Back in 2012 the world’s eyes adverted over to London during the 28th Summer Olympics, however 5 years later this part of London isn’t blanketed in dust from its former glory. The area is regenerated with an influx of interest from tourism visiting the capital city. The Stratford area already boasts its entertainment facilities, however the ArcelorMittal Orbit slide that cascades down the structure allows visitors to see London’s skyline complimented by a exhilarating rush of adrenaline…
After extensive construction regenerated the Stratford area, some of the most spectacular sporting arenas were revealed to the world and the Olympic Park was ready to host its series of events. The Olympic park spread over 560 acres boasted mammoth sized venues, state of the art entertainment facilities, alongside with all the necessities to accommodate the colossal influx of tourism (restaurants, bars, accommodation, transport etc).
In Stratford’s post-Olympic life, the area has been injected with an upgrade of facilities, job opportunities, tourism and West Ham have transferred into the previous Olympic stadium. One of the most notable sight to see for tourists is the ArcelorMittal Orbit, which was created as visual legacy of the games. Today, it stands tall (178 metres in fact) as one of London’s most exhilarating tourist attractions, a slide from the top of the tower, looping 12 times around the structure with panoramic views of London in the distance, before arriving back on the ground level in just 40 seconds!
Upon arrival at ArcelorMittal you’ll walk through the hall that explains in detail how sculptor Sir Anish Kapoor and engineer Cecil Balmond’s vision transformed from an idea to the shining beacon of Olympic history that it is to this present day.
You’ll also be amazed by the insight to the summer games, which to this date was the hosting nations most successful games on record. After, you depart the brief, yet in-sighting Olympic museum, you’ll walk beneath the towering structure, step into the lifts and ascend 178 metres in 30 seconds.
Take in the impressive panoramic views of the distant London skyline from its viewing platform. Admire the sheer scale of the facilities built for the Olympic games from a bird eye angle, before you descend a level to ride the slide down to the ground level. As you queue and begin to put on your protective gear, listen to the echoing screams as tourists slide down 178 metres in altitude in as little as 40 seconds.
Soon enough, it’ll become you’re turn. You scoot towards the edge, drawing closer to your rapid descent. In a brief moment of madness, you’re meandering around the Olympic structure in complete darkness with brief openings through the glass sections of the slide. You’ll feel disorientated as you weave in and of darkness before you are thrown out at the ground pumping with adrenaline with what turned out to be one of your most exhilarating experiences viewing London and the Olympic Park from above.
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