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30 July 2017

Fastest City Zip Wire Opens This Summer

An “urban zip wire” claimed to be the fastest in any major city in the world is to offer rides this summer in a park not far from Battersea Power Station.

Riders will reach speeds approaching 50mph – roughly the same as a ski jumper – as they zoom down the wire from a 35-metre high tower in Archbishop’s Park near Lambeth Palace.

It will take approximately 30 seconds to complete the 225-metre descent. Riders will enjoy spectacular views of the Thames, Big Ben, the Shard and the London Eye.

“I see it as a decent halfway house between a rollercoaster and a bungee jump,” Barry Shaverin, founder of Zip World London, told the Evening Standard. “It’ll be exciting but not terrifying. Giant zip lines and the greatest cityscape in the world – it seemed such an obvious idea to put the two together, and Archbishop’s Park is one of London’s best-kept secrets. We really want to help it get the attention it deserves.”

Going for a ride will take 40 minutes from start to finish as there’s a safety briefing, kitting up and then a short wait at the top of the launch tower. The system can handle 60 riders per hour.

Archbishop’s Park is adjacent to Lambeth Palace, the residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury. Until 1901 it was part of the palace grounds, but nowadays it is a public park. The southern entrance to Archbishop’s Park can be reached from Circus West by walking down Sopwith Way and along Prince of Wales Drive to catch the 344 bus outside Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. It is then a 15 minute ride to the Pratt Walk stop on Lambeth Road, which is 20 metres past the park entrance. The same journey is a 15 minute cycle ride (or car drive, assuming moderate traffic). It can be walked in around 45 minutes.

Zip World London tickets cost £22.50 for adults, £18.50 for students and £16.50 for children over eight. A family ticket costs £58.95. The ride will be open from 10am to 7pm from 7 July for 12 weeks.

Or Nearer At Hand In Battersea Park

Those not wanting to go that far could always visit the Go Ape treetop adventure in Battersea Park (just across Chelsea Bridge Road from Sopwith Way). Go Ape offers a longer period of clambering from tree to tree and has a zip wire too. There’s a junior version for younger adventurers. The main course is £35 for adults and £27 for kids (at least 10 years old and 1.4m tall), and the Junior is £20 all ages (minimum 1m tall).

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