by Annette Kellow

The Savoy hotel is associated with many luxury things. Afternoon tea, cocktails, dinner, Theatre, architecture and always annual creative festivities. I had never heard of an ice rink installation being in the hotel but that is exactly what they have curated for this years Christmas theme!

Aptly named 'Dreaming of a pink Christmas' it is a Louis Roederer installation whilst in the foyer they have a 15ft Boodles tree complete with hundreds of pink bows (somebody help me!)

I also heard they were doing special Christmas cocktails so after a little light retail therapy my friend and fellow writer Millicent Binks decided to head over to the Savoy to see exactly what it was all about.

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On entering the reception we discovered a winter wonderland of treats. The Boodles tree with a 'diamonds and ice' theme was made of cut glass mirror and bespoke pink decorations. Even the dog statues had pink bows around their necks and there was a pink post box to post all your Christmas wishes to Santa!

Louis Roederer, a family owned champagne house since 1776, collaborated with The Savoy to create the rink installation whilst the hotel also commissioned london creative agency, We are Family, to make a life size spinning dancer which continuously pirouettes underneath the bauble adorned gazebo.

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We wrote down quite a few wishes (but I can't tell you them or they won't come true) then took photos by the tree, wandered over to the ice installation whilst juggling our heavy shopping bags. There is also a small Boodle's boutique which we couldn't resist taking a peek in. But alas, all this walking in heels with big bags was beginning to hurt my feet.

'Time for a cocktail?' Millicent asked. After our hard work admiring the delights at The Savoy, we felt it only best that we settle down to a classic glass of Louis' finest fizz. That's my workout out for the day done.