Been staying at the County Fair or Grosvenor on my past few times and have enjoyed it.
Could anyone share some advice with me on going to the 02 for a concert (Moody Blues)?
I know there are insiders who live in London and I am taking a friend and do not want to make the experience anything but memorable.
Jerry, probably as you know the O2 was built as THE DOME to celebrate the millenium. As it was government sponsored the politicos all critised it. But it was truly GREAT. The vast majority of public visitors praised it highly. Now that it is O2 it is FABULOUS, and I have never seen anything like it in the world!
The best Marriott to stay at would be the one at West India Quay. From there it is a short walk (Mainly under cover) to Canary Wharf tube station. One stop from there is North Greenwich station, and this is the stop for the O2. If you don't fancy the walk I mentioned you can go on the DLR (Docklands Light Railway) from West India Quay station- which is right outside the hotel - travel one stop to Canary Wharf and then join the Tube for the journey mentioned above. You might consider walking but you will have to cross the River Thames, and there are not too many bridges in that area !
Not sure what advice you actually need? Is it the venue itself, getting to it, or staying near it? Hopefully i can answer all three.
The Moody Blues concert is at the 02 arena on the 25th Sept 2010. It seats around 23,000 and the best blocks are A1, A2 & A3. These are the first 3 blocks (side by side) in front of the stage. This seating is flat so you might get someone tall in front (just a chance you take), and depending on the type of concert - the audience might stand up for the whole concert. But unlike a general admission concert where its a free for all, and usually standing, this does give you a numbered seat and a proper amount of space between rows of seats. The side blocks 101 and 112 (on opposite sides of the arena) are also good and these are raised up areas and tiered seating. Blocks 102 and 111 are also good (tiered side blocks). With such a large number of seats you can be a long long distance from the stage and view the concert on large screens (but sort of defeats the object).
Getting to the venue is easy IF the Jubilee line is running. There are currently plans to close part of the line some weekends up to around Easter so hopefully it should all be finished by Sept. It takes around 25 minutes from the West End directly to the 02 arena to North Greenwich.
The best place to stay if you are going to the 02 is DEFINATELY the Marriott West India Quay (Canary Wharf). It is then only 1 tube stop to North Greenwich, and from some rooms of the Marriott there are some stunning views of the 02. The hotel is modern, extremely well managed, with some of the best staff I have ever encountered. It has a vibrant bar that also serves bar food, a wonderful fish restaurant named CURVE (it also does great steaks etc) but you can see the famous Billingsgate fish market from the hotel and this is where the fresh fish is sourced from. And unlike most US properties, this hotel has a stunning executive lounge on the 7th floor with superb views of the internal waterway and high rise towers (a bit like a mini Manhattan). The exec lounge serves tasty canapes, offers an honour bar (free soft drinks; ie; coke, etc) and a very decent coffee machine that makes a wonderful cappuchino. They also serve a very good breakfast. If you want a full english breakfast, visit the Curve restaurant, the choice of food is very good indeed. The hotel's rooms are tastefully furnished, and there is a good gym and seperate locker rooms with mens and ladies saunas (all free). I cannot recommend the Marriott West India Quay more!
BTW - the County Fair is called County Hall (situated on the South Back) and the Grosvenor (I presume you mean the Marriott Grosvenor Square? - or the JW Marriott Grosvenor House) are all excellent hotels, but if i was going to the 02 I would definately stay at West India Quay (and there weekend rates are often much much better than the others in London).
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