Guide to the O2 Arena, London

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The O2 Arena in Greenwich, south London, is a huge entertainment complex filled with restaurants, bars and pubs as well as the Arena itself, a large indoor venue for concerts and shows. This guide provides all the information you need to know when you visit. 

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Getting to London 

Travelling to London from abroad is simple and can be done in a variety of ways. The map below shows you all the major transport hubs in the south east of England.

What budget will I need to get there?

By Plane ££-£££££

  • 5 major airports make it easy to fly to London
  • Cheap airlines usually fly to Stansted and Luton
  • Most big European and International airports fly to Heathrow and Gatwick
  • London City is a small airport in the heart of London
  • For information on how to get to London from the airport check out our guide

By Bus £ 

  • Probably the cheapest way to get to London 
  • Buses usually take you right to Victoria Coach Station, in the centre of London
  • Options include Megabus, Eurolines and smaller bus companies

By Train ££-££££

  • For those who do not want to fly, the Eurostar train is an ideal alternative
  • Costs vary depending on special offers and how far in advance you book
  • High-speed trains go directly to London St Pancras International from Paris, Lille and Brussels

By Car £££ 

  • The cheapest ferries go from Calais, Dunkirk and Oostende to Dover 
  • The fastest way is via the Eurotunnel 
  • Bear in mind that you need to get to the O2 Arena from Dover (a few hours' drive from London), so other options might be cheaper and more convenient 


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Getting to the O2 Arena 

The O2 Arena is situated in Greenwich, south east London, right on the banks of the River Thames. Getting there is easy as it's well served by local London buses, the tube, river boats and even a cable car.

By Car

  • The O2 Arena is signposted from the M25, A2, A20 (from the South East) and A20 (from the North)
  • Using a satnav? The postcode is SE10 0DX and the Arena is accessed via junctions Millennium Way or Edmund Halley Way

Car Parking

Disabled Access

Public Transport

  • The closest tube station to the O2 Arena is North Greenwich, on the Jubilee line. The station is in Zone 2
  • The best way to get around public transport in London is by buying a Travelcard or a Visitor Oyster card
  • For more information and to see which option is more suitable for you, have a look at our comparison page
  • A map of the London Public Transport network is available here

Tube

  • Nearest tube station: North Greenwich
  • Line: Jubilee line
  • Travel time from Kings Cross: approx. 30 min
  • From Kings Cross, take the Northern line towards Morden. Change at London Bridge to the Jubilee line towards Stratford
  • Frequency: approx. every 3 min

Bus

  • Nearest bus stop: North Greenwich
  • Bus routes: 108, 129, 132, 161, 188, 422, 472 or 486
  • Travel time from Kings Cross: 1 hour 30 min
  • Frequency: approx. every 10 min

London River Bus

  • Nearest stop: North Greenwich
  • Line: RB1
  • Travel time from Embankment: approx. 45 min
  • Frequency: every 20 min.
  • Visitor Oyster card holders pay a reduced ticket price

Emirates Air Line (cable car)

  • Location: operates between Emirates Royal Docks and Emirates Peninsula, across the Thames
  • Frequency: 1 cabin every 30 seconds
  • Visitor Oyster card holders pay a reduced ticket price

Bicycle

  • Bikes can be hired from Kings Cross station through the cycle hire scheme
  • Cycling time from Kings Cross: approx. 1hr. 10mins

Taxi / Minicab

  • Taxis and minicabs go from Kings Cross station to North Greenwich station taxi rank
  • Time from Kings Cross: approx. 30-45 min (depending on traffic)


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Accommodation 

Greenwich and Canary Wharf are two of the most convenient areas of London to stay in if you're going to the O2 Arena.

 

Greenwich

 

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Canary Wharf

 

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  • Located south of the O2 Arena
  • Home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
  • The area has a rich history: it is the birthplace of the Tudors and home to Henry VIII’s royal residence
  • Affordable area with a great range of restaurants, pubs and museums
  • Top attractions include: Cutty Sark, Greenwich Market and the Royal Observatory
  • 15 minutes walking distance to the O2 Arena
  • Located west of the O2 Arena
  • Major business district and financial centre
  • Home to one of the UK’s tallest buildings, 5 Canada Square, which is full of banks, offices and shops
  • Easily accessible area with lots of transport links
  • Can be a slightly more expensive place to stay, but has spectacular river views
  • 10 minutes by Jubilee line tube to get to the O2 Arena (use your Visitor Oyster card or Travelcard to pay for the tube)

Here are some of the hotels near the O2 Arena, along with their ratings from TripAdvisor and Booking.com.

