Three proposals as 130,000 people visit the ArcelorMittal Orbit

11:06 11 September 2012

The ArcelorMittal Orbit. Picture: Joe Lord

The ArcelorMittal Orbit. Picture: Joe Lord

Archant

Three people proposed to their loved ones on the ArcelorMittal Orbit during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The men, who all had their proposals accepted, were among more than 130,000 people who took in the views from the top of the ArcelorMittal Orbit.

The red steel structure, which sits by the Olympic Stadium in the Olympic Park, will become a tourist attraction once the site is fully open in 2014.

During the Games visitors who already had tickets to the Park were able to purchase tickets for the Orbit for £15 for adults, although it is not yet known whether this will be the price for the attraction when it reopens to the public.

The114.5metre high Orbit was designed by Cecil Blamond and Anish Kapoor and funded largely by ArcelorMittal.

Among the visitors during the Games were The Queen, Prince Phillip, Princess Anne, Lord Coe, Boris Johnson and the chairman and CEO of ArcelorMittal, Lakshmi N Mittal.

Mr Mittal said: “This has been one of the most successful and unforgettable Olympic and Paralympic Games ever and for ArcelorMittal to have been a part of it is something that we are all extremely proud of – it has been a great symbol of what steel can achieve.

“The ArcelorMittal Orbit has surpassed all expectations that I had and I am looking forward to the role it will play in the legacy plans for East London.”

The Orbit will be handed over to the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), the body in charge of the Park after the Games. The attraction will be able to accommodate around 5,000 visitors a day.

Latest Stories

17:53
Eliott Diffley

A data stick full of child porn fell out of a pervert’s bottom in Islington Police Station.

Read more
The most sureal moment at the Commonwealth Opening Ceremony was the sight of some giant dancing Tunnocks tea cakes (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Did you watch the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony last night? It made us misty-eyed for London 2012, when the whole world was watching our city, so we decided to compare Glasgow 2014 to Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony. Be prepared for a blast from the past!

Read more
The Eid al-Fitr party in Trafalgar Square promises to be fun, fantastic, and free! (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

Check out our five-minute guide to celebrating the end of Ramadan in London.

Read more

TOP Stories

17:53
Eliott Diffley

A data stick full of child porn fell out of a pervert’s bottom in Islington Police Station.

The most sureal moment at the Commonwealth Opening Ceremony was the sight of some giant dancing Tunnocks tea cakes (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Did you watch the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony last night? It made us misty-eyed for London 2012, when the whole world was watching our city, so we decided to compare Glasgow 2014 to Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony. Be prepared for a blast from the past!

The Eid al-Fitr party in Trafalgar Square promises to be fun, fantastic, and free! (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

Check out our five-minute guide to celebrating the end of Ramadan in London.

The Met has been accused of spying on the family of Jean Charles de Menezes (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Police spied on the family of Jean Charles de Menezes after the Brazilian was shot dead by officers who mistook him for a suicide bomber in July 2005, it has been claimed.

The attack took place in Allnutt Way in south London yesterday evening (Picture: Google StreetView)

A man entered a house in Clapham and stabbed a woman multiple times before climbing into his van and driving off, say police.

I'm not sure what he's going for here but I don't think it's worked (Picture via Gumtree)

In just a pair of shorts lying draped across his beloved Casio keyboard, this south London Gumtree seller is taking an unorthodox approach to shifting his instrument.

Yesterday, 16:51
The Back to the Future preview of Secret Cinema has been cancelled

The Secret Cinema Back to the Future for tonight has also been cancelled with just one hour’s notice, to the dismay of fans.

Promotions

Renault Zoe

The Renault ZOE follows on from the introduction of the electric Fluence ZE and Twizy, but unlike the former, the Zoe was designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle.

Always wanted to create your own beer? Perfect Pint are giving you the chance.

When no simple way to find Real Ale was at hand, 4 Ale enthusiasts got together to allow anyone with a smart phone to find Real Ale no matter where they happened to be, this was the birth of the Perfect Pint app.

The Week subscription offer

London24 have partnered up with The Week magazine to offer you a complimentary issue – delivered free to your door.

Quizzes

How much do you really know about QPR legends like Les Ferdinand? Picture: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport

Test your knowledge of QPR’s greatest players with our fantastic legends quiz.

Read more
How much do you know about films in London? (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Do you know your Lock Stock from your Long Good Friday, Sliding Doors from Shakespeare in Love?

Read more
How much about this great city do you really know? Take our true Londoner quiz and find out (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Do you know your apples from your pears? Take our Cockney quiz and see how much of a Londoner you really are.

Read more
Guess the manager quiz. Here's a hint, it's not these four.

The managerial merry-go-round spins quickly these days so do you think you’ve got the knowledge to recognise the faces of all these football bosses?

Read more
A normal day at London Liverpool Street station

This quiz is for people who think they know the Tube and rail inside out.

Read more