Travelistas! Get ready for an amazing series of "All Things London" coming your way as a part of my newest TravelSTYLE coverage. This year this focus is on traveling abroad and I know for many of my readers in the U.S., having the opportunity to get a few new stamps on your passport is definitely a goal. Since I see style in everything, especially traveling to new places and yes even in architecture, let me begin to guide you on all of the "happenings" in London with this first piece on the ArcelorMittal Obit. "What's that?" you say...
The ArcelorMittal Orbit, London’s newest family visitor attraction, is a 114.5 metre high sculpture that allows visitors to enjoy panoramic views across London. Seriously, take a look at this amazing sculpture! If this isn't stylish, I don't know what is.
The attraction will unveil its newest members of staff, a team of real-life hawks. Now my friends know I'm not the biggest fan of birds but I believe I could conquer my fears to get a closer look at these majestic animals. To celebrate some visitors will be invited to name the three hawks before they become the attraction’s official mascots.
The hawks are important members of the ArcelorMittal Orbit team, it is their job to patrol the sculpture and ensure pigeons and other birds don’t set up home within the iconic red steel attraction. Visitors to the attraction can enjoy panoramic views across London and there’s even the chance to witness the majestic grace of one female and two male hawks as the birds glide past the windows of the observation decks and swoop in amongst the 2,000 tons of steel of the UK’s tallest sculpture.
The ArcelorMittal Orbit is open daily 10am – 6pm (last entry 5pm) and tickets cost £7 for children, £15 for adults, £40 for a family ticket (two adults/two children) and £12 for concessions. Tickets are available online or from the ticket office at the base of the ArcelorMittal Orbit www.arcelormittalorbit.com.
The ArcelorMittal Orbit is located in the south of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park where visitors can also enjoy beautiful parklands and waterways, world-class sporting venues, arts and events. At the base of the tower, the EastTwenty Bar & Kitchen is open daily serving hot drinks, cakes, pastries, light lunches and snacks.
Intrigued and ready to travel? Of course you are! I am too so stay tuned for more of All Things London! For an official city guide, as a great tool to use to plan a trip to London, check out www.visitlondon.com.