Best Parks to Skate in London

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Skating is not only a good form of exercise, it is also a fun and liberating experience for many. The joy of skating stems from how accessible it is. Unlike other hobbies which usually require a specific environment (one that often means you need to pay), skating can be done anywhere, in a group and also solo. In a big city like London, finding a good place to skate might seem intimidating, especially if you’re new to the city. Don’t worry, as this article will tell you all the best places to skate in the capital, both for solo skating and in groups.

Not everyone has a good spot to skate near them. If not, don’t worry as London offers many exciting places to skate. If you're looking for some greenery, London’s many parks are perfect places to go roller skating and meet new people, all while giving you access to some fresh open air. With summer just around the corner, here are some of the best parks to go roller skating in London!

  1. Hyde, St. James’s, and Green Park

Starting off our list are three of London’s most famous parks. Located in Westminster, Hyde, St. James’s, and Green Park all offer nice green spaces and pathways to skate down, along with easy access to Buckingham Palace as well as other London landmarks like the Palace of Westminster. St. James’s Park is notable for its lakes and bridges for skaters to glide over. Hyde Park is an especially popular spot for skaters, and its large size and many pathways offer opportunities for new and experienced skaters alike. Just mind the many tourists while you’re there! 


  1. Victoria Park

Going on over to east London, Victoria Park is one of the larger parks in the city which is reflected by the many skating opportunities it offers. Among the many things you’ll find in Victoria Park are multiple lakes, a Chinese Pagoda, cafes, pubs, and easy access to Regent’s and Hertford Union Canal. All this means that Victoria Park has no shortage of skating opportunities, and east London has no shortage of skaters either. With so much to offer, it is easy to make an entire day of skating in the park. While you're there, be sure to check out Victoria Park Raemers Skatepark where you can do tricks and meet fellow skaters alike.  


  1. Mile End Park 

Next on our list is Mile End Park, located just moments away from Victoria Park. Like Victoria Park, Mile End Park has much to offer, from cafes to restaurants and even a climbing gym. What makes this park unique, however, is its shape. With a narrow size that is partially bordered by Regent’s Canal, Mile End Park is a great casual skating spot to just cruise along the canal and without the crowd of central London. 


  1. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Sticking to east London, next on our list is the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford. Host to the 2012 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, the park is relatively new and includes the London Stadium, top-tier sporting facilities, and nice open spaces for all to enjoy. The park is also located right next to the Abba Arena and Westfield Stratford City shopping centre, meaning there is no shortage of activities to do around the area. 


  1. Streatham Common

Located in Southwest London, Streatham Common offers both grass and wooded areas, as well as a nature reserve. The park also includes an ice rink and leisure centre. With both smooth and rougher terrain, Streatham Common has options for those looking for more casual and adventurous skating experiences. The park also offers spectacular views of London, so take the time to enjoy the view while you’re there!


Notable mention... the basketaball courts in Bethnal Green Gardens!

Despite its urban sprawl, London is littered with parks, and you don’t need to travel far to find one near you. Going to your local park is not only convenient, but a great way to meet other skaters in your community who enjoy skating. It's always good to see what your local area offers in terms of public spaces instead of traveling far just to find a spot to skate. Social media sites like TikTok, Instagram, and Reddit are great ways to learn more about places to skate and meet other skaters. Joining a skating group in your area is a great way to meet other skaters and find places near you to skate together. If you can’t find a group near you, form one yourself and build your own community of skaters! No matter where you skate or who you skate with, making sure you skate in an area that is safe for yourself and others is essential for making sure you have the best possible skating experience. If you’re still looking for places in London to skate, check out thisGoogle Earth map of places around the city for skating. Happy Skating!