Review: Skate King’s Cross, N1C

PUBLISHED: 09:15 20 September 2013 | UPDATED: 12:27 20 September 2013

Skate King's Cross, a popup Roller Rink in the West Handyside Canopy

Skate King's Cross, a popup Roller Rink in the West Handyside Canopy

John Sturrock

Skating around the pop up roller rink in Kings Cross this summer was as close as I’ve come to being transported back to my childhood in a long time.

I may not have been quite as nippy and nimble as I was back in my early teens when a visit to the local roller disco in Hertfordshire was the highlight of my social calendar, but that didn’t spoil the fun.

Despite looking like Bambi on wheels when I first rolled onto the rink – designed by boutique architects Feix and Merlin – within a few laps I was feeling more like my 13-year-old self, if a lot less fit.

And I wasn’t the only one with a massive grin on their face – for the most part it was groups of adult, some in top to toe neon, reliving their childhood while trying to skate in time to anything from Rihanna to the 70s disco classics.

And there was plenty more to tempt in the older clientele at this roller rink which took up residency in the West Handyside Canopy of the Kings Cross development, just off Granary Square, for eight weeks this summer.

American diner food was served up and the fully stocked bar keept mouths watered – alcoholic shakes which tasted like heaven in a cup forming a particular highlight.

But as well as over 18 club nights, there was also plenty of family orientated fun on offer during the course of its residency.

It’s now closed its doors for the year, but this quirky attraction looks set to make a return next year – and I’d highly recommend it if you’re looking for a night out that’s a bit different, old school and allows you to pretend you’re a teenager again, even though the aching legs the next morning remind you that those days were a long time ago.


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