The O2 Arena

Things to do in London | The O2 Arena

Whether you get there by tube, car, bus or river boat, this venue has it all when it comes to live events. Look familiar? Yes. It was once the infamous Millennium Dome and is now a stage for concerts, gig, comedy and more.  Over the years, rock heavyweights Pink Floyd and Fleetwood Mac have taken to the stage while it’s also home to massive events such as The X Factor arena tour, The Brit Awards and ATP Tennis Tour Finals.

Transformed from the original Millennium Dome, The O2 Arena is now a multi-purpose entertainment complex that hosts everything from music concerts to grand slam tennis tournaments. With a seating capacity of 20,000, it has the second-largest number of seats for any UK venue, falling just behind the Manchester Arena. What makes it extra special is its ability to change the ground surface from ice rink to basketball court to concert venue. As one of the world’s busiest arenas, it has sold millions of tickets to a variety of live events.

The O2 Arena

The O2 Arena


Top tip

Try to avoid driving to The O2 arena as parking is a bit on the pricey side. Also, if you can, arrive a little earlier than the kick off time of your event as there is a quite a lot of security to go through. As your own food and drink isn’t permitted inside the arena itself, bag checks err more on the thorough side.


Eating and drinking

There are more restaurants and bars at the O2 Arena than you can shake a french fry at so finding somewhere to eat won’t be a problem. As many of the restaurants don’t take bookings, it’s best to arrive early on event days as tables fill up quickly.

Packed to the rafters with all your favourite eateries, you’ll be spoilt for choice here. Burger joints Five Guys, Byron and Gourmet Burger Kitchen have all your beef patty requests covered while Las Iguanas and Cabana are great for spanish and Brazilian dishes. Pizza Express, Nandos and Garfunkels whip up the classics. favourite eateries, you’ll be spoilt for choice here. Burger joints Five Guys, Byron and Gourmet Burger Kitchen have all your beef patty requests covered while Las Iguanas and Cabana are great for spanish and Brazilian dishes. Pizza Express, Nandos and Garfunkels whip up the classics.

If you want to have a few drinks before your show, why not book a table at the cool NY-LON Bar for cocktails created by professional mixologists? Alternatively, enjoy an after show bottle of wine at All Bar One or pre-concert beer at Slug & Lettuce.  


Getting to The O2 Arena

The O2 Arena is so well connected, you won’t have to worry about getting to your event on time or spending money on a taxi. The river boat is an experience alone while the North Greenwich underground station is just a stone's throw away from the venue itself.

By car
Getting to The O2 Arena by car is an easy job, however, it’s recommended that you pre-book a parking spot before your event just in case the car park fills up. Pop postcode SE10 ODX into your sat nav.

By bus
Need a night bus after your concert? Jump on the 108, 188 or 472 from right outside North Greenwich station. A number of day buses stop here to, taking you into central London and beyond.

By tube
Right on The O2 Arena’s doorstep is North Greenwich station on the Jubilee line. The main entrance is just 300 metres away.

By river bus
Take a seat on the MBNA Thames Clippers River Bus Express from the London Eye and London Bridge piers. Journeys take 35 minutes and you can grab a drink on the go.