O2 Dome, Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX (map)
Tel: 0871 984 0002
Nearest Underground: North Greenwich
Best pub for a pre-gig drink: Many bars and restaurants at the O2 complex
Capacity: 20,000 Seating Plan
The Dome is: The batmobile
Interesting fact: The Eiffel Tower could fit inside The O2 lying on its side.
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How do I get to the O2 Arena? By tube is the most convenient, get the Jubilee Line to North Greenwich Station, which is just a 200m walk from the Dome. Coming back you could try using the Thames Clipper - you can avoid the queues at the tube station and enjoy a nightime Thames cruise, with stops at Waterloo Pier and London Bridge. You can purchase tickets in advance from www.thamesclippers.com
Should I get there early? The O2 is quite a way so do allow plenty of time to travel, just in case. We recommend getting the Thames Clipper back after the gig when time is less urgent, as whilst it is a great way to travel it is often not the most direct way to get there and you wouldnt want to miss the start of your gig.
Is there anywhere to eat nearby? There are loads of bars and restaurants within the Dome complex, as well as bars on all levels servicing the Arena.
O2 Dome Venue Guide
I was a bit apprehensive about visiting this super venue. I have never really liked going to gigs in huge venues like Wembley, and excited as I was about seeing Prince I had resigned myself to seeing little more than a speck in the distance (insert pun about Prince’s size). But I was hugely impressed with the 02 Dome.
After arriving by tube (we planned to get the Thames Clipper back) we headed up the stairs. Walking into the actual arena is a thrill…it is dug deep into the ground, with the stage being in the middle of the arena. It looks far bigger than the 20,000 it holds. Looking at our tickets it seemed that we were up with the gods and it felt that way climbing the escalators. Every seat here is guaranteed a great view however, and the acoustics were surprisingly good given the size. Prince was performing on a symbol-shaped stage in the centre of the venue and he made an effort to walk around ensuring everyone had a good view. At other gigs, one side of the Dome will be used as a stage and the central area will be for standing. So if you are going for seats it is worth checking out the seating plan.
We managed to get the Clipper back, and it’s the only way to travel. No queue, at Waterloo in 30 minutes, and a thrilling ride along the Thames under neon-lit bridges and past landmarks such as Tower Bridge and Canary Wharf. It beats the congestion at North Greenwich tube, and you can continue the party at the on-board bar.
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