The O2 Arena -- London’s biggest concert venue

The O2 Arena in London
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O2 Arena address and telephone

Address:
O2 Arena is located at: Millennium Way, North Greenwich,
London SE10 0BB
England
Telephone:
You can contact O2 Arena on Work +44 (0) 208 463 2000
Website:
The O2 Arena website can be visited at www.theo2.co.uk

O2 Arena opening times and ticket price

Opening hours:
O2 Arena is open to the public from: Box office (in person): noon to 7 PM daily, or noon to 9 PM (performance days); Box office (by phone): 24 hours daily
Visiting hours are subject to change, and may not apply on public holidays. Always reconfirm whether it’s open to visitors before making plans to visit O2 Arena

How to get to O2 Arena

When visiting O2 Arena you can use the following:
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North Greenwich JUB
If you want to visit O2 Arena by train then the nearest underground station to O2 Arena is North Greenwich
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History of the Millennium Dome

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.

Millennium Dome exhibition

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.

Inside the O2 Arena, London

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.

The O2 Arena

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.

Elvis Exhibition at the O2 Arena

Craig’s London blog> 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.


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  •  Guest – “Such an amazing landmark I wish 2 see it again wiv my family it will be the best ting ever .”
  •  Guest – “Was supposed to be going to the guns n roses concert. The o2 unwilling to provide any indication of when the acts would be onstage. Clearly the plan is to have fans stood around drinking overpriced beer for as long as possible. The venue's reaction to long shows is for them to finish well after the tube has shut down, allowing them to hike the car parking price (£20 to park on an evening is disgusting), or try to fleece people for a boat trip. Will give the concert a miss, and never go anywhere near the place again. From previous visits the arena is ok, as long as you are not in the upper tier, but outside is a soulless corporate dump full of chain restaurants, and no hint of any character. My advice is that unless it is a band you are absolutely desperate to see, then avoid the place like the plague, and go to the brixton academy instead.”

> Music concerts and events at the O2 Arena

  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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   O2 Arena North GreenwichDance group Diversity are back at The O2 with a brand new show choreographed by Ashley Banjo, 'Genesis'.

   O2 Arena North GreenwichThe world famous Harlem Globetrotters are back in London at The O2 to show off their basketball skills.

   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.

   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'.

   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.

   to O2 Arena North GreenwichTake That are back on tour again with 'Wonderland', and doing a run of six nights at the O2 Arena.

   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'.

   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'.

   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.

If you enjoy going to concerts at The O2, then you might like these other concert venues in London

> Eventim Apollo The Eventim Apollo (Hammersmith Apollo) is one of London’s most popular music venues.
> O2 Academy Brixton The O2 Academy in Brixton is one of London’s most popular venues for live music concerts.
> O2 Academy Islington The O2 Academy in Islington is one of London’s most popular venues for concerts and comedy gigs.
> Roundhouse The Camden Roundhouse is one of London’s most famous and popular venues for music concerts.
 

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