Zip wires will be forever haunted by the image of BoJo sagging on a line above Victoria Park. But there’s no chance of recreating that moment on Zip Now London – a 225-metre zip line – the biggest and fastest city line in the world.
It sounds terrifying, but this is a slick operation. As soon as I arrive at the HQ in Archbishop’s Park to try it out, I’m met by one of the red-T-shirted safety gurus, who gets me kitted up into a harness and helmet.
The Zip Wire begins 35m above the ground – the height of nine double-decker buses – which means that before feeling the wind in your hair you have to climb ten flights of stairs to the top of the starting tower. After taking in views of Battersea Power Station and the Houses of Parliament, I’m clipped on the wire, led down some steps and told to ‘fling’ myself off. So I do. Turns out zooming mid air at 31mph is bloody exhilarating.
For the return to earth, there are two choices. You can walk down yet another set of stairs or face the ‘Mega Drop’: a 15m-high freefall. Obviously I opt for the drop and quickly find myself fastened to a bungee-esque rope before plunging into mid-air and landing flat on my back on a crash mat. If you thought cycling in rush hour was a buzz, it’s got nothing on this.
|Venue name:||Archbishop's Park||Contact:|
|Transport:||Tube: Lambeth North|
|Price:||£22.50, £18.50 student, £16.50 child|
|Event phone:||0330 0583 477|