VauxWall Climbing Centre

VauxWall Climbing Centre, London: Hours, Address, VauxWall Climbing Centre Reviews: 4.5/5

VauxWall Climbing Centre
4.5
6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Our aim is to set a new benchmark in terms of accessibility, quality of climbing and standard of environment. Online pre-registration with our Induction video, self check-in service, air conditioning and chalk extraction are just some of the elements we have added to achieve this. We have a range of instruction, socials and competitions to suit all abilities.
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ab8100
London, UK1 contribution
Awful, rude and patronising experience from staff
Nov 2020
I visited the Vauxwall East centre recently for the first time with my partner, and whilst the climbing walls were okay, we were completely let down by the staff.
One staff member in particular treated us both horrendously. He was incredibly patronising, arrogant, rude and condescending to my partner in relation to her climbing ability, and after engaging with us both in an appalling manner, we then witnessed him go into the staff room and mock us to the other staff members (laughing and pointing at us).

Neither of us have ever quite experienced front-of-house service like it before, and it completely ruined our experience. It goes without saying we will not be returning, which is a shame.
Written 8 November 2020
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Matt S
1 contribution
Excellent Customer Service
Aug 2020 • Friends
Great location. I've been climbing here regularly for 18 months and is a great location particularly after work.

After a recent injury the Staff (Beccy) looked after us brilliantly. A very confident first aider, she was very much appreciated.
Written 21 August 2020
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Gabriele S
1 contribution
Love this place! The routes, the people, the staff. All great!
Jul 2020
Love this place! The routes, the people, the staff - all great! They have done a remarkable job in these difficult times of covid, too: besides limiting numbers they are keeping the window walls open to improve ventilation, and sell liquid chalk with +70% alcohol. They do not mandate its use, but they are selling the 250ml bottle for £5 which is a better deal than what i could find online, and a great way to help people transition to it (even if recent research shows that chalk deactivates the coronavirus on the holds)
Written 30 July 2020
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Tom W
16 contributions
Better than the gym
Dec 2019 • Couples
Great value membership, huge variety of routes and amazing staff. Coffee is unexpectedly excellent. 5*
Written 9 December 2019
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Jamie J
Auckland, New Zealand339 contributions
Great but pricier than most
Nov 2019 • Friends
Love Vauxwall East, the larger one further from the station

Friendly staff and ambience

Would be 5 stars but, a touch too pricey (£13 vs £11 standard London climbing gym charge) and difficulty is polarised - either easy or tough, not too much in the middle.

But def worth a visit just to see Alec Honnold’s famous boulder problem

Written 9 November 2019
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Jim Busher
Lyndhurst, UK199 contributions
Great Little Climbing Gym
Oct 2019 • Solo
This climbing gym makes the most of its under the arches location. Easy to get to from Vauxhall station and with a good sized changing room and spacious storage. Little cafe and some spaces to sit and rest your hands after a session. Some very interesting problems with a great mix of static and dynamic moves catered for.
Written 4 November 2019
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Mar Nwe A
1 contribution
Two centres - two wildly different experiences
Jun 2019 • Friends
We wanted to try a new climbing place, but won't be coming back there. First we went into VauxWest and the staff were really lovely but it was super busy. So we went to VauxEast -- big mistake. The staff were very arrogant in the way they spoke to us, and one guy was rude when I asked them to explain something in the extensive health & safety questionnaire. Rather than helping me to understand by answering the question, he was smirking and openly laughing at me. Our next (second) visit is supposed to be half price (the staff members didn't tell us about that either, we had to find out for ourselves). But because of the way they treat their customers, there won't be a second visit. We definitely won't be back.
Written 7 June 2019
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KM935
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK138 contributions
Good climbing centre but OTT H & S questionnaire
Oct 2018 • Family
Visited here with my 12 daughter whilst on holidays for her weekly climbing “fix”. Nice set up and plenty of climbs.

I went as a spotter which I have done many times before. I totally get the need for H & S questionnaire but it was a bit over the top, especially trying to get a specific word to questions, eg what do you do before you climb? I said you warm up by stretching and when quizzed further, then suggested running on the spot. But that was not enough, I was quizzed further until I said the magic “cardio” word. Another question about leaving things on the mat - I advised this was dangerous for tripping hazards / falling on and nothing should be left on mat, however the magic word appeared to be “ locker” i.e. put your things in a locker- a bit ironic when they were already climbers in and bottles/ bags/ mobiles lying around the place.

So, I 100% get safety, but try to be a little less pedantic.

Climbing was great though and was the main thing
Written 31 October 2018
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Zd05
London, UK6 contributions
The best bouldering in London
Aug 2018 • Couples
These guys are awesome. The staff, the walls, the atmosphere, everything.

My bouldering has improved immensely since I became a member here and it is so friendly, everyone is chatty and will help you if you ever get stuck and that’s just the members!

The staff are amazing, always happy to do anything you need, give great advice on technique and everyday you come in they’re smiling!

The membership cost is really worth it if you go twice/three times a week, I have absolutely loved my time here!
Written 30 August 2018
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Matthew M
17 contributions
Friendly staff - first move is often the crux
Jun 2018 • Solo
Vauxwall is a friendly little bouldering wall under the railway arches of Vauxhall rail station.

The staff are friendly and knowledgeable about climbing and the selection (albeit somewhat limited) of climbing gear they sell. One of the staff is training to be medic/ nurse and is very helpful should you get a climbing related injury.

The route setting is generally focused on powerful, physical moves and the due to the limited vertical space the first few moves are often the crux. Having said this the new space they’ve created had some slabbier, balancey routes.

The wall is open from 6am on week days making it ideal for a session before work.

Written 12 June 2018
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