Active Activities Outdoors

Get Ready to Glide: Somerset House’s Spectacular Skate is Back with a Swiss Twist

London's beloved winter tradition, Skate at Somerset House, is back this season, promising an extraordinary ice-skating experience in the heart of the capital. Adding a new layer of excitement, Somerset House welcomes its new headline partner, Switzerland Tourism, to elevate the festive vibe.

With Switzerland Tourism infusing a uniquely Swiss seasonal atmosphere, visitors will step into a winter wonderland at Somerset House. The courtyard will boast a splendid 40ft Christmas Tree, brought to life by Swiss International Air Lines. Throughout the season, guests can enjoy specially curated sessions inspired by various Swiss regions.

Festive delights for all ages and abilities

Somerset House ensures everyone from 2 -to – 92 can revel in the festivities. For skating enthusiasts, Skate School offers popular daytime coaching sessions with National Ice Skate Association (NISA) instructors and young Londoners aged 6-10 can have a blast with dedicated Kids Club sessions, guided by skate stabilisers and experienced ice marshals.

And that’s not all – Somerset House is dedicated to being inclusive. Wheelchair users are welcome in all skating sessions, with specific skate sessions tailored for wheelchair users. The venue also provides accessible facilities, ensuring a delightful experience for all.

Beyond the Ice: Entertainment and Indulgence

In 2023, Somerset House will introduce a rink-side deck takeover during Skate Lates with Rock Angel, a collaboration with Chateau d’Esclans. These nights will be a cultural feast, featuring contemporary DJs, artists, and collectives. Unwind off the ice at the transformed Skate Lounge by Whispering Angel, offering the perfect ambiance to sip on some Provence Rosé while watching the skaters.

For those craving the taste of the Swiss mountains, Chalet Suisse, presented by pop-up legend Jimmy Garcia in partnership with Switzerland Tourism, is a must-visit. Offering a seasonal menu of winter delights and warming drinks, this chalet-themed restaurant is a treat for the taste buds.

Shopping with a Cause

If you’re on the hunt for unique gifts, Shelter Boutique brought to you by HSBC UK has got you covered. From November 15 to December 23, this pop-up store on-site will offer a handpicked selection of pre-loved vintage, designer, and quality high-street clothing and gifts, with all profits supporting Shelter’s work towards a fairer housing system.

Book Early and Get Gliding

Skate ticket prices range from £10 – £25 for adults and £8 – £13 for children, including skate hire. Booking in advance is advisable as sessions sell out quickly. American Express partners with Skate for the third year, offering early ticket access and exclusive benefits to American Express® Cardmembers.

Make this winter memorable by gliding on the ice amidst the stunning Somerset House setting. Get ready to create unforgettable memories and embrace the magic of the season!

For more information and to book your tickets, visit Somerset House Skate.