London may not seem it, but it is possibly one of the best cities in the world in which to try out extreme sports. Despite the mass of buildings and roads, there is a surprising amount of natural space in the city, meaning there’s plenty to try out. On top of this, London is well known for its huge investment in sports, whether that be the incredible Wembley Stadium or the new Olympic Park. Whatever your needs, finding extreme sports to take part in is easier than you’d think if you know where to look. With the wide range of venues in London offering a diverse range, why not take the jump and dive in?
Vertical Chill Covent Garden
Vertical Chill is an indoor ice climbing wall based in Covent Garden. Here you can find a great icy replica, taking you down to temperatures between minus 5 and 13 degrees and a great experience like no other in the heart of London. With the full kit supplied and a wide array of difficulties, there’s no cooler way to spend an afternoon.
White Water Rafting
The Lee Valley White Water rafting facility is well known for being the London watersports venue during the 2012 Olympics and is now open to the public for use. If you’re looking for a day out of the city centre and want somewhere to escape from your accommodation London City, then Lee Valley is perfect. A half hour train journey out of London from Liverpool Street will take you to Lee Valley, giving you an array of white water routes and equipment to choose from.
Scuba Diving in London
Learning the art of Scuba Diving needn’t mean that you have to buy a ticket for the Caribbean. Scuba diving lessons are closer than you’d think. Take the Barbican based Golden Lane Leisure centre for instance. Just a stone’s throw away from the the Montcalm at the Brewery London City, you can escape your comfortable room to a world you didn’t think you could find in London. Whether you’re looking for beginner lessons or your training to be an instructor, the Golden Lane Leisure Centre is the place to try a deep dive for yourself in the heart of the British capital.
London is great city to try out Parkour. The maze of concrete and different levels on buildings, parks and even the underground means that there are a whole range of opportunities to try out the sport for yourself. Taking DIY culture to the heart of sports culture, the London Parkour scene is a great way to explore the world around you and meet new friends. Parkour Generations is a great way to learn the basics of parkour and apply your skills to streets of the city, whether a beginner or a master.
There are countless skateparks around the city of London. With the subculture reaching all ages, skateboarding never ceases to be cool. In London, you can find some of the best skate parks in the country and even if you don’t skate, soaking in the culture and the atmosphere at the parks is truly intoxicating.