I haven’t been ice skating since I was a little tucker and have been harassing anyone that will listen to come ice-skating with me!
I wasn’t really getting any takers (I assume most people in London have done this many times before!) so I bought two tickets and informed Mr. TUQ that he was being my plus one for an afternoon of skating at the Swarovski Ice Rink.
Although I desperately wanted to go to the Somerset house ice rink, it seems that everyone else wanted to go too and I couldn’t find a time slot to visit (I’m starting to realise that being spontaneous in London isn’t that easy!).
In the end, I settled on the Natural History Museum ice rink because you get to skate with the beautiful backdrop of the museum in the background.
We lined up with about a hundred eager skaters, collected our blue ice-skates and then hit the rink! Well, I clung onto the barrier for my dear life while trying to inch forwards and not fall on my backside!
At one stage I thought I was going to have to steal one of those penguins from the teeny kiddies and make someone push me around instead!
However after a while I got the hang of it and managed to skate around the rink in a very awkward, duck waddle motion. Let’s just say I won’t be attending the Olympics anytime soon – in fact I have a new found appreciation for the professional ice-skaters because they make it look so damn easy!
After 40 minutes I managed to progress from my duck waddle to a wobbly skate and even got up a bit of speed (with no intention of slowing down unless I hit the wall or someone else!). I even managed to manoeuvre myself into the middle of the rink to the huge Christmas tree for a quick snap!
Woollen Top: Banana Republic and similar here // Jeans: J Brand //
And then just as I started to get the hang of it our time was up! Which was okay because by this stage my stomach was grumbling… all that concentrating on staying upright had made me very hungry!
We went upstairs to a very festive looking bar and ordered peppermint hot chocolates stuffed with marshmallows and cream and chicken schnitzels with fries – perfect hearty food to fill our rumbling bellies!
I haven’t had whipped cream on a hot chocolate since I was a kid….
But it was so creamy and delicious that there definitely weren’t any complaints from me or my cream moustache!
And then unfortunately we had to bid the little festive grotto farewell… but not without a few last snaps of the beautiful ice-rink which looks even prettier with all the lights twinkling in the night sky!
If you want to go for a little skate then you can book tickets here – If you do go then I hope you find your inner skating superstar (and do let me know if you find mine on the rink too)!