This time of year there seems to be endless events in the city for the countdown to Christmas. Luckily for us Londoners we have Christmas markets, cinemas playing festive films, suppliers throwing parties kitted out with mulled wine and mountains of mince pies.Every year I plan to buy my presents early so I can enjoy all the festivities but never manage to squeeze everything in because there are too many things to do in the 24 days ahead. So to kick off the whirlwind of December partying a group of us booked tickets to go ice-skating at Somerset House Club Nights.
Before we attempted our best Bambi impressions we ventured for a comforting feast at Dishoom, Bombay Café.
There are a few Dishoom restaurants that have pooped up in the city now, we decided to try the Kings Cross branch as it has just opened.
The restaurant is housed in a restored Victorian industrial warehouse. The old building was a former railway transit shed and was built in 1850. It was used to pass goods to and from London and Bombay for over 100 years.
The restaurant had incredibly high ceilings, exposed concrete walls, industrial lighting and patterned tiled ceramic flooring.
The bar on the lower ground had cobbled flooring, bright turquoise wall that added a pop of India’s creative colours. The feature wall was clad with picture frames and pendants hanging from copper pipes.
The bathrooms had large copper basins that reflected against the porcelain brick tiles.
The staff were extremely friendly and helped us select a few choices from the cocktail menu, we had a mix of Winter Pimms, Bombay Coladas, and Chilli Martinis. After all tasting the cocktails we decided our groups favourite was the East India Gimlet a mix of Portobello Road gin, with lime and a helping of celery. This traditional drink was developed for sailors to evade scurvy.
The menu was a sharing style that worked perfectly for our group that wanted to try a bit of everything. We had a large selection of dishes from the menu, but the winners were spicy lamp chops, gunpowder potatoes and a dark rich black house daal curry. I will definitely be stopping by again when I’m in a hurry for a delicious bit of curry.
Once we’d indulged we waddled over to Somerset House to go ice-skating.
After dark, DJs from a selection of the coolest clubs, festivals and radio stations come together to perform on the rink-side decks.
We strapped our skates on and slid around to the beats impressed by some of the brave dance moves on display. DJ Toddla T presented a mix of tunes and found great pleasure in laughing at those that ended up face down on the ice.
The ice rink was beautifully lit with Christmas lights and a gigantic tree, we spent half the time oohing and ahhing at how pretty Somerset House looked (in between trying not to fall over.)
After our skate session, we stopped by at Covent Garden and stumbling across the magical Christmas decorations and relaxed at a bar nearby.
A packed out night that left us feeling ready for the next month of celebrations. Get your skates on at Somerset House ticket info here.