This year Zip Now London will have three lines so you can experience the thrill of flying along with others at the same time. The triple-wire rig allows riders to experience breathtaking views at speed, with adrenaline guaranteed. It will surely make for an interesting bonding experience with similarly terrified family members or friends.
We tested out the zip wire when it launched last year and it really is the best way to see the city.
The urban adventure begins with a check in at the bottom of the landing tower. The zip wires themselves look like telephone wires: too high to be anyone’s problem – until you see people careening down them at breakneck speeds.
After signing a waiver you’re presented with a short safety video that outlines the importance of not wearing skirts or high heeled shoes, for example. Then you venture outside, where the staff help you strap in. After being fitted with a helmet you begin the walk through the park over to the first tower.
Zip World’s greatest asset is their staff (and their safety equipment, of course). 'I was afraid the first time I went down too,' we were assured by the instructor as he clipped people into their harnesses, 'but once you get going it’s not so bad.' The collective calm of the people who spend their day attached to a trembling tower with a bungee cord is greatly reassuring, but you can still feel their excitement – they want you to have a good time.
The most intimidating part of the whole experience is being face with a set of stairs that lead to nowhere; five descending steps that cut off in midair. You just have to walk off them, lean back into your harness, and go. It is awesome.
Eventually you hit the break system and slow down – nearing the other tower you realise you’ve almost made it. The final step is attaching a weighted pulley to the handlebars on your zip wire so that the team at the other end can reel you in like the big, scaredy-cat you are.
The experience is definitely worth it both for the incredible views of the Big Ben and the London Eye – as well as the huge adrenaline rush you get when you look your fears right in the face. And for the intrepid, there is a new free-fall experience: the ‘Mega Drop’. This gives riders a heart-in-the-mouth freefall – comparable to a bungee jump – before being lowered safely down to earth.
Ages: Minimum age is 8 years, children age 8 - 15 years need to be supervised. One adult can accompany up to three children
|What||Urban Zip Wire, London Southbank 2018|
|Where||Archbishop's Park , Carlisle Lane, Lambeth , London, SE1 | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Waterloo (underground)|
22 May 18 – 02 Sep 18, 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
|Website||Click here for more information|