Climb To The Top Of The Gherkin

Laura Reynolds
By Laura Reynolds Last edited 41 months ago
Climb To The Top Of The Gherkin

Ever fancied spending a Sunday morning taking in the views from the 38th floor of the Gherkin? NSPCC is giving you the chance to do just that in September. The catch? You'll be using the stairs.

Access to the top floor of the Gherkin — or to give it its proper name, 30 St Mary Axe — is usually reserved for members of the private Searcy's Bar, but for one day only, fundraisers have full access.  

The Gherkin Challenge will see fitness fanatics and novices alike climb the 38 flights to raise money for NSPCC's work fighting child abuse. You can choose whether you walk or run (are you mad?!?) the challenge, which takes an average of 11 minutes to complete.

There's a complimentary massage and glass of champagne (or juice) waiting for you at the top, as well as the views across the Square Mile and beyond.

Entry is £20 for adults, or £10 for children (or you can enter as a team), with a commitment to a minimum of £200 in sponsorship.

If that all sounds too much like hard work, treat yourself to a champagne lift pass (£60) and get to the top without setting foot on the stairs.

The Gherkin Challenge 2015 takes place on 6 September, 9am-3.30pm. Sign up to take part.

Last Updated 24 July 2015