Best indoor climbing spots in London

Adventure and thrill seekers will find London has plenty of adrenaline-fuelled activities to keep them busy, at all times of the year! Whether they look forward to enjoying scaling new heights or zipping across the Thames River in a speedboat, there is a wide array of adventure activities to choose from.

Visitors on their next trip to the city can keep an eye out for any of the London hotels special offers, to stay in style at any of the luxury hotel rooms at a budget-friendly price.

The Marble Arch Hotel would be an ideal choice near the city centre and offering easy access to some of the best climbing facilities in the city.

Indoor climbing is of three types

Lead climbing:

This is for seasoned climbers, as it is more daunting a task with the climber not tethered to the top. In lead climbing, they steadily attach themselves at different areas of the climb on to the wall as they climb higher. The partner below hands out new rope as the climber moves to greater heights.


It is a rope free form of climbing at low heights with crash pads beneath so that climbers do not sustain any serious injuries if they fall. The only requirement for climbing is a chalk bag and climbing shoes with climbing routes graded as per difficulty.

Top-rope climbing:

The most common style of climbing it has climbers wearing a harness linked to a rope, which passes through an anchor on the wall to a partner at ground level. When the climber ascends the wall the partner below tightens the rope so that the climber will not fall if their grip slips while climbing.

Top climbing venues in London

The Arch Climbing Wall:

Those with an interest in bouldering will enjoy a visit to the Arch that offers three venues for the activity. The first opened in Bermondsey and is spread over 10,000 sq. ft. The second is the flagship and located in the same Bermondsey complex over an area of 11,000 sq. ft. A third venue popped up at Burnt Oak in North London and also has 11,000 sq. ft. of space. There are routes of different gradients ranging from V0 for beginners to V9 for seasoned climbers. That combined with 300-400 varying routes will keep climbers busy for a very long while. They add around 200 plus routes on a regular basis to offer greater variety. There also are other exciting alternatives like rings, campus boards and even a project board to charter your own course. For climbers that need sustenance, there are cafes at all three locations for a quick bite and refreshments.


Located in Harrow, it is the biggest bouldering centre in the country. With a 170m indoor cave, hundreds of climbing routes and 40,000 sq. ft. of climbing space it has all the climbing needs of visitors covered.

The Castle Climbing Centre:

A multipurpose climbing venue it offers abseiling, bouldering, lead climbing and top rope climbing across various levels. With two new additional climbing areas and multiple climbing routes a great climbing venue to explore in Stoke Newington.

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