Define London Canary Wharf Ice Rink


Ice Rink Canary Wharf and luxury D&D restaurant, Plateau, have announced an exciting collaboration with the explosive new fitness brand DEFINE.London, to bring a barre class to the ice, followed by a plant-based Botanical Brunch on the 3rd February.

The event will see DEFINE.London founder, Ashley Verma, take to the ice to lead an hour-long session at Ice Rink Canary Wharf later this month. The class, which will take place under the emphatic Canary Wharf skyline, will be followed by a well-earned Botanical Brunch, courtesy of luxury French restaurant Plateau.

Former American Broadway actress, Ashley Verma, will be welcoming people to the ice to take part in a class made up of two 30-minute sessions, on yoga mats (without the need for ice skates!). The first of the sessions will be comprised of a half hour barre-based full body workout, incorporating a combination of postures inspired by ballet and other challenging fitness disciplines. Guests should be prepared for a head-to-toe body blazing session combining an intense mix of isometric moves, thigh and glute sequences, chiselling arm and abdominal moves, and elongating stretches throughout the class – all aimed at increasing strength and flexibility.

The second session will be a relaxing 30-minute stretch class to help increase muscle control, flexibility and range to ultimately allow muscles to recover, all whilst taking in the spectacular scenery of the ice rink, fairy-lit trees and towering buildings around Canada Square Park.

After the session, Ashley will be hosting the group at the D&D London restaurant, Plateau, for the restaurant’s recently launched Botanical Brunch. The menu offers a supreme concoction of brunch classics with the addition of new vegan dishes including Crushed avocado on sourdough toast; Buckwheat galette with spinach and salsify; Beetroot tagliatelle, smoked beetroots topped with toasted pine nuts; and Almond milk ‘riz au lait’ for dessert. Guests will be welcomed by a cocktail of Tanqueray botanical gin and FeverTree’s Indian tonic, or a choice of Seedlip mocktails including the Garden Mojito or Hibiscus & Elderflower spritz.

The collaboration is part of D&D London’s Mindful City campaign, a series of activities and events throughout January and February focusing on wellness and fitness for the body and soul, together with the launch of Plateau’s botanical Saturday brunch menu – available for guests to enjoy until the end of March with a selection of healthier and vegan options on the menu. #MindfulCity18.

This unique workout session on the ice comes ahead of the highly anticipated launch of DEFINE.London’s Fitzrovia studio in February. Through years of teaching fitness in New York, highly sought-after fitness expert Ashley Verma incorporated what she already knew with her physical therapy routines to launch the DEFINE.London brand, which now has 10 unique class concepts under its umbrella. With a core remit to ‘Aspire to Inspire’, DEFINE.London is changing the way we see the fitness game. Classes will be led by the music, maintaining an upbeat mood and ensuring exercise is fun and inspiring.

This exciting new luxury fitness brand is perfectly reflected by the impressive ambiance of the ice rink it is scheduled to host a session on. Ice Rink Canary Wharf is London’s longest-running seasonal ice venue, open for 16 weeks spanning from the 4th November – 24th February. As it stands, Ice Rink Canary Wharf not only ranks as the longest in London at 80 meters but is also the only remaining seasonal ice rink open in the capital city. The clear, cathedral-style roof means skating can continue regardless of the weather.

Speaking ahead of the event, DEFINE.London founder Ashley Verma said: “We are extremely excited for this special, unique event. It’s not every day that you have a fitness session on the ice, so I cannot wait to get out there. What better place to do it than the iconic Ice Rink Canary Wharf as well – the scenery is truly something to behold.

 “What’s more, we are incredibly grateful towards the D&D restaurant, Plateau, for opening their doors to welcome us for brunch – the menu looks incredible and I can’t wait to try their dishes. Now it’s just a case of choosing what to have!”

 Lorraine Crighton-Smith at Ice Rink Canary Wharf, said, “We are delighted to host this high energy barre class to the ice. At this time of year, fitness and self-improvement is at the forefront of many of our customers’ minds. This day is the ideal opportunity to do something for your physical and mental well-being whilst still having fun.”


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