Put Your Skates On: Where to Roller Skate in London

Join a Free Rollerskating Event and See London from a Different Perspective

Roller Skating on Regent Street
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If you want to see London from a different perspective, consider putting your skates on and meeting up with a bunch of fellow skaters to tour the city at an organized event. 

You can hire skates from several outlets including the London Skate Centre

London also has some great parks for skating around in. See below for a list of where you can and can't skate in the city's Royal Parks. 

London Friday Night and Saturday Morning Skates

The London Friday Night Skate meets every Friday at 8 p.m. at the Duke of Wellington Arch at Hyde Park and is a 10 to 15-mile skate around the streets of London.

Routes change each week so check the website for details. This is a really popular and well-organized weekly event with volunteer marshals (on skates) ensuring traffic is made aware of all skaters. They even have a mobile sound system on a bicycle to keep you going. Be aware, your skating level should be intermediate or above. 

Easy Peasy Skate meets every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Peace Pagoda in Battersea Park. This event is suitable for children and adults. Note: you'll need skates with a heel brake and protective gear to take part. They do run a 30-minute introductory workshop before each 'meet' (£5 per novice skater).

Sunday Stroll

The Sunday Stroll meets every Sunday at 2 p.m. at Serpentine Road (east site) in Hyde Park. It's an easy 2-hour skate for all abilities (although you must be able to stop).

Other Spots in the Parks

Check out where you can skate in London's Royal Parks below:

Hyde Park: On the roads including Serpentine Road and on permitted cycle routes

Kensington Gardens: On the Albert Approach Road and on The Broad Walk

The Regent’s Park: On the roads including the Inner and Outer Circles

St James’s Park: On The Mall North Horseride cycle track

Green Park: Along Constitution Hill cycle track

Greenwich Park: On Great Cross Avenue and Bower Avenue

Richmond Park: Between Sheen Gate and Ham Gate via Pen Ponds