Looking at parkour in London is at times like looking at the progression of parkour itself. Parkour in London has shaped the future and presence of the sport, and alongside other pivotal cities, it’s made parkour into what it is today.
For a long time, a giant question mark seemed to hang over parkour. Very few people seemed to actually know exactly what it was.
The questions asked? What is parkour? What is the difference between parkour and freerunning? Is there such thing as a parkour shoe? Is parkour dangerous? Is parkour illegal? Is parkour a type of fruit? There were endless questions. And they didn’t seem to go away.
But those days are gone.
Now, parkour has risen. Over the past 10 or 20 years it has established itself firmly in the public eye. The questions being asked these days are much more constructive; they’re about where you can find parkour classes in the UK, and about where you can find the best parkour videos – and naturally, parkour fails – online.