MILE END CLIMBING WALL
One of the biggest and best centres in town, Mile End has been open since the 80s. Visitors can partake in top-rope and lead climbing, but the real gem here is the Monkey House, where bouldering routes are located across the ceiling and routinely switched around to keep things challenging. The centre has a number of training courses for beginners, as well as areas for more advanced climbers to tackle harder routes.
Haverfield Road, Mile End, E3 5BE
This one is worth the trek to Woolwich. Alongside a good range of routes, there’s a testing overhang project wall, as well as bouldering, auto-belays and top-rope areas. The centre caters for any age or ability and its relatively new walls are matched by impressive modern facilities, including full equipment hire.
Unit 6, Mellish Industrial Estate, Harrington Way, Woolwich, SE18 5NR
For a unique climbing experience, head to Covent Garden’s Vertical Chill. Aiming to deliver a true mountaineering experience, the venue does not offer the cushioned warmth of most indoor climbing centres. Its 8m ice wall calls for extra equipment – think pick axes and eye protection. There are lessons for beginners and expert instructors on hand throughout for a bit of course guidance. Top tip: take a warm coat.
Tower House, 10-12 Southampton Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 7HA