Whitegrounds is a plaza/DIY style skatepark built by Southwark Council under the railway arches close to London Bridge. Whilst the skatepark is free it is not open all the time. It is usually open 9am til 5pm.
Design & layout
Whitegrounds skatepark is under the railway arches and so is sheltered, however there is ingress of water, so it may not always be dry if there’s been a lot of rain.
The designers have not wasted an inch of space, with transition and wall rides against almost every wall. There are stepped ledges going up one side of the park, with a hubba going down one end.
There is a bank to ledge, but this is not for the faint hearted, and the line to get onto the ledge and out again is awkward.
The stepped ledges are very small, curb sized, so are great for learning to grind. These ledges can also be used as a manual pad, and is good for learning The Drop Off down a curb.
There is a mini ramp tucked away in the corner which is good for learning to pump and keep up your speed on your skateboard.
Whitegrounds is right on top of London Bridge, so there are plenty of coffee shops and restaurants nearby on Bermondsey Street. You can also visit Hop Kingdom just across the road for a skate, to pick up hardware, and to whet your whistle.
The nearest public toilet is at the Southwark Council building at 160 Tooley Street SE1 2HZ (approx 2 mins).