The Slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit

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That bizarre big red structure at the Olympic Park officially got a little more so on of June 24 when a massive slide was strapped on. That’s right: a spiral tube large enough to fit a human down it now wraps around the vibrant, twisting artwork that goes by the catchy name of ArcelorMittal Orbit.

Originally designed by Anish Kapoor to mark the 2012 Olympic Games, it wasn’t long before the sculpture-cum-attraction added abseiling as an activity alongside the looking-at-stuff. Now with the addition of the slide there are officially four ways to get down from the top: bog-standard lift, the marginally more exciting external staircase, the aforementioned abseiling and, for the adventurous, by slide.

The winding slide was designed by Belgian artist Carsten Höller, who was responsible for setting up a pair of spiral slides outside the Hayward Gallery as part of his exhibition in 2015. His slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit, which stretches 178 meters, is the world's highest and longest tunnel slide, which is one big fat tick off your bucket list.

Visit the ArcelorMittal website for advance booking.

VIDEO: See the slide in action

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