The 18-storey hotel and conference centre will be managed and operated by Arora Hotels. It will include 453 ‘luxury’ bedrooms, and the venue aims to appeal to both leisure and business guests with its unique location adjacent to the O2.
The hotel’s facilities will include a spa and two restaurants, one of which will be fine-dining and one all-day dining. It will also have a hotel bar and another ‘sky’ bar on the 18th floor which will offer views across the Thames.
The Intercontinental London – The O2 will also feature a dedicated conference centre which will include 20 different multifunctional meeting rooms, as well as a 3000sq.m pillar-free ballroom. The ballroom will have a capacity for up to 3000 people and is intended to hold a range of events such as conferences, exhibitions, banquets and award ceremonies.
The Arora Group’s commercial director Raj Shah said: “This hotel will bring a new dimension of leisure and business facilities to Greenwich and Canary Wharf.
“We believe it will be a welcome new option for meeting planners looking to place large events in the capital with a globally recognised hotel brand.”
Work on the InterContinental London – The O2 first started last year, as part of the 7.6 acre Greenwich Peninsula development scheme. The area has seen a large surge in visitor numbers since the 2012 Olympic regeneration programme.
The hotel will be situated on the banks of the Thames and will offer views over Canary Wharf. Its location will have easy access to nearby riverboats and tubes and will be 15 minutes’ travel to central London. The nearby London City Airport will be an advantage for business travellers.
“We are excited to be opening the largest and most luxurious hotel in Greenwich with the largest single pillar-free ballroom within a London hotel,” added Shah.
“With the Olympics, this area of London has undergone a dramatic transformation and we are delighted to be part of that ongoing regeneration that renders this area one of the most visited destinations in the city.”