Star Wars Identities -- Huge exhibition at The O2 – 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, 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.
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 September.
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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.
Celine Dion -- O2 Arena to O2 Arena North GreenwichCeline Dion is coming over to London (hopefully not on the Titanic) to play four nights at the O2 Arena.
BROS are back! -- 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'.
John Legend -- Darkness and Light Tour 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.
Micky Flanagan -- An' Another Fing Tour 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.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds -- at the O2 Arena O2 Arena North GreenwichNick Cave & The Bad Seeds' European tour is coming to London in September, with one night at the O2 Arena.
Lady Gaga -- Joanne World Tour -- 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.
Lady Antebellum, at the O2 Arena O2 Arena North GreenwichCountry music stars Lady Antebellum are coming back to the UK in October, and playing one night at the O2 Arena.
The Tenderloins -- Joe, Q, Sal and Murr Live! 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.
J Cole -- 4 Your Eyez Only Tour -- 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.
Neil Diamond -- two nights 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'.
Emeli Sande -- at the O2 Arena 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'.
Metallica -- Worldwired Tour -- at the O2 Arena to O2 Arena North GreenwichMetallica's Worldwired Tour is coming to The O2 for two nights in October, with support from Norwegian band Kvelertak.
Little Mix -- The Glory Days Tour -- O2 Arena 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.
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.
ATP World Tour Tennis Finals, at the O2 Arena 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.
Deep Purple -- at The O2 O2 Arena North GreenwichSeventies rockers Deep Purple are back in London and playing one night at the O2 Arena in November.
Steps -- Tears On The Dancefloor -- O2 Arena O2 Arena North GreenwichSteps are reuniting for the 20th anniversary with a new album out, Tears On The Dancefloor, and a UK arena tour.
Little Mix -- The Glory Days Tour, at The O2 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.
Elvis Presley -- live on screen with an orchestra O2 Arena North GreenwichElvis will be singing on a big screen at The O2, with live backing from the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.
Damon Albarn's Gorillaz -- O2 Arena 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.
Queen and Adam Lambert -- O2 Arena to O2 Arena North GreenwichQueen and Adam Lambert are back on tour and playing two nights at the O2 Arena in December.
Michael Ball and Alfie Boe -- at the O2 Arena 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.
Pete Tong presents... Ibiza Classics O2 Arena North GreenwichPete Tong has reworked some Ibiza Classics for a 60-piece orchestra, and will be performing it at The O2.
Disney On Ice -- Passport To Adventure to O2 Arena North GreenwichThe Disney on Ice Passport To Adventure will re-live all your favourite scenes from all your favourite Disney movies.
Chris Rock -- Total Blackout Tour -- O2 Arena O2 Arena North GreenwichHollywood star Chris Rock is back doing stand-up and bringing his Total Blackout Tour to the O2 Arena in January.
An acoustic evening with A-Ha -- at the O2 Arena O2 Arena North GreenwichNorwegian band A-ha are back with a brand-new album, and playing an acoustic night at The O2 in February.
Paul Weller -- A Kind Revolution -- O2 Arena O2 Arena North GreenwichPaul Weller is setting off on a UK arena tour in 2018 to support his new studio album, 'A Kind Revolution'.
C2C -- Country To Country Music Festival to O2 Arena North GreenwichThe C2C Country To Country Festival is back with Brad Paisley, Reba McEntire, the Zac Brown Band, and more.
Barry Manilow -- back at The O2 for three nights 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'.
Michael McIntyre's Big World Tour -- O2 Arena 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.
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