Sam Smith Gloria tour: How do I get to the O2 Arena in London? How about by cable car?

Sam Smith will be playing two gigs in London, at the O2 Arena, before heading off to play cities around the world.
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Currently on-tour promoting their most recent album, Gloria, British pop-star Sam Smith has got Londoners excited with two upcoming dates at the O2 Arena. And for those looking for a way of travelling without joining the crowds on the tube, we’ve got two words for you; cable car.

Smith, who is known for hit-singles such as Unholy, Stay With Me and I’m Not the Only One, will be performing the two gigs on April 18 and 19 at the iconic Greenwich venue.

The singer, who is from Hampstead, recently courted controversy with a performance at the Grammy Awards, when they sang Unholy alongside German transgender singer Kim Petras.

Sam Smith is currently on tour promoting their most recent album, Gloria. Credit: Gareth Cattermole/Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images.Sam Smith is currently on tour promoting their most recent album, Gloria. Credit: Gareth Cattermole/Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images.
Sam Smith is currently on tour promoting their most recent album, Gloria. Credit: Gareth Cattermole/Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images.

The pair won Best Pop Duo for the song, with Petras being the first transgender woman to win the award. Their performance, in which the duo wore matching red latex outfits with Smith wearing a top hat with devil horns, was dubbed a “tribute to Satan” by one viewer.

The singer’s eye-catching Brit Awards outfit also recently garnered attention and frequently appeared in memes following the event, including in an Instagram post by singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi.

How do I get to the O2 Arena?

While the Jubilee line is likely the main mode of transport for many travelling to the gigs, there is another way for those needing to cross the river. Namely, the IFS Cable Car.

Costing £6 one-way for adults, or £12 for a round trip, fans can jump on the cable car at the Royal Docks in Tower Hamlets, which will then take them to the service’s south terminal in North Greenwich.

Taking about 10 minutes, it is then about another 10 minutes to walk to the venue.

The cable car is open until 10pm Monday-Thursday, but status updates can be found on the Transport for London (TfL) website.

The service recently announced that it had recorded its highest passenger numbers in 2022/23 since 2015, with TfL’s head of the cable car, Josh Crompton, lauding its “bright future”.

The IFS Cable Car connects Greenwich with the Royal Docks. Credit: Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images.The IFS Cable Car connects Greenwich with the Royal Docks. Credit: Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images.
The IFS Cable Car connects Greenwich with the Royal Docks. Credit: Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images.

What other gigs is Sam Smith playing on their Gloria tour?

After the two O2 gigs, Smith has dates booked in cities across the world taking them to the end of 2023.

Immediately following the London shows, they will be heading to the Ovo Hydro in Glasgow on April 22, and the Resorts World Arena in Birmingham on April 25.

They will then be playing a string of European dates, before coming back to the UK to play the AO Arena in Manchester on May 24.