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VICE: WHY CLOSING SOUTHBANK SKATE PARK WOULD SUCK FOR LONDON

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If you’re anything like me, you’ll often find yourself approaching people in the street, saying, “Hey, you know what London needs? More cafes.” Because there just really, genuinely aren’t enough, are there? I mean, take supposedly gastro-friendly Spitalfields Market, for instance; there are only four Prets, three EATs and two branches of POD in a five-minute radius. And as for fusion taco stalls and Evisu stores? Don’t even get me started, mate. Honestly, it’s like living in Brezhnev’s Russia sometimes…

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THE GUARDIAN: SKATEBOARDING’S SOUTH BANK HOME TO BE TURNED INTO RETAIL UNITS

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It has carved a place in counter-cultural history – a concrete enclave on London’s South Bank beloved by skateboarders that has appeared in countless magazines and films.

The undercroft at the Southbank Centre is hailed as the birthplace of British skateboarding, a spot that has nurtured the homegrown talents of skateboard professionals such as Lewis “Chewie” Cannon, Ben Fairfax and Joey Pressey…

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TIMEOUT: ICONIC SOUTHBANK SKATE SPOT UNDER THREAT

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London skateboarders get a rough deal. Not only do they have to put up with some of the worst weather in the world, but they now have to contend with the fact that the capital’s most famous skate spot is to be demolished. On March 6, the Southbank Centre announced new plans for the ‘Festival Wing‘…

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