Courtesy of The Spaces
Jordi Lippe-McGraw
April 29, 2016

Between outdoor screenings in the moat at the Tower of London and a naked restaurant coming to town, there is no lack of kooky reasons to visit London.  And now the city has yet another attraction: Tickets just went on sale for the world's tallest and longest tunnel slide at London's ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower.

The 584-foot-long slide is set to open on June 24 as part of the 377-foot high Orbit, which was created by Anish Kapoor for the 2012 Olympics.

"Since 1999, I have built a number of slides, both free-standing and attached to buildings, but never onto another artwork as in this case," said artist Carsten Höller. "Now that the two artworks will be intertwined with each other, I see it as one of these double situations that I am so interested in."

It will feature 30 sections and 12 turns, including a corkscrew twist. It starts at a height of 242 feet and sliders will hit speeds of 15 miles per hour and take 40 seconds to complete. Tickets cost $22 and include access to the Orbit’s viewing platform.

The daring attraction will also join the list of other wild slides around the world, including the 70-story-high glass slide being built along the outside of the Los Angeles’ US Bank Tower in downtown.

 

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