If you’re anything like us you probably haven’t stepped foot on a skateboard since that day you were 12 and you broke your arm falling off your older brothers board in the park (just us then?) but if there’s any day to get back in the skateboarding saddle it’s today.
London is home to several large skateboarding parks so even if you don’t want to have a go at it yourself you could always pop along and watch how the (semi)pros do it.
Found just under London’s Westway is the Bay Sixty6 Skateboarding Park. It includes ramps, half pipes and rails for those with a bit more experience and for those who are still unsteady on their feet there’s loads of room around to get practising.
Next up is the famous Stockwell Skatepark. The park is unsupervised and available to use at any time of the day or night and has been home to several keen south London skateboarders since it first opened in the 1970′s. Be warned, pros often come down here to practise so you may get shown up a bit.
The Southbank Skatepark is another popular choice. Although it wasn’t opened as an official skatepark the area which is situated right on the Thames has played home to those who just want to have a bit of fun on their skateboards for several years now. The people that hang out around there are always friendly and willing to offer tips so don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Lastly we’re recommended the Clapham Common Skatepark. Found literally on the edge of the common the park is fairly small but surrounded with so much green space provides the idea area for new comers to practise their moves before building up to the big ramp that’s found in the middle of it.