London is about to get a new thrill attraction that will allow urban adventurers to fly above the city at speeds of up to 50 km/hr.
Set to open July 12, Zip World London will offer both visitors and locals alike the chance to experience the city in an entirely new way: Flying high over the Southbank at a height of 35 m (100 feet) -- or more than nine, stacked double decker buses.
As they glide over Archbishop's Park, riders will travel past some of the city's most iconic landmarks such as the London Eye, Houses of Parliament and The Shard, traveling a distance of 225 meters all above the city.
The opening of a London zip wire follows on the heels of Paris, where last month a similar attraction was installed from the second floor of the Eiffel Tower to promote the French Open tennis championships.
Thrill-seekers flew through the air at speeds of up to 90 km/hr (55 mph) from a height of 115 m (380 feet) above ground, and traveled 800 m toward the other end of the Champs de Mars.
The Paris flight lasted about a minute, while the London flight will clock in at about 30 seconds.
Tickets for Zip World London start at £22.50 ($29 USD) per person.