If you feel the need for a little adventure without having to leave the country or break the bank, why not climb the O2 Arena?
This unique activity is not only exhilarating and challenging; it also offers spectacular photo opportunities and 360 degree views of London.
The “Up the O2” initiative was launched in June last year, in celebration of the iconic entertainment venue’s 5th year of operation.
What’s it all about?
The experience takes around an hour and a half and starts with a safety briefing and signing of an indemnity form. Thereafter climbers are given safety gear, including a “climb suit”, climbing boots (unless the safety team are happy with the shoes you have on) and a safety harness. The climb suit has pockets for your phone and wallet, but no cameras are allowed.
The climb is pretty steep and the walkway can be slippery if wet, so it’s important that you understand all the safety instructions and keep at least one hand on the central handrail at all times.
Once at the top, there is an opportunity to take photos (only with a phone) and enjoy the fantastic vistas over London.
Once you have come back down to earth, there are restaurants and pubs, should you feel the need to celebrate your climb!
Who can do it?
Anyone over 10 years of age, who is medically fit and at least 1.2 meters tall may attempt the climb. Children must be accompanied by an adult and should be comfortable with heights!
What does it cost?
Off-peak – 10 am – 4.30, Monday to Friday: £25
Peak – 5 pm Monday to Friday, Saturday and Sunday all day: £30
There is a discount available for O2 mobile phone customers. You will need to download a free app called Priority Moments and then book with a 15% discount.
How do I book?
Booking is recommended, especially for the peak times, although one can buy tickets on the day.
Full details are available on the official website: www.theo2.co.uk/upattheo2.
If you’ve done the climb, please share your thoughts and experience in the comments section.