Since hearing they were going to be opening a slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit in the Olympic Park Stratford, the adrenalin junkie within me has been waiting to try it out. I was lucky enough to open a ticket for the slide at Christmas and so the wait came to an end last weekend when I headed to Stratford to check it out.
Already having my ticket, I was directed to the lift to take me to the viewing platform. I love London so seeing the view from a different angle was great.
You can't take any belongings onto the slide with you so I had to go back down to the ground to use the lockers onsite. The lockers are a really good size and cost £1 which is returned to you when you fetch your belongings at the end, so if you are going to visit make sure you have a pound coin on you.
Back into the lift and up to the slide I was feeling so excited to try it out. You are given some rather fetching safety gear to wear, elbow pads and a very attractive helmet, which personally seemed a bit health and safety gone mad to me. However, on going down the slide I completely get it. Wow that thing was fast!
You know when you queue for a ride for about an hour and then you finally get on it for it to be over within seconds, well I had prepared myself for this to be the case. Although there was no queue which was a bonus, the allotted time slots definitely help to prevent this from happening. Once on the slide, I turned a fair few corners where I expected to find myself at the bottom, only it just kept on going (not that I am complaining). It was bloody brilliant. I loved every second and would definitely do it again.
If it is something you have been meaning to do yourself or if you have a visit planned to London and are looking for something a little different to do while you are there then I would recommend heading to Stratford to try it out. Do try and book your tickets before you go though as it does get booked up pretty quickly.
~ Gem x