The Gherkin Challenge

The Gherkin, 30 St Mary Axe, London, EC3A 8EP

Can you conquer The Gherkin?


Join #TeamNSPCC as they conquer The Gherkin Challenge on 27 October 2019. Every step you climb and every pound you raise will help protect more children.

There’ll be high-fives, #nofilter views and the clink of champagne glasses waiting for you when you've climbed 38 floors to the finish line. But the view’s just one of the reasons you’ll feel on top of the world. 

Whether you've conquered The Gherkin in 7 or 40 minutes, with your colleagues, friends or on your own -  you’ll know you’ve done something amazing for children.

By raising £250, you could help our Speak out Stay safe programme reach 83 primary school children, giving them the knowledge to protect themselves from abuse.

I'm ready!

Did you know? In its 10th year, The Gherkin Challenge has seen over 6,000 people climb its stairs and has raised over £1m for NSPCC. 

Are you ready?

For #nofilter views?

Gherkin Challenge 2019

To scale 38 floors?

To celebrate at the top?

Gherkin Challenge 2019

Why take part?

  • When you reach the top, you’ll be able to enjoy the views with a glass (or two) of champagne. You can invite up to 2 guests to join you at the top celebrate!
  • Our massage therapists will be on hand at the top to soothe away your aches and pains.
  • With individual timings, you’ll be able to see how quickly you raced to the top of this iconic building.

Take the challenge

Entry types

Individual entry
Registration fee: £20
Fundraising target: £250

Self-payment option
Registration fee: £149
Fundraising target: £0

Add a champagne lift pass for £25 so friends and family can meet you at the top! (max 2 per participant)

Choose your entry

What people had to say

"The team were brilliantly organised and the people cheering on the stairs were wonderful! The reception at the top was fantastic with so many cheerful faces and congratulations, immensely kind. Thanks so much for such a great experience."

"The event was brilliant. We all enjoyed it tremendously. It was very organised. All the NSPCC people were charming and helpful. The challenge was fun, and the reception at the top of the Gherkin was very enjoyable. Looking forward to the next challenge!"

"Thanks NSPCC for another great event. Managed to be a bit faster than last year and I hope to go quicker next year."

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