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Skate into the festive season
Monday 2 December 2019
December is the time of advent calendars, mulled wine and of course ice-skating. Venues across London are getting in the Christmas spirit with their very own impressive ice-skating rinks for all skaters out there and of course rink-side bars for those longing for a post skate tipple...
The famous Natural History Museum is always one of the first large London venues to open it’s ice rink for the festive season. Visit with friends, family or even colleagues and skate around the courtyard of the museum. Post skate, relax and unwind with a glass of mulled wine to keep you warm whilst being surrounded by fairy lit trees to get the festive celebrations well underway.
The main space at Natural History Museum, Hintze Hall, can accommodate up to 650 guests for a seated dinner and up to 1,200 for a standing reception. With Hope the Whale suspended above and many other exhibits surrounding the main space, the evening will be filled with knowledge and wow-worthy moments.
The grand Victorian architecture is perfect for an array of events including gala dinners, press launches, award ceremonies, concerts and receptions. If Hintze Hall is too large for your event, the Earth Hall is a great alternative and can hold 70 – 480 guests for a standing reception.
Recognised as one of London’s most famous landmarks, why not visit the Tower of London on ice? Situated in the dry moat, the Tower of London ice rink is truly historic and sets the perfect Christmas scene for an evening of ice skating. You and your skating buddies can pay a visit to the Ice Rink Café Bar for a tasty winter treat to finish a day of skating at this central London venue.
The versatile and accessible space at the Tower of London is suited for banqueting events, corporate conferences or any large function. Offering easy access to the Tower's inspiring and ancient surroundings, it's a great base for corporate away days and is often used in combination with other spaces within the Tower. The Jewel House and White Tower can cater for capacities of up to 150 and 250 guests for a standing reception.
Seated dinners are popular at the Tower of London due to its unique and historical setting. For a seated dinner, the Banqueting Suite can seat up to 240 guests on long tables, giving your guests a taste of history in the 21st century.
This is a classic London venue, famously known for its annual ice-skating rink. Somerset House marks its 20th anniversary of its ice rink this year. The courtyard is frozen and centred around a 40ft Christmas tree. If that isn’t igniting your Christmas spirit, it’s spectacular, upscale alpine lodge provided by the luxury Fortnum and Mason sure will!
Somerset House is an incredible venue that offers flexible, blank canvas and outdoor spaces for up to 500 guests for a standing reception. The West wing, the largest space at Somerset House, has direct access from the imposing grandeur of the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, allowing your guests to feel a dramatic sense of occasion as they enter the space.
Alternatively, the smaller Portico Rooms are an ideal location for entertaining, with balconies on either side of the main room providing uninterrupted views of the River Thames on one side and The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court to the other. This space has the capacity to host standing receptions for 100 and seated dinners for 80 guests, making it ideal for networking drinks, small awards dinners and Christmas parties.
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