Lonely Planet review
The 380m-wide circular Millennium Dome (renamed O2) cost £750 million to build and more than £5 million a year just to keep it erect. It closed at the end of 2000, having failed miserably in its bid to attract 12 million visitors, and was until 2007 for the most part unemployed. Since then it has hosted big acts like Madonna, Prince, Justin Timberlake and Barbara Streisand in its 23, 000-seat 02 Arena and soul, pop and jazz bands in the 2350-seat IndigO2 . Massive exhibitions (Tutankhamen and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, The Human Body) and sporting events have made their temporary homes here and there’s a slew of bars, clubs and restaurants sheltering under what was originally derided as ‘the latest in tent technology’.