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Sir Cliff cuts ribbon on Intercontinental London - The O2

Pop legend unveils plaque to mark the official opening of InterContinental London – The O2

Pictured: Thomas Miserendino, Sir Cliff Richard, Richard Solomans and Surinder Arora

Pop legend Sir Cliff Richard unveiled a plaque at the new InterContinental London – The O2 to mark the official opening of the luxury hotel next to The O2 arena. 

Richard unveiled the commemorative plaque in the hotel lobby after a champagne reception and tour of the hotel. A celebratory lunch was then served for the 150 guests within the hotel’s 4,500sqm conference centre overlooking Canary Wharf.

Richard said: “There are really bad things that can happen in life but, you know what, they are overbalanced by the good things.

“There are good friends, good restaurants, good rock and roll venues and good hotels. I wish this hotel all the best in the world.”

Surinder Arora, founder and chairman of hotel operator Arora Group, said: “This hotel is by far Arora’s largest end-to-end project to date and has been a labour of love for us all. 

“With its unique position on the curve of the peninsula overlooking the river Thames, we have succeeded in creating a thoroughly original space, with a considered and intricate design and breathtaking views that are unsurpassed in the capital.”

Thomas Miserendino, president and CEO of AEG - owners of The O2 - and Richard Solomans, CEO of InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), were also in attendance at the event.

Opened in January 2016, InterContinental London – The O2 features a 453-room luxury hotel and 4,500qm dedicated conference centre with 19 multifunctional meeting rooms and one of the largest hotel function suites in Europe, The Arora Ballroom, a 3,100sqm pillar-free space.

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