Climbing the o2 – Up at the o2

Climb the O2 Review: For Hubby’s birthday I booked for us to climb up the O2. I must admit I left it till the last minute so when I went in to book there were no normal climbs left. However they did have a celebratory climb for the time we wanted. This is basically exactly the same except for the fact you get a glass of champagne at the top. Weekends look popular so if you are thinking about doing it then you would want to make sure you booked plenty of time in advance. 

You can only arrive 15 minutes before your allotted time. Basecamp is just to the left of the main entrance to the O2. When we entered we were given a declaration to read and sign. As well as completing our details. Including next of kin and emergency contacts. I am not great with heights, I struggle to get into the loft with the step ladder. Or rather back out again. So it wasn’t until we were given the form that I had even thought about it potentially being a problem.

Thankfully I didn’t have much time to worry about it as we were whisked into the briefing room. Where we were told safety information and shown how to put the harnesses on. You can only take a mobile phone or small digital camera up with you. Everything else is put into a blue crate with a number on it. We were given the choice of a full suit or a gillet. With the weather threatening to come in I opted for the full suit. While Hubby opted for the gillet. We did get a little bit of rain at one point so I was quite smug that I had opted for the boiler suit. Shoes are also provided.

The full suit has a pocket on the arm to put you camera or phone. Our harnesses were then checked before heading out. You are not allowed to take photos of videos at any point during the trip until you are at the top. However you can pose when you first go out onto the platform. We had our photos taken and I was hoping to buy them although they were quite blurry!  For £25 I would expect them to be in focus. Which was a little disappointing although we took plenty ourself.

After the photos you are then attached to the wire by the guide and shown how to move the thing that attaches you to the wire. You have to manoeuvre it through joins as you climb up. Turns out that I wasn’t great at this bit but managed to wriggle them through. The guide would stop periodically to make sure that everyone caught up. The initial climb is pretty steep. I am not sure why I was thinking it wouldn’t be. Even though neither of us are particularly fit we managed it fine. The promise of the photo opportunity at the top enough to motivate us.

Once at the top you are unattached and free to wander around the viewing platform. We also had our glass of champagne. It was tricky managing the plastic glass, the camera and the wind! The groups are small at a maximum of sixteen which means you can take photos easily. The guide is also on hand to help if you would like a photo of all of you and can’t quite manage a selfie. I think we must have had about fifteen minutes at the top before starting our descent. There was plenty of time for us to do what we wanted.

The descent was in two parts the first wasn’t too bad but the second part was very steep. So steep that I actually went down backwards and struggled not to go too quickly! Having to stop myself at several points for fear of running into the person in front of me. Hubby went down forwards fine, so it was probably just my little legs! The experience is mean to take around 90 minutes, ours took 75 minutes and despite there being a group in front of us and another behind us I didn’t feel rushed at all. I would like to take the boys once they are old enough although the minimum age is nine so we will have quite a wait. I would also probably pick a sunset tour in the early Summer. We really enjoyed our climb up the O2. If you are looking for something to do thats unusual on your next trip to London then I would definitely recommend this.

 

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38 Comments

  1. Alice Colling
    January 29, 2019 / 9:22 am

    OMG not sure I could do this but my husband would love it. Well done!

  2. Margaret Gallagher
    January 29, 2019 / 9:46 am

    WOWZERS – something I’ve wanted to do for a long time – great experience

  3. January 29, 2019 / 2:54 pm

    What a fab treat for you both and a fantastic adventure! Being up there sounds great but I don’t like the sound of the climb up or down. lol

  4. January 29, 2019 / 8:41 pm

    I did this last September and loved it. It’s a great way to see London and I loved the climbing part. Its a shame about your photos, ours came out really good x

  5. January 29, 2019 / 10:21 pm

    Ooh that looks like an unusual gift experience but not one for me! I am terrified of heights, I feel a bit sick thinking about it! That said, maybe it would be just what I need to overcome my fear!

  6. January 30, 2019 / 1:26 am

    I’m terrified of heights, but this is definitely worth a shot!

  7. January 30, 2019 / 2:49 am

    Omg this sounds like a wonderful adventure. I hope you guys had a great time

  8. January 30, 2019 / 5:22 am

    Oh my goodness what a gift! I think I’d need the champagne at the top to help me down again. Shame the official photos were blurry which is quite rubbish, but what an experience to have had!

  9. January 30, 2019 / 7:18 am

    I’ve never done that before but I love the view! Definitely going on my bucket list!

