Ice skate at Somerset House with Moët and Chandon

Looking for something to do at Christmas? Promising a joyful season of ice skating, rink-side DJ takeovers, winter dining and festive experiences, Somerset House is the perfect place to take family, friends and loved ones for a festive day out. Hailed as one of the capital’s favourite festive outings, Somerset House’s striking neo-classical courtyard will be transformed into the ultimate winter destination with new partners Moët & Chandon. You can’t miss the signature dazzling 40ft Christmas tree, with specially curated decorations from Moët & Chandon, providing perfect picture moments!

Why visit Somerset House Skate rink?

If you are looking for a festive and fun activity to do with loved ones, this is the picture perfect moment!

Whether you are a pro ice skater or have never skated before, there is something for everyone. For those looking to build confidence and improve their skills on the ice, Skate School returns this season with a new series of professional coaching sessions with National Ice Skating Association (NISA) instructors. Stabilisers will also be offered to children across the entire ice rink, as part of the entry on a first come, first serve basis throughout Skate’s run.

  • Adult tickets: from £11.00
  • Child tickets: from £8.50
  • Concessions: £8.50

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