While there are plenty of lofty spots to enjoy views of the capital, very few come with an added dose of adrenaline.
But now a new zip-wire on London’s South Bank offers thrillseekers the chance to glimpse some of the city’s best sights – while whizzing through the sky at 50mph.
Open until October 1, it takes riders on a dizzying 738-foot journey, 100 feet above Archbishop’s Park.
Creators Zip World reckon it is the “biggest and fastest city-centre zip-line in the world” – and with such a bold claim, I decided to try it out for myself.
Viewed from below, the launch tower seems quite modest, which helped calm my nerves as I was being strapped into my harness. But after what felt like a neverending hike up 10 flights of stairs, vertigo hit me.
Standing 100ft above the ground as the tower wobbled in the wind, I tried not to look down – but after a little pep talk with the instructors, I overcame the butterflies in my stomach.
“3, 2, 1, go!” I made the jump and the platform disappeared beneath my feet. Zooming along you’re provided with a unique view of the London skyline, but as the trip lasts roughly 30 seconds, you don’t have very long to admire it.
It’s a fun journey and a great adventure for city dwellers, but it comes at a fairly steep price. Adults pay £22.50 and children get to ride it for £16.50. That’s more than 50p per second. If your nerves can stand it, you can have a second go for £10.
A limited number of tickets can be bought from Zip World’s website (https://www.zipworld.co.uk/adventure/detail/zip-world-london) and the ride is open daily from 10am-7pm.
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