London’s latest viewing platform, Elevate 109 at Battersea Energy Station, is now open. This is what you’ll be able to anticipate from the attraction.
Elevate 109 has taken up residence in probably the most north-westerly of Battersea Energy Station’s 4 iconic chimneys, whizzing you up by way of the within of the shaft and out into the sky above.
Earlier than you even set foot within the raise, there is a small exhibition detailing the historical past of Battersea Energy Station, from building to second world conflict, to its latest relaunch as a high-end buying centre.
At one finish of the exhibition, a display screen counts all the way down to the following raise journey, earlier than unexpectedly swinging open and letting you right into a darkened room. An immersive mild present expertise begins, beaming projections onto the partitions, depicting fireplace and sparks with accompanying soundtrack, presumably designed to recall the constructing’s industrial historical past — however by this level, we’re itching to simply get within the raise.
From the sunshine present, two common steel lifts open their doorways and swallow guests. Do not be disenchanted — these aren’t the raise, only a technique to convey you up a number of extra flooring. Stepping out of those first lifts, lookup by way of the glass ceiling within the hall to get a better have a look at the chimney you will quickly be ascending. From right here, it is a brief spiral staircase of 39 steps to the principle raise (a step-free choice is on the market, however you must guide that upfront).
The raise itself is a round glass quantity, and places us in thoughts of the pods on the London Eye; clear home windows supply 360° views, and there is a wood bench within the centre for anybody who needs to stay seated.
The ascent begins, taking you up shut and private to the within of that world-famous (reproduction) chimney. Search for by way of the raise’s glass ceiling to see the significantly awe-inspiring sight of the shaft illuminated in a futuristic mild present, with accompanying soundtrack.
Although anticipated, the emergence from the chimney into the sky above feels sudden, a quick second of doubt as as to whether the raise will really cease or if we’re about to have our personal Nice Glass Elevator second.
Out right here, the raise doubles up because the viewing platform (so that you stay contained in the raise always), with info boards at waist peak stating the landmarks you’ll be able to see round you.
Our inaugural flight occurred at evening, and a very foggy evening at that. Nonetheless, with most of London’s statement decks and viewing platforms positioned in east and central London, it is a refreshing change to have someplace out this far west to gaze upon the skyline from a unique angle.
Looming most massive are the opposite three Battersea towers, and the cluster of skyscrapers at St George’s Wharf in Vauxhall, with the BT Tower and The Shard among the many different extra apparent landmarks.
Visiting in November 2022, the large statement wheel of Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park was simply seen, and Albert Bridge appears to be like lovely illuminated on the inky Thames at evening.
Apparently, the likes of Wimbledon Centre Courtroom and Hampton Courtroom Palace are seen in daylight, although we’ll must take their phrase for that.
In our opinion, the expertise involves an finish a bit of too quickly. With 360° views of London to have a look at, and loads of fellow lift-riders all vying for a similar viewpoint, it is a problem to get a superb view of the whole lot within the 10 minutes or so earlier than we’re sucked again down into the chimney.
Elevate 109 is now open at Battersea Energy Station. You may discover the doorway inside the brand new Battersea Energy Station buying centre. Ebook tickets upfront.
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