Skating in London
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Fun skating stuff in London
Two evening events are a must in London: the Wednesday Night Skate (WNS)
the smaller, newer Friday
Night Skate (FNS)
. Anything up to a thousand skaters have attended
the WNS. It's a fantastic event: big sound system, whistles, crazy
outfits, rush of the crowd, meeting new folk, being gaped at by
thousands of Londoners & tourists, temporarily halting traffic,
expertly marshalling (often with police help), and above all an amazing
Typical skate is a little over 10miles in hour and a half, which
isn't as demanding as it sounds. Definitely bring or share water though.
Both end up back at their start points, sometimes via or followed by
drinks at the Vic pub near Lancaster Gate tube.
The WNS is a big 10 or so mile loop ending up where it starts on the
West end of Serpentine Road. Many folks then wander to the Vic pub.
The FNS is split into three levels, the first of which is a loop
that ends up back at Hyde Park and is quite short, slow &
gentle. The transition between the second and third happens at a
rest stop (e.g. supermarket). Here's the next route.
Those not ready for the skate, e.g. beginners learning to stop properly,
can get free(!) lessons during the WNS by the fine folk at SkateFresh
. Just show up at the WNS starting point
by the advertised start time (8pm in the Summer) and off you go!