Roller skates are making a comeback – for those of you who werent around in the ’70s – they are great way to exercise for adults and kids.
Many people have discovered this trend once again as a way to get around town in style during the lockdowns. Now, even though we can roam around freely – it looks like roller skates are here to stay.
Besides looking cool, roller skating has many other benefits. It’s a great full-body workout that improves your posture, balance and overall body strength.
We’re all about staying safe, so we strongly suggest sporting your vintage wheels only in secured parks that have smooth and even pathways. However, we must advise that, according to The Royal Parks (TRP) Skating Policy, the skaters must:
- Wear a healmet
- Stay alert and be aware of obstacles or uneven surfaces
- Be courteous and give way to pedestrians and animals
- Do not exceed park speed limits and adjust speed/skating style to the conditions
- Be aware of your surroundings, including other park visitors and vehicles
Some of our favourite parks that are not just for roller skating, are…
Holland Park London
Holland Park is the Royal Borough’s largest park and is located in Notting Hill, West London. It has 22.5 hectares of gardens, children’s play facilities, sports areas, a cafeteria and, most importantly, lots of space for you to try out your roller skates.
A bonus is that it’s also the home to the beautiful Kyoto Garden.
Hyde Park London
Being one of the most well-known parks in London, Hyde Park doesn’t disappoint when it comes to smooth surfaces and beautiful scenery. Circle around the pond, head towards Kensington Gardens or grab a take-way drink at the cafe. Hyde Park is large enough to spend the whole day. Take a chill pill and relax on the grass or hire one of the colourful deck chairs. Once you have some energy back why not enjoy boating on the Serpentine or try out the UK’s first Solarshuttle.
Another of London’s jewels! Greenwich Park has it all: rose gardens, a paddling pond, an observatory and even a planetarium. However, this particular park is more of a challenge if you are on roller skates, there are a number of steep hills and sharp turns. We would recommend Greenwich Park for those skaters who are a bit more advance and know how to easily stop and turn. And don’t forget to wear a helmet!
Battersea Park is a particular favourite for skaters. Pre-covid they held weekend skate meet-ups in Hyde Park and Battersea Park, like The Sunday Stroll and London Friday Night Skate; as London starts to reopen, check the website to see when these will be on again.
Being the largest park in London, Richmond park is difficult to explore on foot – so why not do it on your roller skates? But please be aware of the wildlife – deer don’t particularly like fast-moving objects coming right at them!
Wherever you go be it on skates or walking or cycling have fun and stay safe x