Southbank has been saved!
Last week it was revealed that the iconic skate spot that lies beneath Queen Elizabeth Hall on the Southbank has been officially saved. After over a year and a half of campaigning against plans to "refurbish" the area and move in high-rent units (because London needed more cafes?) developers have scrapped plans. This was after a fierce backlash in the form of 27,000 objections from skateboarders and those who supported the culture they had created and nurtured for over 40 years.
Following the happy news, the Long Live Southbank campaigners posted on Facebook:
"Following talks that have taken place over the last three months, Long Live Southbank and Southbank Centre are delighted to have reached an agreement that secures the Queen Elizabeth Hall undercroft as the long-term home of British skateboarding and the other urban activities for which it is famous. The agreement has been formalised in a binding planning agreement with Lambeth Council. In the agreement, Southbank Centre agrees to keep the undercroft open for use without charge for skateboarding, BMX riding, street writing and other urban activities."
Here at Rokit Vintage, we also value the original, classic and imaginative over boring new things that look the same (naturally). We stock a wide selection of Old Skool Vans, Levis Jeans and Denim Shorts if you want to channel the 70's Californian skater and Beanies and Snapbacks for your regular windy London days out along the Thames. Long live Southbank!