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“Up and over”
Review of Up at The O2

Up at The O2
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$38.85*
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Climb The O2 in London
Ranked #19 of 1,633 things to do in London
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Owner description: Get ready for a breathtaking new attraction, combining an exhilarating active outdoor challenge with a completely unique perspective on the Capital.Prepare yourself for an unforgettable 90 minute experience which will take you on an uplifting expedition across the roof of the world's most popular entertainment venue. Enjoy spectacular 360 degree views of London from our viewing platform in the centre of the roof, before finishing with a thrilling descent back to base to complete your adventure.
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Up and over”
Reviewed February 12, 2013

With some remnants of snow on the canvas roof of the O2 the nine of us walked from the safety briefing to the stairway holding our harness feeling like we were on our way to a Saturn V launch pad. Our newly acquired blue jumpsuits keeping out the cold wind as we stared at the steep blue rubberised walkway which leads over the very top of the O2. Attached by the safety harness ensuring total security from falling off we made our way to the very top and the viewing platform and the incredible sights available even on this cloudy day.
Adam who had led us was excellent throughout, pointing out unusual sights such as London's only lighthouse and the newly built "Shard" as well as the Olympic park. Incredibly they have also taken wheelchair users up here. A fantastic experience out of the sterilised pod of the Eye well worth the cost for an unforgettable experience.

Visited February 2013
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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“A great experience”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

I bought this for my partners birthday as every time we go to a gig at the O2 he said he'd like to do it. £28 a ticket & from start to finish took 90 mins including safety talk & time on the viewing platform. It was very wet the day we went & had gone prepared with full walking clothes & boots. You have to wear their overalls on top of your clothes & they provide boots & gloves if you don't have any. You are attached the whole time via a safety harness & our guide Ben was entertaining the whole time. He had lots of knowledge from showing us where the Bond film 'The World is not Enough' was filmed to telling us that the Thames Barrier was closed recently because of all the rain. The views from the viewing platform were excellent even in the driving rain. Going down was slippery & we had to go backwards for the final decent. My partner would definitely do it again with the kids but would go in warmer weather.

Visited February 2013
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Wetherby, United Kingdom
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“A great way to spend an hour climbing an iconic building.”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

We booked to do this before a gig at the O2. I thought there would be load of steps but its a rubbery, ridged walkway with a steel cable handrail and a separate steel cable handrail that attaches to your safety harness. You need to arrive early for a safety talk (no video was shown as in some previous reviews), to get your flight suit, walking trainers and attach the harness. I asked for a bigger flight suit but they didn't have any left. (I am 6ft and 15 1/2 stone so not totally massive). This all took about 20 minutes in total.

Our guide was professional and informative. He pointed out some of the different sights at the top of the walk, giving us some information about how the urban area changes throughout the day, and helped make sure we were safe and comfortable whilst on the walk. The viewing platform at the top has a metal plaque around it pointing out the sights with historical information and images too.

You can go at your own pace. There is no rush but you are walking up in a line with the others in your group so you can only go as fast as the person in front but who wants to rush the experience?

They take a photo of you before the walk which we had assumed was included in the price. (It did say something about a souvenir on the site). The photo is £9 to purchase at the end of the walk. We didn't bother. We didn't get a souvenir either. Just get someone to take a picture of you at the top with your own camera. Flight suits have a zipped pocket for you to take one up.

The views are amazing and to say you've walked over the roof of the O2 is something really different. I would go again and it was great to see the city lights but next time I'd time it to be up at the top for sunset.

Pros;
'Climbing' an iconic building
Views of London
Wheelchair accessable

Cons;
£28pp is pretty expensive with no discount for O2 customers on a weekend
£9 for a souvenir photo is daylight robbery
Flight suits are not very generous if you are even a little overweight

Visited February 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Over the top”
Reviewed February 6, 2013

The climb over the top of the O2 is an exhilarating if challenging experience. On arrival a full safety briefing is given before you are kitted out in an all in one coverall, shoes with grippy soles and a safety harness. Then its up a flight of stairs to where the climb begins. Although the start of the climb is steep - its even steeper coming down! An experienced and very fit guide is with you all the time and your safety harness is securely attached to a steel hawser. On reaching the viewing platform at the top your unclip the safety harness and enjoy the views which are brilliant and well worth the climb. Like the Shard its not a cheap experience and more expensive to do it at the weekend. Having said that it really is an experience not to be missed. And yes it can also be done in a wheelchair if you or your family or friend is disabled.

Visited January 2013
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London
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“Up @ O2 Birthday treat!”
Reviewed February 3, 2013

Despite the cold weather, this was a brilliant trip. The climb at first was fairly steep but soon levels out a bit. The safety equipment made me feel really secure but did not get in the way. The view from the top was great and our guide Billy gave us loads of information about the sights and even took photos for us all. I had a great time!

Visited February 2013
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