From music concerts, sports competitions and music exhibitions, to even a guided climb up to the top of the dome, it's easy to see why The O2 is one of the most popular venues to visit in London.
Located in the Greenwich peninsula in southeast London, The O2 (also coined The Millennium Dome or The Dome) is more than just a state-of-the-art indoor arena; it's actually a massive entertainment district which boasts an 11-screen cinema, bowling alley, and nightclub, as well as 26 different bars, cafes and restaurants.
The O2 Arena itself is hailed as being the best music venue in the country, and perhaps even the world. It has the second largest seating capacity of any indoor venue in the UK, and is also the busiest music venue in the world with over two million tickets being sold every year.
The O2 Arena has been voted as the Best International Arena Of The Year at the Pollstar Concert Industry Awards every year since its opening in 2000, and has hosted some of the most high-profile events and concerts in the world. It also contains a two-storey, bubble-shaped exhibition space (titled The O2 Bubble), which has hosted various exhibitions since 2007 on Muhammad Ali, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, and many more.
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Throughout the year, The O2 Arena hosts a variety of concerts by some of the biggest artists in the world. To find out which artists are slated to perform at The O2 Arena, or what exhibits will be taking place at The O2 Bubble, check out the “Events” page on The O2's official website, or sign-up for their newsletter to receive the latest news and updates via e-mail.
Besides watching a once-in-a-lifetime gig or attending a fascinating exhibition, visitors can now scale to the roof of the dome with a climbing instructor for 90 minutes, and enjoy stunning views of the London skyline from 52 metres above ground level.
Taking a stroll up and down The Entertainment Avenue (the wide pedestrian street inside The O2 Centre) is also a must, as here you can find a ton of different cafes and restaurants, as well as some shops as well. If you happen to be in London over the Christmas holidays, the arena is transformed into a wintry wonderland with a skating rink, fun fair, and a German-style Christmas market.
- If you plan on going climbing to the top of the dome with friends, you can always pay a little more to book your own private tour, and have your own group photo included in the cost.
- If you are travelling to The O2 by car, try to reserve your parking space online as early as possible to save more money.
- If you are travelling by tube, be aware that there may be a large queue after an event or concert, so it might be worth it to have a quick snack or drink at a restaurant or cafe before heading to the station.
- If you plan on eating at a restaurant on an event night, make sure you come extra early as the majority of restaurants don't take reservations.