What to do and Where to stay near the O2 Arena

We all know the O2 Arena (AKA the 'Dome') has plenty inside it to keep you entertained, but ever wondered where to stay and what to see in the nearby areas?


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The O2 Arena has continued their quest of continuously improving their entertainment offering over the last few years. Packed with multiple restaurants and bars now, this enormous arena can seat up to 20,000 and features some of the best and biggest music acts around the world.

If you want to be based near the O2 Arena, you aren't short of options. North Greenwich station connects you directly to Canary Wharf filled with sleek and stylish accommodation, as well as the nearby up and coming Docklands neighbourhoods.

Read on to discover a little more about the areas surrounding the world-famous arena.

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THINGS TO SEE AND DO NEAR THE O2 ARENA 

SPEND A DAY IN GREENWICH

Greenwich has a number of attractions making it worthy of a full on day trip. Hop on a boat to Greenwich Pier to get here. Don't miss the glorious ceilings in the Painted Hall of the Old Royal Naval College, the iconic tea clipper Cutty Sark, and the planetarium show at the Royal Observatory. There's also a colourful market open for exploration every day.

EXPLORE CANARY WHARF

It's hard not to feel like you're in Manhattan for a minute when you're in the heart of Canary Wharf. London's business district is buzzing with office workers during the weekdays, but much more quiet on weekends. The skyline is fairly epic, and you can soak in city views of sleek and stylish glass/steel towers from all the accommodation here.

Insider Tips: Restaurant-wise, hit Roka for the bottomless brunch and Gaucho for a divine steak experience. Feeling thirsty? You'll find great cocktails at Tom's Kitchen and rooftop drinks at Bokan.

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WATERSPORT IT UP AT THE DOCKLANDS SAILING AND WATERSPORTS CENTRE

You wouldn't necessarily associate London with watersports. Frolicking on water is not what our city's known for. But those who do fancy a spot of windsurfing, sailing or river kayaking can hit the Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre not far from the O2 Arena.

TAKE A RIDE ON THE CABLE CAR

Yes, there's a cable car in London. It's underrated but offers great views over the river and the Dome. You can catch the Emirates Air Line cable car just 5 minutes from the O2 Arena.

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HOW TO GET AROUND

Tube: For easy access to the O2 arena, you have the North Greenwich underground station on the Jubilee line a mere stone's throw away. Undoubtedly the best public transport option to get you to your gig.

Bus: There are a plethora of buses running from North Greenwich station, including the 24 hour 188 bus - super handy for late night shows.

River Bus: If you want your journey to the O2 arena to be an experience in itself, sail in on the MBNA Thames Clippers River Bus Express. It can get you from central to the arena in just 35 minutes (and the on-board bar doesn't hurt).

Taxi: There are black taxis galore at North Greenwich station rank, with actual taxi marshals(!) to help you get home on busy event nights. And there are usually Ubers aplenty in the area.

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