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ArcelorMittal Orbit

Currently closed for refurbishment until Summer 2024.

The ArcelorMittal Orbit has been in operation for 12 years and over 1.12M people have now visited. We are taking the opportunity to undertake essential lifecycle works on the structure this winter and will relaunch summer 2024. 

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What can you see from the ArcelorMittal Orbit?

Standing at 114.5m tall, the ArcelorMittal Orbit gives you the chance to explore London’s famous skyline through stunning floor to ceiling windows before experiencing the city’s landmarks from the outside observation walkway suspended 80m above the ground. Discover sights including Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral and the O2 and get a bird’s eye view of the former London 2012 Olympic venues.

Famously designed by Sir Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond for London 2012, the ArcelorMittal Orbit perfectly combines awe-inspiring city views with fun and contemporary art. Interact with the sculpture itself, flip the horizon in Anish Kapoor’s two huge concave mirrors and enjoy the gentle descent of the 455 steps that wind their way around the sculpture and immerse you in a collection of distinctive London sounds.

The Slide

A Woman going down the slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit

The Slide

Challenge your friends and family to a 40-second journey through the twists, turns and drops of The Slide, a hair-raising experience that’s not for the faint-hearted. The world’s tallest and longest tunnel slide loops its way around the ArcelorMittal Orbit 12 times taking visitors through gentle curves, thrilling drops and a tight corkscrew named ‘the bettfeder’ – bedspring in German.

Key facts

  • At 114.5m high, the ArcelorMittal Orbit is the UK’s tallest sculpture. If it were a vertical tower, with all the loops flattened out, it would be 560m high and taller than the Eiffel Tower. 
  • The upper viewing platform is 80m high and the lower is 76m high.
  • It takes 34 seconds for the two passenger elevators to take visitors up to the viewing platforms. 
  • It takes about 12 minutes to walk down the staircase which is 1,150ft long.
  • The sculpture is made from 2,000 tonnes of steel, made by leading steel company ArcelorMittal, which is the equivalent weight of 1,136 London Black Cabs. 
  • The Slide is the world's tallest and longest tunnel slide at 178m long and 76m high. It was designed by Belgian artist Carsten Höller at the invitation of Sir Anish Kapoor.
  • Riders of The Slide make their journey on a specially designed mat and hit speeds of up to 15 miles per hour.

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