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Indoor climbing might be one of the most underrated sports out there. It is a fun exercise that helps build body strength and grip, improves your balance and even helps your problem-solving skills. Of course, you don’t have to start scaling cliff faces to be a climber: there are plenty of indoor climbing walls around where you can get stuck.

We’ve made a list of the best places to go climbing in London, whether you’ve rock climbed before or are trying to get past your fear of heights.

The best indoor climbing venues in London

The Arch

The Arch climbing centre has not one but four different venues across London. Each venue is pretty massive, with the Bermondsey one being some 15,000 square feet. There are hundreds of climbing routes to choose from at each venue, and they’re regularly switched up to keep things interesting.

Each location also has a training area, with prices starting from £10. There are also improver sessions for those who’ve just completed a training session and want more, or who’ve climbed before but want to get back into things. The huge array of climbing with the latest in these amazing high-tech centres makes The Arch one of the best places for indoor climbing in the capital.

Bermondsey, Canada Waters, Acton & Edgware

Mile End Climbing Wall

A fantastic place to get into climbing, Mile End Climbing Wall has a very modern look and feel to it, and there are multiple options for learning how to climb, from private instructor sessions to rope climbing tasters and introductions to bouldering. Younger climbers will find plenty of opportunities to develop their skills, and there’s a big emphasis on teaching the tricks of the (climbing) trade.

The site even has videos detailing different climbing techniques, if you really want to become a skilled and knowledgeable climber. Mile End also offers a range of outdoor climbing sessions and courses on actual cliff faces, though these of course take place outside of London.

Haverfield Road, E3 5BE

White Spider

If you head over to Surbiton, you can find White Spider, an excellent climbing centre aimed at all ages. There are plenty of options here if you’ve never climbed before or haven’t for a long time, with introductory and starter sessions available, where you’ll be taught the ins and outs of wall climbing and safety.

Kids will have fun with facilities like the Spider Castle, and there are holiday clubs and party options available. For the adults, you can find plenty of challenging climbs here, as well as sessions to improve your skills and coaching to become more confident. The site also holds socials for getting together with budding climbers and meeting new people.

225 Hook Rise South, SURBITON, KT6 7LD

Castle Climbing Centre

Another fantastic place to go climbing in London is The Castle Climbing Centre. While the exterior looks like a castle, it is in fact an old Victorian water pumping station, but that doesn’t make the location any less awesome. The centre is spread over five floors, and there are several hundred different climbing routes. The venue also has a fully kitted-out shop if you’re looking to invest in new climbing gear, and you can also find yoga, massage and fitness classes. Castle Climbing might just be the most versatile climbing centre in the city.

Green Lanes, N4 2HA

Clip N Climb

Clip N Climb is a great climbing company, operating three venues around London: Chelsea, Waltham and Sutcliffe. There’s a huge array of very colourful and zany climbing courses that you can choose from, and you can opt for adult-only sessions in the evenings for a quieter and more focused climbing experience.

Special attractions here include “Leap of Faith” and The Vertical Drop Slide. There are plenty of family activities, parties and even toddler climbing on offer too if you want to take your kids. Head to The Gallery Cafe to find all the refreshments you need after an hour of wall scaling.

Chelsea, Waltham & Sutcliffe

The Reach

The Reach is the home of the most extensive climbing wall in South London and is located just next to the Thames in Greenwich. You can go bouldering, top roping, lead climbing and auto-belaying, though remember you’ll need to register your details for a one-off £5 fee. After that, you’re free to get stuck into the climbing fun.

There’s also the Body Works studio, where you can take part in yoga sessions to relax after climbing, strengthen your muscles and improve your flexibility for the next time you want to scale a wall. There are plenty of options for lessons, and starter climbing courses for kids.

Unit 6, Mellish Industrial Estate, Harrington Way, SE18 5NR

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Parthian Climbing

With over 4 locations throughout the UK and a London location opening soon, Parthian Climbing is another go-to destination to get your indoor climbing fix. Using state-of-the-art facilities, their venues accommodate climbers of all ages and levels of climbing experience. If you’re totally new, Parthian Climbing offers taster courses for adults and children. But it’s not only a full range of climbing classes they offer but a Social Club where you can fraternise and be part of a close, tight-knit community.

St. Benedict’s Church, Bennett St, Manchester M12 5ND

The Font

The Font functions beyond an indoor climbing venue, and it has almost anything and everything a sports enthusiast needs. Not only are you in good hands with their in-house team of climbing experts, but they offer introductory courses and a ‘Coached Family Session’ at both their Wandsworth and Bankside locations. But even if you’re not too keen on indoor climbing for the day, you can stop by their state-of-the-art gym and studio to get some exercise in.

Of course, you’re due a reward after all that hard work. The Font’s cafe & bar serves everything from coffee to craft beer and tasty burgers – a great way to end a session at the gym.

30 Lydden Rd, Wandsworth, London SW18 4LR

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