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The Arch Climbing Wall, London

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Biscuit Factory: Block E, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road, SE16 4DG.

From Bermondsey Tube station (Jubilee Line) turn right out of the station and head down Drummond Road. Take a right onto Clements Road and enter the Biscuit Factory opposite Webster Road. The Arch is located in Block E, at the back of the front courtyard on the right.

Building One: Drummond Road, London, SE16 4DG

From Bermondsey Tube station, turn right out of the station and head all the way down Drummond Road. Building One is located in the courtyard on the right hand side nearing the Shell garage.

Arch North: Arch North , 5 Burnt Oak Broadway, London, HA8 5LD

From Burnt Oak Tube Station turn right out of the station onto Watling Avenue. Head up Watling Avenue and take a left on Burnt Oak Broadway. Head up Burnt Oak Broadway, Arch North is located at 5 Burnt Oak Broadway, HA8 5LD.
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  • There was a queue to get in, the walls were so crowded. I am a beginner and I just found it to stressful being watched by loads of people waiting for a turn, I felt like I was being rushed. It made me...  more »
  • One of the best indoor climbing options in London. Very easy to reach by Subway, The Arch is a industrial complex with two distinct areas, one in boulder and other guided walls. The space is amazing and an excellent choice of climbing.
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  • I visited the Arch climbing wall for an Intro lesson yesterday with a friend (if you haven't climbed before they recommend completing an Intro lesson so you can climb safely) and had a lovely time. As...  more »
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  • Been climbing here for 2.5 years. Unfortunately, the quality of the routes has steadily decreased for the past 6 months. Routes simply get more reachy with increasing grade, which makes for an uninspiring climb. Biscuit setting is marginally better than B1. It is also constantly packed, which is a safety hazard in my opinion. I'll go climb elsewhere for a while.
  • Biscuit factory: Old and dusty. Needs hoovering and modernising. Also changing room is too small. Better than mile end but worse than arch north. Also this place seems to be always heaving! Even during off peak hours there were so many people here! Some good routes and friendly staff though. Edit: glad to report that Arch do now seem to periodically hoover the place up, so the gym is cleaner than it used to be. I once saw a team on ladders hoovering on the tops of pipes and other hard to reach surfaces, which was caked in chalk dust! Keep up the good work. However one thing others may like, but I don't is that the route setting frequency has increased; I feel the route setting quality has taken a hit due to this. I think they should concentrate on setting quality routes and leaving them up for longer. The same team of setters set at the three centres so they must be really fatigued setting at all 3 centres pretty much full time!
  • A great climbing wall if a little busy at weekends and the evenings now. It is definitely the victim of its own success. The "free running" equipment in Building One is also an unwelcome addition. It doesn't actually attract any free runners but no end of idiots who fling themselves around what was once a good place to warm up and train before a climbing session.
  • Great place to boulder. Two warehouses in walking distance and you only pay one entrance fee. Fridays they got a great charity event. Very spacious and the various challenging climbs.
  • Great wall. Loads of route options. Much bigger than it looks from outside. Has a really cool traversal wall/tunnel. Has finger work boards and hanging ropes. The coffee is decent, too. Can be pretty busy at peak times but when it's quiet it tends to be very quiet, which is great. A good spot for learning and improving. I learned a lot here just by trying out increasingly difficult routes.

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