A slide has been incorporated into the Arcelor Mittal Orbit the continually looping tower at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The Orbit, the sculpture designed by Sir Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond, is located within the 560 acres of parkland at Stratford in London.
Measuring 178 metres the slide is the world’s tallest and longest tunnel slide. Created by Carsten Holler in conjunction with Kapoor, participants will twist and turn 12 times in their descent which includes a tight corkscrew section. In the 40 second trip, riders are expected to reach speeds of up to 15 miles an hour.
To ride the slide visitors need to buy a £5.00 slide ticket in addition to the £17 adult ticket (concessions available).
Accessed by two high speed lifts, the Orbit has viewing galleries which have views as far away as 20 miles across London. Screens allow visitors to learn about key sights across the Capital. Two quirky mirrors flip and twist the horizon. Visitors are encouraged to walk down the 455 steps which spiral around the central column. Fortunately, the Orbit also has wheelchair access.
The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is spread across 560 acres of parkland which includes waterways, and sporting venues. A vibrant arts and events programme adds interest to a visit. Access, if coming by train or tube, is via the Stratford Shopping Mall which has lots of open air cafes.