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 lovely suite thanks to an upgrade. The view onto Canary Wharf was amazing. The bed was really comfy and had the most amazingly comfy pillows. Breakfast had plenty of choice. Having the walk-way to the o2 was really handy.
Got an inappropriate room booked with two kids, manager asked me to pay an extra £150 for the two nights booked she was very rude, paid £150 extra very unpleasant experience with kids I loved the hotel but the service from the manager was despicable never again.
Upon arrival we were greeted by an extremely polite and helpful member of the team who informed us we had been upgraded to a suite. This was an extremely pleasant surprise and made our stay one to remember. The team could not have been more helpful. We will defiantly stay here again.
Perfect location when attending an event at the O2. Gorgeous hotel, quite luxurious. Sadly the service at breakfast let them down. It took us 25 minutes to be served tea and coffee. However the food was delicious and plenty of choice.
This was a long weekend with my wife and and our nine year old daughter Ruby. From start to finish, we were made to feel very welcome, in particularly Dean on Concierge who is a credit to the hotel.
The room (1215) was good, well stocked, clean and made up without any issues. Views were okay so with hindsight would request a room on the river or arena side on any subsequent visit.
We only had breakfast at the hotel but the food was of good quality with lots of choice, view over Canary Wharf were good and there is a particularly good vantage point right in the far corner on the left side of the restaurant.
Connectivity to the O2 was good and likewise the hotel shuttle if you wanted to go further afield from the nearby North Greenwich tube station. Our driver was Rob and he was friendly and often checking if our stay was good and if there was any more the hotel could do.
All told, I was very impressed and I would be more than happy to recommend the InterContinental at the O2 to anyone, should they be travelling alone on business or enjoying a leisurely break.