Free solo climber scales London's Stratosphere building in Stratford

Free solo climber George King, 21, who was jailed for six months for climbing The SHARD, successfully scales London’s 36-storey Stratosphere building in Stratford

  • George King, 21, scaled London’s 36-storey residential Stratosphere building in Stratford, east London, today  
  • Mr King, of Oxford, spent 12 weeks in prison in 2019 for another daredevil stunt – climbing the Shard building 
  • The young freeclimber is also the first person to freeclimb the tallest climbing walls in the UK and Europe

A daredevil free climber who was previously jailed for scaling the Shard has scaled a 36-storey building without ropes in east London.

George King, from Oxford, was sentenced to 24 weeks in prison in 2019 for scaling the London Bridge high-rise – Europe’s tallest building without ropes. 

Today the 21-year-old was pictured ascending the high-rise Stratosphere Tower building in Stratford, east London, this morning. 

He can be seen climbing up the building without ropes, passing the windows of residential flats with curtains closed as he made his way to the top.

Once at the pinnacle of the high-rise, he walked along the edge of the building wearing shorts and a T-shirt and with his arms outstretched. 

George King, from Oxford, was pictured this morning scaling a 36-storey building without ropes in Stratford, east London

The 21-year-old climbed the high-rise Stratosphere Tower building – a residential tower block in the east of the capital

He can be seen climbing up the building without ropes, passing the windows of residential flats with curtains closed as he made his way to the top

He did not use a harness or any ropes to get to the top and was photographed by one woman out of her flat window

Mr King was dressed in a white T-shirt and shorts for the daredevil challenge on Tuesday morning

It is not known if Mr King will face any charges for the dangerous stunt. The Metropolitain Police have been contacted for comment. 

In July 2019, Mr King took just 45 minutes to scale the capital’s tallest building without the aid of a harness, rope or suction pads – his first attempt on a high rise building. 

His daredevil stunt prompted police to rush to the scene and resulted in a security review by the building’s Qatari owners.  

An injunction which stopped people from scaling the 1,017ft-tall Shard had been put in place in 2018, according to The Times. 

The order was intended to prevent a protest about the number of empty luxury apartments, but remained in place when Mr King took on the challenge. 

He was sentenced to 24 weeks a young offenders institution after a High Court judge said his breach of the order was ‘deliberate and knowing’. 

In July 2019, Mr King took just 45 minutes to scale the Shard – Europe’s tallest building – without the aid of a harness, rope or suction pads

The Shard was his first attempt to climb a high rise building. Now his Instagram account is filled with many other similar stunts

The Stratosphere building is the latest challenge for the young climber, who is from Oxford

Mr King previously told MailOnline he experienced a ‘Godlike feeling’ at the top of the Shard saying: ‘It’s a totally remarkable experience’

He added: ‘Euphoria is an understatement’ when talking about his most famous dangerous ascent

When he reached the top of the building he walked along the edge with his arms outstretched and a smile on his face

His lawyer previously said in court that Mr King does not complete his challenges is ‘for fame or notoriety, whatever might be thought by some’

The lawyer added that he instead had ‘laudable aims’ to ‘inspire others’ through his various challenges 

Mr King’s social media is packed with photos of him climbing up other high-rise buildings and carrying out other dangerous stunts, including train surfing

His lawyer said in court that MrKing does not complete his challenges is ‘for fame or notoriety, whatever might be thought by some’, but that he instead had ‘laudable aims’ to ‘inspire others’.

Mr King previously told MailOnline he experienced a ‘Godlike feeling’ at the top of the Shard saying: ‘It’s a totally remarkable experience. Euphoria is an understatement.’ 

He said he took on the Shard challenge because it was a ‘dream’ sparked when he was just 13 on a school trip to London. 

A policeman met George at the top of The Shard, where he shook his hand instead of arresting him.

He was not charged for trespass as it was seen as a civil offence rather than a criminal one but was jailed for contempt of court after breaching a High Court injunction on the building. 

Mr King’s social media is packed with photos of him climbing up other high-rise buildings and carrying out other dangerous stunts, including train surfing.   

George King revealed he had scoped out the Shard building for months before making his climb in 2019 – which he was later arrested for

The former personal trainer was the first person to freeclimb the tallest climbing walls in both the UK and Europe.  

In June this year, Mr King climbed the CopenHill climbing wall in Copenhagen, Denmark. The 282-foot wall was created by architectural company Bjarke Ingels Group and George decided to climb it – the world’s tallest climbing wall – with no ropes or safety equipment to highlight Denmark’s ‘outstanding eco innovation’. 

After going up The Shard in London, George gained fame from a Channel 4 documentary that followed his journey, explored his motives and his family’s reaction to the extreme climb. 

Piers Morgan dubbed him as The Great British Daredevil when he featured on Good Morning Britain in January 2020 after he was released from prison.

After serving half of his six-month sentence he released a documentary with Channel 4 in 2020 called ‘The Boy Who Climbed The Shard’.

Back in 2018 George became the first in the world to freeclimb the former world’s tallest climbing wall, Excalibur in Groningen, Netherlands.

He was also the first to do the same on the UK’s tallest climbing wall, ROKT in Bridghouse, West Yorkshire, which at 36m is taller than both the Tower of London and the Angel of the North.

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