NYC’s Famous Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace Is Skating Into London Next Month

Though winter in London is marked in part by the arrival of festive ice rinks, we couldn’t pass up the chance to let you know about the arrival of a legendary American roller disco in London, could we?

Aside from having an enticing name, Flippers Roller Boogie Palace is steeped in history, and was originally a city of angels hotspot open between 1979-1981 in Los Angeles.

Last summer saw its successful revival over in the Big Apple’s Rockefeller Center, and now the party is heading over to a 34,000 square-feet venue in White City next month (November 11) for Londoners to slay on the roller skates. The new venue will mark the first permanent and all-year-round Flippers venue in the world since 1981.

Co-founders Liberty Ross and Kevin Wall are partnering with Usher to launch the spectacular roller palace that incorporates a swish roller skate rink, a live music venue, a delightful American diner (Hot Dogs and Caviar, named after the OG Flippers diner in LA) and a pro-skate shop. Skaters can show off their tricks on the rinks before tucking into curated cocktails, wagyu smash burgers, Nashville hot chicken sandwiches and loaded fries. Plus, the skating hub will house public and private events, and visitors will be treated to an opening night performance by local artist Central Cee.

When Flippers took over the Rockefeller Center last summer, they brought an entertainment programme with regulars and performers including Will.I.Am, Mary J Blige, Alicia Keys and many more. It clearly proved to be roaring a success, given it’s slated to return in spring 2023 for a seven month residency, and the legendary skaters will be hoping the formula delivers the goods in the city of London come November 11.

Ross is carrying on the work of her father Ian ‘Flipper’ Ross, who opened the original LA venue – often described as  ‘Studio 54 on wheels’ – in 1979. The new venue in White City hopes to speak to the spirit of London’s skate enthusiasts from any generation, from the grizzled veterans to those picking up their skates for the first time.

Come November, you’ll find Flippers in the Exhibition London, which is operated by Broadwick Live – the same team behind Printworks. It’s a grade II-listed former power station dating back to 1899 and sat central to Westfield London – not a bad spot for a new flagship site!

Liberty Ross, co-founder of the new venue, said: “Flipper’s is a hub, a home, for creative expression. Our community is vibrant, dynamic, exciting, warm and free-spirited and we will be the home to London’s roller skating set!”

“I was born into the roller skating culture and so,  I am honoured to now provide a safe home for an experience with like minded people whom I loved, respected, and learned from.”

Flippers Roller Boogie Palace arrives in London on November 11, and you can start booking your places here