Action-packed adventures may seem hard to come by in a big concrete jungle like London, but in actual fact, there are numerous adrenaline-fuelled activities to be had in the UK’s exciting and dynamic capital.
From conquering your fear of heights by bungee jumping next to The O2 to seeing the city skyline on the world’s fastest city zip wire, read on to find out about some of the top London adventures that promise to get your blood pumping.
Thamesjet Speedboat Ride
Not keen on heights? Explore the sights of London on a thrilling Thames speedboat ride with City Cruises’ Thamesjet. Enjoy a fantastic 50-minute ride twisting and turning through the water at high speed!
First, you’ll get to enjoy a gentle cruise along the river taking in the sights from Westminster to Tower Bridge before the boat picks up speed and powers through the water for an exciting ride to Canary Wharf. Once you’ve caught your breath, it’s a smooth ride back to Westminster to take in the sights and snap some pictures. London sightseeing deals don’t get better than this, tickets starting from £40!
Up at the 02
See 360-degree sights of London on top of the city’s prized The O2 arena. Climb the dome-shaped roof of The O2 on a 90-minute expedition during the day or later in the evening for incredible views of the sun setting over the London skyline.
Georgina Bushell, Communications Assistant at The O2, told us more about the experience and why it’s like nothing else in London: “Join half a million people who’ve discovered a new way to see the city, by climbing Up at The O2. Feel a sense of achievement (and even reward yourself with a glass of Champagne Lanson) when you reach the viewing platform, suspended 52 metres high, over the centre of the iconic roof that’s hosted Prince, Beyoncé and the Rolling Stones below. As well as incredible 360-degree views of London, there’s much to be discovered about this renowned feat of engineering and expert guides are on hand to share their knowledge every step of the way.”
The London Helicopter
Leave the crowds on the ground and marvel at the London skyline from the clouds on a one-of-a-kind helicopter ride with The London Helicopter. Take in the sights and study the patchwork of buildings below, looking closely to spot some of London’s top attractions including The Tower of London, The Gherkin, Marble Arch, The Shard, Buckingham Palace, St. Paul’s Cathedral, The London Eye, and many more famous London landmarks.
The London Helicopter website describes the incredible experience in more detail: “Our most popular London helicopter flight is a breath-taking journey down the Thames from west to east that takes in some of the world’s most iconic landmarks. We promise it’s a trip of a lifetime you’ll never forget.
Once up in the sky, you’ll start to understand why a journey with The London Helicopter is definitely one of the best things you can do in London, whether as a tourist or a local.
ArcelorMittal Orbit Slide
For a 40-second thrill like nothing else in London, you’ll want to experience the slide at ArcelorMittal Orbit. The longest and tallest tunnel slide in the world, this is an experience that all the family will be able to enjoy. The slide is made up of several loops and spirals for an exciting descent, created by Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond for the 2012 Olympic Games.
The ArcelorMittal Orbit website describes the experience in more detail, including the structure’s two viewing platforms: “Challenge your friends and family to a 40-second descent down the world’s tallest and longest tunnel slide, as well as experiencing breath-taking views of London from two observation platforms, Anish Kapoor’s famous concave mirrors, innovative touchscreens and the sounds of the city as you descend the 455 stairs.”
For more incredible London sightseeing packages, check out our range of Thames river cruise and attraction ticket packages perfect for a day out with friends and family.