Short breaks in London don’t come better than this…SuperBreak’s Jacquie reveals all about her spectacular trip to capital to see the one and only, Justin Timberlake live at the O2 Arena.
Having seen Justin Timberlake twice before, I was really excited when working at SuperBreak gave me the chance to go and see him at the O2 for his 20/20 Experience Tour. Deciding to make a short break out of our trip, we started the excitement with a picnic lunch on the train journey down to London from Leeds – definitely the most relaxing way to travel!
After arriving in London, we checked in at the Mercure Greenwich London, a really stylish hotel, just a stone’s throw from Deptford Bridge DLR station, in a picturesque square and just a 15min journey to the O2.
Seeing a concert at the O2, it’s all about the experience! We started ours with a burger at Byron, perfect for a quick bite to eat, and tasty too – would definitely recommend the courgette chips!
The O2 was definitely buzzing with excitement, all encouraged by the DJ, Justin Timberlake’s alternative to a support act, he kept the tunes playing and increased the anticipation for Mr JT’s arrival. And we weren’t to be disappointed. He appeared on stage with a jazz band, backing singers and dancers, no special effects, just great tunes and amazing dance routines! Starting with Pusher Girl and working his way through songs old and new, putting a twist on his old songs to keep everyone interested.
After an hour, Justin went for an interval, giving us time to top up our drinks before he came back on stage for a high energy second half. As with his other tours, Mr Timberlake really makes everyone feel part of the show – this time the stage lifted and carried him out across the audience, making him in touching distance of lots of adoring fans, before performing on a central stage near the lucky people with VIP tickets. Not content with sticking to his own tunes, he also sang Michael Jackson’s Human Nature and even a bit of Elvis before heading back to the main stage with a laser light show to Jungle Boogie. And in a flash he was gone, but not before he had the crowd dancing to his final song – Bringing Sexy Back, leaving us toe tapping all the way back to the hotel.
The next day the great British weather decided to be nice, so after an amazing breakfast at The Green Café on Greenwich High Street we made the most of the sunny day with a wander around Greenwich Market, an eclectic mix of stalls and eateries which leads out to The Cutty Sark – one of the last tea clipper (and the fastest) to be built.
And it wouldn’t be a SuperBreak for me without a bit of shopping, so before heading home we took the tube to Sloane Square having a good window shop between here and Knightsbridge.
The perfect short break…entertainment, a lovely hotel, great food, culture, sun and shopping!
Have you been lucky enough to catch JT live on stage too? Or maybe you’d like to share another experience of a music event at the O2 Arena in London? Get in touch with us using the comments box below.