You can now book tickets to ascend the Orbit Tower in the Olympic Park, which reopens on 5 April 2014.
The complex structure — part sculpture, part viewing tower — was designed by Sir Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond as a landmark for the London 2012 Games. It has been largely closed to the public since the end of the Games.
Cumbersomely named the ArcelorMittal Orbit, it might better be styled the Marmite Tower for its ability to divide opinion. Some find the chaotic structure bold and innovative, others dismiss it as an ugly testament to capitalism.
Whatever your stance, there are few better vantage points from which to view east London, and no better spot to get an overview of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which largely reopens on the same day, 5 April. The tower has been refitted with new interactive displays and a podium restaurant, but retains the playful ‘hall-of-mirrors’ installation on the viewing deck.
Tickets must be booked in advance and cost:
- Adult £15
- Child £7
- Senior/Student £12
The prices are similar to those charged during the Games and the brief reopening for ‘Park in Progress‘ tours last year.
Read more about the opening of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.