Thrilling adventures can come in all shapes and sizes and there is no where better to indulge in a new and exciting adventure than in London. Whether you want to have a white-knuckled ride or be scared senseless, there are plenty of ways to do this in the city of London. So what are you waiting for? Book your hotel and come and enjoy yourself:
Abseil or Slide down the ArcelorMittal Orbit
At 262 feet, the ArcelorMittal Orbit is the tallest sculpture in the UK and whilst it was once only available as a viewing platform there are now two new ways in which you can enjoy an adrenaline-fuelled experience. Climb the 455 steps to viewing platform at the top and then either abseil down the exterior of the structure or whizz back down to ground level in the world’s highest, and longest slide. It takes just 40 seconds to get from the top of the ArcelorMittal Orbit to the bottom using the slide but visitors have to endure circling the ArcelorMittal Orbit 12 times through loops and curves. Those who choose to abseil will be treated to further views across the city as they make their descent; on a clear day it is possible to see up to 40 miles across London.
Ice Climbing at Vertical Chill
Hop on the tube and in 15 minutes you could have gone from the luxury of the Grand Park London Hyde Park Hotel to the chilly adventure of ice climbing at Vertical Chill in Covent Garden. There are different sessions available depending on your level of experience but Vertical Chill has been designed to give climbers a realistic environment when it comes to ice climbing. The wall here is 8m in height and varies in steepness with plenty of routes available for you to test yourself out on. Temperatures vary between -5°C to -12°C so make sure you dress appropriately as well.
White Water Rafting at Lee Valley
The White Water Centre at Lee Valley may be a little out of the way, especially if you have booked accommodation near Hyde Park London Paddington but if you are looking for water based adventures then you can’t go wrong. There are a variety of activities including white water rafting, canoeing, paddle boarding and hydrospeeding. Pretty much any water activity you can think of takes place here and it’s a great place to head whether you are a large group looking for a fun way to spend a few hours or a family looking to keep the children active and engaged.
Aerial Challenges in Battersea Park
Home to Go Ape’s very first urban adventure, the course at Battersea Park is even more challenging that some of Go Ape’s most established courses. It utilises the park’s taller trees meaning that the crossings are twice as high and twice as long as some of the other Go Ape adventures so this really isn’t for the faint of heart. It takes between two and three hours to complete the course which features a zigzag bridge, a zip wire and aerial stepping stones.
Hold Your Nerve at the London Dungeons
If you prefer to get your thrills by being scared then you might want to challenge yourself to take on the immersive experience of the London Dungeons. This attraction takes you back through some of London’s less pleasant history allowing you to hear, smell and feel London’s darkest stories as they are brought to life by actors. There are 19 interactive shows, 20 live actors, 2 underground rides, special effects and more than 1,000 years of history covered. The best part is that you really never know what might be coming around each corner so you truly have to be prepared to hold your nerve as you make your way through this attraction.
Climb Up the O2
If you’ve ever fancied a bit of urban mountaineering that you will absolutely love the Up at the O2 experience. Not only do you get to scale one of the most well known landmarks in the city but you also get the chance to see for miles and miles across the city once you have made the ascent. Up at the O2 sees you climbing a walkway which is suspended 52m above ground level; to add to the excitement the walkway also has a little bounce to it so although you are perfectly safe you will feel as though you are about 30 seconds from bouncing off. You will be fully kitted out and taken to the top by a trained professional so there really is no risk, if you can handle the adrenaline of making such a climb of course.
Go Swimming Outdoors
You might only consider this to be a thrilling experience if you do it during the winter but that it is entirely possible in London. For such a busy city London has a surprising number of outdoor swimming pools and lidos and a fair few of them are open all through the year so if you want to indulge in a brisk swim during your time in London then you can. Brockwell Lido is a popular choice with it only costing £3 for a swim during the winter months, there is also Kings Cross Pond which is the UK’s first man-made freshwater public bathing pond, again it costs just £3.50 for a swim outside of peak times. Two other options include Tooting Bec and Hampstead Ponds although to swim at Tooting Bec during the winter you do have to join as a member. Many people express that it is the buzz which swimming freezing cold water offers that encourages them to take a dip during the colder months but we leave that for you to decide although if you can’t face the thought of an unheated pool but do want to give outdoor swimming a try then you might enjoy Oasis Lido, Central London’s only outdoor heated pool.