Climbing walls in London

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Time Out selects the best climbing walls, including ones suitable for kids

Castle Climbing Centre Castle Climbing Centre

We pick the best climbing venues in London, and all are suitable for kids. Think we've missed a great climbing wall? Tell us in the comments below

  • Castle Climbing Centre

    Green Lanes, N4 2HA

    This climbing centre is splendidly housed in an old Victorian pumping station. Classes for nine- to 14-year-olds are held on Monday and Tuesday, and during the holidays; over-14s may climb unsupervised, with parental permission, once they have passed an assessment. For private tuition, the Gecko Club (www.geckos.co.uk) is based here (£40/hr plus £12.50 admission). Call for details of the party service.

  • Mile End Climbing Wall

    Haverfield Rd, E3 5BE

    If you've never tried this, you should: indoor rock walls provide the perfect chance to get to grips with climbing technique, and give you a pretty thorough workout in the process. The Mile End Climbing Wall is a brilliant place to start, offering weekend lessons for beginners - with a bit of work, you should have no trouble ascending towards your physical peak. Children from eight to 16 can attend beginner climbing sessions on weekday evenings and Saturday and Sunday mornings at this popular east London wall. Action-packed birthday parties for over-sevens can be held here, and there's a busy summer holiday programme.

  • Swiss Cottage Climbing Wall

    Adelaide Rd, NW3 3NF

    This impressive leisure centre is home to a 14-metre wall and bouldering area, and offers a Junior Rock Club (7-16s) on weekday evenings and Sunday mornings, and Pebbles (4-7s) on Monday and Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings. Birthday parties can also be booked. Parents can slope off and enjoy some 'me' time in the lovely café near the centre's entrance.

  • Westway Climbing Centre

    1 Crowthorne Rd, W10 6RP

    There are 120 lines and 350 routes to explore at Westway's impressive climbing centre. The cheapest way to get on the wall is to queue up for one of the drop-in sessions on Monday and Wednesday afternoons for five- to six-year-olds (4-5pm; £5.50), and seven- to 14-year-olds (4.30-6pm; £4.50), or the family session for over-fours on Sunday mornings (10-11.30am; £5.50 juniors, £10 parents). There are also bookable classes throughout the week.


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5 comments
Charlotte
Charlotte

Went to an amazing centre yesterday out the back of Kingston...it's called white spider!

Nick Sutton
Nick Sutton

Shame there's not much further West than the Westway.

jomac
jomac

Love the Castle. By far the best of these walls. Great climbing, brilliant cafe and fab music. What more could you want!

Yulia
Yulia

You guys missed one of the best climbing gyms in all of London! The Arch Climbing Wall (two locations, London Bridge and Bermondsey) focuses on bouldering (no ropes, generally low climbing with padded floors for falls), a really great way to exercise and just have fun! Bouldering is more strength/technique based than harness climbing, but it's also shorter routes so kids can climb up half way and then jump down if they get tired or scared. The Bermondsey site (opened March this year) is much bigger and great for birthday parties or just a Saturday climb. London Bridge is a bit smaller and combined with Bermondsey they've got everything a climber could want! Definitely worth a check-out.