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Natural History Museum Ice Skating

December 7, 2015

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!

Natural History Museum - Ice Rink

Swarovski Ice Rink 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.

Natural History Museum - 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!).

Natural History Museum - Ice Rink

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.

Natural History Museum - Ice Rink

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!

Swarovski Ice Rink - Skates

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!

Swarovski Ice Rink

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!

Swarovski Ice Rink

Swarovski Ice RinkAfter 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!

Swarovski Ice Rink

Woollen Top: Banana Republic and similar here   //  JeansJ Brand   //  
Scalf:  Similar here, cheaper here // Beanie: Similar here and here 

 

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!

Swarovski Ice Rink

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!

Swarovski Ice Rink

Swarovski Ice Rink Swarovski Ice Rink

I haven’t had whipped cream on a hot chocolate since I was a kid….

Swarovski Ice Rink

But it was so creamy and delicious that there definitely weren’t any complaints from me or my cream moustache!

Swarovski Ice Rink

Swarovski Ice Rink

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!

Natural History Museum - Ice RinkNatural History Museum - Ice Rink

Natural History Museum - Ice Rink

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)!

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  • Yongi

    Looks soooo fun! I’ll definitely have to come and visit so you can show me around all the sights and get stuck into the amazing looking food 🙂