White-knuckle ride enthusiasts take note, the huge Orbit tower in London’s Olympic park is now the largest non-aquatic helter-skelter in the world.
The Orbit Tower: An iconic symbol of the Olympic Games
Principally financed by ArcelorMittal, the Orbit tower is the work of famous British sculptor Anish Kapoor and Sri-Lankan – British engineer Cecil Balmond. It is the tallest sculpture in the United Kingdom. This magnificent looped tower was built to mark the 2012 Olympic Games. A true icon in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park this historic tower reveals another side to itself today. Overlooking the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the emblem of the London Olympics has recently undergone a large-scale refurbishment. Converted into a giant slide, this well-known tower should provide plenty of fun for grown-ups and children alike. On an incredible scale, it is the largest non-aquatic helter-skelter in the world. The steel sculpture, already in the shape of a roller coaster, will make even the wildest of an overgrown child’s dreams come true.
A dizzying descent
Designed by Belgian artist Carsten Holler, an enormous bright red slide has been inserted into the metal structure. The statistics for speed merchants: a 178 metres long slide, a 40 second headlong descent and a final straight slide for 50 metres. The new visitor attraction also has a great glass ceiling so that visitors can enjoy the panoramic view over the London park whilst enjoying the high-speed ride. According to the Greater London Authority, this amazing slide should attract nearly 200,000 visitors a year. The Orbit Tower also offers visitors the chance to make a rope descent of the structure. Enough to satisfy all thrill seekers!
Find out about the most unusual visitor attraction in London
Address : Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 3 Thornton Street, Stratford
District : Stratford
Open hours : Monday-Sunday: 10am - 6pm
Transport : Metro : Stratford station