The O2 Arena -- London’s biggest concert venue

O2 Arena map
Address:
O2 Arena, Millennium Way, North Greenwich SE10 0BB
Tel:
0208 463 2000
Web:
theo2.co.uk

Opening times and price

Opening hours:
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

Getting to O2 Arena

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Buses:
108, 188, 422, 472, M1, M2 – London bus prices
Trains:
North Greenwich JUB
The closest train station to O2 Arena is North Greenwich
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Craig recommends… You might like to read my review of the Elvis Exhibition at The O2. The best way of getting to the O2 Arena is by catching a Thames Clipper boat. 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.

The O2 Arena in London

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.

The O2 Arena, London

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, 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

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.

 
  •  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.”

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