In the old days, pretty much all you had in this part of Docklands (apart from The O2 itself) was a Tesco Express and a few naff chain restaurants, and finding hotels near The O2 was no easy matter. Now? Floating garden Farmopolis has taken residence on the jetty, hosting creative workshops, literary events and live music.
If you’re hungry and feeling flush, try Craft London, where the chefs keep their own bees, or the cheaper option, Yalla Yalla’s street-food stall in Greenwich Peninsula Square, then walk it off in the Ecology park. The Thames Clipper riverboat from North Greenwich or Jubilee line from North Greenwich tube will get you where you need to go.
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A Fuller's pub on Greenwich Peninsula, with bedrooms for those looking to stay the night. The food ranges from pub classics to modern, seasonal dishes and meats cooked in the Big Green Egg – a nifty barbecue.
If you need to sit down in the lobby of this four-star riverside property across the water from The O2, better make it next to the giant white stag sculpture that’s positioned on the leather sofa: design statements such as these make this Radisson Blu hotel a little different from some of the more straightlaced hotels in the area. The bathtubs looking out over the city in some of the rooms help too.
A comfortable budget option, Tune Hotels provide comfy beds in compact, modern rooms but scrimp on kettles and mini-bars and charge extra for towels and toiletries (bring your own) to keep prices down. It’s a basic luxury option that’ll appeal to people who will be out exploring for most of their stay, but want a cheap, comfy place to crash. There’s a jukebox in the lobby, the doors of which are open 24-hours a day – so you're fine to stay out after your gig ends.
A corporate-yet-elegant five-star waterside hotel with river views, a garden and terrace, plus vast, airy suites and bright, lavish bathrooms. At the north end of the Isle of Dogs, it’s in easy reach of The O2 by boat, taxi or on the Jubilee line. The best bit is the 20-metre pool, with huge windows looking upriver and towards the city. Guests get free access to the Virgin Active fitness club next door.
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