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The Slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit

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by Caroline Haack (subscribe)
Fine art student and freelance writer from Paris, living in London.
Published May 24th 2017
The world’s longest tunnel Slide

If the redevelopment of its Aquatics Center has been a success since the building was opened to the public, another facility in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has had a second birth. The ArcelorMittal Orbit is an unusual piece of infrastructure. It is set up near the Olympic Stadium but not dedicated to sports, as it offers a unique leisure area: the largest and longest slide on the planet.

The Orbit Tower was built by two British architects as part of the summer 2012 Olympic Games: sculptor Anish Kapoor is of Indian origin and the engineer, Cecil Balmond, is of Sri Lankan origin. It has 30 stainless steel sections and transparent polycarbonate sections. No fewer than twelve turns are arranged at various levels of the tower, which offer thrills and an exceptional view of the British capital. The ArcelorMittal Orbit is the largest sculpture in the United Kingdom with a height of 114.5 meters, dominating all of London's sights and offering a breathtaking view up to 32km towards the horizon. The famous loops and curves of the iconic structure include a corkscrew shape called the "bettfeder" and finally a straight line of 50 metres to the ground.

The equipment, designed by the German artist Carsten Höller, has been open to the public since June 2016. During the descent of this great public artwork and between the dark or luminous areas you will see the dramatic panorama of London. During this 40-second journey you will reach a speed of 24 km per hour.

The public can book their toboggan access tickets in accordance with the following prices:
Adults (17 years and over): £ 16.50
Children (3 to 16 years): £ 10.50
Students and seniors: £ 13.50
Family (4 people): £ 52

It is quite expensive but it is not every day you can do the world's longest slide. It is cheaper than a trip to Thorne Park or Disneyland Paris though.
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Where: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 3 Thornton St, London E20 2AD
Cost: Adults: £16.50
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