SKATE at Somerset House, 2015

Fortnum & Mason’s marvellous Christmas pop up “SKATE” is back!

Somerset House’s magical courtyard is once again coated in ice, dusted in fairy lights, and alive with the sound of festive carols.

Bella and I popped over to the launch, and had a very ice evening indeed.

Christmas in London

Dressed in winter woolies;

Navy blue coat (HS version) // Bandana print scarf

Red bus jumper (on sale!) // Skinny jeans

Black tote // Black boots

Gal Meets Glam necklace

Sparkling necklace // Gold blossom ring

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A band played on the balcony overlooking the ice.

Their music flooding the cobbled courtyard.

Somerset House ice rink

Red coated barmen waltzed around the square with mugs of hot cider, while one chap in white poured us something significantly cooler…

Ice bar

Iced martini

Even Mr Bond would have to approve of one of these!

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Somerset House christmas tree

The famous tree stands proudly in the middle.

Though some of us were less interested in the decorations, and keen to get their skates on.

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We pulled our blades on, laced them up, and took to the ice!

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Christmas skating in London

Matching jumpers! (30% off)

Christmas skating!

London Christmas jumpers

Some with significantly more grace than others.

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Skating in Somerset House

Bella practiced her tricks.

And I just about managed mine (which is the little known art of “remaining upright”)

Cosy London jumper

The music played, the crowd swirled around us like snowflakes in a storm and we laughed until we quite literally couldn’t stand up!

Which is really why we all come out for this, even if it is only once a year.

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SKATE band

Back on steady ground, performers roamed the courtyard.

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The crowed chattered and snapped away.

Christmas snaps

The wind howled.

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And we went in search of nibbles!

Fortnum advent calendar

GIANT Christmas advent calendar

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Settling on well stuffed pork brioche buns, slathered in apple sauce.

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Topped off with a little retro karaoke in the bar.

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I can’t remember what we were singing along to now.

But really there are only three lines you need at this time of year.

All together now! 

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

*jingling of bells*

SKATE is on until Jan, so get your skates on and go!

Deets and tickets online here, and as always, send me a snap!

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  • Looks fantastic! I love to go ice skating during Christmas–it’s even more magical!


  • LOVE the jumpers! And I believe James would definitely approve of those cocktails! I only have one day back in London before I’m off to Dubai, so unfortunately I won’t be able to visit any of the ice rinks or even Winter Wonderland! :/ Oh well, I’ll have to live through your posts 🙂


  • Cate Elise

    Ahhh I went to the ice rink at Somserset House years ago when Tiffanys did it and I’ve not been back since but this has made me really want to go again! xxx

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  • This post has got me feeling all Christmassy! I love your matching knits & Bella has really got the ice moves!!!!!

    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • Ah I definitely want to go now! So excited! Great pictures Rosie!

  • Soooo fun!! I loved all the Fortnum’s stuff around the rink last year.
    Lots of love,
    SilverSpoon London

  • Fairy lights make everything so much more magical!
    I love ice-rinks but nobody I know particularly enjoys them (far too much falling over!) xo

  • I’ve only ever been ice skating once when I was younger and I fell over so much it’s put me off every going again but it looks like you had fun!

    Ella xx

  • CB

    Already booked my tickets after being too disorganised last year to go! It’s such a beautiful tradition, and Christmas would not be complete without F&M!!

    CB x

  • Lovely post! You make me want to book a few ticket straight away!

  • Amazing photography, looks like so much fun!

    Anika |

  • Jennifer Howze

    Looks like fun!

  • I love ice-stating, I would love to do it at Christmas time. Really beautiful photos, looks like you are having a blast! 🙂 xx

    Helen | Helens Fashion & Beauty Blog

  • Now I am so excited for christmas! Great photos! X

  • Victoria

    Gorgeous! Looks like so much fun!!

  • Katie

    This looks like it was so much fun!


  • Beautiful photos! I love the ice rink at Somerset House, and the one at Natural History Museum too! xx

    Brigitte |

  • Lucy Birchall

    Ice skating is my nemesis! I just cannot get my head around how some people do it so effortlessly! I love that giant advent calendar, do you think it’ll fit on top of my fireplace?

    She’s So Lucy

  • This looks amazing! Puts me in a Christmassy mood after seeing all the beautiful decorations x

  • My sister has been wanting to go skating, and this little F&M treat looks GORGEOUS – lovely hot chocolate and festivity plus skating, just Christmas on your doorstep!

    Lauren x

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  • Whilst I am not graceful enough for ice skating, I do enjoy cocktails and hot cider. I always love your festive posts, Rosie! Making me all excited for the holidays! And I’m absolutely in love with your matching jumpers. May have to add them to my wish-list (so long as they don’t sell out first!)

    emily | honey + flour

  • That dress looks incredibly on you!

  • Ah I can’t wait to visit! Looks like you guys had such a fun eve 🙂 Lots of love, Andrea xxx

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  • Such a beautiful tree! This looks like a brilliantly fun night, I love the karaoke pics haha xxx

  • Merinda

    Somerset House this time of year is beautiful as always Rosie. Loving the pictures! Had my hot chocolate and gawked at all the people trying to stay upright on the ice. A Christmas must!

  • We ended up missing the launch this year for one reason or another, but I have my fingers firmly crossed that we’ll be invited back next year. It’s still a rink that I’m yet to skate on!

    Katie <3