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Five ways to have fun with frozen water this winter

Posted at 3:30 pm, December 20, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment

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Drink at the coolest bar in town
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to get pissed in an igloo – and let’s face it, we all have – the Ice Bar is probably the closest you’ll get. Located just off Regent Street, it’s exactly what the name suggests: a bar where the walls, tables and even glasses are made from imported Swedish ice. And, of course, it’s the perfect place for a drunken rendition of ‘Let It Go’. 31-33 Heddon St, W1B 4BN. Oxford Circus.

Join the chill seekers
Vertical Chill operates an indoor ice climbing wall at the Ellis Brigham store in Covent Garden, where instructors can teach you how to scale the frosty façade using axes, spiky boots and other nifty equipment. If nothing else, the Instagram pics will make it look like you’re taking on K2. Get there before the wall is closed over Christmas. Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports, Tower House, Covent Garden Market, 3-11 Southampton St, WC2E 7HA. Covent Garden.

Skate at Somerset House

Dance on ice
Why settle for the tired old repertoire of carols and Christmas pop when you can slide clumsily along to some of the hottest DJs in clubland? Somerset House ice rink is hosting a cracking line-up of skating-club nights, with the likes of Greco-Roman, Ninja Tunes, Lovebox and NTS all rocking the rink throughout December. Strand, WC2R 1LA. Charing Cross.

Go puck yourself
You can watch us polite Brits play angry North American-style ice hockey at Alexandra Palace ice rink. If you’re especially brave, you can try out for one of the local teams. But be warned: it makes rugby look like a dainty game for the chronically timid. Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY. Wood Green then W3 bus.

Start down a slippery slope
Hemel Hempstead might not have the Matterhorn’s awe-inspiring scenery, but its Snow Centre does have a cracking indoor slope where you can practise your slip-sliding on real snow. It’s also the only place near London where it’s still acceptable to say ‘gnarly’. St Albans Hill, HP3 9NH. Hemel Hempstead rail.

Take a look at more of London’s great ice rinks here.

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