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Step Twenty-Nine: ice skating at Tower of London

12 Dec


It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. Especially when you hit the ice rink.

Somerset House, Natural History Museum, Winter Wonderland, Eyeskate… even Canary Wharf has an ice rink.

I decided on the Tower of London though as I’d never been and loved the idea of skating in a moat against a backdrop of fortress walls, of a monument that was built in the eleventh century. Bet Henry VIII didn’t see that coming.


I admit I was hoping to see some Beefeaters on skates, and hear a few more Christmas tunes, but the overall experience left me feeling very festive and all warm and fuzzy inside.

Sessions last for an hour and as we went at peak time, the rink did fill up with some pros gliding around and some Bambis/Katies tripping up. The enamouring views made up for any shortcomings though.

Drinks are available to warm up after in the Ice bar and cafe.





The details:

Location: Tower of London. Tube: Tower Hill.

Opening times: everyday 10am-10pm. For booking slots, click here.

Prices: £13.50 peak times, £11.50 off-peak times.

Here until 5th January 2014.


Side step: an impressive café in the V&A

19 Nov

The Victoria and Albert museum hails itself as the world’s greatest museum of art and design. That may be true. But last Sunday, I didn’t go to admire the permanent collections or the exhibition on Hollywood costumes that’s been the talk of the town.

No. As a foodie, I skipped the museum queues and went straight for the glorious café round the back, naturally.

In terms of food and drink, it is just an ordinary café with the usual croissants, hot chocolates, paninis and fresh sandwiches etc. But the setting is absolutely stunning and could compete for the world’s greatest café of art and design, or at least in London.

The menu isn’t outrageously priced considering the backdrop, with a hot drink costing around £3. Check out the glory for yourself.

Opening times: daily 10am-5:15pm, Fridays until 9:30pm.

To see current and future exhibitions at the V&A, click here.