InterContinental London - The O2, London, UK

The InterContinental London - The O2 stands out in the buzzing Greenwich Peninsula, with 453 luxury rooms, a beauty spa and a ballroom for up to 3,000 guests. Hotel Spec’s Can Faik speaks to G1 Design, the interior designers behind this amazing project...

Boasting stunning views of the city from a exceptional perspective – from both the rooms as well as the public areas – the hotel opens and celebrates the location, made famous more recently in popular culture from the iconic landmark, the O2 Arena and opposite, Canary Wharf.

G1 Design were responsible for the hotel’s interior design including the lobby, reception, restaurants and bars (including The Peninsula restaurant, Market Brasserie, Clipper Bar, Meridian Lounge and Eighteen sky bar) the conference centre including the Arora Ballroom and pre-function areas, as well as the Executive Lounge and The Spa. “We were engaged to come up with interior design concepts, and because of its location, we put forward the maritime theme. The main challenge was the timescale because we started on the project quite late, but completed by the dates that we originally promised. Our designs, themes and concepts for the hotel were well received.” explains Gordon Pickering, Senior Partner G1 Design.

The main lobby is the hub of the hotel. It is a ‘lighthouse’ or safe haven for guests to return to again and again while they make their own journeys around the many areas of the building. Look closely and you will see the ‘deconstructed lighthouse lens’ on the feature wall. Navigation and maritime details play a dominant role in the interiors with bronze detailing in the furniture, maps and compass references throughout. A large brass-detailed pattern within the stone floor crafted to show a compass sets the tone.

The 453-room InterContinental London – The O2 brings a new level of glamour to cosmopolitan guests seeking to enjoy the allure of global etiquette, timeless experiences, and the city’s local heritage. Alongside its five destination-inspired food and beverage outlets including The Peninsula Restaurant and rooftop sky bar, the hotel boasts a world-class health spa and sumptuous accommodation – including 59 suites – and the most breath-taking views over London.

The rooms continue to explore the maritime theme, with some featuring a large nautical-themed map of the Thames and compass references displayed above the large bed. The spectacular views can be privately captured through floor-to-ceiling windows. “The theme continues throughout the hotel. We have used a lot of artwork and sketch-styled drawings in the maritime theme in the guestrooms and suites. Also the fabrics are silky representing the theme further.” explains Monika Mockute, interior designer G1 Design.


InterContinental London - The O2, London, UK