Video:Tips for Visiting the O2 in Londonwith Simon Rodway
The O2 is one of London's most distinct buildings, and is a hub for entertainment in the city. Watch this video from About.com for great tips for visiting the O2 in London.See Transcript
Transcript:Tips for Visiting the O2 in London
Hi, I am Simon Rodway. I am a London Blue Badge tourist guide and I will give you a few tips about how to visit the O2 here in Southeast London.
Background of the O2 in London
It is a very futuristic building. It was built for the year 2000 as the Millenium Dome, it is now more familiarly known as the O2, and that is named after the current sponsor, a cellphone company.
This extraordinary building is supported entirely, the whole roof is supported entirely by those twelve masts you see there, and the idea originally was that it gave a completely column free interior through its vast interior space.
The O2 in London Is a Music Venue
The O2 Arena itself has became the busiest music venue in the world. And what people like about the O2 is that everything is enclosed. As well as the performance spaces, you have got restaurants and takeaways all under that same vast roof.
Tips for Getting to the O2 in London
And it is easy to get to, it is actually on a dedicated tube line, on London's Jubilee Line: the latest tube line, here in London. North Greenwich, you come to. There are buses form the overground at Charleton, as well. And, more exciting even, there is a cable car linked now from the north bank of the Thames here to the O2. It is called the Airline.
A big crowd turns up, it can get pretty pretty busy, so they have a safe child wristband policy. Just ask at reception should your get separated in the crowd.
I am Simon Rodway, a London Blue Badge tourist guide for About.com, here at London's O2.