Get Your Skates On at Flipper’s on Ariel Way

Huge new 'Roller Boogie Palace' opens in Shepherd's Bush

Flipper's aims to recreate the atmosphere of the Los Angeles original
Flipper's aims to recreate the atmosphere of the Los Angeles original

A huge new roller-skating rink called Flipper’s has opened in Exhibition London, the restored Grade II listed Victorian generating station on the west side of Westfield.

The spectacular new venue, covering 34,000 square feet over two floors, aims to recreate the atmosphere of the original Flipper’s, which became legendary in LA from 1979 to 1981.

That venue was opened by former Hammersmith resident Ian Ross, who was nicknamed Flipper due to an injury to his foot as a teenager. Now 40 years later, his daughter, model Liberty Ross has launched the 21st century version with backing from R&B singer Usher.

Liberty says: “ I want to give kids something to get them off the streets. And it’s such a healthy, fun hobby.”

Dancing on skates is encouraged at Flipper's
Dancing on skates is encouraged at Flipper's

As well as the roller-skating rink - the only one in West London - Flipper’s offers a pro-skater store, a rinkside bar and an American diner called Hotdogs and Caviar - named after the original Hollywood restaurant - serving up “an accessible range of elevated American Classics” such as Wagyu smash burgers, popcorn shrimp and deep fried peanut and jelly sandwiches.

The founders also intend Flipper’s to become a new West London destination, with entertainment including live music and club nights - and no obligation for the more risk averse to join the skaters.

Club nights are also planned at the venue
Club nights are also planned at the venue

Flipper’s is now open on Ariel Way, close to Wood Lane, every day except Monday. Find out more on Flipper’s website.

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November 21, 2022