The O2 Arena -- London’s biggest concert venue

The O2 Arena in London
O2 Arena map location

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.

The O2 Arena, London

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.

Inside the O2 Arena, London

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.

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, but over-optimistic visitor numbers meant the government was called on 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.

ATP Tour Tennis Finals inside the O2 Arena

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 September.


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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 GreenwichCeline Dion is coming over to London (hopefully not on the Titanic) to play four nights at the O2 Arena.

   to 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'.

   O2 Arena North GreenwichJohn Legend's 'Darkness and Light Tour' will be coming to the UK in September, when he plays one night at The O2.

   to O2 Arena North GreenwichCockney comic Micky Flanagan is bringing his An' Another Fing Tour to the O2 Arena for a run of ten nights this autumn.

   O2 Arena North GreenwichNick Cave & The Bad Seeds' European tour is coming to London in September, with one night at the O2 Arena.

   to O2 Arena North GreenwichInternational pop superstar Lady Gaga will be coming to London for two nights at the O2 Arena, as part of her Joanne World Tour.

   O2 Arena North GreenwichCountry music stars Lady Antebellum are coming back to the UK in October, and playing one night at the O2 Arena.

   O2 Arena North GreenwichJoe, Q, Sal and Murr (aka The Tenderloins) are coming over to London in October to play one night at the O2 Arena.

   to O2 Arena North GreenwichJ Cole's '4 Your Eyez Only' tour is coming to London in October, when the rapper plays two night at the O2 Arena.

   to O2 Arena North GreenwichNeil Diamond will be playing two nights at the O2 Arena in October, in support of his new '50th Anniversary Collection'.

   O2 Arena North GreenwichEmeli Sande will be playing one night at The O2 in October, in support of her latest album 'Long Live The Angels'.

   to O2 Arena North GreenwichMetallica's Worldwired Tour is coming to The O2 for two nights in October, with support from Norwegian band Kvelertak.

   O2 Arena North GreenwichLittle Mix will be bringing their 'Glory Days Tour' to London in October and November, and playing three big shows 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.

   to O2 Arena North GreenwichThe Barclays ATP World Tour Finals are played at the end of each year, between the top eight men in the world rankings.

   O2 Arena North GreenwichSeventies rockers Deep Purple are back in London and playing one night at the O2 Arena in November.

   O2 Arena North GreenwichSteps are reuniting for the 20th anniversary with a new album out, Tears On The Dancefloor, and a UK arena tour.

   O2 Arena North GreenwichLittle Mix will be bringing their 'Glory Days Tour' to London in October and November, and playing three big shows at The O2.

   O2 Arena North GreenwichElvis will be singing on a big screen at The O2, with live backing from the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.

   to O2 Arena North GreenwichDamon Albarn's cartoon band Gorillaz are back with a brand-new album, Humanz, and playing two nights at The O2.

   to O2 Arena North GreenwichQueen and Adam Lambert are back on tour and playing two nights at the O2 Arena in December.

   O2 Arena North GreenwichMichael Ball and Alfie Boe recorded an album together last year, and now they're performing a show together at The O2.

   O2 Arena North GreenwichPete Tong has reworked some Ibiza Classics for a 60-piece orchestra, and will be performing it at The O2.

   to O2 Arena North GreenwichThe Disney on Ice Passport To Adventure will re-live all your favourite scenes from all your favourite Disney movies.

   O2 Arena North GreenwichHollywood star Chris Rock is back doing stand-up and bringing his Total Blackout Tour to the O2 Arena in January.

   O2 Arena North GreenwichNorwegian band A-ha are back with a brand-new album, and playing an acoustic night at The O2 in February.

   O2 Arena North GreenwichPaul Weller is setting off on a UK arena tour in 2018 to support his new studio album, 'A Kind Revolution'.

   to O2 Arena North GreenwichThe C2C Country To Country Festival is back with Brad Paisley, Reba McEntire, the Zac Brown Band, and more.

   to O2 Arena North GreenwichBarry 'Mandy' Manilow is back at The O2 for three nights to support his latest album, 'This is My Town: Songs of New York'.

   to O2 Arena North GreenwichMichael McIntyre's Big World Tour is coming to London in October, where he'll be playing four nights at the O2 Arena.

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

> O2 Academy Islington The O2 Academy in Islington is one of London’s most popular venues for concerts and comedy gigs.
> O2 Empire Shepherd’s Bush The O2 Empire in Shepherd’s Bush is one of London’s most popular venues for music concerts.
> O2 Academy Brixton The O2 Academy in Brixton is one of London’s most popular venues for live music concerts.
> Roundhouse The Camden Roundhouse is one of London’s most famous and popular venues for music concerts.
 

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