Close to Waterloo, Zip World Southbank takes riders above the treetops and slides them across a city park at more than 30mph. Guardian Travel’s white-knuckle hero Will Coldwell tried it out
I’m pretty certain the last time Londoners paid any attention to a zip wire was in 2012, when Boris Johnson found himself dangling in mid-air above Victoria Park during the Olympics, helplessly waving two union jack flags like some kind of metaphor for Britain’s perpetual identity crisis.
Five years on, the zip wire seems to be the only thing to emerge from that particular incident with its reputation intact. Which is lucky for London, because the zip wire is back!