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Friday, August 10, 2012
Standing at 115 metres high, the Orbit dominates the skyline at the Olympic Park and offers stunning views over the Olympic stadium, Olympic park and across London.
Our photographer Nick Butcher took a trip up Britain’s tallest art structure, designed by acclaimed artist Anish Kapoor, and captured these images.
He said: “The view over London is fantastic. You can see Canary Wharf, St Paul’s Cathedral, Battersea Power Station. It could do with being a little higher to get a better view of the Olympic stadium as the view is obscured by a mesh sheet which makes it hard to get photos but you can see the whole horizon - the cable car, Greenwich Park Arena, all around London.
“Going up early evening would be fantastic and I imagine that would be the best time to go.”
Visitors can either make their way into an elevator with viewing portholes, which takes just 30 seconds to pass through the Orbit’s twisting form to reach the viewing platform 85 metres high, or walk up the steps.
To go up the Orbit, you need to have an Olympic Park ticket or a ticket for a sport session. Tickets for the Orbit cost £15. After the Games, it will close and re-open in late 2013.