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O2 Arena

Created as the focal point of Britain’s millennium celebrations, today this architectural wonder offers a world of entertainment under one enormous roof.

O2 Arena was originally called the Millennium Dome. It was created to celebrate the beginning of the new millennium. Completed in 1999, The Dome initially housed the Millennium Experience, an exhibition consisting of exhibits, shows and entertainment honoring humankind’s achievements. The Dome’s vast interior has since been remodeled and today is one of London’s premier entertainment destinations.

In 2005, The Dome, as it is still most commonly referred to, was officially reopened as The O2, an “indoor city” and entertainment district. Take a stroll down Entertainment Avenue, a palm tree-lined precinct packed with cafés, bars and restaurants. After a meal, take in a movie at the 11-screen multiplex cinema, then dance the night away in one of the clubs. 

The Dome’s centerpiece in the massive O2 Arena, which hosted several events during the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. Experience some of the world’s biggest touring rock and pop acts in the 20,000-capacity arena. If you prefer your music in more intimate surroundings, check out the program at the smaller concert space, IndigO2. For something different, book one of the 12 ten pin bowling lanes at the Brooklyn Bowl and enjoy craft beers and a New York-style menu as guest artists play live on stage. 

Music fans will also love the British Music Experience in The O2 Bubble, an interactive museum dedicated to 60 years of British popular music history. Book a guided climb atop The Dome’s roof for unrivaled views of London, Canary Wharf and the River Thames.

The Dome has a constantly rotating line-up of concerts, exhibitions and events; check the website for details and ticket information.

Located in North Greenwich in South East London, The Dome is easy to reach by bus and Tube.  Parking is also available for a fee. For more unconventional travel, fly across the Thames on a cable car. These run between North Greenwich and the Royal Docks and offer great views of London. River Boats also run directly from the London Eye Pier and are a relaxing way to arrive.

It's worth giving yourself lots of time at O2 Arena. Here are some of the top activities:

You ought to think about buying an Up at the O2 Climbing Experience or a DC Exhibitions: Dawn of Super Heroes while you're in the area. These activities are a few of the most popular.

If you're after more activities, check out our London things to do page.


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InterContinental London - The O2 CA $199
InterContinental London - The O2

InterContinental London - The O2

Waterview Drive, Greenwich Peninsula, London, England
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Greenwich, this luxury hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from O2 Arena, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Cutty Sark and Royal Observatory. London Stadium and Excel Exhibition Centre are also within 6 mi (10 km). North Greenwich Underground Station is 8 minutes by foot.

    The Collective Canary Wharf CA $111
    The Collective Canary Wharf

    The Collective Canary Wharf

    20 Crossharbour Plaza, London, England
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Canary Wharf, this hotel is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from O2 Arena and within 6 miles (10 km) of Tower of London and Tower Bridge. London Stadium and The Gherkin are also within 6 miles (10 km). Crossharbour Station is only a 2-minute walk and Mudchute Station is 6 minutes.

       Welcoming Canary Wharf Home by the O2 Arena
       Welcoming Canary Wharf Home by the O2 Arena

       Welcoming Canary Wharf Home by the O2 Arena

      Coldharbour, London, England
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Greenwich, this condo is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from O2 Arena and within 6 miles (10 km) of London Stadium and Excel Exhibition Centre. Westfield Stratford City and Brick Lane are also within 6 miles (10 km). North Greenwich Underground Station is 12 minutes by foot.

        London Greenwich Luxury Apartment O2 CA $438
        London Greenwich Luxury Apartment O2

        London Greenwich Luxury Apartment O2

        Upper River Side, Cotter Lane, London, England
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Greenwich, this apartment building is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from O2 Arena, and within 6 mi (10 km) of London Stadium and Tower of London. St. Paul's Cathedral and Coca-Cola London Eye are also within 9 mi (15 km). North Greenwich Underground Station is 7 minutes by foot and East India Station is 28 minutes.

          Platinum Apartment next to O2 Arena
          Platinum Apartment next to O2 Arena

          Platinum Apartment next to O2 Arena

          Cutter Lane, London, England
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Greenwich, this apartment building is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from O2 Arena and within 6 miles (10 km) of London Stadium and Excel Exhibition Centre. Westfield Stratford City and Tower of London are also within 6 miles (10 km). North Greenwich Underground Station is 7 minutes by foot.

            Radisson Blu Edwardian New Providence Wharf Hotel CA $136
            Radisson Blu Edwardian New Providence Wharf Hotel

            Radisson Blu Edwardian New Providence Wharf Hotel

            5 Fairmont Avenue, Canary Wharf, London, England
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This spa hotel is located in London (Canary Wharf), close to One Canada Square, Cutty Sark and National Maritime Museum. Local attractions also include Thames Barrier Park and Royal Observatory. Blackwall Station is 7 minutes by foot and East India Station is 8 minutes.

              33 Waterview Drive
              33 Waterview Drive

              33 Waterview Drive

              33 Waterview Drive, London, England
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Greenwich, this apartment building is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from O2 Arena and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Excel Exhibition Centre. London Stadium and Westfield Stratford City are also within 6 miles (10 km). North Greenwich Underground Station is 12 minutes by foot.

                71 Waterview Drive
                71 Waterview Drive

                71 Waterview Drive

                71 Waterview Drive, London, England
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Greenwich, this apartment building is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from O2 Arena and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Excel Exhibition Centre. London Stadium and Westfield Stratford City are also within 6 miles (10 km). North Greenwich Underground Station is 12 minutes by foot.