Reported by Chloe Bond, London
Christmas in London means breakfast at Tiffany’s. On skates. Until January 23rd, once again, the magic of Christmas gives London an icing on the cake in the form of a lovely tradition: Tiffany & Co.’s SKATE at Somerset House. In association with the English National Ballet and Big Dance, Tiffany’s has launched an entire range of holiday festivities for the whole family.
In the center courtyard of Somerset House, an 18th century palace on the Thames renowned for its artwork and the Courtauld Institute, Tiffany & Co. have launched the infamous and iconic Tiffany Blue Box Tuck Shop, a cute little cafe and cupcake shop to nip into in between skating games for some coffee. In the shape of an enormous, trademark Tiffany & Co. gift box, this year tuck shop also contains Tiffany jewellery, chocolate treats courtesy of fine chocolatier Cocomaya and blue-iced Tiffany cupcakes by Michelin-starred chef Tom Aiken. Having breakfast at Tiffany’s can happen every Saturday morning before Christmas, and from 10-21 January there will be ice-dancing lunch hour from 12.30pm.
In addition to the lovely Tiffany’s tuck shop [The Fashion Bubble ‘s fave!], renowned chef Tom Aiken has his own skate-side hangout Tom’s Skate Lounge which serves hot soups, hot roast turkey, stuffing and cranberry wraps, mince pies, mulled cider and and Christmassy espresso Martinis!
One of this season’s most enjoyable days can be spent at Somerset House’s Tiffany’s Ice Rink as it is opened every day til late and in one of the most beautiful landmarks of central London, overlooking the Thames. After all, this is also the home of London Fashion Week and the British Fashion Council!
The opening of the ice skating rink and lighting of the gorgeous 40-foot and Tiffany’s decorated tree is always attended by eager skaters from all over Britain. In the past, celebrities such as Emma Watson and Lily Cole have been honouraries at the lighting of the tree. This year, Paloma Faith serenaded the crowds as the tree was lit and the grounds proclaimed open. Actress Jaime Winstone also attended the opening night of SKATE.
During the day, even though you’re not skating under the stars and under the lights, the magic of the Tiffany’s tree and Tuck shop is still alluring. It is a favourite for a relaxing few hours reading the paper over Tiffany’s coffee and cake.
But for most, skating is best at night. Surrounded by the magnificent Somerset House architecture, even the cold air doesn’t seem so bad. As a Londoner, if I’m to have a blue Christmas, I wouldn’t mind at all, as long as it’s that gorgeous Tiffany blue. Happy holidays, everyone!
Photos provided by Time, Somerset House, Tiffany & Co. and Joyce Datiles