Up at The O2

Attractions, Sightseeing Greenwich Peninsula
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This attraction at the O2 gives visitors the chance to go on a guided expedition across the arena roof, via a tensile fabric walkway that peaks at 53m above ground level. At the summit there's an observation platform, giving views right over London: the Olympic Park, Thames Barrier, the Shard and Canary Wharf. This outdoor challenge begins at 'Base Camp', where participants are kitted out in jumpsuits, shoes and safety harnesses before being guided in groups along the walkway. It is suitable for most people aged ten years and over and at least 1.2 metres tall; accessible tours for those with disabilities, including wheelchair-users, are also available.

VIDEO: Here's what it's like to tackle the climb


Venue name: Up at The O2
Address: The O2
Peninsula Square
SE10 0DX
Opening hours: Daily from 10am
Transport: Tube: North Greenwich
Price: From £26
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Avatar for evanschris

I recently went 'Up The O2', and I would highly recommend it! 

The day we chose was drizzly and cold, just after storm Doris, apparently they had closed it over storm Doris, as they close it when ever wind speeds get up to 32mph. For us the wind speeds were 28mph. 

Our group was quite big, I would highly recommend you get to the front of the group at both parts you start climbing and are attached via harness - before you go up and down. The reason for this is that we had to stop and wait a couple times for everyone to catch up and I cannot imagine anything worse than being stuck behind the slower people! If you are at the front when they stop you you get to just admire the view and chat to one of the guides.

There are two guides, one at the front and one at the back, they were great! Really friendly and kind, very well experienced too. 

Despite the rain we did ours at night and the views were great!  

Would defiantly recommend as a different activity to do if you have nothing else to do! But make sure you book in advance.

Avatar for Violet M

As a birthday treat, a friend and I did the Climb Up at the O2 back in September. Admittedly, it’s a little cheesy when you come in – catering to families and kids, in a way – they make you watch this “explorer” video and act like you’re climbing the arctic. But, eh, it’s all in the fun!

It was really fun climbing up and I loved the activity of it. Felt a little scary, but in that good way. Sadly, the spectacular view we were promised was kind of lacklustre. It was fairly smoggy the day we went, so you couldn’t see very far into the distance. The real shame is that a hotel is now blocking the view towards the East – of the Shard, Walkie Talkie, Gherkin, etc. 

So, activity wise – GREAT. View wise, not so great.

Was glad to do it once, but wouldn’t do it again. If a friend was looking for a fun activity to do, I would say go for it. But if you’re looking for a spectacular view, it’s really not worth it I’m afraid. 

Avatar for Tiago Almeida

Went to climb the O2 on Saturday evening and the weather was absolutely horrible (don't worry that they give you close and boots to prepare you for the climb) but this helped to make the adventure even more exciting.

Completely loved every minute of it and the views from the top are amazing!

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Avatar for Sosh_uk

Up at the o2. One of the UKs most iconic music venue. Recently they have opened the doors to the public, where you can walk over the top Of this done shaped building. It was a lot of fun and the views over London are great. You get given shoes, jump suit and a safety cable to help you get up and down.the groups are small and you have your own guide to help you up and down the guide. It's a bit pricey, tickets are £35 at weekends and £30 during weekdays. It was worth it, as the views are breathtaking.

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Avatar for Babs - Working Girl London

This is an equal measure of fun and physical activity. The outfits and safety video are a bit over the top and make you feel as though you're about to climb Everest. In reality, it's a mildly challenging, enjoyable climb up the side of the O2, followed by prime photo taking opportunities, and then a gradual descent (which is a bit scary if you're at the front as it looks like you're about to jump straight into the Thames but otherwise uneventful). It was a little disappointing that you have to pay for your official photo but not all that surprising, and at £12 for two pictures it's not too bad - they make a nice keepsake! I would definitely recommend this - don't be put off by the talk of difficulty, it's easy!

Avatar for Kirsty E

Booked this for my Aunt's 50th Birthday present. Was a lot of fun and different to anything else you can do in London. It's a lot steeper than it looks... A good work out for the legs and feels a bit like being on a bouncy castle! Hard not to get carried away and jump up and down the walkway like an excited child (even though you aren't supposed to bounce!) Not scary really, even if you are afraid of heights as you never feel like you are too close to the edge.

The view isn't particularly amazing as there isn't an awful lot to see from the area but it's more about the experience than the view. Biggest complaint we had was that the smell of steak grilling underneath us forced us to stop off in TGI Fridays on the way home!

