Celebrate UK skate history. And meet the legends.


August 11, 2023

Be part of London Calling! – at VANS Store Covent Garden.

This August, skateboarders are uniting to celebrate the pioneers of the UK skate scene – and say thank you.

On Friday 18th of August, from 5.30PM to 7.30PM, visit us to experience Wynn Miller’s skate photography exhibition, meet Tony Alva and Steve Van Doren, hear remarkable stories, and pay tribute to the icons who set the wheels in motion.

LONDON CALLING! is a tribute event to show respect to those 1970s UK based skateboarders that laid the foundations for arguably the best and most influential skate scene outside California. Those 1970s riders were an inspiration to many across the UK and around the world.


Taking their inspiration from that influential decade and its pioneers, three instigators of this event moved to the United States in the 1980s to follow their dreams of becoming professional skateboarders and were all lucky enough to fulfil their dreams. Over the years all three have been frequently reminded that their journey to professional status inspired others to do the same. That in turn inspired others, which inspired others to follow in their footsteps.

RESPECT to the ’70s pioneers, the fire starters that set the wheels in motion. That is what this event is about – an opportunity to say THANK YOU.