How’s this for an OOTD?
To celebrate Valentine’s Day a few weeks ago Karl and I paid a visit to the O2 Arena to climb over one of London’s renowned landmarks – Up at The O2.
It all starts at Base Camp where you sit in a large group to watch a video on the climb. This runs through what to expect, how to get into your climbing gear and the safety precautions – also whilst throwing in a bit of cheesy British humour into it.
Following the video we move on to collect our climbing shoes, suits and harnesses. I’d packed my bag away with my gloves in but luckily as we moved onto the climb there was a box of spares to wear for the climb – on an icy February morning we were going to need those.
I’ve wanted to experience Up at The O2 for a while and it was just as fantastic as I expected! The climb over the world-renowned venue takes 90 minutes overall and you get to experience amazing panoramic views of the city.
It was not at all terrifying or as tiring as you may imagine. I have no upper body strength and I’m not great with heights so this doesn’t seem like the best idea for me. Wrong. It was such a wonderful experience and I was too in awe of the views to stop and realise my fear!
During the climb you must keep phones and small cameras in the pockets of your climbing suit but as soon as you reach the viewing platform, you are free to snap away!
All that climbing is thirsty work, so at the top we were treated to a glass of Lanson Champagne. This was a special treat for Valentine’s Day guests on the new ‘Celebration Climb’.
It was very windy at the top, I was a bit concerned that I was going to lose it!
It was a really easy climb, and that’s saying something for me!
We had an experienced guide with us throughout the climb to make sure we felt safe and secure but also so we could learn a lot of things about London that we didn’t know before.
We were kitted out in full explorer attire, different to my usual outfits on the blog. It was pretty chilly up there so I recommend really wrapping up underneath the kit, I went for two jumpers and a scarf. You must wear gloves otherwise it can be a bit tough on the hands as you pull yourself up. Also if you have long hair you must bring a hair tie.
You are told that you must keep one hand on the safety clip which is clipped onto the wire as you climb up. It feels really safe and I didn’t worry at all throughout the climb (and that’s unusual for me…)
Up at The O2 has been opened since June 2012 and has seen over 300k people walk across the roof.
The viewing platform is 52m above ground level. At the steepest point the walkway has an incline of 28 degrees on the way up and 30 degrees on the way back down.
Overall it was such a fun and thrilling experience which I would highly recommend to anyone. It’s the perfect gift and I would say a great activity for those holidaying in London. It’s a fantastic opportunity to see London from a different perspective as well as learning a few things about our surroundings which I never knew before. Don’t worry, I won’t give any spoilers (but you may see Tinie Tempah’s gaff ;))
Prices for Up at The O2 start at £28 for adults and children (over 10). https://tickets.aegeurope.com/upattheo2/climbs.html.
The O2 Arena
Photography by Karl Cowell