Lovely write up by Francesca in her blog Adventure is Everywhere – thank you 😉 …!
Hailed as London’s newest climbing centre, The White Spider is also one of the UK’s largest and having frequented a number of climbing centres in the past few years, is one of my favourites as one I go back to time and time again.
Having climbed there a number of times since it’s opening in the summer of 2012, I notice that it has always been busy. However, this in no way detracts from the experience. The White Spider easily caters for its growing number of clients which spans a variety of age ranges and demographics.
Stepping into the seemingly inconspicuous building in the middle of an industrial estate, you are met with (literally) wall to wall climbing opportunities. In fact, in your immediate eye line will be automatic belay climbing wall. I love this! Automatic belaying means that you are able to practice climbing without needing someone to belay for you which is very handy when climbing with a group who want to wander off and do different things. To be honest, there is so much to do here it’s hard to keep a group together!
Once you’ve got over the sensory overload of colourful climbing apparatus covering every inch of the expansive walls, you are greeted by The White Spider staff. The customer service here is excellent and all staff that I have come into contact with really can’t do enough to help and advise you. Once you’re kitted up with shoes and harness if needed, you can then climb or boulder to your heart’s content. Stopping only to grab a refreshing cuppa from the well- stocked cafe where you can treat yourself to some much needed cake, sandwiches or something healthier if you prefer.
The White Spider has so much to offer. As well as membership, which offers excellent value, there is also the opportunity to join a variety of clubs, to receive coaching and the opportunity to gain levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the National Indoor Climbing Award. There is also fantastic provision for children and families in the form of clubs, school holiday activities and birthday parties.
So whether you’re a beginner or an experienced climber, The White Spider has everything that you are looking for within a friendly urban environment conveniently close to the Capital.
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The White Spider Climbing team