  Price TripAdvisor rating Booking.com rating
Travelodge London Docklands £ 7/10 8.3/10
The Angerstein Hotel £ 7/10 7.7/10
King William Hotel £ 8/10 7.9/10
Ibis London Docklands Canary Wharf £ 7/10 7.6/10
Britannia International Hotel ££ 6/10 7.1/10
Radisson Blu Edwardian, New Providence Wharf ££ 9/10 8.8/10
The Pilot Inn ££ 8/10 8.5/10
Holiday Inn Express London Greenwich ££ 7/10 8/10
Smoor - Royal Victoria Excel Apartment £££ 9/10 8.7/10
Hilton London Canary Wharf Hotel £££ 9/10 8.7/10


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Restaurants 

The O2 Arena complex itself is home to a number of restaurants, perfect to grab something to eat before or after your event. The surrounding areas of Greenwich and Canary Wharf are also rich in local restaurants serving all types of cuisine, so if you fancy something away from the hustle and bustle they're worth well checking out.

 

Las Iguanas 4-stars

Las Iguanas serves up a varied menu of Latin American street food in a fun, laid-back setting. Classics like empanadas and enchiladas sit alongside flame-grilled chicken and steak, with mouth-watering desserts including alphonso mango sorbet and dulce de leche cheesecake. There are deals on cocktails during happy hour and vegetarian and vegan menus are available too.

Peninsula Square, The O2, Millennium Way, London SE10 0DS

Blue Ribbon 4-stars

Blue Ribbon at the O2's resident bowling alley, Brooklyn Bowl, is a haven for lovers of authentic American soul food. Featured on Best Thing I Ever Ate, the menu includes Cajun catfish, mac n’cheese and racks of ribs, but the pièce de résistance is the fried chicken dinner, served with mashed potatoes and greens with bacon and honey. Why not check out the bowling alley too if you've got some time to kill?

Peninsula Square, The O2, Millennium Way, London SE10 0DS

Green Pea 5-stars

Generous portions, traditional Sunday lunches and fresh, locally-sourced ingredients are on offer at Green Pea. Owner Tom and his small team cook up classics such as fish and chips and homemade pies. Perfect for soaking up some local atmosphere.

92 Trafalgar Road, London SE10 9UW

Nando's The O2 4-stars

Nando’s is by no means an insider tip as it is one of the UK’s most loved restaurant chains. The restaurant is most famous for its Portuguese peri-peri chicken and generally specialises in chicken dishes, but also offers other meat and vegetarian options.

Peninsula Square, The O2, Millennium Way, London SE10 0DS

Café Rouge 3-stars

Café Rouge is a French-style café in the plaza of the O2 Arena, offering light bites and hearty main meals such as mussels in white wine sauce, and smoked salmon fish cakes. The atmosphere is airy and bright, and a breakfast menu is also available.

Peninsula Square, The O2, Millennium Way, London SE10 0DS

Rodizio Rico 3-stars

“All the meat you can eat” is the motto at Rodizio Rico, where steak, ribs, pork and more are grilled and served to your table until you’re full! There’s also a buffet of vegetables, salad and traditional Brazilian street foods to feast on and live Brazilian music to keep you entertained.

Peninsula Square, The O2, Millennium Way, London SE10 0DS

Gurkha's Inn 4-stars

Gurkha’s Inn serves traditional Nepalese and Indian dishes in a laid-back, simple setting. The extensive menu features flavourful dishes like butter chicken and lamb jalfrezi, and a whole host of items from the tandoori. There’s also a delectable selection of tofu and veg dishes for vegetarians to choose from.

17 Colomb Street, London, Greenwich SE10 9HA

The Gun 4-stars

A traditional London pub and Grade II listed building, The Gun offers waterside views of the O2 Arena from its elegant Canary Wharf location. There’s a standalone bar menu and a sit-down dining area, complete with white tablecloths and candlelight, and the pub has numerous awards under its belt – including The Good Pub Guide's London's Best Dining Pub 2014.

27 Coldharbour, London E14 9NS

Mem Saheb 4-stars

Mem Saheb is a modern Indian restaurant on the riverbank, endorsed by Delia Smith and loved by locals! A great location for a special meal, the menu offers extensive choice, and the restaurant even hosts a Seafood Festival each summer to celebrate fish dishes.

65-67 Amsterdam Road, London E14 3UU

Rocket Canary Wharf 4-stars

Rocket is a modern restaurant and bar, with a first-floor balcony offering views across the river to the O2. On the menu are fresh salads and pizzas straight from the wood-fired oven. An outdoor terrace is perfect to relax under in summer with a cocktail or glass of wine.

Canary Wharf Group, 2 Churchill Place, London E14 5RB

Gaucho Grill 4-stars

An Argentinian steak house with a relaxing feel, Gaucho is set over three floors in the O2 complex and offers much more than steak. The menu includes ceviche, burgers, ragu and much more – something for everyone, served in a luxurious atmosphere.

Peninsula Square, The O2, Millennium Way, London SE10 0DS

Mountain View 5-stars

Mountain View is another highly recommended Indian and Nepalese restaurant, with a comprehensive menu of hot and freshly prepared classics at reasonable prices. Perfect for picking up a quick bite to eat!

160 Trafalgar Road, Greenwich, London SE10 9TZ

Wagamama Greenwich 4-stars

Wagamama is a popular chain offering a fresh, modern take on Japanese dishes like chicken katsu curry, teriyaki salmon soba and fusion food like firecracker chicken. There's also a kids menu and a selection of delicious desserts.

