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InterContinental London - O2


he InterContinental London – Te O2 has been developed as part of a 7.6 acre regeneration scheme on London’s Greenwich Peninsula, a destination that has

seen a complete transformation and resurgence since the 2012 Olympics into what will surely become one of London’s most vibrant living, entertainment and events centres. Te hotel is ideally located 400m from

North Greenwich Tube station and Greenwich Pier for riverboat access to central London within ten minutes and just six miles from London City Airport. With extended tube opening hours and the forthcoming Cross Rail service into Canary Wharf, access to and from Greenwich is stronger than ever. Tere are also 240 car parking spaces onsite and underground access to the O2, so performers and celebrities staying at the hotel (and many already have) have private access. For security reasons this is a massive selling point. Te hotel boasts a dedicated 4,500sqm

conference centre with a 3,100sqm pillar-free ballroom, Te Arora Ballroom, one of the largest single event spaces in Europe, attracting large scale events to the capital. Te conference centre’s Wi-Fi technology allows for more than 5,000 computer or mobile devices to run on hi-speed at once and space for several dozen screens to be installed with show reels, social

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media feeds and presentations on display to unveil large-scale brand activation and product launches with impressive impact. Te Arora Ballroom is 80 x 39 metres

and 7.2metres high, just shy of a football pitch and has been designed with complete flexibility to adapt into multiple configurations, accommodating smaller or dual-purpose events or used in conjunction with as many as 19 additional meeting rooms on the mezzanine floor for seminars and breakout space. It can be divided with fully sound-proofed separation walls and offers dedicated guest lifts, stairs and escalator access to each half - along with a heavy weight vehicle lift on each side capable of holding two articulated lorry loads - in an ideal mirror image, allowing for simultaneous events of up to 1,550 delegates each to set up, take place, and unload in tandem – something quite unique for a luxury hotel in the capital. Furthermore, the 400m flat outdoor space

at the front of the hotel can be utilised to add production showcase elements to live events, visible from across the water in Canary Wharf, or private marquees set up to bolster additional events space. Te impressive 18-storey luxury hotel

features 453 spacious guest rooms - including 59 suites and a luxury 183sqm Presidential Suite with direct access to the hotel’s best kept secret, the Eighteen Sky Bar.

In addition the hotel has Te Spa, which

boasts a 17m indoor swimming pool, a Jacuzzi and eight treatment rooms providing a range of signature ESPA beauty and relaxation therapies. Tere are in total five separate eateries including the 2nd floor Peninsula restaurant, an elegant dining room for 80 guests with a private dining space for up to 24. Te private dining space is hidden by a moving bookcase, which makes it rather fun, and can be divided in to two smaller rooms for 12 guests. Te Market Brasserie is an ‘interactive dining experience’ inspired by the original Greenwich trading markets and fresh new experiences from London’s bustling Billingsgate, Smithfield and Covent Garden markets. In terms of facilities this is unquestionably

one of the most impressive new hotels to open in London for some time. However, as a new build hotel what it currently lacks is character. Everything about it is opulent, expensive, spotlessly clean and shiny, just like Canary Wharf was when it first opened. It took Canary Wharf a while to settle in and for people to grow to truly appreciate it and one suspects that the same will apply to this hotel and the development around it. The InterContinental London - The O2, 1 Waterview Drive, London SE10 Tel: +44 (0)208 463 6868

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