Sir Cliff Richard has officially opened The Intercontinental London – The O2 in North Greenwich.

The pop star and knight of the realm gave a speech to hotel managers, shareholders, staff and invited guests before declaring unveiling a memorial plaque to mark the launch.

Sir Cliff 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.

“I hope the hotel is hugely successful, especially as I do have a small percentage in it and therefore, without further ado, I would like to declare the Intercontinental London – The O2 open.”

The eagerly awaited presentation was preceded by a Champagne reception on the first floor, where guests had a look at the hotel’s ballroom – the largest in Europe without columns.

Following the welcome, the crowd was asked to make its way downstairs to listen to speeches from shareholders, owners and Sir Cliff.

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The guests were then treated to lunch back on the first floor.

The Intercontinental, which opened its doors in January 2016, offers 453 rooms and five bars and restaurants, as well as the vast ballroom.

The hotel is operating under a franchise agreement with Meridian Hotel Operations Limited and is managed by the Arora Group.

Surinder Arora, founder and chairman of Arora Group

Arora Group founder and chairman Surinder Arora said: “I am delighted to be here today to mark this very special event, officially celebrating the opening of our landmark InterContinental London – The O2.

"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.”

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