SouthBank : The home of British skateboarding. Stays dry because is under the Queen Elizabeth hall. Big banks and stairs,
nice and flat surface. Weekends see the place packed with skaters. Take the tube or B.R. to Waterloo. BurgerKing and McDonalds
in the station. South Bank is 5 minutes from the station and is signposted.
Shell Centre : Just round the corner from SouthBank. Opposite the station. Set of 3, 6 and 7 steps. Marble grindy stuff and
other objects of desire.
Liverpool St. : Take the exit of the station next to McDonalds. and do a right to the Swiss Bank. There are lots of different
height steps (1-10), double and triple sets if your that good, ledges of different heights. Pretty Sick really. If you see
a security guard get on the pavement.
St. Pauls : Patanoster Square and the White Wall. The Square has loads of benches, blocks and a BurgerKing. On the other
side of BK is the White Wall. Loads of Steps and steep banks.
Cantelowes : In 97, a 6.5 foot vert ramp was built, with 2 quater pipes running off of it into the main park, the funbox
is still there, the bank has been made higher and now there is a grind box/quarter pipe/transition thingy on it. The park
has a skate jam once a year to celebrate its greatness. For hungry/stoned skaters there is a tesco express and a petrol station
(both 24hr) just across the road. Off-licences are everywhere. BMXers like it here too.
Directions: From Camden Town
on the northern line, leave the station with your back to Rymans and Foot locker, cross the road the 'The Halfway House' and
you should be walking withh Sainsbury's on your left. Keep going until you see the big blue and yellow garage- we're just
Design Museum : Only really skateable after 6pm but there is a nice handrail down a set of five stairs and a small long marble
ledge, perfect for long manual rolls but maybe a bit low for block tricks. Get off the tube at Tower Hill station (Circle
line or District line) and cross Tower Bridge. Once you are on the South side of the Thames, turn left (East) and stick to
the path running alongside the river for a couple of minutes on foot and you will see the white building that is the museum.
Parliament Square : Lots of different size grindy ledges from very low to too high for me. Stairs, ledges down stairs and
just over the road from the famous "Big Ben road Gap" featured in many British videos and magazines. Nearest tube is Westminster
station (Circle line or District line). You need to get yourself across the crazy busy ring road right in front of the Houses
of Parliament, Parliament Square is like an island in the middle of the traffic. More grindy ledges are on the North side
of the ring road as is loads more skateable stuff all around the general area towards Victoria.
City of London : The square mile or so that is the actual "City of London" is basically a skaters dream, especially on a
Sunday when the place is deserted. There are ledges, bars, blocks, stairs and handrails scattered all over the place, you
just need to hunt around. But what was once skate Mecca has recently become sketchy with the introduction of a #20 on the
spot fine for skateboarding. Paternoster Square, the white wall, Monument gap, Barbican centre, Liverpool Street etc etc all
are in the City which has it's own by-laws and independent police force so beware.
Blackfriar's Bridge Blocks : These are quite new and relatively unknown but consist of a few low short ledges which are nicely
waxed and some higher longer ledges too. They are situated just under Blackfriar's bridge on the North bank of the Thames
on a nice smooth footpath that is quite empty when it is not the rush hour. Blackfriar's station is on the Circle line or
Orange Street and National Gallery : Between Leicester Square (Leicester Square station on the Piccadilly line or Northern
line) and Trafalgar Square (Charing Cross station on the Jubilee line or Northern line or Bakerloo line), the National Gallery
has a set of three stairs and a set of five both of which are deceptively long but good fun for a few minutes. Just up the
road from there, towards Leicester Square is the ledge at Orange Street. Real grindy and real long, running alongside a long
set of four stairs (frontside 50-50's for regular footed). Trafalgar Square itself has some good ledges but it is the busiest
place in London and you would be lucky to get to skate there at all.
Slam City Skates / Skate of Mind : Neals Yard, Covent Garden. Stocks Everything you could ever want. Rough Trade music
downstairs. 020 7836 9060
Insane : Pratt Street Camden Town tube.
Cide : 88 Lower Marsh Street (One of the streets parallel to Waterloo Station) Great shop, 100% skater owned.
Harrow Skate Centre : The old HSC no longer exists but there is now a very small skater owned shop 2 mins walk from
Harrow and Wealdstone station. - Go straight out of the station and go along the road ahead that doesn't run beside the railway,
look for a big blue building called the "In Shops" and its inside.
Quicksilver Boardriders : Earlham St., catch the tube to Leicester Square.
Club Blueroom : Park Lane, entrance of the tube, on the left as you come out, the tube station is Marble
Arch (Central line).
There are also two other Blue Rooms in London, one at 12A Fouberts Place (off Carnaby St.) and one
at 144A on Brompton Road.
Small club Blueroom : 12a Fauberts Place
Ratbones : 73 Oxford Street (Marble Arch/Tottenham Court Road)
Rollersnakes : 121 Kings Rd. Chelsea. Near M&S Catch tube to Sloane Sqr. Or South Kensington.
Just to add that there is the good old Kennington reservoir,
in the corner of Kennington Park in London, turn left out of tube 200 yards. Its a banked concrete reservoir which is great
to skate - weather permitting. And what also Romford skatepark - old school heaven - half pipes, pool, performance bowl -
open all year. Check it out.