Review: Riding the slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit Stratford
At the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’s towering sculpture, you can enjoy great views before zooming back down to the ground in its winding tunnel slide. Not sure if that’s your ideal day of London sightseeing? London Planner writer Neil went along to try it out – discover what he thought here.
It’s only a 15-minute walk from where I live in Stratford, so it was about time that I finally tried the slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit in the Olympic Park. I arrived at Anish Kapoor’s gargantuan, spiralling sculpture with my dad on a rainy day; luckily, the majority of the attraction is protected from the weather.
We took the lift up and were told how to ride the slide safely. They give you a locker for your belongings, elbow and head protection to put on and you ride down in a big sack, so it doesn’t matter what you wear on the day. The slide totally exceeded my expectations: the 40-second ride slide is faster, scarier and more brilliant than I had expected.
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Once you’re down, it’s time to go up again and find out more about the tower’s East End views. You can also pay an extra £5 to ride the slide again, then I suggest strolling through the park to Here East for its great canalside restaurants.
Find out more about the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the nearby Westfield Stratford City.
The ArcelorMittal Orbit is open Monday to Friday 11am-5pm and Saturday to Sunday 10am-6pm.
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