Intercontinental London – The O2
What We Love
- Spectacular views over Canary Wharf, the City of London and the Greenwich peninsula, especially from the 18th-floor Sky Bar
- Rocking to major music acts at The O2, a domed concert venue just steps away from the hotel
- Swimming in the spa’s heated indoor pool
- Feasting on finger sandwiches and fresh pastries at the Meridian Lounge’s afternoon tea service
What To Know
- Central London is accessible via the Thames Clipper boats and the Jubilee Underground line
- Popular West End attractions are between 30 and 45 minutes away by car or Underground, and about an hour away by boat
- The spacious, upscale facilities are appropriate for business travelers (not to mention a business center with 19 meeting rooms)
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
The look of this 453-room hotel, perched on the River Thames in southeast London, is everything you might expect from the polished InterContinental brand—a decidedly modern mix of sober contemporary furnishings and extravagant flourishes like mirrored columns, gleaming marble floors, oversized sculptural lighting, and artworks made out of metal. But where it stands out is the details that plant it firmly in London: massive glass panes everywhere offer views of Canary Wharf, the East London skyline and the surrounding river; the particularly panoramic at the 18th-floor Sky Bar, which serves Asian light bites and signature cocktails; the Market Brasserie, several stories below, which specializes in fresh British Produce and regionally sourced meats and cheeses; and the lobby-level Meridian Lounge, whose name alludes to its location in Greenwich (the starting point of every time zone in the world) and is the place to go for traditional afternoon tea. Not to mention the spa, whose mosaic tiles and rich rugs drew inspiration from the area’s maritime history (cargoes were brought off boats there by the East India Trading Company). Amenities-laden rooms start at a comfortable 300 square feet, decorated in soothing ecru and grey shades.
In the Area
Greenwich is a newly developed peninsula in southeast London along the River Thames. Although it’s full of modern buildings—and a growing stable of stylish cafés, bars, and restaurants—the district also has a long history. Start your day with a hearty breakfast at Craft Cafe on the ground floor of Craft London, a striking new dining destination designed by Tom Dixon. Then wander down the river to the UNESCO-listed Maritime Greenwich area (to get there faster, hop on a Thames Clipper ferry from North Greenwich pier, and get off at the next stop). Historical attractions include the Cutty Sark, the last surviving British tea clipper, and the National Maritime Museum, the largest of its kind in the world with thousands of maps, paintings, ship models, and curiosities. On sunny days, pick up a picnic at the nearby Greenwich Market and enjoy it in the expansive Greenwich Park, one of the city’s eight Royal Parks. Whatever you do, don’t forget to check out the calendar at The O2 arena, steps away from the hotel, where big acts like Rod Stewart, Justin Bieber, and Simply Red play on any given night.
How to Get There
We had a luxurious, wonderful time at Intercontinental Hotel Afternoon tea session. The table set, and of course, the tea were perfect switch off for my mind. I felt like a princess. Joseph, our host was attentive, which I'm greatful for because I have food allergy, and he was so kind to organise me an alternative menu.
It was a surprise for my mom's 60th birthday, she prefers sandwiches from pastry and he arranged her menu according to her wish.
All of us need a short time to just simply sit back and relax, and this venue is a perfect place for it. I recommend this experience (also Joseph, the perfect host) for men and women, who are able to appreciate this prescious gem on the bank of the Thames.
I'm looking forward to our next visit!
When I entered my room it was so posh I didn’t want to leave. I did leave my room and walked to the Jubilee line on the tube at the nearby North Greenwich station. I also ran 4 1/2 miles along a path that was accessible outside the front door. My coworkers and I enjoyed the 18th floor sky bar. The views are only of the financial district but they are pretty as they include the river.
The bed was so luxurious that I got a great night’s sleep. Room 306 had a cute little chair with a foot stool that overlooked the river. It was relaxing to sit in the chair when I was using my laptop. The room also had a safe, tea set, shower with separate bath tub. I would stay at the O2 again.
Our 3rd visit to this amazing hotel and nothing to disappoint. Yes, it is a little more than some but if you’re here for a show at the O2 - as we were - it has its own access to the arena so no need to take hats, bags and coats. This also make passing through security a breeze, too.
The rooms are large with great views of the London skyline and the higher the floor, the better the view. Afternoon tea is an experience and you’re made to feel like the most important person there and all the staff are very attentive, polite and smiley.
We had a late lunch in the Meridian Lounge and the Aberdeen Angus burger I had was very tasty.
The Breakfast Menu is very extensive but you may have to wait a few minutes to be seated but that wasn’t a problem. I think everyone takes advantage of a little lay in so the later you go, the busier it gets.
All in all, a great weekend and if you’re lucky, you may even bump into one of the stars in the lift or lobby!
You realise how crap restaurants like oxo tower is when you dine at places like this. Exceptionally high quality, attentiveness and quality maintained 100% throughout.
Excellent portions that didn’t stuff you but allowed you time to enjoy each.
Lovely ambience and impeccable service. Parking free when card presented at the restaurant.
7 course tasting menu, 3 glasses of wine and £200
Every one of the staff members took great care of us, specifically the wait staff at breakfast. The hotel was comfortable and atmosphere pleasant and made us feel welcome even when we arrived at 2 a.m.