For the adventurous travelers among you, who are looking to do something memorable and different in London and who love the challenge of climbing up 52 meters to a beautiful view of London's landmarks, the Up! At the O2 is for you!
What is it?
The O2 Arena was previously known as the Millennium Dome. Built for the turn of the Millennium in the year 2000, the arena held a number of special temporary attractions. In 2005 the dome was renamed at transformed into an exhibition space, restaurant and bar strip (called Entertainment Avenue), a bowling alley, and a performance arena.
In the summer of 2012, Up at the O2 opened to the public, giving visitors a chance to trek across the roof of the O2 arena. Visitors traverse along at 190m (623ft) long fabric walk-way, 53m(174ft) above the ground, from one side of the Dome to the other. In the centre of the roof, guests can stop at a central platform that provides 360 degree views of London, highlighting the Olympic Park, Thames Barrier, Greenwich, Canary Wharf and even into the city, showing the Shard and the “Walkie Talkie” (the building that melted a car!).
Before taking their journey, visitors are kitted out in explorer gear: climbing suit, boots, harness, etc. Guests are taken up as a group with an assigned a climb guide who will accompany them along the route to keep them safe, but also to inform visitors about all the sights they are taking in. Visitors also have the choice to climb the O2 in the daylight hours, or after the sun has set to see the lights of London shine. One of the most interesting ways to see London, it’s a great experience for Londoners and tourists alike.
How to get to O2 arena
The O2 arena is located a 27-minutes tube ride eastwards from London Bridge. Take the Jubilee line to North Greenwich Station. The O2 arena is located right by the tube station on the peninsula by the river.
Dates/times: 7 Days a Week, several times per hour
Summer Times (June to September): 10:00am – 10:00pm
Winter Times (October to May): 10:00am – 5:00pm
Cost: £26.00 Adult / £10.00 for Children (OVER 10 ONLY)
Website: Up At The O2
Note: In dangerous weather, Up at the O2 may temporarily close. All climbers must be over 1.2m tall (around 4 feet).