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ArcelorMittal Orbit, London

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The ArcelorMittal Orbit is a 114.5 metre (376 feet) tall sculpture and observation tower in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London. It is Britain's largest piece of public art, and is intended to be a permanent lasting legacy of London's hosting of the 2012 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, assisting in the post-Olympics regeneration of the Stratford area. Sited between the Olympic Stadium and the Aquatics Centre, it allows visitors to view the whole Olympic Park from two observation platforms.Orbit was designed by Turner-Prize winning artist Sir Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond of engineering Group Arup. Announced on 31 March 2010, it was expected to be completed by December 2011. The project came about after Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell decided in 2008 that the Olympic Park needed "something extra". Designers were asked for ideas for an "Olympic tower" at least 100m high, and Orbit was the unanimous choice from proposals considered by a nine-person advisory panel.The project was expected to cost £19.1 million, with £16 million coming from Britain's richest man, the steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal, Chairman of the ArcelorMittal steel company, and the balance of £3.1 million coming from the London Development Agency. The name "ArcelorMittal Orbit" combines the name of Mittal's company, as chief sponsor, with "Orbit", the original working title for Kapoor and Balmond's design.
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  • Absolutely loved the stairway down with all the noises of London playing around you. The slide goes too quick, could do with more than one go per payment but excellent day out!  more »
  • Bunch of over zealous jobsworths waiting to turn you away at the slightest wrong turn. Avoid at all costs.  more »
  • The slide was great, and the visitor floor was tranquil, very lovely view and setup. The staffs were... and the shop there got nothing you can buy as souvenirs.  more »
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  • Tricky one to rate. A bit pricey and the view over London is good, but there are better places to view the city from. The slide seems fun and the absailing was a good experience but I wanted a wall to bounce down, and not just let myself down. But an enjoyable couple of hours and the staff are great.
  • As amazing as this otherwise is - DON'T GO in warm weather. No opening windows and no air conditioning on the hottest day of the year way up in the sunny sky made for a hellish 30mins queuing. The staff were so lovely, but I feel so sorry for them being forced to work indoors in 35C heat in full uniform for hours.
  • What a brilliant structure, and the slide is mind blowing... I enjoyed my visit here so much. The views are breathtaking. I encourage everyone to visit. The restaurant and shops are really great as well.
  • Was a good experience overall, the slide itself is thoroughly enjoyable experience, but I'm surprised it's not glass/ seethrough the whole way down in order to utilise the views more! The outfits were also an experience in themselves particularly the hats 😂. I still thought at £15.50 once isn't amazing value for money for students but I suppose for an attraction in central London it's not ridiculous either. The staff were friendly and we didn't have to queue at all which was a bonus. Not sure I'd do it again though, probably more one of those attractions you tick off the list once done but would recommend doing if you haven't yet!
  • Great view over london did the slide down the world highest and longest closed tunnel slide which is great fun. You can leave your personal items in the lockers provided do the slide then go back to the top and take great pics of the area.

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