I didn’t discover that I liked rollercoasters until Mr O insisted that we go to an amusement park for his birthday when I was already in my 30s. My parents were not fans of any of that kind of daredevil adventures and my dad certainly wasn’t a fan of spending money on anything he considering frivolous so it just wasn’t something I experienced as a child. Since that visit though I have been a little hooked on adrenaline boosting adventures and Mr O knows this, which is why I was ecstatic when he booked us a ride down the ArcelorMittal Orbit slide as one of my Christmas presents.
The slide is part of the ArcelorMittal Orbit, which is the tallest sculpture in London and was designed by Anish Kapoor as part of the Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park for the 2012 Olympic Games. The slide itself is the tallest and longest tube slide in the world.
It’s hard to describe how imposing the sculpture is as you get closer to it but if it helps with scale, it is taller than the Statue of Liberty.
We couldn’t take photos or videos going down the slide for safety reasons but the video below gives and idea of the start of it. You strap into some safety gear, get onto a helter skelter style mat and it’s off the edge into the dark abyss.
The ride itself is exhilarating. It only lasts 45 seconds from top to bottom and you never know what is coming as it twists, turns and lurches through both dark and clear parts of the tube. I loved it and probably would have gone ten times if I was allowed.
After the ride you can go up to the two observation decks and look out over panoramic views of the city. As it was a clear the view was a amazing and for those who are less enamoured with the idea of flinging themselves down a metal tube, you can just buy tickets for the view.
Find out more and book tickets here.