As the leaves begin to reappear and we finally say goodbye to the long winter, now is probably not the best time to start looking forward to the next cold snap.
However, there is a certain magic about the winter months. Sure, spring is all well and good with the blossoming flowers and the latest batch of newborn lambs, but is there anything much better than a snow-covered countryside or enjoying a hot chocolate next to roaring fire? The winter also brings the magic of Christmas where people generally feel much better about life.
City centres become winter wonderlands during this period. The streets are a hive of activity with everyone busily hurrying around for those last-minute gifts for loved ones. There always seems to be much more going on at this time of year, whether it is German markets, Santa specials or Christmas carols, cities are a much happier place to be in.
One activity that has popped in towns and cities across the UK around this time of year is ice skating. This traditional winter pastime is a great way to wile away a day in the city, it can be even for a great way to unwind after a day of shopping. No matter what level you are at, having a good skate is a whole lot of fun.
Unless you are a consummate professional on the ice, a would-be Torvell and Dean, you are no doubt going to have a few bumps. However, this is all part of the fun and you will no doubt not be alone in this aspect. It is a great opportunity to try out something and when it comes to ice rinks around Christmas time, London has you covered.
Let’s have a look at one of those of the highlights of a winter break in the capital close to Christmas – Broadgate Ice Rink. The attraction is an absolute must for those of you staying in hotels near Shoreditch.
What’s it all about?
The Broadgate Ice Rink is situated in the heart of the City of London and brings that extra bit of Christmas cheer in between November and February every year. Here you can skate until heart is content between the hours of 10:00 GMT and 22:00 GMT each day and it does not matter what level of skater you are.
You are may be a budding figure skater or may be someone who looks like Bambi taking their first steps onto a frozen lake, it really doesn’t matter. It is all about having fun and is a real different activity from the standard shopping a sightseeing. If you are seriously thinking of getting into your ice skating then you can enquire about lessons from dedicated NISA qualified coaches.
Get good enough and you will be an absolute whizz on the ice and you will be impressing both family and friends alike. Penguin skate aids are also on hand to help the little ones, and even the older ones, to get on their feet when entering the ice. These are available to hire for £5 an hour.
Children: £8.50 (aged 4-13)*
Family: £33.50 (2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children)
Season ticket: £180 adult; £95 children***
Group discount: Buy 10 tickets, get the 11th for free
* Children under 13 must be accompanied on the ice by an adult aged 16 and over
** NUS and 60+. Please bring your ID to your skating session
*** Season tickets can be purchased at the box office from November 17th.
Directions from Shoreditch
Broadgate Ice Rink is situated in Exchange Square (EC2A 2BA), a stone’s throw from Liverpool Street Station. If you are coming from Shoreditch then it is fairly simple to get to the ice rink and start the fun.
Head towards Shoreditch High Street railway station, once there it is less than a ten-minute walk to the ice rink. Turn left onto Bethnal Green Road and walk along until you reach Shoreditch High Street. Turn left there before walking past The Drunken Monkey pub before turning right on to Worship Street where you will find the ice rink.
Thanks to the wonderful location of Broadgate Ice Rink, there are plenty of things to do before and after an hour or two skating. It is only a short walk from Spitalfields complete with a host of bars, restaurants and shops for a place to unwind afterwards. They have outlets to suit all price ranges so there is no chance you will be stuck for somewhere to chow down after the skate.
So, when October rolls around once again don’t forget to get your place booked at Broadgate Ice Rink and enjoy something a little different and memorable from your trip to London.