“What a great view,” my ice skating buddy said on Friday night at the launch of the Tower of London ice-skating rink.
We had just enjoyed a winter warmer (for Dutch courage) and a mince pie, had popped on our skates (no laces make it very easy), and were watching the professionals demonstrate how it should be done.
Once the display by Natalia Pestova and Alexei Kislitsyn from the Russian Ice Stars was over, we crept onto the ice – me gripping desperately on to the side, as I had totally forgotten how to skate.
The rink marshals were very encouraging though and were helping the first timers out around the rink as well as ensuring everyone was going in the same direction.
After a couple of laps of the rink I picked it up again, and was able to stop looking at my feet, and look up and to see how beautifully illuminated the Tower of London and Tower Bridge look on a clear London night.
As the group of eight year olds lapped me again (always good for the confidence!), I noticed how popular the rink was with families as well as couples and friends.
They also have an ice-skating related film playing while you skate (which you can see from the viewing gallery) – I have to say the penguins on the screen made it look a lot easier than it is, and I have a new-found respect for the celebrities on Dancing on Ice who seem to pick it up really quickly.
The Tower of London Ice Rink is open until 9 January 2011. Book tickets here