Ice Skating at Somerset House in London is something the minx and I do every year and now that she’s seven we actually made it around the large rink (other than the usual penguin enclosure for 8 years and under) successfully and for the first time WITHOUT FALLING OVER. This has to be my most major achievement of 2013 and long may it continue!
Somerset House is a major arts and cultural centre located between the Strand and the River Thames, through the summer 55 fountains dance in the courtyard and through the winter people attempt to skate (and sometimes dance!) on the rink. There is an enormous, beautiful Christmas tree overlooking the rink and it really is truly magical skating there. If you were super organised (and I wasn’t this time…) you could also book ahead and see the Isabella Blow – Fashion Galore! Exhibition pre or post-ice skating.
After ice-skating, we dashed off to see The Nutcracker at the London Coliseum. If there is anything that says Christmas more than The Nutcracker, I’m not sure what it is. The English National Ballet is currently performing the beautiful show until the 5th of January and if you have not seen it, I urge that you do because it is utterly enchanting. It’s a classical, wonderfully elegant production that features Tchaikovsky’s popular score including the Waltz of the Flowers and the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy – which you might not know by name but you will definitely know when you hear them. What a wonderful way to spend the day!