At first glance, the ArcelorMittal Orbit seems like a regular observatory tower. It is actually far from regular. The extraordinary looping structure was built at the site of the 2012 Olympic Park. The structure is made of 35,000 bolts which is enough steel to make 265 double-decker buses. 60% of the structure is made from recycled steel, including washing machines and used cars.
The 360 degree 20-mile views of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the London skyline from the viewing platform are amazing. There are two highly polished pieces of steel on the walls inside the observatory level. The steel is polished so well that it looks like a concave mirror. There is a spiral staircase with 455 stairs on the outside of the building that can be taken instead of the elevator. But what we enjoyed most by far was the tunnel slide.
The ArcelorMittal Orbit tunnel slide is the world’s longest tunnel slide at 178 meters. Some of the sections are dark while other parts are glass encased so you can see the world outside whizzing by. After gearing up with protective gear, the entire ride down the slide takes 40 seconds. The slide circles the ArcelorMittal Orbit 12 times. The last 50 meters is straight to the end.
The really adventurous can do freefall abseiling on the UK’s tallest sculpture from 262 feet above the city. Although we did not try the abseiling it looked exhilarating and lots of fun. Maybe I’ll try it next time.
Posted: December 10, 2017
Information, prices and hours posted here are current as of the posted or updated date. It is advisable to call ahead or check online to confirm hours and prices.
3 Thornton Street
Queen Elizebeth Olympic Park
Stratford, London E20 2AD
Monday – Friday 11am – 5pm.Last entry at 4.30pm.
Saturday – Sunday 10am – 6pm.Last entry at 5.30pm.
Please note that The Slide will open 30 minutes after the attraction opens.
0333 800 8099
Check online for the current prices
Approximate Distance from:
Golder’s Green: 40 minutes
Stamford Hill: 20 minutes