Neo-classical mansion Somerset House will host a drop-in ice skating rink until January 23 2011
Brave exhibitionists are invited to whirl around the decadent surroundings while being entertained by DJs and supplied with food by a range of stalls
Ice Queen Jayne Torvill took to the ice for the launch
The House is one of several venues across the country offering ice skating, from the Eden Project in Cornwall to the Beamish Museum in County Durham
Family-friendly stewards help out young skaters, as well as model penguins to help them balance on the ice
See our introduction to the ice rink at Somerset House and rundown of more venues offering skating fun this season.
The rink is a perfect place to celebrate the winter season