Recently Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason, one of the capital’s favourite festive destinations, officially opened, signalling the start of the winter season with a celebration in the spectacular surroundings of Somerset House.

VIP guests revelling in the festivities included Daisy Lowe, Christopher Kane, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Olga Kurylenko, Jasmine Hemsley, Sam Rollinson, Charlotte Wiggins, Portia Freeman, Gareth Pugh, Jasmine Guinness, Camilla Rutherford, Griff Rhys Jones, Olivia Inge & Olivia Grant to name a few.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 16: (L-R) Sam Rollinson, Eve Delf and Charlotte Wiggins attend the opening party of Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason on November 16, 2016 in London, England. London's favourite festive destination opens at Somerset House on Thursday 17th November and runs until Sunday 15th January 2017. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Somerset House Trust/Fortnum & Mason) *** Local Caption *** Eve Delf; Charlotte Wiggins; Sam Rollinson

[Sam Rollinson, Eve Delf and Charlotte Wiggins. Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images]

Beneath the twinkling 47-ft Christmas tree, handpicked from the Balcombe Estate in Sussex and decorated with Fortnum’s mini hampers, guests enjoyed some of Fortnum’s finest fare. On the menu were chilli dogs, roast sirloin of beef in Yorkshire Puddings and smoked salmon with traditional accompaniments, many of which are available on the menu at the Fortnum’s Lodge. Guests were also treated to canapes, including pigs in blankets, and Welsh rarebit. The veritable feast was finished off with mince pies.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 16: Daisy Lowe attends the opening party of Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason on November 16, 2016 in London, England. London's favourite festive destination opens at Somerset House on Thursday 17th November and runs until Sunday 15th January 2017. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Somerset House Trust/Fortnum & Mason) *** Local Caption *** Daisy Lowe

[Daisy Lowe. Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images]

Part-goers were served a selection of drinks, including Fortnum’s own champagne Popsicles from an ice var, warming mulled wine and cranberry lemonade.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 16: Ewan Venters attends the opening party of Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason on November 16, 2016 in London, England. London's favourite festive destination opens at Somerset House on Thursday 17th November and runs until Sunday 15th January 2017. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Somerset House Trust/Fortnum & Mason) *** Local Caption *** Ewan Venters

[Ewan Venters. Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images]

Ahead of Somerset House’s Club Nights- the late night Skate soundtrack from world-renowned festivals, radio stations and record labels- guests enjoyed skating on London’s most glamorous ice rink to a live DJ set from Goldierocks. The international DJ and Mixmag contributor will be headlining Club Nights on 12th January. Beforehand, the House Gospel Choir greeted on arrival with its electric house-meets-gospel sound to start the party in style.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 16: A general view during the opening party of Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason on November 16, 2016 in London, England. London's favourite festive destination opens at Somerset House on Thursday 17th November and runs until Sunday 15th January 2017. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Somerset House Trust/Fortnum & Mason)

[Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images])

Guests were also treated to a sneak preview of Fortnum’s Christmas Arcade- a pop-up filled with Fortnum’s festive gifts in the West Wing of Somerset House – to make a start on their Christmas shopping.

Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason takes place from 17th November to 15th January 2017.

Visit www.fortnumandmason.com/events/skate-at-somerset-house to book tickets.