As much as I love to travel the world, one of my favourite places to explore is London.
The best thing about living here is that there is always something to do and so many new experiences to discover. In the past, I have taken London for granted. Instead of getting out and about on my days off, I have found myself sitting on my sofa catching up with Netflix.
This year, I’m trying to make the most of having so many tourist landmarks on my doorstep by getting out more and spending some quality time with my city.
TripAdvisor Attractions is perfect for finding new tours and experiences. They have tickets to everything from the Harry Potter Studio to day trips to other destinations in the UK and Europe. On their site, they have more than 100,000 bookable tours and experiences in 2,500 destinations and 165 countries – so there’s something for everyone. It’s great because you can read other people’s reviews before booking for yourself.
Blessed with beautiful weather, I decided to get the best view of London by climbing up The O2.
Up at The O2 is a 380 metre-long walkway guiding you across the roof of the old Millennium Dome. The giant path allows you to climb up to the 52 metre high summit and has a 30 degree incline at its steepest point.
I’m not the biggest fan of heights – when I visited the Duomo in Florence last year, I was pretty wobbly – but I love to look at cityscapes and wanted to give it a shot. So, after I’d booked my tickets with TripAdvisor attractions, the nerves began to set in.
I needn’t have worried, though. Because The O2 is so huge, you don’t get the sense that you would fall very far… more sliding to the bottom or getting stuck! To begin with, the climb is very steep but after the first 20 metres, the path gradually gets flatter until you reach the middle.
You start your journey at ‘base camp’ in North Greenwich, where you are shown a safety video and kitted out with all the gear. It’s not the most stylish, but it made me feel more secure about the climb.
The climb itself is like pulling yourself up a hilly trampoline. I’ll be honest, it was hard to remember to enjoy the view whilst I was climbing but, at the top, we enjoyed a glass of champagne (£7 extra per glass) and the spectacular view. You can see the Greenwich Observatory, Canary Wharf’s huge skyscrapers and the Olympic Park.
You aren’t rushed at all during your time at the summit and the guides were so helpful, pointing out landmarks and taking photos for us. The whole experience takes between 60-90 minutes, and I was relieved to waddle down the walkway to solid ground at the end!
I’d definitely recommend taking a trip up the O2 if you want one of the best views of London. You can book tickets for £30 per person here.
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If you have any questions about Up at the O2 or have another experience you think I might like to try, please let me know in the comments! CC x