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The House of Vans London

The House of Vans London

London, United Kingdom

Skateboarding, BMX

Skatepark

The House of Vans is a movement which was born the Brooklyn, USA, and has come to Europe with great force, the focus being on creating the first indoor skate park in London. The infamous Old Vic Tunnels below the London’s Waterloo station is where the five studios which make up this incredible place are located and where music, art and skateboarding are merged.

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On entering you are welcomed by the first tunnel where you’ll find vintage accessories and an art gallery in which the works by national and international artists are changed every eight weeks. All of this with the backdrop of exposed brickwork and a black and white checkered floor which emulates the classic Vans shoe design.

The second tunnel houses the theatre room which has one hundred seats and is from where they project premieres, video clips and webcasts. The VansLab studios are located at the other end. This space is where the artists can create and refine their pieces before they go on exhibition. It also has a bar which serves a variety of refreshments including beer and cocktails.

The third tunnel has an incredible concert hall which is well equipped to host world renowned acts and various events, as well as serving as a platform for future music groups and new talents. It’s a meeting point for nightlife and has a capacity for 850 people.

A cement bowl awaits you in the fourth tunnel. It has metal copings except for on the highest curving which has a pool coping, an authentic delight for transition lovers. There is also a bar-restaurant, the Wall SE1, which serves a wide variety of healthy, homemade food. The last tunnel contains the second area dedicated to skateboarding and has a mini ramp with perfect dimensions and a street zone with banks, quarters and a smooth hubba.

The premises was opened on the 9th August 2014, with appearances from Public Enemy, Dinosaur Jr, Root Manuva, Toddla T, Savages, Illume Sphere; the Vans riders and other skateboarding legends who took part in an impressive bowl session.

The House of Vans is a luxury spot to have in a city where the meteorological conditions aren’t so favourable. It’s the perfect indoor refuge but it isn’t open every day. The opening hours are as follows: Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4pm till 10pm, Fridays from 12pm till 10pm, Saturdays from 10am till 10pm and Sundays from 12pm till 6pm. It’s free but remember to reserve your session in advance and arrive at least ten minutes before you allocated time.
What’s there?
  • Ledges
    Hubba
  • Pipes
    Quarters, Mini ramp, Bowl
  • Jumps
    Banks
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