The ArcelorMittal Orbit is an observatory tower in Stanford, London. The 114-meters tall structure is designed by sculptor Anish Kapoor and engineer Cecil Balmond. The ArcelorMittal Orbit resides in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which is a must-see place in your London old city tour.
Most of the structure is made of used cars, washing machines, and recycled steel. An unexpected conversation between London Mayor, Boris Johnson, and Lakshmi Mittal triggered the inception of ArcelorMittal Orbit during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games. London Mayor proposed Mittal about his decision to celebrate the occasion with ArcelorMittal Orbit and Mittal agreed to provide steel to build the structure.
The ArcelorMittal Orbit is prefabricated and was built by hundreds of workers in Bolton as well as Lancashire, but it got assembled on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park by just four men and a crane. The ArcelorMittal Orbit has spiraling stairs, star-like tubes, and a sliding pod above the tower. You can see the entire London city from the skyline and slide down the orbit for an instant adrenaline rush.
The ArcelorMittal Orbit pleasured many visitors during the London Paralympics Games of 2012 and was reopened in April 5, 2014 as a tourist destination. Right from the top of the structure, tourists could sweep through major London attractions, especially those that lie 20 miles ahead in Stanford.
More than 35,000 bolts, 265 double-decker buses, and its recycled steel helped to make the ArcelorMittal Orbit in London. After the Paralympics games, the tower become a permanent tourist destination in London. Tourists who scale the orbit and slide from above by taking twists and turns reach 178 meters below when they drop. Even from a distance, the ArcelorMittal Orbit resembles a roller coaster ride, and is a great place to visit during your London old city tour.
When tourists slide through the 80 diameter tubes of the ArcelorMittal Orbit, they usually reach the ground in about 40 seconds. The ArcelorMittal Orbit is reachable from London’s west end in 18 minutes and in 15 from the Stanford station. Get in touch with your London old city tour guide today to learn how to get tickets to the ArcelorMittal Orbit.