4 Dec 2015

Ice Skating at the Natural History Museum

It's finally December! Christmas is getting closer with each day, advent calendars are being torn open (no? just me?) and all I want to smell is gingerbread and mulled wine. 

Ice Skating at the Natural History Museum | Hungry Little Bear

On a cold winters night, me and the girls ventured up to London to get into the Christmas spirit early. Because nothing says winter... like ice skating.

#winterishere

If you didn't feel Christmassy before, you definitely will now! 

Ice Skating at the Natural History Museum | Hungry Little Bear

Having gone up to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park last year, this year we opted for a change and chose the Natural History Museum. It's covered in sparkly lights, with a neck-achingly huge twinkling Swarovski Christmas tree in the middle of the rink... it also has a fully stocked bar waiting for you afterwards.

What more could you want?

Ice Skating at the Natural History Museum | Hungry Little Bear
After watching the first mass of skaters glide around the rink gracefully, the dreaded ice resurfacer machine came around and turned the rink into a slipperly mess. Or was that just me?

Designed to clean and smooth the ice, it's essentially my skating nightmare. I think of myself as Bambi on ice. Long legs and clumsiness are not the best combination. 

But I'm proud to say I only fell once. Then again when I tried get up. And I've still got the bruise to prove it.

Ice Skating at the Natural History Museum | Hungry Little Bear 
I will say that it's hard to get photos on the ice, especially when you spend half the time hoping no one bumps into you when you've only just got your balance. 

But if you can balance long enough, they've got a photobooth on the ice to make it easier for you! The only clause? You have to queue on the ice too. Because we're British and we even queue on ice. 

Grin and balance for a few seconds as it snaps away before scampering to the safety of the barrier. You can print your photos off (for free too!) in the bar afterwards!

Ice Skating at the Natural History Museum | Hungry Little BearWarm your buns (or bruised knees) up in the cafe bar once you've made an escape from the rink. You can opt for anything from Prosecco to warm hot chocolate, it's the perfect place to cosy up and watch the next session of skaters.

Props to anyone who doesn't fall when ice skating. I envy you. 

Tickets at the Natural History Museum in London range from £9 - £13 and the rink is open until the 3rd of January so go down and get your skates on! And try not to fall over. 

What have you got planned for the Christmas season? Have you braved the cold and gone ice skating yet? 
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