  10. January 30, 2019 / 8:46 am

    What an adventure!! Wished I was brave enough to do stuff like that!

  11. January 30, 2019 / 9:01 am

    Oh that sounds like a fab thing to do. It would be the coming down part that I would find hard. I once went up our local church with the Brownies and was so terrified coming down!

  12. January 30, 2019 / 9:42 am

    What an amazing experience. I don’t know if I could do it myself, I think I would have jelly legs. I have discovered that I am not great with heights!

  13. January 30, 2019 / 9:58 am

    It sounds like an amazing challenge! What a great birthday treat though. I reckon I would be the one getting stuck most of the time.

  14. January 30, 2019 / 11:48 am

    Wow, you guys are amazing! I probably won’t try this even if my husband insists, haha.

  15. January 30, 2019 / 12:07 pm

    I’ve decided that I’m going to do this in 2019! It sounds fab. The steep final part is a little bit nervous sounding for me but good to be prepared! Sounds fab x

  16. January 30, 2019 / 1:23 pm

    This looks so scary to me ! I’m such a wimp , the hubby would absolutely love this though! X

  17. January 30, 2019 / 2:54 pm

    Although I’d love to do this I’m not sure if I’d manage it. While I don’t have a fear of heights I once climbed the side of a fuel storage container on the side of a docks and couldn’t wait to get back down. But it sounds like it could be good fun.

  18. Natalie Layfield
    January 30, 2019 / 4:23 pm

    This looks like so much fun!!

  19. January 30, 2019 / 5:14 pm

    What a cool and unusual experience! I bet you won’t forget that for a long time! We’re big scaredy cats so probably wouldn’t be brave enough x

  20. January 30, 2019 / 5:26 pm

    Oh I’d love to do that! However, I’m not sure I’m fit enough – that looks really steep!!

  21. January 30, 2019 / 6:58 pm

    My husband did this with my teen whilst I waited at the bottom with the little ones – hopefully it will be my turn next time as it looks brilliant fun

  22. Sophia Damasceno
    January 30, 2019 / 7:16 pm

    Wow this looks intense and a bit scary but so cool that you guys did it!

  23. January 30, 2019 / 9:07 pm

    That’s pretty cool. Was it cold up there? You look all bundled up, lol Those grippy things on the incline remind me of the conveyor belts that they use at ski hills. Too bad they don’t move you along so you don’t have to climb haha

  24. January 30, 2019 / 11:55 pm

    I had no idea you could climb it. I’m afraid of heights, but I do love a good view!

  25. January 31, 2019 / 1:18 am

    SO glad the descent was in two parts! I couldn’t handle it all at once! I wish you would have taken more photos?!

  26. Nina Cochingco
    January 31, 2019 / 1:28 am

    That was a great idea, i would definitely try this once i got the chance to.

  27. Geraline Batarra
    January 31, 2019 / 3:30 am

    It was such a challenging activity to do. I love it. I will definitely do that whenever i got the chance.

  28. January 31, 2019 / 4:46 am

    Me and my partner is actually afraid of heights but this sounds a fun and exciting thing to do together.

  29. Priscilla Stubbs
    January 31, 2019 / 11:44 am

    Wow what an experience, not fo me, I would be petrified, but you do seem to have had a great time

  30. Wendy
    January 31, 2019 / 11:44 am

    I didn’t even know this was a thing?! Looks and sounds pretty scary but a great experience too. But pants your photo was blurry though!xx

  31. February 1, 2019 / 3:20 am

    I have never been to London, but I am planning on going. Will def. check this out.

  32. Kayleigh Watkins
    February 1, 2019 / 7:54 pm

    Oh wow, sounds like you had a lovely time, the views look great too xx

  33. February 2, 2019 / 3:58 am

    Happy Birthday to your husband. I am sure he must have been touched by this wonderful surprise. Beautiful photos 🙂

  34. Tracy Nixon
    February 4, 2019 / 5:13 am

    You and your hubby are both an inspiration!

  35. James Travis
    February 10, 2019 / 9:33 pm

    This looks like fun

  36. February 11, 2019 / 10:02 pm

    This looks like so much fun! I’m not sure I’d be able to do it myself, but I’d definitely give it a go. Well done for conquering it 🙂

    Louise x

  37. February 12, 2019 / 8:22 pm

    What an awesome experience! It looks like you guys had a great time. Definitely something I’d love to do. Thanks for sharing!

  38. Carolyn E
    February 14, 2019 / 11:56 am

    What a brilliant Birthday treat! (My hubby would hate the O2 climb though!)

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