Run, run now. Your liver will thank you later.
Welcome! Slick Willies and Club Blue Room both do hire skates and are quite close to the park. They are both reasonably priced but are exactly what you expect from rental skates. Not the most comfortable or manouverable, but they are kept in reasonable condition.
Club blue room rental info: http://www.clubblueroom.com/Rentals.asp
Slick Willies website (no rental info up there): http://www.slickwillies.co.uk/
If you know of anyone who skates, attempt to borrow skates from them. If you don't know anyone who skates, take up drinking in the Vic
, make friends with people who skate and borrow theirs.
There are many instructors, some of whom work together in various ways. Some of the most frequently recommended ones are:www.skatefresh.comwww.skateinstructor.comwww.londonskaters.com
These lessons are all good value, but not necessarily cheap. Group lessons are the best way to go if you do want proper lessons as they are more cost effective and you meet other people who also want to learn to skate - instant practice buddies.