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New Olympic venue for UVL

Unique Venues of London (UVL) has announced the ArcelorMittal Orbit as its newest member, bringing the total number of venues within the association to 84.

Anish Kapoor and engineer Cecil Balmond designed the controversial landmark, commissioned and built for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

While it now hosts all types of events – including weddings, civil ceremonies, corporate receptions and Christmas parties – the ArcelorMittal Orbit recently reinvented itself with a 178-metre slide. Recently listed as TimeOut London’s number one thing to do in the capital, the slide is the world’s highest and longest, circling the structure 12 times. Named The Slide, it is available for private hire.

The venue’s hospitality offering also includes the EastTwenty Hospitality Suite at The Podium, which is available for board meetings, AGMs, conferences and teambuilding events.

Lisa Hatswell, general manager, UVL, said: “The ArcelorMittal Orbit’s striking, forward-thinking design is one of the most symbolic features of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

“While we have our fair share of heritage buildings, Unique Venues of London is proud to count a number of modern, culturally significant landmarks and public spaces amongst the membership. We look forward to working with the team at the ArcelorMittal Orbit to promote their hospitality services.”