The best London hotels near The O2 arena
A n expert guide to the best hotels near The O2 arena in North Greenwich, including the top places to stay for brilliant views, cocktail bars and easy access to the venue and underground stations, in locations including Greenwich and Canary Wharf.
InterContinental London – The O2, Greenwich
G et to The O2: on foot
Journey time: 10 minutes
The hotel couldn’t get much closer to The O2. The domineering white curves of the dome, and much of the Canary Wharf skyline, can be seen from the hotel. A covered walkway links the hotel lobby to the main concourse, meaning you can get from room to venue in less than 10 minutes. Head to the Eighteen Bar on the top floor for the best views, which include the twinkly lights of Canary Wharf. Come here for pre or post-concert cocktails (which feature fashionable spirits such as pisco and mezcal; from £14) and light, Asian-inspired snacks such as crab and rock shrimp dumplings. The 453 rooms are spread across 18 floors, and all have views of Canary Wharf, the river or The O2. Colour schemes are neutral and technologies up-to-date.
Canary Riverside Plaza Hotel, Canary Wharf
G et to The O2: Walk to Canary Wharf tube station (8 minutes) and take the Jubilee line one stop east-bound to North Greenwich (2 minutes)
Journey time: 10 minutes
The five-star Canary Riverside Plaza Hotel has unbeatable views up the Thames from its location at the bend in the river on the Isle of Dogs. Guests get access to a stunning 20-metre riverside pool and spa. Thames Clipper boats departing from the adjacent Canary Wharf Pier offer a scenic voyage across to Greenwich or west to central London. The 142 bedrooms are calm and spacious with warm woods, plush furnishings and five-star amenities. It is worth paying extra for a “River View” room.
London Marriott Hotel West India Quay, Canary Wharf
G et to The O2: Walk to Canary Wharf tube station (6 minutes) and take the Jubilee line one stop east-bound to North Greenwich (2 minutes)
Journey time: 8 minutes
A five-star hotel popular among business travellers in West India Quay, right by Canary Wharf in London’s Docklands. The surrounding mix of high-rise office blocks, heritage cranes and windswept docks is a hymn to urban regeneration – for a historical perspective visit the nearby Museum of London Docklands, which is great for families. It is bright and airy, with large picture windows in the bedrooms and public spaces. Ask for a room with a water rather than a city view. Studio suites look west to the bright lights of central London.
Sunborn London, Royal Victoria Docks
G et to The O2: Walk to the Emirates Royal Docks station (8 minutes) and take the Air Line to Emirates Greenwich Peninsula (7 minutes)
Journey time: 15 minutes
Sunborn is a floating hotel in a 420ft yacht moored in the docks. The engineless yacht, a symphony in white and charcoal with a long, raked prow and more than a touch of flash, could easily have been left behind by a departing oligarch. The interior features peach faux-suede, cream panelling and Finnish oak stained a startling shade of sweet-and-sour, with the sort of patterned glass, brass, mirrors, curvaceous stairs and bar that make you think of an upmarket ferry. It’s a short walk to the Emirates Air Line cable car; five minutes from Newham’s popular summer ‘beach’ and watersports; a stroll from the Siemens Crystal with its exhibition and great café. The 136 rooms (they don’t call them cabins) are spacious and light. All have at least a coffee-table-sized porthole and the executive rooms have little terraces with water views.
Aloft London Excel, Royal Victoria Docks
G et to The O2:Walk to Prince Regent DLR station (7 minutes) and take the DLR train to Canning Town (5 minutes). Change to the Jubilee line for one stop south to North Greenwich (two minutes).
Journey time: 14 minutes
Welcome to the heartland of London’s reborn Docklands – an area that is sometimes bleak, sometimes beautiful. This eight-storey, purpose-built hotel has been well thought-out. The mood is hip and friendly with colourful lighting and a comforting use of natural wood and stone – but be prepared for ceaselessly pounding music in the lifts, lobby and corridors. There’s a large bar with a pool table, plus a fitness centre with a refreshing low-lit pool. The 252 rooms are well designed in a sleek, softly-lit contemporary style with a wooden work desk, serene white king-sized bed and drenching shower. Virtually all visitors are here for a special event.
Radisson Blu Edwardian New Providence Wharf, Canary Wharf
G et to The O2:Take the free shuttle bus from the hotel (details below) to Canary Wharf tube station (10 minutes) and then take the Jubilee line for one stop eastbound to North Greenwich (2 minutes)
Journey time: 12 minutes
Just 10 minutes from London City Airport by the Docklands Light Railway, across the Thames from the O2 arena and with a free shuttle to nearby Canary Wharf (at weekends it runs from 4.30pm-6.30pm every 15 minutes), it’s right on the banks of the river for spectacular views, especially at night. Large, stylish, understated and comfortable, with fabulous views from the riverside rooms and decent Bose sound systems. The bathrooms are large and monochrome, with waterfall step-in showers. In the ESPA spa, the soft candlelight reflected in deep pools is so relaxing that you may not even need a massage.
Bermondsey Square Hotel, Bermondsey
G et to The O2:Walk to Bermondsey tube station (15 minutes) and take the Jubilee line for three stops eastbound to North Greenwich (7 minutes)
Journey time: 22 minutes
In the past Bermondsey Square Hotel has attracted a lot of music biz types using nearby rehearsal studios – bands such as Keane and Goldfrapp have stayed here. It also appeals to travellers who like to stay in a neighbourhood on the rise. Bermondsey Square sits at the southern end of Bermondsey Street, which is home to hip art galleries, boho restaurants and the Fashion Textile Museum. It houses an arthouse cinema and the Saturday morning Bermondsey Antiques Market – worth a peek if you’re after some silver cutlery or cut glass. The 80 rooms come with large windows and are cleverly designed with beds angled to fit in a work desk. Amenities include a wall-mounted iMac computer/TV, drenching showers and Beekind toiletries.
De Vere Venues Devonport House, Greenwich
G et to The O2: Walk to Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich – bus stop A (8 minutes) and take the 188 bus to North Greenwich station (20 minutes).
Journey time: 28 minutes
Devonport House is a four-storey red-brick block in an ensemble of historic buildings that was once the Royal Naval College. Stay here and you’ll be right by the National Maritime Museum and Greenwich Park, with the River Thames, Greenwich Pier and Cutty Sark DLR station just a stroll away. The 99 rooms are comfortable but functional with a work desk and tea/coffee facilities – think lemon walls, blue carpet, blonde furniture. Some twins and singles are available; those on the top floor are slightly smaller. A buffet breakfast and lunch is served in the Wharf Restaurant, with an à la carte dinner service.