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Ice enthusiasts head for super-cool day at frozen pioneer’s former factory

PUBLISHED: 09:00 17 August 2013

The Ice Cream Queen with Bibi Meautte Evans, 4, Pic: Dieter Perry

The Ice Cream Queen with Bibi Meautte Evans, 4, Pic: Dieter Perry

Dieter Perry

Ice enthusiasts young and old headed to a special day at the former home of London’s coolest product.

London Canal Museum, New Wharf Road, King’s Cross, held the event on Saturday to celebrate the completion of improvement work – including stabilising their two giant underground ice wells.

The museum used to be the warehouse of Swiss entrepreneur Carlo Gatti – the first man to sell ice cream to the public – to store the ice he imported from frozen lakes in Norway.

Activities on the day included science workshops exploring ice molecules, making sub zero art and learning techniques from the ice-cream queen.

Some hardy souls even braved the depths of the former ice wells – the only ones in London still open to the public.

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