There are plenty of refined and dignified activities you can enjoy in the capital, from afternoon tea at Claridge’s and shopping on Savile Row to taking in a show on the West End. But what if you’re a little bit more of a daredevil? If you want to get the adrenaline pumping on your adventures in London, here are some of the top thrill-seeking activities you can try out.
Up at the O2
The ‘Millennium Dome’ has been one of the most famous buildings in London since it was built in the run-up to the year 2000. Now rebranded as a music and events venue, it’s still an icon of the London cityscape – and as part of your thrill-seeking adventure, you can climb it, James Bond style! You’ll go from ground level, all the way up and over the roof of the O2 Arena (safely strapped into a harness, of course), for some fabulous panoramic views over the city. The descent is scarier than the ascent – watch your step coming down!
Wakeboarding on the Thames
The River Thames is a huge body of water, so it’s little surprise that it’s become the perfect destination for those keen on water sports! Wake Up Docklands allows you to try out wakeboarding (somewhere between skiing and snowboarding… on water!) on the river itself, clutching onto a cable which pulls you along through the water. At first you might struggle to stand upright, but soon you’ll be whizzing over the ramps and jumps like a pro!
White Water Rafting
If you watched the 2012 Olympics that took place in London, you’ll certainly recognise the Lee Valley White Water Rafting Centre, which was built specifically for the games. The centre is still open to the public, and for less than £50, you can have a go at the Olympic white water rafting course for yourself. If you have no experience of this whatsoever, you can get in a raft with up to eight other people to feel what it’s like descending the course at speed.
Thought the London Eye was the best way to see the London skyline? Think again! A number of companies offer helicopter tours over the capital, and it’s certainly an adrenaline-pumping way to make sure you see the city’s top landmarks. You’ll get to see Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and all the other sights from a totally unique angle – and you’ll avoid the crowds!
What could be more of a thrill than descending 178m at speed from the UK’s tallest public artwork? The ArcellorMittal Orbit at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is the world’s longest tunnel slide, taking 40 seconds to get from the top to the bottom. The amazing slide features a tight corkscrew about halfway down, then a rapid 50m descent back to solid ground. If you’re planning your adventures in London, you can’t miss this – but be warned, it’s not for the faint hearted!