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 or rolling by one of the venues dedicated to skating.
If you are visiting London or don't own your own pair, you can hire skates inexpensively from several outlets including the London Skate Centre.
Friday Night Skates
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.
Saturday Morning Skates
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' which costs around 5 pounds per novice skater.
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 they do require that you know how to stop yourself on skates.
Other Skating Venues
Not are outside the city are several venues devoted to providing an open and safe space for wheeled fun of all sorts.
At Skaterham, the park is open for BMX, skateboard, scooter, and inline skating fans, with set hours by age range—meaning the little kids won't have to worry about getting mashed by more experienced skaters. Each week on Thursdays, Rollercity puts on the disco music and opens the bar for skaters that over the age of 18, while an all-ages version is open at various times throughout the year, minus the booze, of course.
While Pioneer Club is geared more towards the skateboard set, the oldest indoor skating park in England based in St Albans Hertfordshire is happy to welcome inline skaters to take their turn on the track.
Out in Wembley, the folks at Fix8 RollerDisco has been spinning tunes and running weekly rollerskating events for skaters of all levels to hear great music and make new friends since 2012.
London's Royal Parks 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.
- 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