This past Christmas we spent in Dublin for the second time since Dave and I had started dating. However, it was the first time I had been in London right before Christmas since I was 10! I forgot how magical the city looked and how much more of a Christmas feel it had. Everywhere you looked their were Christmas lights decorating the streets of London, all the shops were as festive as could be and then there was Somerset House. I have wanted to skate on the outdoor skating rink at Somerset House for as long as I can remember. I don’t think there is anything more magical then skating outdoors at Christmas time. Maybe that makes me a real Canadian because I like the cold at that time of year and I love skating, if it does so be it! This year when I told my cousins I was going to be over before Christmas, Vanessa, my cousin’s girlfriend organized a trip to skate at Somerset House followed by dinner in London. It’s like she read my mind! I was ecstatic! While Dave was terrified!
We met at the skating rink in the evening when everyone was off work and got suited up for our 45 minute skate. The rink was small and crowded but I did not care in the least! My mum and sister watched from the side line as they didn’t want to skate (or fall over.) They had a wonderful time watching us and catching up as well as being our resident photographers (thanks T for all the photos!) We went around and around and Dave even became confident enough to skate without holding onto my hand for dear life. My 1st cousin Josie was a little less easy on her skates and found it quite difficult but she hadn’t been in 30 odd years! We all had a laugh and I don’t think there was a single wipe out, luckily enough!
Fortnum & Mason were set up in Somerset House with a lounge area for ‘apres-skate’ drinks and munchies, we had them before which probably helped in our confidence on the ice! The Mulled Wine was to die for! Once we were all skated out we got our shoes back on and headed out to dinner. It was a night to remember and I definitely want to make it a tradition for future Christmases in London and Dublin!