Up at The O2

Martha Martins
Nov 28, 2022 By Martha Martins
Originally Published on Oct 06, 2021
Groups on top of the O2 Arena just after the sun has set.
Age: 8+
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  • See London from whole new heights with the Up at The O2 climb, offering unique 360° views of the capital.
  • Be led by an expert climbing guide as you ascend the 350-metre walkway a whole 52 metres into the air.
  • The O2 climb lasts for ninety minutes and your guide will point out all of London’s most iconic landmarks along the way.
  • There is an observation platform at the top of the climb offering awesome photo opportunities, but please note that professional photos are not included in your Up at The O2 ticket.

Calling all adrenaline junkies and outdoor adventurers! Get the family together for an exhilarating day out climbing up London’s iconic O2 Arena.

Spring back into action after lockdown with an experience that will truly shake away the cobwebs by daring the Up at The O2 climb as a family. Have a go at urban mountaineering with an expedition that’s guaranteed to get your heart racing, and join one of the experienced climb guides as you ascend all the way to the top of the O2 via a walkway suspended 52 metres above the ground.

The O2 is one of the UK’s largest and most iconic venues, so much so that the action can no longer be contained inside! Head down to North Greenwich’s O2 Arena and follow in the footsteps of its stars as you take to the skies. Once you’ve buckled up and slipped into your special climbing suit and shoes, your expert guide will lead you up the iconic O2 tent pointing out all of London’s famous landmarks as you climb. At the top, you’ll be able to take in the breathtaking London skyline from a (perfectly safe!) observation platform, snapping a seriously one-of-a-kind family photo from one of the capital’s only 360° viewpoints. Up at The O2 is one of London’s most unique attractions and makes for a family adventure you definitely won’t forget in a hurry!

line of people climbing the O2 Arena

Kidadler Gemma says: "I just had an amazing afternoon with my 12 and 13-year-old doing the Up at The O2 climb. This is an amazing trip for older kids (over 10s), we took them to climb the O2 and I must say I think this is one of the most unique and fun experiences in London. Great (if unlike me you ever get child-free time) for a group of adults as well as kids. I must admit I was really super grumpy about doing this and totally not in the mood. They give you climbing gear and I was totally cynical and thought they were trying to make something better than it actually is. But it is a truly exciting climb and really challenging in places, especially if it’s a bit windy. Each group gets a guide who is really encouraging if (like me) you can’t use the equipment properly, even after a million demonstrations to the embarrassment of my kids! My boys have just called me a ledge (whatever that means) and I now feel totally justified in sticking them in front of a screen for the rest of half term."

Up at The O2 is reopening from July 4th with new health and safety measures in line with government advice regarding COVID-19. Each climb has been reduced to ten people, social distancing measures are installed throughout the briefing rooms and climb, hand sanitiser units are provided pre and post-climb, and tickets must be pre-booked and paid for by card only. For more detailed information please visit The O2’s website.

What to know before you go

  • Advanced booking is essential.
  • Please check in at least fifteen minutes before your chosen time slot.
  • The experience lasts around an hour and thirty minutes, including a safety briefing at the beginning. 
  • Every tour is led by an expert climbing guide.
  • You’ll be kitted out with a climb suit, boots and harness when you arrive, but wear comfy sportswear for your O2 climb as you’ll need to be able to move freely. 
  • Kids must be at least 8 years old and 1.2 metres tall to scale the O2. You must not weigh more than 21 stone, have a waist measurement more than 125cm, or an upper thigh measurement of more than 75cm.
  • There must be at least one adult present to every two children aged 8-11, one adult per four children aged 12-13 and one adult per five children if aged 14-17. 
  • Accessible climbs are available wheelchair users; you must book directly with the venue to make necessary arrangements. Visit The O2’s website for more information.
  • Unfortunately, if you are pregnant you cannot take part in the climb.
  • You are permitted to bring your mobile with you on the climb but all other possessions will be stored in a locker. Lockers are small so don't bring any large items.
  • There are accessible toilets and baby changing facilities within The O2 itself. 
  • There are loads of family friendly eateries inside the O2 if you’re peckish after your adventure, including Zizzi’s, Las Iguanas and Gourmet Burger Kitchen – all of which have great kids’ menus. 
  • Opening times and dates are subject to change – please check these on the day before setting off.

Getting there

  • The nearest Tube station to The O2 is North Greenwich, which is just a few minutes' walk away. North Greenwich serves the Jubilee Line and escalators bring you out right at The O2’s concourse. 
  • There is a large bus station at North Greenwich station which serves the 108, 129, 132, 161, 188, 422, 472 and 486 routes.
  • If you are visiting The O2 via overground train, the nearest station is Greenwich, where there is also a DLR station, which is a ten to fifteen-minute bus ride away. 
  • You could also get the cable car from Royal Docks to Greenwich Peninsula, or the Thames Clipper as The O2 is right on the river bend.
  • There is plenty of on-site parking at The O2 Arena, too, which you can book and pay for online in advance.

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Written by Martha Martins

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Linguistics

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Martha MartinsBachelor of Arts specializing in Linguistics

Martha is a full-time creative writer, content strategist, and aspiring screenwriter who communicates complex thoughts and ideas effectively. She has completed her Bachelor's in Linguistics from Nasarawa State University. As an enthusiast of public relations and communication, Martha is well-prepared to substantially impact your organization as your next content writer and strategist. Her dedication to her craft and commitment to delivering high-quality work enables her to create compelling content that resonates with audiences.

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