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O2 Arena, London - Various Questions!

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Me and my boyfriend have tickets to see Britney Spears at the O2 Arena in June. Up until yesterday we had reluctantly decided not to go as after speaking to someone at the O2 Arena and discoverin… Read More
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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
Me and my boyfriend have tickets to see Britney Spears at the O2 Arena in June.

Up until yesterday we had reluctantly decided not to go as after speaking to someone at the O2 Arena and discovering that the concert was scheduled to last until 11.30pm, we realised that we had no chance of making it back to Liverpool Street to catch the last train home and despite us both wanting to go to the concert, neither of us wanted to fork out £150+ on a hotel for the night.

We had planned to sell them but Ebay is flooded with tickets so the selling prices are lower than the face value and we didn't want to sell them for less than what we paid.

So my boyfriend has decided to drive there and back. We are only in Norwich so about a 2-3 hour drive away but neither of us know London at all. We have booked a parking space the the O2 Arena (for a shocking £17.50 plus a £2.20 booking fee!!) so at least we don't have to worry about finding somewhere to park!

My questions are;

Seeing as we have spent nearly £20 on a parking space, I assume we can park there all day?

Will we need to drive through any congestion charge zones to get to the O2 Arena or are those zones mainly in central London?

Is there anything interesting to do near the O2 Arena? I think we plan to get there in the morning (assuming we can park there all day!) and "explore" until the afternoon but we don't want to venture too far into London seeing as neither of us know London at all and knowing our luck, we will get lost!

and finally

Our seats aren't the greatest, they are "in the gods" - would we look completely stupid and out of place if we had binoculars - my boyfriend wants a good look at Britney! Lol!

Thanks!
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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
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#1
yea you will go through a congestion charge zone. and by the time you have paid parking, petrol and congestion charge you might aswell stay in a hotel. there are one right by north greenwich tube station (nearest tube to the o2) for as little as £64 per night and thats for a saturday.
http://www.hoteldirect.co.uk/webapp/hoteldirect/servlet/HDSearchDate
hope this helps a bit
#2
Its outside of the congestion zone if you approach london from the east or south east. The arena is on the Greenwich Peninsular but *close enough to Greenwich proper* which has the Maritime museum. Greenwich has a market as well but not been that way in a while and not sure what days the stalls are out. Lots of arts/crafts and antiques. A few years back there was the Cutty Sark but that was before the fire. If you are there early and its nice weather you may want to go to Greenwich Park.

*if you drive or take transport
#3
Can't really get lost going to o2 from anywhere central London,keep this in mind,always take the Jubiilee Line to Greenwich,this line runs through London Bridge and Waterloo,it doesn't take long on the tube to get from any of these to Greenwich. It can be more trickier if there is any Underground Engineering Works on.

Can say there is not a lot to do in the o2,there is a cinema ( think it's Vue ? ) and the rest is just restaurants and bars. Maybe in the Club Indigo there might be a special event for Britney ticket holders before the show?

If you don't mind shopping Canary Wharf is on the Jubilee line and there some a bit of shopping there in Canary Square,like a bit of an indoor mall,you can access it from the Waitrose or Canary Wharf Tube, if you don't want to far out away from Greenwich.

Me personally would get to the Jubililee Line to Waterloo,get on Brown line,think it's Bakerloo and make my way to Charing X and then get off and walk around into Covent Garden cos there's lot of shops,markets and some street entertainment,it suits me the walk round anyway.
#4
Depending what time you arrive in Greenwich, may be worth knowing that you can get river trips into Central London if you wish from Greenwich pier. Think there may be subsidised ways of taking up this option. Will see if I can find anything
#5
mmmn thought I had heard something about subsided travel on the river using and oyster card but its not started yet. bookmark it for the future
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23672077-details/Oyster+card+will+cut+Thames+boat+commuter+fares/article.do

Interactive map of the Thames - Millenium Dome is O2 Arena
http://www.citycruises.com/thames.htm
#6
if you dont have a sat nav,print off directions from AA routeplanner,the drive to o2 from norwich straightforward and NO congestion charge.Greenwich proper is really nice for a look round and some nice places to eat,worth knowing you can park at o2 for much less without booking !!
#7
housefan
if you dont have a sat nav,print off directions from AA routeplanner,the drive to o2 from norwich straightforward and NO congestion charge.Greenwich proper is really nice for a look round and some nice places to eat,worth knowing you can park at o2 for much less without booking !!


We have a sat nav so hopefully it will be a straight forward journey.

I know that there are other places to park near the O2 but I didn't want to confuse the matter!

By the way, does anyone know how far away the London Eye is from the O2? If I am travelling to London I might as well make the most of it!
#8
kimbyanne
We have a sat nav so hopefully it will be a straight forward journey.

I know that there are other places to park near the O2 but I didn't want to confuse the matter!

By the way, does anyone know how far away the London Eye is from the O2? If I am travelling to London I might as well make the most of it!


You will need to take the transport network
Best is Jubilee Line from North Greenwich to Waterloo
http://journeyplanner.tfl.gov.uk/
#9
WoolyM
You will need to take the transport network
Best is Jubilee Line from North Greenwich to Waterloo
http://journeyplanner.tfl.gov.uk/


I think there is work being done on the Jubilee Line in June (or now?) according to Ticketmaster, might confuse things.
#10
If possible leave your car at the arena because parking in greenwich is a nightmare but i don't think the concert parking lets people in very early as it is manned by a warden. Of u go vue cinema in 02 you get free parking... Not sure about london eye distance
#11
We left our car on free street parking right opposite Canada Water tube (2 stops) when we went to O2. If your concert is at weekend you wont pay Cong Charge. If you want to make a day of it the water taxi runs from Waterloo Pier (which is where the Eye is) right to the O2 and will give you an awesome view of London. Thames Clippers
http://www.thamesclippers.com/images/content/routes-times/route-map-new.gif
#12
hi-dj dave ere from yorkshire--firstly, next to the o2 arena and i mean next to it-- is a pub called the pilot and it is a fab one --this is where you should have booked a table for a bar meal (i reccomend fish)average cost £8 each-- left your car there at no cost an cought a water taxi 5 mins into greenwich---- spend a fab afternoon there --have a chinese meal in THAT CHINESE for £4.50 and back up to o2 for a concert -----A REYT DO as we say in yorkshire
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What I love is that OP lives a few hours from London and is acting like it's a foreign country!!!! It's just a bigger version of where you live and the tube is just an underground bus but more regular. London isn't scary it's just a normal place with normal people!!
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lynchtoysrus
hi-dj dave ere from yorkshire--firstly, next to the o2 arena and i mean next to it-- is a pub called the pilot and it is a fab one --this is where you should have booked a table for a bar meal (i reccomend fish)average cost £8 each-- left your car there at no cost an cought a water taxi 5 mins into greenwich---- spend a fab afternoon there --have a chinese meal in THAT CHINESE for £4.50 and back up to o2 for a concert -----A REYT DO as we say in yorkshire

You are nearly two years late!
#15
What I love is that this thread is almost 2 years old and you still comment! :p

gbspurs
What I love is that OP lives a few hours from London and is acting like it's a foreign country!!!! It's just a bigger version of where you live and the tube is just an underground bus but more regular. London isn't scary it's just a normal place with normal people!!



Edited By: dh058977 on May 08, 2011 12:10
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I'm on my iPhone so it doesn't display dates of articles. Not my fault someone felt the need to bump it!!!

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