Tourists now able to climb London's 02 arena

Friday, 25 May 2012 9:14 AM

What are the views like at the top of the 02 arena? Now you can find out. (Photo: allstar)

What are the views like at the top of the 02 arena? Now you can find out (Photo: allstar)

Ever wanted to climb the outside of the 02 area? Up at The O2, which is set to launch this June, is going to allow visitors to do exactly that.

The 90-minute experience will take visitors on a guided expedition - 53m above ground level - across the roof of The O2. Visitors will be guided in groups of 30 to a central observation platform via the 190m long fabric walkway, suspended between The O2’s distinctive yellow masts.  

From the observation platform at the summit, daredevils will be able to take in spectacular 360° views of the Capital and its many landmarks, including the Olympic Park, Thames Barrier, The Shard, Historic Royal Greenwich and Canary Wharf. 

Bespoke climb suits, shoes and safety harnesses will be provided for the experience, which will be completed with highly trained guides. 

Although thrilling, Up at The O2 is a suitable challenge for anyone at least 10 years old and at least 1.2m tall as long as they are medically and physically fit. 

Accessible tours for people with disabilities, including wheelchair users, are also being planned.

Alistair Wood, AEG Europe, Senior Vice-President for Real Estate, commented: “Up at The O2 is not only an exciting, new landmark attraction for London but it also marks the fifth birthday of The O2 in style.

"Representing a significant investment for AEG, the realisation of Up at The O2 is a demonstration of our continued commitment to developing and diversifying The O2 – already the world’s most successful music and entertainment venue.

"We believe that Up at The O2 will increase daytime visitation to The O2 and appeal not only to the venue’s existing visitors but also bring new custom.”

Up at The O2 is open year round and tickets will cost just £22 for adults and children. O2 customers will be able to get 15 per cent off the ticket price with Priority Moments.

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