Whenever it’s announced our favourite artists — from Britney Spears to Ed Sheeran and Iron Maiden — will be playing the iconic O2 in Greenwich, London, we all rush to get our hands on tickets.
And if you end up as one of the lucky 20,000 that nab a ticket per night, then why not make a weekend of it?
Because from eye-opening museums to quirky hotels and heart-pumping activities, there is plenty for the entire family to get stuck into in the surrounding area.
So if you’re heading to the iconic music venue this summer — or you’re a Londoner who fancies exploring a different side of town — here’s what to do in the area to make the most of your stay.
HEAD BACK IN TIME
Greenwich is home to many museums in beautiful spots —and they certainly come in all shapes and sizes.
Take the National Maritime Museum for example. Already ticking a box on the basis that entry is free, the historic collections are also homed in a stunning building overlooking Greenwich Park.
The world’s leading maritime museum holds centuries worth of the secrets of Britain at sea and currently boasts insightful exhibitions such as The Great British Seaside in photographs.
After hours of feeding the brain, lunch in NMN’s impressive restaurant, Benugo, is certainly a great spot to fill stomachs, too.
The Queen’s House (famous for its extraordinary art collections) and Royal Observatory (home of Greenwich Mean Time, the Prime Meridian of the world and London’s Planetarium) are a stone’s throw away, too.
Ship enthusiasts will love boarding deck on the Cutty Sark — the fastest sailing ship of its time turned award-winning visitor attraction — and finding out what life was really like for men at sea in the 1800s. Spoiler: It was pretty brutal!
Want something super interactive for little ones? Dinosaurs in the Wild offers an immersive way for kids (and adults, if we’re honest) to learn a thing or two about earth’s previous roamers, all while been sucked into the prehistory world — quite literally.
REACH NEW HEIGHTS
Walking through London — be it taking in the old-meets-new architecture or watching the sun glisten off the iconic River Thames — is always full of fascinating turns.
But why not get a better look? Instead, take to the skies to observe the capital in its entirety.
For the glamorous option, head to The View From the Shard (from £21.50). Enjoy a glass of Champagne from floor 72 of London’s tallest building as you take in the 360-degree view.
But that’s not the only way to see the city. Get a birds-eye perspective while on the move by taking the Emirates Air Line (from £3.50) and likewise enjoy a Champagne on the way. It beats walking across a bridge…
The ultimate way to get a better view? To earn it, of course. Take an hour or so out to Climb the O2 (from £30.) The sight from the top will only be more rewarding as your heart rate rises, too.
TAKE TO THE WATERS
If you’d rather be on the waters that staring at it from up above, then there are numerous ways to experience the 215 miles long river.
The latter speeds down the waters and offers an express (i.e. heart racing) way to see the world famous sites while making a splash.
The ultimate way to enjoy the iconic water path? Spend the night in the Sunborn Hotel (from £109 a night), of course.
The yacht hotel (yes, yacht hotel) oozes opulence, and dining overlooking the glistening waters is the perfect way to unwind after a night of partying at the O2.
Now time to get planning…