If you are looking for a way to be more adventurous and happen to be in London then look no further! You should pay the visit to UK’s tallest public artwork created by German artist Carsten Höller at the invitation of Sir Anish Kapoor, designer of the ArcelorMittal Orbit.
You might have guessed it from the name, this is not just an artwork and also happens to be the world’s tallest, longest and fastest tunnel slide! Located in the heart of the Olympic Park in Stratford, London, there is also an observatory platform at the top of the slide adding to the whole experience and making this a great destination for a family day out.
Having gone on a slide ourselves, I can only highly recommend it. Looping around red observational tower seven times, you will be experiencing 12 twists; some in complete darkness and some with amazing views of London. Not typically very vocal, I was screaming my lungs out all the way down!
My tips & advice before you go:
- As you arrive you have to leave all your possessions in highly secure lock stations on the ground level. The staff tell you to not bring your phone with you, however I would highly advice you do take it with you. As you get to the platform for the slide queue, it takes at least around 20 mins until you get on a slide. There is lots of waiting and standing about, a bit like at the airport at the security desk and so having a phone might be helpful. Just make sure you have a secure pocket to put it in.
- Also everyone is required to wear the most ridiculous looking helmet and knee and elbow pads. So in case you are thinking about going on a date there – think again.
- Make sure you have enough time as the platform at the top has amazing views and is fun to explore after or before your ride.
Booking in advance (here) is highly recommended especially if you are planning to visit on the weekend. Costs £15 each, £13 concessions and worth every penny.
And if the slide isn’t enough, you can always come back for UK’s highest freefall abseil and video the whole thing on your GoPro as well.