New – And Up High – In England

The hoop-la is over, and while England may be experiencing a collective post-party let-down, the country is hoping to welcome lots more visitors in the future.  And here are some new attractions – some of them legacies of the Games – that will place you up high!

Emirates Air Line, London (over 164 feet tall)

The Mayor of London – Boris Johnson – has fulfilled his pledge to build the UK’s first urban cable car with the opening of Emirates Air Line, providing a new river crossing for East London. The 0.68 mile long river crossing, stretching between Greenwich and the Royal Docks, has the capacity to carry up to 2,500 people per hour in each direction – the equivalent of 30 buses. For those who want to have an extended journey and enjoy the fantastic views of the city, there is the option to take a non-stop return journey. This ‘360 degree tour’ costs £6.40 ($10) with an Oyster Card. Open seven days a week, from 7am – 9pm Mon – Fri, 8am – 9pm on Sat and 9am – 9pm on Sun.


Up at the O2, London (174 feet tall)

This summer, Londoners are being given the opportunity to climb an icon – O2 or, as it was originally known, the Millennium Dome.  This new opportunity, combines an exhilarating, active outdoor challenge while providing a unique perspective on the capital. The unforgettable 90-minute experience will take visitors on a guided expedition across the roof of The O2 via a tensile fabric walkway suspended 174 feet above ground level. An observation platform at the summit will enable climbers to take in outstanding 360 degree views of the city and its many landmarks, including the Olympic Park, Thames Barrier, The Shard, Historic Royal Greenwich and Canary Wharf. Tickets cost £22 ($34) for adults and children.

ArcelorMittal Orbit, Olympic Park, London (377 feet tall)

The ArcelorMittal Orbit rises over the Olympic site giving a brand new perspective of London from its freshly redeveloped home in the East End. The UK’s tallest sculpture to date, Anish Kapoor’s swirling red structure took 18 months to construct and required 1837 feet of tubular red steel to form its lattice superstructure. The result is a bold statement of public art that is both permanent and sustainable. Designed by Turner Prize-winning artist Kapoor and Cecil Balmond and sitting between the Stadium and the Aquatics Centre, the ArcelorMittal Orbit was a beacon of the Olympic Park during the Games. The structure is set to quite literally light up East London with its 250 coloured spot lights. Each can be individually controlled to produce a stunning digital combination of static and animated effects, including a 15-minute moving light show that was staged every evening after the Games. Tickets cost £15 ($23) full price; £7 ($11) for young people aged 16 or under and seniors aged 60 or over.

The View from The Shard, London, (1,016 feet tall)