Wednesday 7 November – Media Release

Last night, Ice Rink Canary Wharf launched in Canary Wharf’s spectacular One Canada Square

‘Cutting the ice’ at the official unveiling were a talented team of British Championship medallists and members of the International Development Squad – including Nina Povey, Molly Valencia and gifted nine year old Genevieve Sommerville – who entertained guests with an impressive display on on-ice acrobatics. Set among the sparkling Christmas lights and iconic backdrop of Canary Wharf’s skyscrapers, the skaters twisted and turned their way around the rink, which features London’s first ‘skate path’ winding around Ron Arad’s iconic Big Blue sculpture.

Inspired by the performance, many of the guests took to the rink eager to glide into the festive spirit! Meanwhile others looked on from the rinkside Boisdale on Ice bar and terrace enjoying champagne, mulled wine, hot toddy and a selection of Boisdale of Canary Wharf’s legendary burgers, hot mince pies and famous haggis sausage rolls.

Returning for the eighth year in a row, Ice Rink Canary Wharf will be buzzing with activity throughout the festive season until 13 January 2013. Highlight events include Sinatra on Ice every Tuesday, a variety of fun-filled family days and exciting themed evenings including Date Night, a Bollywood Night, a Dancing Queen Abba Night and Starlight’s 12 Days of Christmas Run.

Commenting on last night’s launch, Camille Waxer, Chief Administrative Officer at Canary Wharf Group plc says: “This year’s ice rink is our best yet and last night’s unveiling of London’s very first ‘skate path’ was a tremendous success. With a pop up from Boisdale of Canary Wharf and a calendar of fun on-ice events, the rink is set to be bustling with activity well into the New Year.”


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For further information or images, please contact:

Clarissa Knox/Rosie Kempson
The Communication Group
T: 020 7630 1411
E: cknox@thecommunicationgroup.co.uk rkempson@thecommunicationgroup.co.uk

Hamish McDougall
Canary Wharf Group plc
T: 020 7418 2326
M: 07779 888 075
E: Hamish.mcdougall@canarywharf.com

FURTHER DETAILS:

All Canary Wharf Arts & Events are listed at www.canarywharf.com

Ice Rink Canary Wharf
Saturday, November 03, 2012 – Sunday, January 13, 2013
Mon to Sat 9.45am – 11pm and Sun 9.45am-7.30pm
Prices vary, visit www.skatecanarywharf.com for more details on party bookings and ticket prices
Christmas Party Bookings are now being taken for November and December, contact events@icerinkcanarywharf.co.uk or 020 7536 8400
Skating Lessons:*
One person- £20 for 30 minutes
Two people – £10 (per person) for 30 minutes
(Prices include the lesson with a skate coach and the cost of a one hour skating ticket price)
*All skating lessons must be booked in advance either online or in person at the box office.

NOTES TO EDITORS:

About Canary Wharf Group plc

Canary Wharf Group has achieved one of the greatest feats of civic transformation – an iconic urban regeneration, designing and constructing over 15 million square feet of office and retail space across the 115 acre Canary Wharf Estate in central London. 100,000 people work at Canary Wharf, with the population expected to double by 2025. There are more than 240 shops, bars and restaurants, including many leading fashion brands such as Alfred Dunhill, Aspinal of London, Hugo Boss, Jaeger London, L.K. Bennett and Tiffany & Co. Canary Wharf has a vast array of top-name restaurants, bars and cafes including Boisdale of Canary Wharf, Iberica Canary Wharf, Plateau, Quadrato at the Four Seasons and Roka.

Canary Wharf’s world-class Arts & Events programme includes over 100 events each year, including Ice Rink Canary Wharf, music concerts, elite sports, performing arts, sculpture, comedy, London Motorexpo and much more. 20% of the Estate is landscaped parks, plazas and walkways with over 1,000 trees, 88 floral species and each year there are 70,000 seasonal plantings. Canary Wharf also has one of Britain’s highest concentrations of ‘green’ roofs, reducing energy use and encouraging biodiversity. Canary Wharf Group has been named one of the Sunday Times Best Green Companies in Britain since 2008. Canary Wharf Group plc is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies. It is currently constructing Canary Wharf Crossrail Station; Jubilee Place retail extension; 25 Churchill Place; and 20 Fenchurch Street in the City of London (in a joint venture with Land Securities). The Group is also in a joint venture with Qatari Diar to redevelop the Shell Centre on London’s South Bank.

www.canarywharf.com, www.twitter.com/yourcanarywharf