Star Wars Identities -- Huge exhibition at The O2 – O2 Arena North Greenwich
Climb to the platform at the top of The O2 From O2 Arena North Greenwich
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The O2 Arena is a huge metal tent lying on a bend of the Thames near Greenwich.
When it opened it was the largest single-roofed building in the world, tall enough to accommodate Nelson’s Column standing upright, or the Eiffel Tower on its side.
It was originally conceived as one of London’s millennium projects, alongside the London Eye and Jubilee Line extension.
The original idea was to turn the Millennium Dome into a 21st-century equivalent of the 1851 Great Exhibition in Hyde Park, but the plans were ill-conceived and poorly thought out, and suffered from massive public apathy. It didn’t help that the exhibits were rather less than enthralling.
The venue was split into 14 zones: Body, Work, Learning, Money, Play, Journey, Self Portrait, Living Island, Talk, Faith, Home Planet, Rest, Mind, and Shared Ground; containing educational exhibits and information displays.
Over-optimistic visitor numbers meant it fell woefully short of cash, and the government had to bail it out.
The Millennium Dome still managed to attract more than 6.5 million visitors in its first year of operation, so it was hardly a disaster, but it was clear that it wouldn’t last very long as a tourist attraction, and the government started looking for a buyer.
Many alternative plans were proposed for the Dome after its closure, and there was talk of turning it into a casino, a sports venue, and a music arena with shops and offices. The mobile communication company O2 eventually won out, and turned it into a spectacular entertainment complex called the O2 Arena.
Under the rim of the tent you’ll find lots of pubs and restaurants, a cinema, and a smaller music venue called the Indigo.
> Read Craig’s review of the Elvis Exhibition at The O2 “I don’t mind a bit of Elvis. I’ve only recently “come out” about it though, because my mother liked Elvis the first time around, so that basically meant that I couldn’t admit to liking him throughout my entire youth (throughout my entire life) – because you can’t like what your mother likes. But the truth is out now, so it’s all right. They’ve got a big exhibition on at The O2 at the moment so I thought I’d go and have a look. It is actually inside The O2 itself, underneath the big tent, so you can go and have a nose around the venue while you’re there. They’ve got a lot of pubs and cafes underneath the rim, so you might want to get there a bit early and have a few cheeseburgers in his honour. It goes through his entire life from when he was born right up to his final five minutes on the toilet. The first room has a few sepia-tinged photos of him with his country ma and pa… continued.”
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The best way of getting to the O2 Arena is by catching a Thames Clipper boat from Big Ben. Another fun way of getting there is by riding the cable car over from the ExCel Centre. Check out our guide to live music concerts in London to see what’s on at The O2. You can search for concerts this month, concerts next month and concerts in May.
Star Wars Identities -- Huge exhibition at The O2 From to O2 Arena North Greenwich'Star Wars Identities' is a huge new exhibition at The O2 with 200 props, models, costumes and artworks from the movies.
Climb to the platform at the top of The O2 O2 Arena North GreenwichClimb up The O2's roof and enjoy a spectacular 360 degree view of the London skyline from the viewing platform at the top.
Craig David -- Following My Intuition -- The O2 to O2 Arena North GreenwichCraig David's 'Following My Intuition' world tour is coming to the UK in March, for two big nights at the O2 Arena.
Olly Murs -- three nights at The O2 to O2 Arena North GreenwichOlly Murs will be playing three nights at the O2 Arena in March and April, as part of his UK Spring tour.
Diversity -- The Genesis Tour -- O2 Arena O2 Arena North GreenwichDance group Diversity are back at The O2 with a brand new show choreographed by Ashley Banjo, 'Genesis'.
Basketball legends, the Harlem Globetrotters O2 Arena North GreenwichThe world famous Harlem Globetrotters are back in London at The O2 to show off their basketball skills.
Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons -- O2 Arena O2 Arena North GreenwichIf you've seen 'Jersey Boys' then now you can see the real Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons when they play The O2.
Iron Maiden -- The Book of Souls World Tour O2 Arena North GreenwichRock legends Iron Maiden are coming back to The O2 in May for the London leg of their 'Book of Souls World Tour'.
Shawn Mendes -- at the O2 Arena O2 Arena North GreenwichTeen superstar Shawn Mendes will be heading off on a world tour this year, which will include a huge night at the O2 Arena.
Take That at The O2 -- Wonderland Live! to O2 Arena North GreenwichTake That are back on tour again with 'Wonderland', and doing a run of six nights at the O2 Arena.
Mrs Brown's Boys -- Good Mourning Mrs Brown to O2 Arena North Greenwich'Mrs Brown's Boys' are back at The O2 for three nights in July with their new touring show: 'Good Mourning Mrs Brown'.
BROS are back! -- at the O2 Arena O2 Arena North GreenwichBROS are getting back together and playing a reunion gig at The O2, thirty years after their big hit 'When Will I Be Famous'.
John Bishop is Winging It -- at The O2 to O2 Arena North GreenwichJohn Bishop is back on tour and bringing his new show 'Winging It' to the O2 Arena for two nights in November.
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