in London anyway. A frozen over pond would be far too dangerous.

So how do we get our fun? We make it, of course. From the 14th November - 5th January, Somerset House will be opening its annual ice skating rink, which has been described by The Sunday Times as 'the coolest rink of all'.

Open from 10am for twelve hours a day, you can book 15-30 minute sessions on the ice starting from 7.50. For something extra special, you can have a gourmet dinning experience. Choose between a tasting session of chocolate & champagne, a three-course British dinner, or afternoon tea at a five star hotel.

On Club Nights the rink will turn into a dance floor with live DJs from hit festivals such as Lovebox, Primavera, and Ibiza Rocks. The first Club Night is on the 15th November, with music from the Ministry of Sound.

As it gets nearer Christmas, you'll be able to get in some late night shopping at the Glad Tidings Tuesday market and Christmas Arcade.

If you have never skated before, then now is the time to learn. Somerset House is running a skating school at weekends. You can either book a single class or a three-lesson course. There is also a special Penguin Club to teach children under eight.

Also, to link in with their upcoming exhibition
Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!, there will be a special event on the 1st December, where visitors are encouraged to come wearing their best hat or fascinators. If you do, you'll get a free drink, and possibly 50% your ticket.
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Why? Fun for the family
When: 14th Nov - 5th Jan
Phone: 0844 847 1520
Where: Somerset House
Cost: 8.75-28.40
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