London Calling

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London Calling

Ramy Salameh explores some eye-catching incentives ideas in London

Arcelormittal Orbit Slide – An Olympic achievement

Description: Set within the beautiful gardens of Olympic Park, the ArcelorMittal Orbit is one of London’s most-sought-after attractions; especially that London 2012 venues and heritage sit all around. The Carsten Holler designed slide, created in conjunction with the Orbit’s famous designer and artist Anish Kapoor, is the world’s longest and tallest tunnel slide at 584ft long and 250ft high.

X-Factor: The silver tube, with transparent sections, corkscrews you from the top to bottom in little more than 30 seconds. From the 376ft tall observation deck, an incredible 360-degree vista of the capital and a partial glimpse into the Olympic stadium. With obligatory padded head, knee and arm protectors, your plummet to the ground is fast and safe.

Incentive benefits: Adrenaline; Active adventure; Excitement; Team-building; Urban panorama; Culture; Olympic heritage; Education; Mental Wellness.

Reviewed by Ramy: A breath-taking, roller-coaster like feeling of sweeping descents. The 30-second drop will inject a euphoric feeling for days. Easily combined with drinks reception at observation deck.

Website: www.arcelormittalorbit.com

Up at the 02

Description: Did you know that you can climb across the roof of the O2 Arena? The distinctive white dome is supported by 12 100m-high yellow support towers that protrude through the dome’s white exterior. A blue rubber pathway, splits the dome’s eastern and western sides, and is the route participants take across this wondrous structure, which is located in the east of the capital on the Greenwich Peninsula.

X-Factor: Bragging rights to say you have stood on top of ‘The O2’, which has staged some of the biggest names in music and sport. Organisers supply you with a harness, outfit and tuition to complete the trek. The 30-degree ascent/descent is made with harness connected to a zip-wire for the climb so there is no chance of being blown off course. The reward at the summit is a 360-degree view of the Docklands, the Shard and many other features of the London Skyline.

Incentive benefits: Active adventure; Team-building and Connectivity; Urban panorama; Culture; Heritage; Education; Mental wellness and mindfulness.

Reviewed by Ramy: Within the capability of most, therefore is a great team-building activity with the advantage of space at the summit for an event/drinks reception.

Website: www.theo2.co.uk/up-at-the-o2/climb

Thames Rockets – Formula 1 on water

Description: Is it possible to see many of London’s most iconic buildings in just 50 minutes? It is if you are sitting on one of a fleet of high-performance crafts run by ‘Thames Rockets’, the first ever Thames speed boat tour-operator in London. The company offers a unique experience and perspective of London’s historical and modern buildings from the River Thames.

X-Factor: The on-board guide, ‘sets the scene’ of the trip as soon as the life-jackets are strapped on, describing the history of everything from the Gothic façade of The Palace of Westminster through to the gleaming skyscrapers of the Shard and Canary Wharf. All the while anticipation grows towards the moment the driver pushes the throttle forward and opens up the twin 200hp ‘Envinrude’ engines that lifts the nose of the rib, pins your group firmly to their seats and let’s rip beyond London Bridge.

Incentive benefits: Adrenaline; Excitement; Team-building; Urban panorama; Culture; Heritage; Education; Mental wellness

Reviewed by Ramy: Observing parts of London from the water complements the thrill of criss-crossing the Thames at pace. A unique way to bring the team together or indeed a fabulous reward for productivity. Impossible not to squeal with joy.

Website: www.thamesrockets.com

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