Eighteen Sky Bar

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Greenwich Peninsula
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A glitzy cocktail bar that serves stiff drinks and Asian-inspired bar snacks.

Eighteen Sky Bar sits on the eighteenth floor of the InterContinental hotel at the O2, and you can certainly see why they chose to put it there. The views from this place are spectacular. On one side of the room you look down at the murky waters of the Thames and across to Canary Wharf, while on the other you gaze over the expansive white canvas of the vast building. It’s seriously impressive, especially at sunset.

It also explains why everyone in the bar positions themselves beside a window, leaving a strange void in the middle of the room. Of course, it’s a wonder anyone’s here at all given the location, but the cocktails are good: strong, well-balanced and presented with a flourish. The snacks are less impressive: the tempura soft-shell crab we had was salty and overpriced.

This place won’t suit everyone. The glam decor definitely wasn’t for us, and there’s a lack of character that makes the place feel, well, like a hotel bar. But if you’re happy to focus on what’s beyond the windows rather than within, you won’t be disappointed.

By: Alex Plim

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Venue name: Eighteen Sky Bar
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Address: Intercontinental London
The O2
1 Waterview Drive
London
SE10 0ER
Transport: Tube: North Greenwich
Price: £26 to £40
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If you think you’ve done all the top bars in London with a view, then think again. The Eighteen Sky Bar in the InterContinental Hotel, Greenwich may perhaps be one of the most overlooked sky bars in London. Excuse the pun.


The cocktails are classy: strong, well-balanced and glamorously presented.  The interior decor stays just as classy which, to me, screams glitz, sophistication, elegant and perhaps, some would say, sexy with plush seats everywhere and dim lighting to create an ambience. 


For such a premium place, it will come as no shock that it can be a pretty expensive affair up there. One particular cocktail, aptly named, ‘The Eighteenth’ will cost you back, you guessed it, £18. 


Needless to say, being that high, the most impressive facet of the bar is without a doubt that gorgeous view. Located on the eighteenth floor of the InterContinental Hotel, you have, on one side, stunning views looking towards Canary Wharf. On the other side, you have a view overlooking the 02 arena and beyond. It’s seriously impressive and the floor-to-ceiling windows mean you get a full view of London’s famous skyline. The only problem? The glass reflects the lighting inside which mean getting that winning Instagram picture will prove a challenge.


If you’re a fan of bars with views (and let’s be honest, who isn’t?), you’ll love this place. This is one place to make an impression on anyone whether it be a date or a friend’s gathering.

Tastemaker

I have been wanting to come here for a long time, so my partner booked this for us to celebrate a special anniversary. The lobby of the hotel is lovely, although it's a bit of a walk from North Greenwich station. We went to the 18th floor and the views are incredible one side you have the right lights of Canary Wharf and on the other side is the O2. The service was poor and we ordered two cocktails, both at £14 each. The cocktails were a huge disappointment. Never have I taste two bad cocktails! Apart from the views, I would not bother with this place and I would also go in the daytime and on a clear day. The reflection on the window of the lights meant I couldn't get a decent picture! Top tip Go for the view not the drinks

tastemaker

What a shame because this place had so much potential. The views of Canary Wharf and the O2 are spellbinding. However, one should come during the day as the reflections from the lighting does slightly hinder the view. The selection of cocktails was limited and although the service was friendly enough, this place did not have anything else that could set it apart from any other corporate hotel.


This is the place to go if you want to feel like you're much richer than you are. The amazing view, and amazing cocktails... brilliant place to go for drinks.


Jaw dropping location. look outside one side of the bar and you are looking perilously down on the roof of the o2. Look the other way and you see the sprawling bright lights of Canary Wharf and out towards the City. It's such a different perspective on the city. For the smokers there is no journey downstairs to partake in your habit as the outdoor terrace  enables you to kill yourself in rather pleasant surroundings. Great drinks and good service.