Tourist Attractions

Climbing the O2

For my birthday, one of my treats from Sam was tickets to climb the O2 around sunset. 

You’ll have to excuse the subpar quality of photos for this post. You aren’t allowed to bring anything up with you besides your cell phone, so all photos were taken on my trusty iPhone 4. I wasn’t nervous at all about climbing it ahead of time. It was only when we got there and were laden down with safety equipment that I began to get nervous. I mean, the more gear you need to do something, the more dangerous it is, right? 

Once everyone was suited up and “trained” we hooked onto the O2 and began our ascent. I was a bit worried that I was going to get tired out, or start to feel the burn in my legs, but since you go up as a big group, you stop quite frequently and it ends up not being taxing at all. 

Once you’re on top of the O2 you have time to relax a bit, take some photos and enjoy the view. It was a frigid May day, and quite windy but London was looking lovely despite it.  Coming down was infinitely more terrifying than going up. Luckily the boots they make you strap on make slipping virtually impossible. Several members of our party felt their knees buckle when they looked down the descent path, but everyone got down safely. 

Most impressive of all was that Sam, with his terrible vertigo, didn’t have any fears at all! He said that since the building is so big and solid that he didn’t actually feel like he was up high. (Unlike our time climbing the stairs at the Sagrada Familia.) 
sam in gearin my climbing gearthumbs up_1thames from O2
silly top photosam and isam and i at the topon top of the 02

me in the wind
canary wharf from O2
sam on the 02

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  • Those views…! You’re brave!!

  • Look fun! I always thought this would be a really cool thing to do. Sounds like a great birthday present!

  • Angie SilverSpoon

    Wow! I would have been scared!

  • I am impressed that Sam wasn’t to scared! It sounds like an awesome birthday gift:)

    • He things he’s vertigo didn’t kick in because it was so flat and study once you were on it, there weren’t really sides to lean over, etc. x

  • Hahaha I did NOT know you could do this! That’s incredible xx

  • Brave girl! I’d definitely be down for something like this!

    • It was a lot of fun. Our group was around 10-12 people which was a nice size. I know more people than that can go up together but I preferred it smaller. x

  • I watched a group make this climb from inside a cable car! It looked like they were scaling a snow-covered mountain. How fun 🙂 Looks like the wind was blowing hard when you climbed. If only you’d worn capes…

  • That looks like so much fun!!! I was terrified when I went on the cable car just next to the O2 but this looks slightly more manageable! Lol

  • Ala

    Uhhh I’d love to do this, although I’m finding as the years go by I’m more and more scared of heights – still what a fab present! x

    • It was really great! I’m not scared of heights usually, but I think every sane person would feel a bit of a thrill coming back down! x

  • That’s really cool!

  • love the picture of you taking a picture!

  • That is such a great birthday gift! What a view and what a great time of day to do it!

  • Christine | A Keane Sense

    What a cool birthday gift! I wish I wasn’t scared of heights, boo. I can see it now, my husband wanting to do this and dragging me along, and me freaking out (in the inside of course ha) the whole time. Love that even though Sam is not a fan of heights, he still got that for you for your birthday 🙂

    • I was so surprised that this was my gift and that he was willing to do it anyway! It was so sweet! x

  • Walk past everyday and see people doing this. Always fun to see people actually walking on the canvas (fixing stuff I presume) I always wonder if they’re going to slip and bounce the rest of the way down… because it does look bouncy!

    • It’s so bouncy! The guides tell you off if you try to use the O2 as a big trampoline though… x

  • Jenn Sie

    This looks fun. I’ve not done it yet but it’s on my list of things to do.

  • Being terrified of open heights this is not something I would do but the view is still bloody great

  • That is so cool and so brave! i mean I had heard about climbing arenas in the USA and Australia, but never the one in London!

  • It’s a shame that you’re not allowed to bring a camera! But then again, if it falls down…. 😀 anyway, I would be scared to death!!!!

    • Yea, I can completely understand that for liability reasons they didn’t want anyone to have cameras! In fact, I was surprised we were allowed to have phones! x

  • Do it! It is a bit expensive so it’ll have to be a special treat! x

  • I feel like this is one of those things where I would be scared shitless but also have so much fun at the same time! haha! I enjoyed this post on the travel tuesday linkup!

  • I totally agree! xx

  • Amy @ the tide that left

    What an awesome birthday gift! I’m not sure I could do it myself, although I’m impressed Sam did it in spite of suffering from vertigo.

    • Right?! Although he legitimately seemed fine and his vertigo never kicked in! He said he thinks its because the structure didn’t have any edges and even though you were up high you never really experienced the feeling of “height”. If that makes sense? x

  • THAT IS SO COOL! if Sam could do it, I’ll have to try it 🙂 Had no idea this was an option!

    • I was so impressed and surprised at his level head. He thinks his vertigo never kicked in because the structure didn’t have any edges and even though you were up high you never really experienced the feeling of “height”.

      Although, I’ll fully admit, the descent is intimidatingly steep! x

  • Miu

    Omg, that sounds so amazing! 😀