This was something that had been on My London Bucket List for quite some time, Climbing the O2! Brad received a few vouchers for a special occasion and was totally gassed when he said I could come with!
We got the train in on the Sunday to London from Sandy! It only took us an hour to reach Kings Cross station and then from there we headed to Liverpool street to meet Sam and Alex! Brad’s sister and her fiance! ‘Twas a family affair and so much fun!
We then from there headed to Stratford for the O2!
We needed to eat as we were climbing the O2 at around 7:30pm so we were hoping to catch the sunset. We went inside the O2 and it was strange not being there for a concert as I’d never been there for anything else! I was shocked to find out that there was an entire designer outlet in the O2 with beautiful glitter stairs leading up to the shops and a floral area naturally for some candid photos.
We ate in TGI Fridays before heading over to ‘Base Camp’!
When you arrive you are ushered into a room with clipboards, there you sign the waiver saying you’re liable and capable to do the climb! Then you watch a briefing video and meet your guide who will be climbing with us, our guide was a really cool and nice guy! Naturally I didn’t get any pictures on the way up as you definitely can not have your phone out until you are at the top!
You pop your personal items in a box which is at the other ed for you when you finish and they give you 3 items of gear, a gilet, shoes and a harness with a clip on the end which you attached the wire on the pathway on route up! Before you start your climb they bring you you to the start of the route where they take professional pictures of you before you climb!
Unluckily we missed the sunset but seeing the skyline at night and from the top of the O2 was just amazing! You attached your harness to the start of the line, as the instructor taught us how to use them we discovered we had to get through 196 clips from start to finish! but they were easy once you got the hang of them after the first 5 or 6!
The pathway is elevated and it was like walking on a trampoline, naturally the instructor said to hide your childhood inhibitions and do not bounce as it sends a huge ripple down the pathways, the end of the line would’ve been bouncing everywhere if I even so much as jumped at the start.
Especially because we got halfway and Sam tells us she is afraid of heights! So it was best to be thoughtful and also kudos to Sam for doing it and conquering her fears!
When you get to the top there is a platform where you can unhook from the clip and walk around! The view was amazing and it wasnt that windy or cold, just a breeze! And it is hard work so the breeze was perfect. When you get to the top if you want you can also pay an extra £7.00 to have some glasses of prosecco or another choice of drink! It was so cool and so unique, like nothing we had ever done before. Getting our group pictures at the top of the O2 overlooking the skyline of Canary Wharf and the Thames, the air was so fresh!
Once you’re up there for 15-20 minutes you then start your descent down to the bottom!
You hook your clip on again the descent for the first 3 quarters of the trip is really good and not too difficult, easy on the calfs. its when you reach the final descent it gets really steep on the walk down! Going slow was definitely essential, the couple in front were in a real rush so I had to slow down as they were making the walkway bounce they were practically running. They ask you to keep an arms length of space between each other but I made sure to give them plenty more.
Once you’re down the bottom you’ve made it! I’ve never been around that side of the O2, not that there is anything there but I found it pretty cool. You then de-gear yourself removing your clip, shoes and harness at the second ‘Base Camp’. All your belongings are there already as you get your shoes back on which is nice having to not go back for it!
You then can buy the professional photos and key rings that they took at the start of your climb! They had a really good package for both photos, a key ring and a fridge magnet for only £25! Usually things like that cost about £40 so that was a given we had to get it!
All in all it was a really awesome experience and being able to say I have climbed the O2 is pretty awesome.
What an achievement hey! It isn’t too expensive per person either so I definitely recommend doing it as well (as long as you’re not afraid of heights!).