Escape writer Elizabeth Oliver climbs the perilous heights of the O2 to discover a unique view of London.
It’s not everyday you get to climb the UK’s most iconic music venue. Located on the Greenwich Peninsula (South East London), this star-studded venue has seen performers from Beyoncé to Bieber. But, for thrill-seekers after an exhilarating experience, Up at the O2 is the ultimate urban adventure.
The expedition began at Basecamp – a futuristic glass building nestled under the O2. Kitted out in purple climb suits, boots and harness, excitement levels spiralled as our group stepped onto the walkway leading up to the summit.
Made from a purpose-built springy material, the walkway felt surprisingly like a giant trampoline – except it had a 30° gradient. The group’s guides, Rory and Matt, had a great sense of humour, and couldn’t do enough to help us.
Without a doubt, the highlight of the experience was the extensive views seen from the observation platform. Despite the overcast weather, this made for dramatic pictures of Canary Wharf, the Docklands, and Greenwich’s Old Royal Naval College. Make sure to look to the left of Canary Wharf for a sneaky glimpse of the Shard.
For those after an unusual sightseeing experience, Up at the O2 promises adrenaline, adventure, and amazing views. Are you ready to take on the challenge?
Up at the O2 offers three climbs: The Original Climb, Sunset Climb and Twilight Climb. Opening times vary depending on the season. To celebrate Up at the O2’s fifth birthday, groups of five can claim a complimentary fifth climb by using the code ‘BIRTHDAY’ when booking. Offer runs until the end of October. For more information, and to book tickets, click here.