Forget ice skating at Somerset House, if you’re looking for some real fun this Christmas then you don’t have to go any further that Bankside, where Southwark council are installing a massive snow slide.
The slide is part of the Frost Fair, an idea which originated in 1564 when “the people of London took to the ice for a carnival on the water” (see picture above).
The last Frost Fair was held in 1814, but the tradition was revived (minus the ‘on the water’ bit for obvious reason) last year by Southwark council.
This year the fair is on Friday 17 December, and according to the webite “the riverwalk will be filled with a festive and frosty”.
Erm…a festive and frosty what exactly?
Alongside the street theatre, mulled wine, food stalls, carol singing, workshops and side shows there will aso be a “a frozen ice bar” (as opposed to an unfrozen ice bar?)
But, let’s be honest here, all we care about is the ruddy great slide. The only details we have so far is that it will be 30 metres long, four lanes wide, will involve the use of “giant inflatable rubber tubes” and will be open until 9 January.
But, rest assured, Londonist will be down there to test drive the slide and to take photo’s as soon as humanly possible. It’s the least we can do for you, our loyal readers.