Guest Review: Tinie Tempah at the O2 Arena, London


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Lucky Natalie from our Customer Service Department travelled to London recently to see popular English rapper, Tinie Tempah perform live at The O2 Arena. Find out what she made of the night in her latest review…



It was a last minute opportunity to host Tinie Tempah at The O2 Arena, and seeing as it was Mother’s Day I thought it would be rude not to treat myself…surely the kids wouldn’t mind for the day?

We left York at around half past ten, aiming to be in London in just a couple of hours. When we arrived the weather was beautiful, bright sunshine and so hot. I stayed at the 4-star Holiday Inn Kings Cross/Bloomsbury Hotel which is about 10-15 minutes’ walk and is ideally situated when arriving at Kings Cross Station.

We settled in for the afternoon by having a couple of cheeky ones before relaxing and watching a bit of TV and getting ready to go to The O2 Arena. We hadn’t particularly eaten much, so we planned on getting something up there before the event.

It is a very easy trip from Kings Cross; direct on the Northern Line to London Bridge then taking the Jubilee Line straight into The O2. It’s roughly a 25 minute journey, so not bad at all. Having been to The O2 before, I knew there were plenty of places to eat. As you walk around the outer arena, every other building has something tempting and something to appeal to everyone! We were going to eat at the Gourmet Burger Kitchen (as I’d been there before), but unfortunately it was no longer there! Instead we settled for Pizza Express as it was nearby. The staff were very accommodating and they even tried to tip us off with an online discount code, but we couldn’t find the blooming thing – maybe next time!

Having finished the meal and being stuffed, it was time to go to the arena. The facilities there are great and even before taking your seats there are a number of things to do, as well as being enticed by the merchandise area selling a host of goodies from hats and t-shirts to programmes.

Krept & Konan and Whiz-Kid were on stage first in the run up to the main event, followed by DJ Fresh who certainly got the crowd going with a mix of banging beats, amazing lighting and effects. Tinie Tempah arrived on stage around 9pm, and the arena was buzzing! He spent around an hour and half on stage in total, churning out tune after tune, working the stage and well dressed in a bright silver jacket – you couldn’t miss him!

Afterwards, we headed back to our hotel which was about 40mins, the crowds waiting for the tubes didn’t seem as bad as previous, but you still need to be patient with such a large crowd leaving all at the same time and rushing for the tube!

All in all it was a great girly evening and we enjoyed the event! I would recommend others to go and see him, however it’s definitely not for kids as the air was a bit blue to say the least, and some of it a little bit uncalled for!

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