Anniversaries aren’t usually spent covered in chalk and sweating up a boulder, but with sunny skies such a rare occurrence in London these days, you take every opportunity you get to enjoy the outdoors.
The Castle Climbing Centre is an expansive complex in London that acts as a giant playground for the capital’s urban dirtbags. Housed inside a Victorian water-pump station, the Castle boasts multiple bouldering areas and lead climbing and sport climbing walls, as well as a training area, shop and cafe. The place really comes into its own in the summer though, where its garden, which houses the produce used in its cafe, also provides several artificial boulders and outdoor seating areas.
While we had spent weeks toying with various suggestions of restaurants, attractions and bars to visit in celebration of our anniversary, we decided to celebrate it enjoying a beautiful day in one of our favourite places in London. Given we had the outdoor bouldering areas to ourselves, and no queues for climbs or routes, I feel it was a decision well-made.