Giant slide set to open at the ArcelorMittal Orbit

Date: April 28, 2016 By: Gemma Heath in River Thames News
Giant slide set to open at the ArcelorMittal Orbit

Thrill-seekers will be in for a real treat when the new giant tunnel slide on the outside of the ArcelorMittal Orbit opens to the public in June. Riders will have the opportunity to hurtle down the tower in just 40 seconds at a maximum speed of 15mph.

The ArcelorMittal Orbit is one of the more unusual venues in London and now this 114m high sculpture, previously installed at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for the 2012 London Olympics, will have an added attraction when The Slide opens.

The Slide, at 76m high and 178m long, will be the longest and tallest tunnel slide in the world. It will provide riders with an exhilarating experience as they travel through dark and light sections on their way down the tallest piece of public artwork in the country.

The fastest route 

The Slide has 12 twists and turns, including the ‘bettfeder’, a tight corkscrew section and ends with a straight 50m stretch to the ground.

On the way down, which takes a matter of seconds, the city’s landscape, including the London wedding boats that travel along the Thames, will be a bit of a blur. Don’t worry, though, there are plenty of opportunities to admire the scenery from the viewing platform at the top of the Orbit before the speedy journey back down again.

The Slide is the creation of British-Indian sculptor, Anish Kapoor, and Belgian artist Carsten Höller, who also designed the slides installed on the Southbank Centre in 2015. The 20 separate sections will be lifted in place by specialist abseilers.

The Slide will open from 24th June and tickets are available in advance from £15 per person.