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Live concerts might be off, but there’s still so much to enjoy at The O2 – the world’s most popular music, entertainment and leisure venue – this December.

Open seven days a week, with extended opening hours for Christmas shopping at Icon Outlet, The O2 is just 15-minutes from central London by tube, road or Uber Boat by Thames Clippers.

Plus, the huge, airy venue, with its iconic tent-like roof, has an outdoors feel indoors, offering you the best of both worlds whatever the weather.

1 Shop till you drop


Home to over 60 superstar brands with up to 70% off RRP all year round, Icon Outlet allows your shopping budget to stretch that little bit further.

Throughout December, Icon Outlet is open from 10am till 9pm Monday to Saturday, and 11am to 6pm on Sundays, which means more time – and space – to find those perfect presents. Plus, shoppers who spend over £35 are eligible for four hours free parking.

And what’s more, the premium brand outlet currently has its biggest ever sale on right now, with savings of up to 80% off RRP, so whether you’re shopping for a fitness fanatic, a beauty enthusiast or fashionista, there are plenty of opportunities to make great savings on gifts they’ll love. Brands include adidas, Lacoste, Ted Baker, GAP, Levi’s, Nike, The Cosmetics Company and many more – check out the full list here.

You can also give your loved one an Icon Outlet gift card, so that they can pick the perfect present themselves.

2 Climb The O2’s iconic roof

Speaking of fun things to do, The O2 is home to one of London’s most unique experiences – Up at The O2.

Climb over The O2’s world-famous roof in this unforgettable, socially distanced activity. The 90-minute outdoor climb offers 360-degree, panoramic views of the capital and, since it’s an outdoor attraction, you can go with friends or family members from outside your household in groups of up to six!

It’s the ultimate bucket-list activity for music lovers, families and thrill seekers alike and, what’s more, all climbers will receive a free KitKat Mini Santa to enjoy after the climb this December.

Book your climb here.

3 Fun things to do


Shopping complete? Make a real day of your trip to The O2 by putting your bowling skills to the test at Hollywood Bowl, with prices from £7.60 per adult or £26.95 for a family, as well as student discounts.

While there, you can also hit the arcade – take a ride with Mario, test your skills on the grabbers, get competitive over air hockey or play pool.

You can also get your bounce on at Oxygen Freejumping, the UK’s leading Trampoline Park, which is great for kids and adults alike with two floors, a variety of zones, dodgeball court Ninja Warrior obstacle course and more.

Visit The O2’s website for more details here.

4 Instagram moments

Capture a festive snap of you and your loved ones in front of Icon Outlet’s stunning bauble-covered selfie wall as you enter the building.

Or for the true selfie-taking pros, head to Selfie Factory on the Lower Level. The quirky, interactive pop-up experience has the perfect backdrop for every Instagram addict, including a pink London tube train, a rainbow room, a donut wall and more.

With new and enhanced health and safety measures in place to make the Selfie Factory COVID-secure, it’s the ultimate picture-perfect activity to enjoy with your bubble. Click here to book.

5 Eat and drink


In search of something to eat? The O2 has over 30 bars and restaurants for you to choose from.

From Italian delights at ASK Italian, to festive favourites at All Bar One and premium Argentinian steak at Gaucho, there’s a delicious meal to suit all taste buds this December. Why not try the newest restaurant, Haidilao Hot Pot, a traditional Chinese hot pot restaurant, for a unique dining experience?

For an afternoon treat or two after your shopping, how about luxury gelato from Snowflake or bubble tea from CoCo?

Check out the full list of bars and restaurants available at The O2 here.



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