27th January 2000
Broadgate Circle, London EC2M 2QS
Broadgate Ice Skating Rink
Well there’s timely – here we are with the start of winter (technically) still over a month away, and London’s seasonal skating rinks are already open for business. Nowadays there seems to be a pop-up ice rink appearing on just about every street corner, but it wasn’t all that long ago that aspiring Torvill & Deans would have to wait for the village duck pond to freeze over sometime around February in order to strut their stuff.
Thank heavens, then, for postmodernist masterpiece/architectural disaster (take your pick) Broadgate. Built in the late 1980s over the ruins of the loved but neglected Broad Street station next to Liverpool Street, it included a circular ‘public’ space for diners and drinkers (imaginatively named Broadgate Circle) within which was a performance area that converted into an ice rink during the winter months – popular not just with local office workers but also with small school parties (& I reckon she’s just decked the young fellow).
Meanwhile, just up the road
Old Spitalfields Market, pre-gentrification era & they’re trying their hands (ok, ‘feet’) at 2-a-side football, & judging by how little I can find out about the activity, it didn’t exactly take the world by storm…