House of Vans

The House of Vans…

One of the best things about being a blogger is getting invited to places that you may never have visited or even known about otherwise. We’re invited with the expectation that if we like a place, we’ll tell our lovely readers all about it. This time we found somewhere so special, we really were tempted to keep it a secret..!

The House of Vans is a treasure, hidden beneath London’s Waterloo Station it’s a very rare London treat. Somewhere you can hang out, look at some art, skateboard and maybe catch a film and the best bit, it’s entirely FREE!

Inside you’ll pass reception into a series of tunnels where the House of Vans has created a place to explore; it’s part events space, part art gallery and of course a BMX and Skateboard park too. The first tunnel houses and Art Gallery where the display is changed every 8 weeks and free to view. In the second tunnel, there’s a cinema/screening room, bar and the loos. The third tunnel holds a stage for concerts and finally at the back of the house, a bowl and street course to ride!

House of Vans

It’s got a very relaxed feel and is a really lovely place to just look around, hang out or enjoy a couple of hours of family fun on the weekend.

For Families…

We were invited for the Skateboard School and Little Rippers Film Club which they host every weekend. With a husband who used to skateboard regularly, we jumped at the chance the skate school is open to all ages (5 and over) and abilities so hubby could refresh his skills whilst sharing his passion with the children. At first, he went along with the older children whilst I stayed home with our youngest who wasn’t yet old enough but they returned full of how amazing it was said we must go too. So we all returned the following weekend, the youngest and I enjoyed the cafe whilst the others were skateboarding and then we all watched the film – it was the ideal weekend morning. That was it, kids hooked and learning a new skill, a very happy hubby, skateboards added to the birthday gift lists – we returned every weekend we could.

House of Vans

Skateboard School…

Skateboard school is for beginners of any age, there are 2 sessions every Saturday and Sunday which run for an hour. The sessions are entirely free but you do need to book online in advance and they release the tickets in batches from about a fortnight in advance.

Little Rippers Film Club…

On both Saturday and Sunday, they play a children’s film in the cinema and it’s usually a relatively recent release. On Saturday they screen at 10:15 and 12:15 so you can watch after Skateboard School or with younger children whilst Skateboard school is on and on Sunday they have one screening at 12:00. The cinema is a really lovely place to relax as a family, concrete steps make up the seating and they have hundreds of cushions for comfort – the children often make themselves dens to snuggle and watch the film inside.

little ripper film club

Coming Soon…

The House of Vans has been closed for renovations but will re-open on the 3rd May.

The Little Rippers Film Club will be showing Moana on Saturday 6th May at 10:15am and 12:15pm and Minions on Sunday 7th May at 12:00pm.

Skateboard school starts back on Saturday 6th May with sessions at 10-11am and 11-12 and on Sunday 7th May 12-1pm and 1-2pm.

We plan to be first in the queue for tickets…

See you there!