It was first suggested in 1994 that Britain should hold a national exhibition as part of the celebrations of the new Millennium. Tony Blair took the idea onwards after his election and the Millennium dome was conceived as the venue for a huge, educational exhibition venue.
Though the Dome cost many hundred of millions and is truly an impressive structure it was met will a mixed reception by many Londoners. The Millennium Dome has a circumference of over one kilometer, covers more than 20 acres and is more than 320m in diameter.
The Dome is situated on the Greenwich Peninsula and can be accessed via the new underground station North Greenwich. The Dome was famously featured in the James Bond adventure film ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’. The Dome was divided into 14 themed areas and featured trapeze artists and pyrotechnical displays. The central theme of the Dome was ‘time to make a difference’ and the 14 areas were to symbolize the various challenges facing Britain in the next one hundred years.
Though the Millennium Dome is now closed- it still strikes an impressive and recognizable figure on the London skyline and still remains a hugely impressive architectural feat.
The Dome is now open as "The O2"
. The name was officially changed when O2 plc purchased the naming rights from the developers, Anschutz Entertainment Group, during the dome's redevelopment into an entertainment district.