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Skateboarding at Southbank Centre

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by Erin Connelly (subscribe)
I am a medievalist in the process of completing a PhD (involving medieval medicine). I travel as much as possible at home (UK) and abroad. I'm always ready for new experiences!
Published September 30th 2012
London's most iconic skatepark
Off the Queen's Walk in the undercroft of Southbank Centre is an iconic, graffti-adorned skatepark, which is easily one of the best in London.

Skatepark Entrance. Photo by Erin Connelly.


This area of Southbank has been specially reserved for skateboarders for several decades. The park also attracts BMXers, bladers, buskers, and street performers. Tourists and locals frequently crowd around the perimeter to enjoy the spectacle of extreme art and extreme sports.

The surfaces are well cared for (though rain puddles tend to accumulate) and graffiti artists are legally authorised to decorate the park. The graffiti art has changed dramatically over the years and previous images are archived at Graffiti Archaeology under the heading 'Undercroft'.

Skater at the Southbank park. Photo by Exey Panteleev.


The park is comprised of various ledges, ramps, rails, and stairs and always provides an exciting and lively atmosphere.

The park is free and open all year round.
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Why? Skateboarding and street art come together at London's Southbank.
When: All Year Round
Where: Southbank Centre, Central London
Cost: Free
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