Ever since it was erected for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the 114-metre high ArcerlorMittal Orbit sculpture has been crying out to be converted into a slide. Finally the slide has been completed and visitors to the Orbit can now choose to descend in the lift or, for an extra £5, by hurtling down what is the world’s longest tunnel slide. The trip only lasts 40 seconds, but during that time you’ll make 12 circuits of the sculpture and see many of London’s landmarks whizz by (if you manage to keep your eyes open).
The creators of The Slide say that accessibility has been a key design consideration and that they want to accommodate visitors with disabilities wherever possible. In their words, “The Slide is a new venture and a priority for us in the opening months will be to work with our visitors who have disabilities and/or additional needs to learn how best we can facilitate a great experience for as wide a range of our visitors as possible. This will be a collaborative process with our visitors.”
For more information visit the ArcelorMittal Orbit website.