When you think of a trip to the UK capital of London, you think about visiting the usual cultural hotspots: London Eye, Buckingham Palace, the West End, The Tower of London and countless art galleries and museums.
But did you ever think you could soar above the city’s sights, attached to a stainless-steel cable a few centimeters thick? It’s not the first thing that comes to mind when planning a trip to London, but it turns out there are quite a few zipline and aerial adventures waiting for you!
Ride the fastest and longest zipline in the world!
Zip Now was a sell-out this summer, taking visitors on the ride of their lives over the skyscrapers of London. It was celebrated as the ‘fastest and longest city zipline in the world’ and if you are brave enough, you and your friends can race each other down the 3 zip lines, and also spot landmarks at the same time like the London Eye, the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben.
From 35 metres up you travel along the 225 metres at spend of up to 30 miles per hour, ending with a ‘free fall’ thrill at the end. No doubt Zip Now will be back next summer to entertain all of the thrill seekers.
Explore the urban jungle in Battersea Park
Go Ape are one of the most established aerial adventure companies in the UK, so it’s no surprise they have a London-based venue too. Nestled amongst the tall trees of Battersea Park you’ll find challenging bridges and canopy crossings, including a 50m long zip wire. If you really want to amp up the adventure, you can book a night time visit! Imagine how pretty the city would look all lit up at night.
Try your hand as a trapeze artist
If you’ve had your fill of zip lines but still want to get out in the fresh air and challenge yourself, why not book a lesson at the TLCC Trapeze School? Based in South East London in the beautiful Ruskin Park, test your nerves in the full-sized trapeze rig with expert instructors. First timers are welcome and by all accounts it’s a very passionate and friendly community.
The Let's Go Out Team
Abseil or Slide down the UK’s tallest sculpture
Do you remember that huge, unusual red twirly sculpture that was built for the 2012 Olympic Games? Well, now you can either abseil or slide down it! The ArcelorMittal Orbit offers views for miles across London from within the Olympic Park in Stratford.
Wire and Sky offer adventurers the chance to take part in the UK's highest freefall abseil at 80 metres above the ground, plus you can also try out the 178 metres long slide, with 12 twists and turns from the top. You can also hire a mini cameras to wear on your helmet as you abseil or slide down from the top to capture your journey!
Whatever aerial adventure you decide on, you’ll be getting a totally unique view of the capital and testing your courage and head for heights. You don’t get that from visiting a museum!
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