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A Show Space display reflecting on the popularity of ice skating in the capital.
Londoners have long been attracted to the grace and speed of ice skating. The first account dates to the late 1100s when William Fitz Stephen wrote of ‘dense throngs’ of London youths playing on the ice at Moorfields. Over the years frozen water features in London’s parks have played host to many ice skating enthusiasts. Such was the fervour for skating that Londoners sometimes took great risks on unsafe ice, such as when on 15 January 1867 many skaters lost their lives when the ice over Regent's Park lake gave way.
The late 1920s saw a dramatic rise in the number of indoor rinks and until the Second World War the popularity of indoor skating and carnivals on ice soared.
Today, Londoners still take to the ice in droves, looking forward to the outdoor ice rinks that pop up across the city each winter.