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
Just spent 2 nights and would love to stay there again. The staff is happy, friendly and approachable. Clean room, super comfy bed and great location! 2 minutes walk to the O2. Lots of bars and restaurants and close to the underground tube station.
Lovely new hotel staff are helpful and professional.. Jennifer On reception was a star.. I and my husband stayed for 3 nights and had the most restful and comfortable nights sleep we’ve ever had in a hotel. The breakfast was lovely although as with all hotel the English Teabags wouldn’t pass up in the North of England as they are too weak... If you are planning to go to the O2 you have your own path to the arena.. Sightseeing in London is easy too either via the river or tube... we are looking forward to revisiting later in the year.
Very good all round and very clean, staff polite and helpful. I have been before and always enjoy the views and the facilities.
All bars are good and also good food; the hotel is full of life but also very quiet and although I was by myself I didn't feel lonely.
Staff at hotel reception very friendly and polite and made you feel welcome.
We were really only looking for a hotel for a short over night stay on our way further south . What a this delightful suprise at this hotel . A great location , fab views , wonderful attentive staff and secure car parking .will be back very soon
We had two nights here as we were attending a concert at the O2. On the plus side the hotel is luxurious without being snooty, the staff were lovely and very helpful. The view from our room on the 11th floor was fantastic and the room itself was large and comfortable - also very clean. The swimming pool is lovely and was very quiet when we went in. Towels etc all provided, as were robes and slippers in our room. Breakfast was amazing, so much choice and all so fresh. The downsides of staying here however were the shower, the bed and the route to the O2. The bathroom is a wet room style but the water from the shower didn't go down the drain, it spread all over the bathroom floor and caused a big puddle which stayed there the whole time. It's obviously a design flaw but was quite annoying as we had to dodge the puddle every time we went into the bathroom. The bed had feather pillows and duvet but it wasn't actually all that comfortable to sleep in, which was disappointing. There is some work going on outside the hotel so walking round from the O2 was a bit haphazard. We tried going through the O2 to get to the hotel - following directions from a security guard - but that took twice as long! Overall though we enjoyed our stay and would recommend the hotel to others.