Here's Your Chance To Ride A Zipwire Between The Cheesegrater And The Gherkin

Laura Reynolds
By Laura Reynolds Last edited 20 months ago

Last Updated 22 November 2022

Here's Your Chance To Ride A Zipwire Between The Cheesegrater And The Gherkin
The Gherkin, seen from The Cheesegrater. Don't worry, it's a fairly large target so you (probably) won't miss. Photo: M@/Londonist

Adrenaline junkies, assemble! There's a new challenge in town, and honestly, it might be the most thrilling activity we've seen in London to date.

For two days only, you can zipwire between the Cheesegrater and Gherkin skyscrapers in the City.

Zipwire. Between. The. Skyscrapers.


From the roof of the Cheesegrater — officially known as the Leadenhall Building — you can harness up and zip across into the Gherkin, just across St Mary Axe, crossing your fingers as you go that they've thought to open one of those shiny glass windows for you.

The Gherkin and the Cheesegrater (the one immediately left of the vertical bar), seen from the Sky Garden. Photo: Matt Brown/Londonist

Back in 2016 we proposed several zipwires we'd like to see in London, one of which did involve the Gherkin — but we never thought we'd see our dreams come true.

The bad news? In order to take part in this absolute treat, you'll have to run up 42 storeys of stairs inside the 224m-high Cheesegrater first. It's all for charity, you see. The London Landmarks Skyscraper Challenge is a new event which will raise money for Tommy's pregnancy and baby loss charity and other good causes — £1million is the target.

The challenge begins with that 42-floor tower run (and having previously taken part in a similarly lofty event, Vertical Rush at Tower 42, we can tell you that it's no easy task). Then, once you've reached the top and admired the view, it's time to find your way back down.

Not up for the zipwire, but still want to take part? There is an alternative way down, and it's equally as... interesting. You can choose to abseil 200 metres from the top of the Cheesegrater back down to solid ground. Us though? We're all about that zipwire.

Want to take part? The London Landmarks Skyscraper Challenge takes place 9-10 September 2023 (so plenty of time to train for that stair run). Places are available now and likely to fill up fast. Note that there's a minimum sponsorship requirement of £1,000 for the abseil option, and £2,500 for the zipwire — after all, it is for charity.