A short history of the O2 arena


London is full of amazing places to see, hear, eat, drink and live life to the full. Within a few minutes you can walk between an 18th Century church and a 21st Century glass skyscraper.

Of all the London arenas, the Millennium Dome has got to be one of the modern iconic images of London. It is Located on the Greenwich Peninsula in South East London. The dome’s design has been greatly talked about and critiqued. At the time of it’s opening, the Millennium Dome was the largest enclosed space in the world.

The Millennium Dome was built to celebrate the new millennium and to host the exhibition: ‘Millennium Experience’ which was designed to be a celebration of life religion and culture in Britain in the year 2000 and contained 14 themed areas, called zones.

The ‘Millennium Experience’ has now closed and The Dome is has evolved into the spectacular O2 Arena. The closest underground station is North Greenwich on the Jubilee Line, which makes it easily accessible for people visiting from all over London and the country. The Jubilee Line runs directly from Waterloo to North Greenwich.


With the style, accessibility and the wide variety of live performances the 02 arena has rapidly become the go-to London arena for major events especially for live music. This year the variety is wider than ever! From Neil Diamond to 50 Cent to 1 Direction and the comedy gold of Brendan O’Carroll as Mrs. Brown.

This London arena had a very prominent appearance in the opening sequence of the London 2012 Olympics in the Isles Of Wonder opening ceremony. The Millennium Dome/London O2 arena also featured prominently in the James Bond film, The World is not Enough. Indeed the media reported that the Millennium Dome stared alongside Pierce Brosnan in the film, truly cementing the Millennium Dome in UK film history.

The success of the O2 arena has been hugely credited to the performers who have been booked to perform with spectacular results as well as breaking new boundaries. The Chinese singer A-Mei was the first female Chinese singer to stand on a stage in Europe. The live performances at the O2 arena are regularly sold out very quickly. The first 6 dates for Beyoncé’s The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour sold out in less than 15 minutes. 6 more shows were added for her 2014 tour, making the O2 arena her most visited venue during a tour throughout her entire career.

The Millennium Dome is the largest dome in the world and the largest single roofed structure in the world. Its dimensions and structure reflect Greenwich’s connection with time measurement: 365m in diameter; and 52m high in the middle; with 12 supporting poles, symbolizing days, weeks and months of the year.

The O2 Arena is a great place to visit to experience contemporary design and experience modern multifunctionality of a space.


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