The London Abseil

The London Abseil

Unfortunately, the London Abseil at the ArcelorMittal Orbit has permanently closed. 

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The ArcelorMittal Orbit is the tallest sculpture in the UK. This magnificent piece of art is unlike anything else in the country, so if you haven’t already, we’d definitely recommend taking a visit.

Once you’ve taken in the sights, why not take a much more stylish way back down? We’ve got just the ticket…

The most tremendous sculpture

Watching proudly over London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, surrounded by spectacular venues built for the 2012 games, this magnificent sculpture rises high above the landscape. The ArcelorMittal Orbit was intended to be an enduring reminder of London’s contribution to the Olympics.

Plus, there are simply unforgettable panoramic views of the city from the top that you truly can’t get elsewhere. The only way to get an even more unique perspective of London from the Orbit is to, of course, (safely!) descend off it.

Out of this world abseiling

Before your abseil, you’ll be kitted out and taken care of by trained instructors who use only the safest equipment.

They’ll lead you to a platform 80 metres off the ground, where you’ll look over the edge (and no doubt get a tingle in your toes as you peer down!). And then, you’ll drop! You’ll feel like a bird as you descend through the sky, while the people below will probably look more like ants. Dangling hundreds of feet above the ground like this will be one of the most exhilarating moments of your life. This is the highest freefall abseil in the UK, so the long drop gives you plenty of time to soak in the sights! See if you can spot The Gherkin, Wembley Stadium and St Paul’s Cathedral in the distance.

A unique adventure

Even if you’re completely new to abseiling, this experience is totally safe and simple, and we’re sure you’ll love it. Experienced abseilers are sure to find it refreshing as well - it’s a completely different sensation to cascading down a cliff.

We know you’ll be telling your friends about the time you abseiled off this mesmerising sculpture for a long time to come, and the incredible perspective you’ll get of London along the way is sure to stick with you forever.

Need to know

Abseil participants must:

  • Be over 14 years of age (parental consent and supervision required if under 18)
  • Be over 1.2 metres in height
  • Be less than 19 stone (120kg) in weight
  • Be able to wear a harness which has a maximum width waist of 130 cm and a maximum upper thigh width of 75cm
  • Not be suffering from any medical condition that may put your health & safety, or that of others, at risk
  • Not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Not be pregnant
  • Sign a declaration before abseiling
  • We estimate your experience will last around 90 minutes, but this can depend on numbers and weather conditions
Thornton Street,
E20 2AD

How to get here

The nearest tube station is Stratford. From there you need to walk through the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (approximately 15 minute walk) to the base of the ArcelorMittal Orbit (you can’t miss it!). The ArcelorMittal Orbit is signposted from the waterfront.  The address is: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 3 Thornton St, London, E20 2AD, however there is no parking direct at the venue so we suggest you make use of the pay and display cark parks at Westfield Shopping Centre.

The nearest car park is car park B at Westfield Stratford City Shopping Centre. If you have a blue badge then there are 6 blue badge spaces located on Thornton Street, behind the ArcelorMittal Orbit, however you will need to contact Park Security in advance to book this – please see click here for info and contact details.

  • Male, female and disabled toilets are located on the Lower Platform and can be accessed via lifts
  • Quiet areas on viewing platforms - be sure to contact the attraction if you want to avoid times when there tend to be more crowds
  • Wheelchairs available at the Welcome Building on a first come, first served basis
  • Lifts - for step-free access to the viewing platforms
  • Lockers - there are lockers available to put your personal belongings in, but these are left at your own risk. They are not particularly large so please only bring what you need on the day
  • Roof terrace cafe
  • The London Abseil mainly operates over weekends - please see booking calendar for full availability
  • We estimate your experience will last around 90 minutes, but this can depend on numbers and weather conditions


Spectators are welcome at the The London Abseil. The ArcelorMittal Orbit is open to the public most days of the year. During these times friends and family can purchase tickets to watch the abseil from the top of the structure. Tap here for tickets for the Arcelormittal Orbit.

This also allows spectators to watch from beside the landing site, although there is limited space.  Also please note that there is an exclusion zone around the actual landing site and entry by public is strictly forbidden for safety reasons.

It is also possible to watch from the roof terrace cafe, when it is open, or from just outside the boundary of the ArcelorMittal Orbit next to the abseil landing area – both provide a great view of the abseil and do not require paid entry to the attraction.


Your shoulders, midriff and upper legs should be covered. No loose clothing please e.g. long skirts or flowing cardigans. On your feet wear closed toe shoes, trainers or boots that will not fall off. Open toe shoes, flipflops, sandals or high heels are not permitted. Long hair must be tied back. Jewellery and scarves must be removed. Weather at the top of the ArcelorMittal Orbit is often magnified, so bring a waterproof jacket and warm layer.

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