Parking at O2 arena

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  • kentmonkey 25 Nov 2009 22:05:15 20,539 posts
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    Any tips on parking at or near the O2 arena? I've just been told that they charge 25 to park on the night, or 20 if you pre-book (17.80 plus booking fee) which is, frankly, an absolute piss take.

    I can't do public transport that day as the event finishing time conflicts with the last train back to my home station, so I've got to drive and park somewhere.

    I have been told of the West India Quay car park, but not sure what that's like (I don't fancy having my car pinched if it's in a bad area or unmanned) and I can't get any real details about it, other than it's near Canary Wharf.

    Apparently Car Park 4 at the O2 can be used for indigo2 or the Entertainment avenue customers (restaurants) and that's cheaper, but you can't pre-book that and I suppose that will be full well before the event starts and we get there.

    Has anyone been before and got any tips of local car parks that can be used that are more sensibly priced?
  • LetsGo 25 Nov 2009 22:08:06 5,183 posts
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    What you going to see?
  • kentmonkey 25 Nov 2009 22:08:31 20,539 posts
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    Eddie Izzard. \o/
  • LetsGo 25 Nov 2009 22:08:52 5,183 posts
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    Oh also, theres an entertainment complex around the corner which is about a 10/15 minute walk. You can park there for free, yes it may be busy but its worth a shot.
  • LetsGo 25 Nov 2009 22:10:20 5,183 posts
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    Eddie Izzard eh? That starts at 18:30, your have plenty of time to get the tube afterwards!
  • kentmonkey 25 Nov 2009 22:10:43 20,539 posts
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    Apparently they've clamped some people at 120 a pop. Not very often but with my run of luck, it'll most likely happen on that night.
  • LetsGo 25 Nov 2009 22:14:02 5,183 posts
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    kentmonkey wrote:
    Apparently they've clamped some people at 120 a pop. Not very often but with my run of luck, it'll most likely happen on that night.

    Clamp people? The place I'm talking about has restaurants and even a cinema! When you park there your expected to be a good three or four hours away from your car.

    Must be talking about a different place..
  • kentmonkey 25 Nov 2009 22:14:34 20,539 posts
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    Really? I was told it started at 21:00. I haven't got the tickets yet, but been bought as a birthday present.
  • neilka 25 Nov 2009 22:14:53 15,831 posts
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    Use one of the car parks in Stratford and get the Jubilee back:
    http://www.newham.gov.uk/parkingandtransport/carparks/findanewhamcarpark.htm
  • kentmonkey 25 Nov 2009 22:15:48 20,539 posts
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    Actually shit, you're right. They've told me the wrong time. Fuck it then, I can get a train home now. Brilliant! Cheers.

    That was the same place they mentioned about clamping though, but this was for people that stayed after restaurants closed (which I thought I was going to do, if it started at 21:00).
  • SG 25 Nov 2009 22:17:41 1,892 posts
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    I just don't understand how anyone can morally justify that money.

    Think how much better the world would be without human greed.

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  • kentmonkey 25 Nov 2009 22:19:52 20,539 posts
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    Ah, apparently it starts at 20:00. Doors open at 18:30. So that'll be more like 20:30 start and, if it lasts 90 minutes, plus a break (I assume he'll have a break) that'll be a 22:30ish finish. My last train back is 11:05. I'll never get from the O2 to the tube, and then the tube to Victoria in that time. Not with that many people.
  • Timmy 25 Nov 2009 22:35:06 9,031 posts
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    I used to work for Ticketmaster. If you book a space through TM the price was 20 plus service charge. If you book directly through the O2 venue, it costs next to nothing in comparison, but there are pay and display car parks not far from the arena, by all accounts.

    I was working from Manchester though, so I havent seen it with my own eyes.
  • kentmonkey 25 Nov 2009 22:36:14 20,539 posts
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    Nah, O2 website is 20 prebooked as well. Apparently it's a government thing where they want the O2 arena to discourage traffic (yeah, nothing to do with profits at all, honest guv!)
  • kentmonkey 25 Nov 2009 22:36:49 20,539 posts
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    Hmmm, just been sent a link to a tube station two stops up at 3.60 for 6 hours...that sounds like the way to go!
  • Timmy 25 Nov 2009 22:37:01 9,031 posts
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    BTW, you can't book a car park ticket through TM on the day. Something to do with the car park barrier being automatic from the ticket data sent from Ticketmaster.

    It's also likely that even if you bought the tickets from somewhere else besides TM, it's still TM who are putting on the event.
  • SG 25 Nov 2009 22:37:42 1,892 posts
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    ...Because of course UK public transport is excellent.

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  • Timmy 25 Nov 2009 22:37:51 9,031 posts
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    kentmonkey wrote:
    Nah, O2 website is 20 prebooked as well. Apparently it's a government thing where they want the O2 arena to discourage traffic (yeah, nothing to do with profits at all, honest guv!)

    They must've changed the rules. I havent worked there for about 18 months.
  • Timmy 25 Nov 2009 22:39:23 9,031 posts
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    Caspar_Esq. wrote:
    SG wrote:
    I just don't understand how anyone can morally justify that money.

    Think how much better the world would be without human greed.

    Do you park in London?

    Call it what you like but 20 for an evening isn't outrageous at all, its fairly normal. Remember in central london you pay 1 for ten minutes on a meter and that has been the case for years.

    /shrug

    That's crazy money!
  • kentmonkey 25 Nov 2009 22:42:03 20,539 posts
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    I pay 2.50 to park and ride, all day, in Canterbury.

    The train station near where I used to work used to charge 4.50 to park for the day. I had to park there as we didn't have enough spaces at the company I worked for, and I was one of the new recruits. So I bought one ticket, scanned it in at work and edited it each day before I went home so that it had the next days date on, printed it off, and put that in my window each day. Fuck em. Did that for nearly 18 months, until I was there long enough to qualify for a space.
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