I have reviewed most of the best club & executive lounges in London’s luxury hotels. I am a big fan of the club lounge at the Langham London with excellent food & staff. But in my humble opinion, the “Club InterContinental” which includes the lounge at the InterContinental Park Lane and the lounge at the InterContinental London The O2, have by far the best views, if you like to relax looking out upon the world.
Club InterContinental London The O2
Why do I rank the Club InterContinental The O2 lounge so highly? This lounge is modern, beautifully furnished with plenty of comfy sofas and chairs and there are two prime positions in this lounge; each with a set of sofas arranged around a coffee table right by the window of this lounge.
The views from this window are simply amazing. Straight in front of you is the River Thames and behind the river, is Canary Wharf with it’s ever-growing array of skyscrapers, towering up in front of you. It really is a spectacular view, particularly at night, when the main tower with it’s triangular roof seems to smoke like a chimney into the night sky. This view is the closest thing that London has to the Manhatten skyline. In front of the towers is the River Thames, a main artery for London’s transport system. Police boats and bus boats whizz up and down. They go so fast (30 knots or 40mph), that it looks like you are watching a YouTube video on fast forward.
The amazing thing about this lounge is that is is only on level two of the hotel and yet it feels like you are up really high!
Food & Drinks At Club InterContinental London The O2
The food in the lounge is also impressive when compared to most London club lounges. In fact, with the exception of the Langham Lounge which has an extraordinarily good food offering and the JW Marriott Grosvenor House lounge which also fills you up, from my experience, the food offered at the Club InterContinental London The O2 has to be the third best food selection of any lounge in London and is certainly enough to fill you up.
We did not try the breakfast in the lounge as we had breakfast in the main restaurant which inevitably has a much larger array of food and similarly good views; a great way to start the day.
Afternoon tea (served 14.00 -16.00) is a mix of sandwiches cakes and biscuits (in fact, according to my son, the best chocolate cookies in the world. They are extraordinarily good).
The evening has 3 hot dishes on offer and a bunch of cold canapes along with nuts and crisps. The hot dishes include battered prawns, mushroom balls, mini pies and patisseries with sausages on them. The cold options include carrots and peppers in homus, little patisseries with fillings like avocado and fish smoked salmon and little vegetarian options like tomatoes with cheese. The canape’s and drinks are pre-dinner, so were only served 5-7pm. At 7pm the booze cabinet is promptly locked, although the staff at this lounge were beyond super and always seemed to load you up with an additional bottle of beer or glass of gin before they closed up.
This made me especially love this lounge. Yes, the views are some of the best in London, the food is enough to fill you up (and very much better than the IC Park Lane in the evenings where the canapes are limited, although we love both hotels and wouldn’t hesitate to stay at both), but the staff at the Club InterContinental London The O2 really seemed to care that you were having a good stay. They always seemed to spot when you were out of a drink, searching for something and made a special effort wherever possible.
This Club Lounge is one of my favourites in London and will encourage me to return to this hotel. In fact, I am already booked in for my next conference at the Excel centre (around 20 minutes from the hotel via the Emirates Air Line cable car) and I am looking out for a bargain rate for a leisure trip here over the summer. You can read my full hotel review of InterContinental London The O2 separately.
It is worth noting that the rates here vary hugely at this hotel. If you can select a night when there is no conference at Excel and no event at the O2 you can pick up a stay at this luxury hotel for an absolute bargain. It is also worth considering using your IHG® Rewards Club points here as the rate is 45,000 points vs 60,000 points for the central Intercontinental in London. If you stay at both you will see two completely different sides of London.
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