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ArcelorMittal Orbit, London

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The ArcelorMittal Orbit is a 114.5m 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. Kapoor and Balmond believed that Orbit represented a radical advance in the architectural field of combining sculpture and structural engineering, and that it combined both stability and instability in a work that visitors can engage with and experience via an incorporated spiral walkway. It has been both praised and criticised for its bold design, and has especially received criticism as a vanity project of questionable lasting use or merit as a public art project.
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  • Pretty well organised in terms of the arrival centre- views from the top were very good and the views of the slide before actually going on it prepared you well. The actual queue for the slide on the ...  more »
  • We went with great trepidation. A group of women of a certain age surrounded by young people But from start to finish very professional & well run. Lockers to put all your loose items & valuables. Arr...  more »
  • A must especially if you like adrenaline. Too bad it lasts so little. Located in the Olympic Centre, far from Central London. Have a beautiful view of London and the descent in the 178-metre slide is pure adrenaline.
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  • They don’t sell tickets for the slide at the tickets desk!!! You can only book the tickets for the slide online!!! This is inadmissible!!! What if you don’t have internet on roaming... or your phone battery died... or you you don’t have a credit card... or you prefer to buy tickets at the entrance! I’m very disappointed and I will never come back!!! Worst experience ever!
  • Went with the kids. Was fun. Best to book the slide though as that looked good.
  • Great 360 view of London and the slide is great fun! Thankfully there is a lift to the top! There are both indoor and outdoor viewing areas over 2 levels. There are also a pair of very large concave mirrors that mess with your head on one of the levels.
  • Great experience! Would love if you could do the slide more than once but really thrilling. Could do with a bit more things adding to the viewing platform.
  • Fab. My short 12 year old is fed up of waiting to be able to ride the big rollercoasters (140cm) so really loved his birthday treat of the slide. I enjoyed visiting the Olympic site although recommend you give yourself 20mins to get from the tube to the Orbit.

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