For the Friday Night Skate, lace up a pair of retro four wheel rollerskates or modern in-lines and head down to The Duke of Wellington Arch at Hyde park a little before 8pm. The skate leaves promptly at 8pm, so don't be late. Traversing roughly 10 to 15 miles, the skate follows a different route each time. Some skates go past famous landmarks in central London, others head further afield taking in the hilly terraine of Camden, or the tranquil countryside of Barnes. Volunteer marshals alert traffic so skaters are safe, and you can even enjoy music during the skate provided by a sound system on a bicycle. This skate is open to everyone who is considers themselves an intermediate skater.
If you're keen to hit the roads but are looking for a more laid back skating experience, then the Sunday Stroll could be just what you're looking for. It leaves from the same location but at 2pm on Sunday, and the ride is less intensive.
Both these skates operate year round and are only cancelled if the weather is uncooperative. If the skate's going to be cancelled, it will be announce several hours prior to the meet time on the event's website.
If you have a young family but are eager to strap on some skates, you're in luck. The Easy Peasy Skate is geared to beginners and small children. It leaves from the Japanese Peace Pagoda in Battersea Park at 10:30 am every Saturday. It takes 20-30 minutes and avoids hills, roads and speed, so it's child-friendly. Every skater must have skates, protective gear and heel breaks to take part. If you're a little rusty, show up half an hour early and you can purchase an introductory lesson for 5 pounds. This skate is year round as well, but is cancelled if it rains or the ground is wet.
And now for the best part - both these skates are free.
With so many options to choose from, you'll be streaming along the pavement with the wind in your hair in no time. Why not take your first skate this weekend? WHIP IT!