Posts Tagged "olympic stadium"

Are You Brave Enough To Abseil Down Britain’s Tallest Sculpture?

ArcelorMittal Orbit

ArcelorMittal Orbit

 

Scared of heights? Then look away now!

The ArcelorMittal Orbit is Britain’s tallest sculpture at 114.5 metres and is the latest London landmark to offer an exhilarating experience to its thrill-seeking punters – which is how I came to abseil down it.

After an on-the-ground safety briefing, our group takes a high speed lift to the upper viewing platform of this helter skelter-like sculpture, which is a palm-sweating 80m high. Starting my dizzying descent is fairly terrifying, but my fear soon melts away as I soak up the epic view of London beneath my dangling feet.

Abseiling down the ArcelorMittal Orbit

Abseiling down the ArcelorMittal Orbit

 

City skyscrapers at Canary Wharf, The Gherkin, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Olympic Stadium, The Shard and even Wembley Stadium can be spotted on this clear, sunny day.

And I really start to appreciate the stature and architecture of Turner Prize-winner Anish Kapoor’s fire engine red sculpture from this unique perspective.

Abseiling down the ArcelorMittal Orbit

Abseiling down the ArcelorMittal Orbit

 

Are you brave enough to tackle the UK’s highest freefall abseil? The next abseiling experiences will be on 17 April, 24 May, 14 June, 18 July and 30 August and will cost from £85 per person. Book here.

Visitors who don’t fancy abseiling can reach the top of the ArcelorMittal Orbit by two high speed lifts and then walk down the 455 steps which spiral around the central column to experience the constantly changing perspectives from every angle.

Janine Kelso was a guest of ArcelorMittal Orbit.