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Soup-er Trouper: Abba-themed restaurant to open at the O2

31 August 2018 by

Immersive Abba-themed restaurant Mamma Mia! The Party has been confirmed to open at the O2 in London next spring.

A site near Waterloo was originally earmarked for the opening but plans were dropped following fierce opposition from locals.

Steve Tompkins of architectural firm Haworth Tompkins has already begun transforming a venue within the O2 into the 500-cover "Nikos' Taverna", which will feature a courtyard with a fountain, olive trees and bougainvillea.

Mamma Mia! The Party, founded by former member of the Swedish pop group Björn Ulvaeus, has been operating in Stockholm since 2016. Guests are served Mediterranean food and drink on a ‘set' replicating a Greek taverna while Abba songs are performed by singers around them.

Ulvaeus said: "We have long admired the O2 and the huge entertainment success it has become under the ownership and management of AEG. We believe bringing Mamma Mia! The Party to the O2 will add to this already vibrant cultural destination and provide the perfect location for our exciting new show."

John Langford, vice president and general manager of the O2, said: "To be hosting the Mamma Mia! The Party experience at the O2 is a real honour. It perfectly complements the outstanding live performances, events and the dynamic variety of entertainment all available under our world-famous roof."

Photo credit: Dewynters

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