If you’re craving a new challenge to shake off the summer-holiday blues, escape the chaos of the City and head to Lee Valley White Water Centre: home to the Canoe Slalom events during the London Olympics.

Located just north of the M25 in Waltham Cross – less than 30 minutes by train from London Liverpool Street station – this world-class venue welcomes thousands of visitors onto its rapids every year to ride the same 300m Olympic course on which Team GB won gold and silver medals in 2012.

Rafters need no previous experience before signing up. All equipment, such as wetsuits, helmets and paddles, is provided and included as part of the £38pp package. Following a safety briefing and swim test, adventurers will be led round the exhilarating course, navigating its fast turns, rollercoaster drops and rushing waves.

Once back on dry land, refuel and reward yourself with a drink and a bite to eat at The Terrace Bar & Café, overlooking the action on the water.

With onsite meeting rooms also available for hire, Lee Valley White Water Centre is a great venue for hosting meetings, entertaining clients, and rewarding colleagues.

In addition to white water rafting, visitors can canoe, hydrospeed – similar to bodyboarding with flippers – or enjoy the more tranquil activities of kayaking and standup paddle boarding on the open lake.

Book your raft at Lee Valley White Water Centre by visiting gowhitewater.co.uk or calling 03000 030 616 for more information.