Often called the Dome or the London Arena, the London O2 Arena is the city’s premier concert and sporting venue, attracting top acts from all over the world. It can seat up to 23,000 spectators.
Located on the banks of the Thames River in the Greenwich district of London, the O2 Arena is easily accessible by car, train, bus, boat and the London Underground. Performers at the O2 prefer to use the Thames Flyer speedboat service in order to get back their hotels or to host spectacular post-concert parties. The Arena is about fifteen minutes from London Airport and less than an hour from Heathrow International Airport.
The London Arena was converted from the Millennium Dome by the Anschutz Entertainment Group. It opened to the public in 2007. As well as the main arena, the Dome also houses a smaller arena called the Indigo2 and a round art exhibition space called the O2 Bubble. All of these structures fit under the massive Dome, considered the world’s largest building under one roof.
Greenwich is home not only to the Dome and the Arena but to the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich Park, the Royal Hospital School and the Royal Observatory. In 1997, Greenwich was declared a World Heritage Site. To learn about the area’s history, visit the Greenwich Heritage Centre in nearby Artillery Square.