Far from replacing climbing rocks in the open air, the climbing walls in buildings or gymnasium are nevertheless useful to fulfil the natural lack of mountains in London. Many options for climbing are available but one is much more exotic, as well as authentic.
Indeed, Ellis Brigham's sports and mountain goods store in Covent Garden is home to an ice climbing wall. Refrigerated at -15 ° C, it is the ideal place for a taste of the alpine peaks without having to face the most dizzying walls. Don't worry about the equipment, everything is providing there. The same as a trip to the mountains without the flight, the travel, the equipment and the lessons. The only thing you'll miss is probably the view.
With ice axes, crampons and even studded boots and help of a trained instructor you can spend an hour climbing on the many ice walls. You'll get all the exhilaration of reaching the peak of the world's tallest mountain but without the diet of freeze dried meals and perilous drops.
It is also a great workout, mixing the adrenaline with the physical activity of climbing. You end up lifting up your own weight, as well as the weight of the axes and your equipment.
Just know that it is closed on Monday for maintenance but open on every other day; from Tuesday to Friday, from 11:30 to 18:30, on Saturday from 10:00 until 18:00 and on Sunday from 12:00 until 17:00. I strongly advise booking a session in advance as it seems to be quite a popular thing to do.