This is a sponsored article on behalf of the ArcelorMittal Orbit.
Visiting the top of beloved London landmarks is a well-trodden path for lovers of stunning views. But going down is the new going up, at the ArcelorMittal Orbit abseiling experience.
The looping red steel giant, commissioned for the London 2012 Olympic Games, overlooks the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and at 80 metres high, is the UK’s tallest sculpture. Now, brave members of the general public are welcome to visit the top, enjoy the panoramic views… and then abseil their way back down.
This is the first time the public will be able to abseil down the famous London attraction outside of a charity or corporate event. With just six spaces on each session and three sessions per day, wobbly-kneed adventurers have plenty of time to steel their nerves. An on the ground safety briefing with trained instructors is followed by a trip to the upper viewing platform of the ArcelorMittal Orbit. From there, it’s over the edge.
We gave it a go last year and rather than focusing on the 80 metres of nothingness below us, instead we concentrated on the beautiful views stretching 20 miles into the distance. How often is it you feel like you’re looking down on the Gherkin, St Paul's and Wembley Stadium? Another thrill was provided by the startled looks from unsuspecting viewing gallery visitors, as we waved goodbye and dangled our way out the window.
That viewing gallery is open all year, but for those looking for a different way to see London, hanging over 250 feet above the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and scrambling your way down the ArcelorMittal Orbit is an unforgettable experience, and will earn you kudos from your peers for months after.
Abseiling from the ArcelorMittal Orbit costs £85 per person, or £130 if you want to hire a Go-Pro camera to record your descent and take home a souvenir t-shirt. Advance booking is required. Book online, in person at the base of the Orbit, or by telephone on 0333 800 8099.