Peninsula Square, The O2, Millennium Way, London SE10 0DS
 

 Star ratings from TripAdvisor are correct as of January 2015



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Pubs and Nightlife 

There are lots of places to grab a drink near the O2 Arena, and in surrounding areas Canary Wharf and Greenwich.

Tip: The quickest way to get to Canary Wharf from the Arena is to use the Jubilee Line tube from North Greenwich station, or get a taxi (costs about £10).


  Area TripAdvisor rating BITE rating
The North Pole Canary Wharf 4-stars 6.6/10
The Gun Canary Wharf 4-stars  6.3/10
Meantime Brewing Company Greenwich 5-stars  7.8/10
The George Greenwich  4-stars  6.6/10
Cutty Sark Greenwich 5-stars  6.6/10
Yacht Greenwich 3-stars  5.9/10
The Vanbrugh Greenwich  4-stars  6.2/10
Trafalgar Tavern Greenwich  3-stars  5.2/10
Star and Garter Greenwich  4-stars  7/10
Hardys Freehouse Greenwich  5-stars  6.4/10

Clubs

If you're after more of a party vibe, there are plenty of clubs in the area - here are a few to check out.

 

  Style Price What's on?
Studio 338 Ibiza-style featuring some of the biggest names in electronic music ££ See studio338.co.uk
Guvnor Latest house, dance and R'n'B   ££ See www.guvnoruk.com
The Car Wash Disco classics and 80's pop anthems  £ See carwash.co.uk



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Sightseeing 

Greenwich is a perfect part of London for sightseeing, given its rich history and the many attractions that can be found nearby. Here are some of the most popular attractions in the area.



Cutty Sark

The Cutty Sark is a historic clipper ship - one of the fastest ships in the world, which was once used for commercial trading with the east, including teas and spices. The ship has now been fully restored and you can visit it near Greenwich Pier
Price: £13.50

The Royal Observatory

The Royal Observatory is situated just over the famous meridian line, where every place on earth is measured from! It's also home to London's only planetarium, and is a must-visit for anyone with an interest in astronomy.
Price: £13.50

The Old Royal Naval College

A spectacular building on the riverside, the Old Royal Naval College is known worldwide as a filming location for films including The King's Speech and Pirates of the Caribbean. Visit the Painted Hall, which took 19 years to complete and has now been restored to its former glory.
Price: free

The Crystal

The Crystal, located on the Royal Victoria Dock, contains a unique exhibition about sustainable development. The building itself is powered by solar panels and other state-of-the-art technology. Discounted tickets are available.
Price: £8

Greenwich Market

Greenwich Market is a must-visit if you're in the area. It's one of London's most renowned markets, with over 120 stalls. The market is particularly wonderful for food lovers, with stalls serving a wide variety of dishes from around the world.
 Price: free

The National Maritime Museum

The National Maritime Museum of the United Kingdom is also one of the largest maritime museums in the world. Part of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, it's a definite must-visit in the area.
Price: free

Queen's House

A former regal residence, as the name suggest, Queen's House is known as the first and one of the finest examples of classical architecture in Britain. Now open to the public, visit for free to see a fantastic collection of paintings.
Price: free

Emirates Air Line

While in the area, take the opportunity to cross the Thames on London's only cable car! The Emirates Air Line is a unique means of travel for commuters in the capital, providing panoramic views of the river.
Price: £3.40 (or you can pay with a Visitor Oyster card)

The Shard

The Shard is London's tallest building and the latest project of world-renowned architect, Renzo Piano. Just a short tube journey from the O2, it's an ideal stop for anyone who wants to see the capital from above the clouds!
Price: £24.95

Tower Bridge

Visit one of London's most iconic buildings, the impressive feat of engineering that is Tower Bridge. The bridge was one of the first in the world to operate using hydraulics; a visit includes a guided tour, and you might even see the bridge open beneath your feet thanks to the new glass floor!
Price: £9

London River Cruise from Greenwich Pier

One of the most popular things to do in London is take a river cruise. Take advantage of this two hour trip, leaving from Greenwhich Pier, to see some of London's most famous landmarks from a unique river view.
Price: £13.30

Walking tours of Greenwich

Learn all about the history of the local area of Greenwich with a fascinating walking tour led by an expert guide. Tours include entry to the local museums and a traditional pub lunch.
Price: from £55

Up at the O2

Up at the O2 is an attraction with a difference. Strapped into a safety harness, you can actually climb up to the top of the O2's 'dome' for a spectacular view and a thrill you'll never forget! To find out more about the experience read our article.
Price: from £26

ExCeL London

London's only dedicated exhibition space, ExCeL features regularly changing exhibitions on all sorts of different topics. Why not check out what's on while you're in the area?
Prices vary by exhibition


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Events 

Check out the upcoming events at the O2 Arena to see if there's anything you're interested in!

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