The O2 Arena London: your guide to what's on, seating plan, hotels and more
Staff writer - February 07, 2018

The O2 Arena London: your guide to what's on, seating plan, hotels and more

You've got your tickets sorted... but what about everything else you need to maximise your experience?
The O2 Arena London

So, you’ve got tickets to one of the many awesome shows at The O2 Arena in London, but there’s still stuff you need to know...

Like, where are the best seats? How do you get there? Where are you going to eat? What year is this? WHO’S THE PRESIDENT?!

Hey! Calm it right down. LineUp's got you covered.

We’ve put together everything you could possibly need to know about The O2 in one handy page (well, we’re pretty sure we got everything. If we missed anything, just let us know on Facebook or something).

Fast facts

Capacity: 20,000.
Closest tube station: North Greenwich.
Wheelchair access: Yes.
Cloakroom: Only for standing area.
Food: Loads (more below).
Tickets: See events at The O2 Arena London.

What events are on at The O2 Arena?

 

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You have DEFINITELY come to the right place. LineUp is your one-stop shop for all the biggest shows at The O2. You’ll find complete guides to events at The O2 Arena in the music, theatre/comedy and sports sections, or you can just skip straight to the tickets if you know what you want.

What’s The O2 Arena seating plan and where are the best seats?

Buying tickets can get a bit confusing when it’s not clear exactly what kind of an experience you’ll get by choosing the cheap or expensive seats.

Depending on the event, the seating layout can change. Here’s a handy seating map for a typical concert at The O2 so you can see what’s what:

The O2 Arena London seating plan

This map shows the standing area used for concerts, but other shows might have three blocks of seating in this space. The best seats are in the front row of blocks A1-A3 (not shown) and the front rows of blocks 101 and 112 in the lower tier. Behind A1-A3 would be B1-B3, which aren’t too bad, followed by C1-C3, which are quite a bit further back and might make it harder to see the stage clearly.

The upper tier is high. Proper high. So not for those that suffer from vertigo. Also, these seats (numbered 400+) don’t offer the best views of the stage as they’re quite far away.

How do you get to The O2 Arena in London?

How to get to The O2 Arena London, Greenwich

By car

The venue is conveniently signposted from the M25, the A2, the A20 and the M11. Turn off at Millennium Way or Edmund Halley Way. There’s also a reserved area in Car Park 3 for Uber and private car hire.

By tube

The closest Underground station is North Greenwich on the Jubilee line, which is just a couple of minutes’ walk from The O2.

By bus

Routes 108, 129, 132, 161, 188, 422, 472 or 486 will get you there.

By river

Cool, huh? The Thames Clipper boat can take you to The O2 from central London.

By cable car

Yep, you can get there by cable car. The Emirates Air Line takes between five and 10 minutes to cross the river, depending on how busy it is. It leaves from the Royal Docks.

Where can we eat at The O2 Arena?

 

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Are you going to eat before the show? Grab a bite after? Get your snack on right there in the middle of the action? Sadly, we can’t really help you with dilemmas like that directly, but we can certainly give you some food for thought (dad joke intended).

There are restaurants offering cuisine from all over the world at The O2 (many of which have vegetarian and vegan options) and there’s even food on offer inside the arena itself including fish and chips, pizza and stir-fry.

Here’s the full list of restaurants at The O2 Arena:

  • Ask Italian
  • All Bar One
  • Brunels News and Food (snacks and sandwiches)
  • Busaba (Thai)
  • Byron – Proper Hamburgers
  • Cabana (Rio Street Food)
  • Five Guys (burgers)
  • Frankie and Benny’s (Italian)
  • Garfunkel’s
  • Gaucho (grill)
  • Gourmet Burger Kitchen
  • Harvester (salad and grill)
  • Hollywood Bowl (American Diner)
  • Jimmy’s World Grill and Bar
  • Las Iguanas (Latin)
  • NY-LON (lounge bar)
  • Nando’s (chicken)
  • Pizza Express
  • Square Pie (British)
  • Starbucks
  • T.G.I. Friday’s
  • The Slug and Lettuce
  • Wasabi (Japanese)
  • Water Margin (oriental)
  • Zizzi (Italian)

And places to get food and drink inside The O2 Arena:

  • American Express Invites Lounge
  • Becks Vier Bar
  • Grill St.
  • Lanson Champagne Bar
  • Mom’s Fabulous Hot Dogs
  • O2 blueroom (VIP bar for O2 customers and friends)
  • O2 lounge (same)
  • Sky Backstage Bar
  • Stella Artois Bar
  • The Barardi Residency Bar

What else is there to do at The O2 Arena?

You can see the latest films at Cineworld, or knock down a few pins at Hollywood Bowl (which also boasts a decent video arcade with VR attractions).

For the daredevil, Up At The O2 is well worth a go. It’s a 90-minute climb across the roof of the building. Yikes!

What about parking at The O2 Arena?

They’ve got it - but it’s worth pre-booking on The O2 website ahead of time. There’s even valet parking from £42 if you can’t wait a minute longer to get inside the venue.

The O2 VIP experience: what do you get?

Oooh… splashing out on the posh seats, eh? Good for you! The O2 offers an all-singing, all-dancing VIP experience, which entitles members to early access to the best tickets, private lounge access and the best seats in the house - guaranteed.

Call 020 8463 2158 or email thevipclub@theo2.co.uk to join.

Sky customers can get exclusive access to Sky Backstage, which is free for all Sky customers and their mates. It’s open before the main doors if you fancy a pre-show drink or bite to eat.

Alternatively, you can buy individual VIP tickets and lounge access. They sell-out fast, but you might be lucky and find someone selling a spare on StubHub.co.uk.

Any good hotels near The O2 Arena London?

You’re obviously spoilt for choice in London - with pretty much everything in the city within easy access of The O2 in Greenwich. But if you want to be super close, here’s a shortlist of places you might want to check out.

Cheap hotels

Travelodge London Docklands
The Angerstein Hotel
King William Hotel
London Docklands Canary Wharf

Not too pricey

Britannia International Hotel
Radisson Blu Edwardian, New Providence Wharf
The Pilot Inn
Holiday Inn Express London Greenwich

Ooh, la-di-da

Smoor - Royal Victoria Excel Apartment
Hilton London Canary Wharf Hotel

We fancy going out after the event? What’s good?

You don’t have to go far to keep the night going after an event at The O2 Arena. Building Six hosts huge club nights and it’s right there at the venue.

The nightspot boasts three huge floors and features a dance floor that reacts to the bass. There’s also a terrace where you can take in the London skyline. What a way to finish a night out at The O2!

Also in Greenwich is Studio 338 - which attracts some of the biggest names in dance music - and a host of pleasant little pubs in the area that are open until the small hours.

And of course, you’re just a short cab ride away from everything central London has to offer.

What other attractions are near The O2 Arena?

You could seriously make a day of it in Greenwich - there’s loads to do.

Greenwich Market is a proper slice of London life, with unique fashion and food on offer.

For those who fancy a bit of historical London, check out Cutty Sark - a British ship built in 1869 and now open to the public - or walk along the Greenwich Meridian and step between time zones (sort of).

MORE: Everything happening at The O2 Arena in London this month

Stay tuned to LineUp for more on maximising your live event experiences.

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