Beyond ‘board in London’s new subterranean creative hub

Everybody, everybody in the House of Vans
By Alex James Taylor | 6 August 2014

House of Vans, image courtesy of House of Vans

House of Vans, Tunnel 4 bowl

Creativity, youth and progression are values firmly ingrained within Vans’ DNA. Building upon this, they have announced House of Vans London (opening 9th August), a state-of-the-art creative hub sprawled across five tunnels within the iconic Old Vic tunnels underneath Waterloo Station.

First established in Brooklyn, House of Vans is grounded within their skate heritage. The tunnels will become home to London’s only indoor skatepark, complete with ‘carve-till-you-drop’ concrete bowl. Vans pull no punches with this skate nirvana, including post-skate wound-wiping facilities in the form a multitude of cafes, bars and in-house cinema space.

As well as fulfilling all your skating needs it also nourishes artistic flair, building upon their ethos for encouraging nascent creative expression. The free space will exhibit artwork, offer recording studio time and provide workshops held by established artists in residence.

House of Vans, Tunnel 3 stage

House of Vans are celebrating their new London venue by housing Scissors & Glue, an exhibition documenting all things zine, paying homage to DIY culture and the roots of independent publishing. Curated by influential figures such as Ben Drury, Gorm, Trevor Jackson and Louise Gray (representing the pillars of art, skateboarding, music and fashion, respectively), the event will also see the launch of the very first Vans Zine – Vans are calling London their home and everyone’s to the housewarming party.

House of Vans, Arches 228-232 Station Approach Road, London, SE1
Wednesday-Sunday, closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Open from Saturday, 9th August


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