The ArcelorMittal Orbit

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Do you want to go to great heights and see a spectacular panoramic view like no other while in London? If so, the ArcelorMittal Orbit should be on your hit list when visiting England’s capital.

Photo by George Rex
Photo by George Rex

Make a short and easy journey via a speedy lift 80m above sea level to the viewing platform at the pinnacle of the modernistic structure. Standing at a staggering 114.5 metres high, this observation tower located centrally in Queen Elizabeth Park is England’s largest and most extravagant piece of public art.

Standing on top looking out onto the beauty of London sprawling below, you’ll get a close up look at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the spectacular stadium that’s set to be the new home ground for the premier league football team West Ham. Look beyond what lies below and you’ll have a remarkable view of some of London’s most iconic landmarks such as Canary Warf, The Shard, The Gherkin, the BT Tower and the O2 arena. From all compass points you’ll be able to see the wonders of London’s skyline and don’t forget to try and pinpoint the city’s newest architectural additions, the Cheese Grater and the Walkie-Talkie. As you look out at the varied view, you’ll be able to learn everything there is to know through I-view interactive activities available in a number of different languages.

If you don’t suffer from vertigo, The ArcelorMittal Orbit, made of 200,000 thousand tonnes of steel will impress all ages. While parents and adults look out across London’s ever-expanding skyline, kids and those young at heart will have a riot looking at their distorted reflections in the fun mirrors.

The ArcelorMittal Orbit Facts

  • The ArcelorMittal Orbit is the highest sculpture in the whole of the UK. It stands at an amazing 114m high. However, if it were fully vertical and not looped, it would measure a staggering 560m making it even higher than the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
  • The ArcelorMittal Orbit design was the winner of a competition to create an iconic structural centre-piece for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
  • The majority of the funding came from a generous donation from the world famous steel company ArcelorMittal.
  • The estimated number of visitors per year is a whopping 800,000 people.

High Dining

Check out the ArcelorMittal Orbit’s trendy eatery, ‘East Twenty’ and enjoy a delicious array of dishes inspired from the East End. Open from the early hours so you can enjoy a panoramic view while sipping on your freshly brewed coffee. For a quick bite to eat, East Twenty offers samples of pastries from across the globe and if you’re after something heartier, pop by on the weekend so you can delve into a scrumptious brunch that will keep you going for the rest of your London experience.

Podium Shopping

If you’re sick and tired of looking at tacky British souvenirs then be sure to drop in to the ArcelorMittal Orbit’s designer shop where you’ll have the opportunity to purchase high quality British designer wares and knick knacks and exquisite products from locally based designers.

Nowhere else will you be able to get a bird’s eye view of the whole of London. It’s worth a visit if you really want to see London in all her glory.

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