Avatar for Katie F

A surprise from my boyfriend. He had the intention of climbing up at sunset to see the view, which would have been amazing had it not been the worst evening weather-wise of the London summer. Rain was pouring, rivers and waterfalls were gushing off the dome and with high winds and quite a biting chill, I can't say I enjoyed the whole thing hugely. The view from the top is okay but even if the weather had been better, I'm not sure there's really that much more to see - the surrounding area is fairly barren for sights of interest. I'm not usually one where the weather stops my enjoyment but I had a sense of humour failure. I am looking forward to doing it in better conditions and perhaps then it might get an extra star...!

Avatar for Emma S

It actually is really really good. I was a bit dubious at first, not least because it was POURING on the day we were due to go and they don't let you change your dates once you're booked in. That said, magically the rain died off as we got to the top and though it was still a bit cloudy, we could enjoy the views without sheltering from the weather.

All jumpsuits, shoes and harnesses are provided. You are attached to the structure at all times, except for at the top when you can take pictures on the platform. It took just under an hour to get up and over and was steeper than I thought it would be but not too hard going.

Very enjoyable and a must do for visitors to and residents in London. 

Avatar for Dan C

Fantastic.  I don't like climbing, I don't like heights but I loved this.  My son dared me to do this with him for his birthday.  The instructions and safety talk at the beginning are well done but slightly frightening.  You feel like you are climbing up a trampoline and the bouncy surface helps you along. The sights at the top are great and a perfect opportunity for a Selfie. It really isn't hard to do you need basic stamina and fitness levels.  Do it - Challenge yourself you will have fun and be proud of yourself at the end!

Avatar for Tom
moderatorStaff Writer

Definitely a unique view of London once you hit the top of the big white tent - it's a little steeper than you might imagine initially but then flattens out to a great viewing platform at the peak. Whilst you're not particularly high the views back over the city are fabulous, and it's well worth going when the sun is heading down if you can, as that adds just a little extra magic to the adventure. Very well organised and safe; even those afraid of heights will enjoy this one and feel they've conquered a personal Everest no doubt at the same time, by climbing this famous London landmark.

Avatar for Charly Lester
Staff Writer

Compared to other high climbs around the world, this isn't the most exciting or picturesque ... but compared to other London activities, it's well priced, and a fun way to see the city from a different angle.  DON'T do a singles event there unless they guarantee you're going up 'boy/girl/boy/girl' on the chain (as there's no switching position!) But DO go up there for a third or fourth date - great shared experience on a date.

Don't worry about the cold - in winter they give you different outer gear to summer, but if you're a girl, make sure you're wearing trousers!

Charly Lester - Time Out Head of Dating

Avatar for Peter Clark

OK, fact fans here's one for you - I don't do heights. Never have and never will. I was offered the opportunity to do a similar climb over the Sydney Harbour Bridge when I was Down Under and the very thought of it made me nearly pass out. The big difference is that someone like me looks at the Bridge and thinks 'Meccano' but the O2 is different. For those who can remember back to the turn of the century the O2 was the Dome and that's the key word, as for those of us of a vertiginous persuasion, it offers all of the climbing with none of the long way down. On arrival you check in and go into the briefing room where you sign away your life on a series of disclaimers and then are treated to a quite frankly cringe worthy briefing video that even the staff were apologetic about. Then to business - the suits are optional but help with making you feel part of an extreme activity and it was early enough in the morning even in Summer that they didn't make us hot. With straps and harnesses all in place our leader took us to the point of embarkation. At this point he mentions casually that the walk way has been designed to replicate the surface of the dome itself and is slightly bouncy. BOUNCY! No one said anything about bouncy until I'm stood there trussed up like a Christmas turkey with an excited missus and a dozen other people primed to go. So with an audible gulp I clipped my harness to the rail and off we went. And do you know what? I flipping loved it! The bounce was minimal the slope gentle enough for someone of reasonable fitness and the wind in your hair makes it a far more energising than the rather tame Shard we did later that day. You genuinely get a sense of height without the drop - perfect for wimps like me. There is just about adequate time on the viewing platform although we did have to move on as the next group was approaching. The climb leader took loads of photos of me and the good lady and there were some good views to be had. It's a bit of a shame that the buildings of Canary Wharf block the view of some of the city's more iconic landmarks. Perhaps the highlight was noticing that in the guide that runs around the platform, which is incidentally cast in stone, the Gherkin has been spelt as the Gerkin. Must have been an interesting team meeting in Quality Assurance that day! And so the descent begins and, like a kid on a ride outside a supermarket, as soon as I came to a halt I wanted to start again. Sadly there was neither time nor disposable income for that. on a day that I was generally quite high up (this, the Emirates Cable Car and the Shard) this was the undisputed highlight. You should do it!

Avatar for Tonia

I can just recommend this! If done it last weekend and it is an amazing experience! The wind up there and the view was really exciting! But it is quite expensive though...