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.Put ArcelorMittal Orbit and other London attractions into our London vacation trip planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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We did this as a family trip out. We booked online and we looked later on and it was fully booked. However... You can buy a ticket on the day at the desk at the base of the sculpture. Only just found ... read more »
Staff here are all very good. Slide was not cheap but we loved it and would do it again and highly recommend. View was amazing!
OMG what an adrenalin rush. Whoosh! I popped the safety arm and head gear on, got into my thick padded sack with handle, was instructed about posture and then I went for it. (screams optional) Its so ... read more »
This venue is worth a visit now that it has the the slide. Besides going down the slide and looking at it from afar, a visit to the viewing platform is underwhelming. You can't really see the main sights, you're behind an obstructive fence and there's not much to see. The slide though, that's where things get fun! You have to wear a head gear, arm protectors and sit in a big sack. All of this is worth the hassle because the slide ride is a long and thrilling one! The best bits are the ones where you can see the view, going through the transparent parts. I really wish the whole ride was like this because most of it is in darkness which is disappointing. The other issues is that the slides costs £15 which they try to justify by selling it as a double ticket along with the viewing platform (which is not worth paying anything for). If you could slide for £5 a ride, or sell a multi ride pass, I'd visit often.
Very friendly and welcoming staff, great to see Olympic Stadiums still being used. Amazing views across London, the sonic mirror was fun and the slide was great fun. The adrenaline is still pumping;)
If you have been already everywhere else.. if good to go! 12£ is a big high compared to the Shard(25) or the SkyGarden(free)... but if you need somenthig to do to spend 1/2 hour in Stratford, is ok!
Legacy of the 2012 London Olympics the Orbit is an icon of British creativity as well as a symbol of regeneration of a deprived area into a beautiful urban playground. The orbit itself is great but going up it is like any tall building, but without much to look at over Stratford area except for London and Canary wharf in the distance. A new addition to the sculpture is the slide which I've not been on but this would be the only reason for a revisit.
Slide information not clear. You are expected to spend 30mins at the top before using the Slide so first slide not till 11 on a Sunday. Slide doesn't run if it's raining, we waited an hour before being told the Slide was closed. No information from staff, who were polite, but couldn't tell us what to do. Eventually asked if we could have a refund, which they can't do on site. Baring in mind it often rains on the UK and the Slide can't function in the rain. If question how often it's closed.
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