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London may be known first for its cultural attractions, but there are plenty of activities to get the blood rushing and the adrenalin pumping too. And you needn't head too far out of town to try them. Here's my pick of the top three:
Rib Tours London
Climb aboard a speedboat at Festival Pier and head downriver at speed, passing underneath the bridges and clocking sights from the London Eye to the shiny new Shard. Look out for St Pauls as you pass beneath the Millenium Bridge and wait for the rush as you leave Tower Bridge and the speed restrictions lift. From here the driver really lets it rip and you turn this way and that, the sides of the boat lifting several feet in the air. Exhilarating – and a whole new view on London.
Up at the O2
Take a walk on London's infamous "dome", the O2, at Up at the O2. Don a "flight suit" and harness to climb up the steep sloped side of one of London's newest landmark buildings and look down on it from the raised gantry. At the centre you'll reach a circular platform and will be rewarded with views of Canary Wharf and Docklands.
Swing through the trees at Trent Park where London's only Go Ape course offers you the chance to make like Tarzan. Clip on to the high ropes course and complete a series of aerial challenges such as rope walking and crawling through wooden tubes to reach the final zip wire – and speed back to earth with a bang.
Visitors looking for an adrenaline rush on a trip to London can get their kicks right in the centre of town. Thames Rib Experience high-speed boat tours to either Canary Wharf or the Thames Barrier leave from Embankment Pier. This bumpy ride past London's top riverside attractions is not for the faint-hearted, but it's fantastic fun. A more leisurely, but no less thrilling, option is a kayaking tour: Kayaking London offers a range of routes, including a two-and-half-hour nighttime tour from Chelsea to Big Ben and back.
Heading east along the river we come to The o2 Arena (formerly the Millennium Dome), one of London's most famous modern landmarks. Don a climbing suit and safety harness and take a guided tour over the top of the 52-metre tented dome – the views of the Thames and surrounding area are spectacular. An even more active climbing experience is on offer at Go Ape! at Trent Park in North London. The Tree Top Adventure will see you tackling ladders, ropes, bridges and zip wires.
Thrill-seekers arriving in the British capital have a wealth of options for things to do. The most heart-hammering fun is to be had upon the capital's iconic river, with various options ranging from supercharged speedboat tours (with Thames Rib Experience) to half-day kayaking excursions (courtesy of London Kayak Tours).
But that's just the tip of the iceberg. You can also join a host of other adventure activities, from Segway Rallies around the RAF Museum in Hendon to tree-top rope walks around Trent Park. And if you're feeling ultra-adventurous, how about taking a deep breath and trying a bungee jump? History-lovers can take the leap right beside Tower Bridge, while those of a more modern disposition can jump off a platform adjacent to the O2 Arena.