In theory, I like to think I’m not one of those people who gets completely over excited about Christmas. After all, humming festive tunes and re-watching Love Actually for the 15 millionth time doesn’t exactly spell out high fashion cool. In reality, I love Christmas and feel a shiver down my spine (the good kind) at the mere thought of Selfridges’ window decorations or roast chestnuts and mulled wine. Every year I go ice skating at Somerset House as many times as possible so I was beyond thrilled to recieve and invitation to their SKATE launch party last week.
After a back-to-back day of press appointments, meetings and lectures I grabbed my favourite fur hat and trotted down the strand to be greeted by a sight that can only be described as a winter wonderland, complete with enormous Christmas tree, mulled wine on tap and a giant ‘SKATE’ sign illuminated above Somerset House’s majestic facade. This bash gave a whole new meaning to the phrase ’champagne on ice’ as we were greeted by uniformed (and probably quite chilly) waiters proferring glasses of bubbly on arrival, which continued to be topped up throughout the evening. Any event held at Somerset House is bound to be pretty fabulous and last Thursday certainly didn’t disappoint. Besides the obvious delights of champagne and a (free) wobble round the rink, my fellow guests and I were treated a performance from a pair of lyrcra and sequin clad pros. Such soirees also draw an inevitably star studded crowd and Romola Garai, Luke Evans, Ellie Goulding and Gareth Pugh all pitched up for a glass of mulled wine and a gourmet mince pie or two.
Despite the ever-so-slightly exaggerated claims I’d made about my prowess on the ice I decided to give it a miss on this occasion. Drinking and skating struck me as pretty high risk venture and I’m sure you’ll agree, breaking an ankle in front of so many famous faces would be more than a little embarassing!
Love Ella. X