If taking in the views of London after climbing across the roof of the o2 Arena sounds like fun, you’re in luck. This week has seen the opening of London’s newest and most thrilling visitor attraction, Up at The O2.
The attraction combines a 90-minute exhilarating outdoor challenge with a 360 degree view of London from one of the capital’s most iconic landmarks – The O2 in Greenwich.
This week the first visitors embarked on a guided expedition across the roof of The O2 via a tensile fabric walkway suspended 52 metres above ground level.
An observation platform at the summit offers spectacular views, including the Olympic Park, Thames Barrier, The Shard and Canary Wharf.
The first guests to make the ascent were impressed by the experience. 74 year old Londoner, Pam Woodgate, was thrilled to be in the first group. “I’m coming up to 75 and if I can do it anyone can,” she said on reaching the summit. “It’s definitely exhilarating and something that shouldn’t be missed.”
Johnny Minkley from London also gave it the thumbs up. “It was good walking up and now we’ve got spectacular views of the East of London,” he commented. “The thing I found hardest to resist was the urge to bounce. It is like being on top of a giant trampoline!”
Up at The O2 begins at Base Camp, a fully immersive briefing area inspired by the world’s best climbs and the rich history of The O2.
There, you are kitted up in bespoke climbsuits, shoes and safety harnesses by highly trained guides before making your way, via a short set of stairs, or lift, to the base of the tent ready to start their climb. From here, climbers are guided, in groups of 30, to a central observation platform via a 190 metre-long fabric walkway suspended between The O2’s distinctive yellow masts. An exciting, but manageable, descent back to base completes the adventure.
Although thrilling, Up at The O2 is a suitable challenge for virtually anyone at least ten years old (and at least 1.2 metres high), who is medically fit and has a sense of personal adventure.
Accessible tours for people with disabilities, including wheelchair users, are planned.
Open year round, tickets cost £22 for adults and children, while O2 customers can get 15% off the ticket price with Priority Moments.
Full pricing and opening times can be found at http://www.UpatTheO2.co.uk.