10 COOL THINGS TO DO AT THE O2
The O2 is well known as the home of great music and events but what other things can you do there?
We’ve put together a guide of 10 things to do at The O2, especially if you’re with kids.
We were invited to spend the day at the venue and create an itinerary to suit even the most discerning (we mean fussiest) child.
Make the journey part of the adventure and travel by the Thames Clipper even if the weather is terrible (and it was a little cloudy when we went) the fact you’re on a boat as opposed to a train or car gets the day off to a great start.
Kids go free with a Family River Roamer ticket leaving you free to explore all London has to offer with this all-day hop-on, hop-off ticket for 2 adults and up to 3 children.
The services run to and from most of London’s major piers including Westminster, London Eye, Bankside, Tower, Greenwich and North Greenwich - a five-minute walk to The O2. Tickets from £32.60 when you book online.
Timetabled services run to North Greenwich Pier (a five-minute walk from The O2) every 20 minutes, seven days a week from major central London piers such as Embankment, Westminster and Tower. Did you know the boats offer an onboard licenced bar?
2. Up at The O2
Kids have to be aged 9 and at least 1.2m tall and accompanied an adult (at a 1:1 ratio) and it’s not overly challenging so the kids shouldn’t find it too hard.
Wear comfy clothes and thick socks and after a safety briefing they’ll provide you a climb suit, boots and harness for what we like to call urban mountaineering.
You climb to the top of The O2 via a walkway 52m above ground level and on a clear day you can see up to 15 miles away.
Up at The O2 also hosts seasonal wellbeing sessions including rooftop yoga and HIIT sessions.
Replacing Nissan Innovation Station, is a 12-station Immotion VR entertainment zone.
With Thrill Coaster and Undersea Explorer immersive cinema pods, multi-directional motion, 360 HD sound and incredible visual special effects kids can become virtual deep space explorers, deep-sea adventures - pretty much whatever they want to (virtually) be.
There’s also, as well as a new multiplayer VR gaming arena featuring Raw Data - a thrilling first-person sci-fi action game.
The O2 is home to London’s largest cinema with19 screens including a 4DX screen with innovative cinematic technology which uses special effects to create wind, snow, fog, lightning, bubbles, water and scents.
5. Sky Studios
Another free activity which takes around 30 – 45 minutes, what’s happening at Sky Studios changes seasonally, we’ve enjoyed mini golf and a Disney Frozen extravaganza in the past.
This time it was very Sky focused with the chance to read the news in the Sky Studio (so much fun) and dive into the world of sport upstairs.
Football fans can join in on the Sky Sports pundit’s chosen Player of the Match.
We played being the commentator, the umpire, the pundit and the F1 driver and if your phone has a QR reader, everything you do can be recorded/photographed and all your pictures and videos will be saved and can be watched again when you’re at the home on the Sky Live website.
Oxygen Freejumping has 50 linked trampolines, a giant airbag, a dodgeball court, a high rope Airventure course and ‘Little O Toddler’ sessions for younger jumpers.
You can eat in at the Hollywood Diner or have a post-bowling game of pool. You can also hire lanes for kids’ bowling birthday parties.
Shop a selection of fashion and lifestyle brands (like adidas, Nike, Ted Baker, Cath Kidston, Hackett, Scotch and Soda, Levi's, Clarks, ASICS, Jack Wills and Gap) for up to 70% off high street prices.
Throughout the school holidays, there are a host of free visitor benefits including further discounts, personal styling, hair braiding, kids crafts, mindfulness sessions and a chill out zones.
All this activity makes you hungry and one of our favourite places to eat at The O2 is Cabana Brasil for some good old fashion Brazilian BBQ.
The food is flavourful, generously portioned and the staff aren’t freaked out by boisterous children.
A colourful kid’s menu with a word search, colouring in and quizzes keeps them occupied while you enjoy a well-deserved drink from the bar for being such an awesome parent and taking them out for the day!
Check the Cabana website for ‘Kids Eat Free’ (and 2 for 1 on cocktails) and other money saving deals. Price wise you’re looking at around £20 a head including drinks for the adults.
If Cabana isn’t your thing, there are over 29 bars and restaurants to choose from at The O2, including newly opened, vegan favourite, by CHLOE, authentic traditional Indian street food at Scarlet Rasoi and a new school take on fish and chips from Hook.
Admittedly, it’s more of a touristy thing to do (unless you live near Royal Victoria Docks or Greenwich Peninsula) but the 20 minute ride will give you great views of Canary Wharf, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Shard, The O2, the Thames Barrier, Maritime Greenwich and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Hotels Near The O2 Arena
If you’re at The O2 for an event, there are lots of hotels near The O2, our favourite of which is the InterContinental London. The breakfast was delicious, the views amazing and the staff super kind (and patient with kids).