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Feel the ground disappear as you make the short journey by lift, 80m to the top viewing platform of the ArcelorMittal Orbit where you will experience a show-stopping panorama. Take in a totally new perspective of London with views of up to 20 miles into the city and over the parklands, waterways and world-class sporting venues of London’s newest Park, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The wave-shaped roof of the Aquatics Centre can be seen in its full glory, now the temporary spectator wings have been removed. Take a hawk’s eye view over the magnificent Stadium, the future new home of West Ham United Football Club and look down on the unique and intimate gardens of the newly landscaped south of the Park. Looking beyond the Park, visitors to the ArcelorMittal Orbit will have the chance to see five football grounds, and many of London’s iconic buildings: The Shard, BT Tower, The Gherkin, Big Ben, Canary Wharf, the O2 Arena and Emirates Airline.
Those with a keen eye will also spot new additions to the skyline, such as the Walkie Talkie and the Cheesegrater. And with views of up to 20 miles, marvel at the sights on the horizon from Alexandra Palace in the north, Wembley Stadium to the west, Crystal Palace transmitter to the south and Epping Forest to the east. Along with the landscape, and visionary design of the sculpture itself, visitors will be treated to I-view interactives using gigapixel technology to interpret the views. Learn the story of the ArcelorMittal Orbit and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (available in multiple languages) and take a closer view of the panorama using this innovative technology. Visitors can also enjoy the distinctive Kapoor designed concave mirrors that will flip your perspective and turn the horizon on its head.
And when it’s time to go home, challenge your friends and family to descend the 455 steps to the ground, immersing yourselves in the sounds of London as you walk down the stairs. The ArcelorMittal Orbit is a distinctive emblem of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and illustrates the continuing story of that magical summer – follow in the footsteps of Her Majesty the Queen and many Olympic and Paralympic stars –ascend the ArcelorMittal Orbit – an unmissable London attraction.
Visitors can spot birds such as herons, swans and coots. Yesterday we spotted a cormorant. You are having the wool pulled over your eyes - London Evening Standard