The InterContinental London – The O2 – opening on the Greenwich Peninsula winter 2015, is attracting large scale award ceremonies and corporate events to its colossal Arora Ballroom, underlining its position as one of the most anticipated new London banqueting venues to open in the capital for several years.
Located within a dedicated 4,500sqm conference centre as part of the luxury new hotel, the 3,100sqm pillar-free ballroom – just shy of a standard full size football pitch – boasts a 7.2m height ceiling and 1,500sqm wall-to-wall glass pre-function space for pre-event receptions, making it the ideal venue for glittering events and corporate celebrations.
The space in and around the ballroom has been meticulously designed to feature level access to extensive, fully-equipped kitchens across an impressive 4m deep x 75m wide corridor that can comfortably act as a pass during a 3,000+ guest service, with 300 employees serving 9,000 dishes to guests in under 1.5 hours.
In addition, The Arora Ballroom can be divided into multiple configurations, yet split directly in half it can comfortably accommodate events for up to 1500+ guests for seated banquets in each section. Designed with fully sound-proofed walls installed with ample space in between the flexible divide, each half of the ballroom – known as East and West London – features self-contained access via separate escalators and lifts, private entrance and dedicated cloakroom facilities along with access to a separate kitchen to allow for two large events to run simultaneously with complete privacy.
Equipped with state-of-the art lighting and sound technology, and offering super-fast free Wi-Fi for up to 5,000 guests at a time, The Arora Ballroom is supported by an additional 19 multi-purpose function rooms, an event organisers office and a 400sqm outdoor space directly in front of the river Thames for event showcases and marquees for additional reception space.
Hasham Soliman, General Manager of the InterContinental London – The O2 commented, “We are proud to be bringing an all-new – and much needed – award ceremony and banqueting space to this vibrant area of London which, given its quick access into central London in 12-15 minutes and just 6 miles from London City Airport, is fast becoming a micro events destination in its own right.”
Viola Ncube, Director of Sales & Marketing at InterContinental London – The O2 added, “The response to the hotel from event organisers and meeting planners has been extremely positive, with over 500 enquiries to date and 145 events either contracted or under negotiation for the next 24 months from mainly IT, pharmaceutical, publishing, wedding, charity, financial and automotive sectors so we’re firmly on track with expectations.’’
He added, “Our conference centre has been purpose-built for these types of events so we’re delighted with the interest; each detail in its construction and design, and our service delivery, has been meticulously planned for us to provide a new first-class venue for event organisers with seamless service for in excess of 3,000 guests at a time, something our capital needs to continue to compete on the world’s events stage.”
The hotel is working in partnership with the Emirates Airline cable car to extend its opening hours for large groups travelling to and from the hotel and ExCeL London exhibition centre, and the proposed extended hours of the Jubilee Line on the London Underground at weekend further supports its position as a welcome new venue choice for large scale events in London.
The 18 storey InterContinental London – The O2 is located next to The O2 and just 400m from North Greenwich tube and Greenwich Pier for fast access into Central London and Canary Wharf. In addition to its conference centre, the hotel features a fine dining and all-day dining restaurant, central bar with Tea Salon, glamorous Sky Bar with panoramic views, a luxury spa with a 17m indoor swimming pool and eight treatment rooms.
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