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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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TripAdvisor
  • 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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  • Brilliant place for the kids and family; the slide is awesome. But what was most surprising was the genuine hospitality of the staff here. They couldn't have been more helpful and a delight to visit here with guests. Great value too, especially for local residents. Do book ahead for the slide though. Will definitely want to go back...
  • We went there last Sunday with our two children, the slide and the view is fun, however we had a nasty situation with the car park at aquatic centre.Very confusing entrance and had to pay £35 for the parking of 1 and a half hour stay if not using the leisure centre. Staff at the swimming centre very rude and did not listen to our explains. Better be careful where you park the car, it looks like they are making money in this way.
  • Great fun made more pleasant by friendly staff. +try to go when West Ham aren't playing at home! +don't worry about the rules about phones down the slide. Just leave it in your pocket. +do take a photo through the floor - cool shot!
  • Better than I expected. Lots of space and different viewing points to enjoy. It provides a unique view of London because the buildings of the City and Docklands are equidistant on the horizon.
  • Very friendly staff! The Slide was better than I thought. And we had a beautiful sunset on London. Was great.