Radisson RED to launch in London in 2020

Radisson Hotel Group has announced the signing of the Radisson RED London Greenwich in the UK.

Opening in 2020, the move will bring the Radisson Group’s upscale, lifestyle hotel brand to the English capital, alongside the other UK landmark Radisson RED hotels in Glasgow and Liverpool. The new signing is part of a £8bn project to redevelop Greenwich Peninsula and transform it into a must-visit destination.

Greenwich is a thriving tourist spot and is home to the world’s busiest concert and events venue, the O2 Arena. Located within walking distance, guests will find it easy to get to the O2 Arena from the hotel. The Radisson RED London Greenwich will also put guests within reach of some of London’s famous sights including the famous Prime Meridian, the Cutty Sark, several museums, and the cable car offering views over the Thames, Canary Wharf and the city.

Elie Younes, Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer, Radisson Hotel Group, said: ‘Radisson RED is for those who wish to stand out of the crowd and it now lands in London. Opening in 2020, it perfectly blends business and play around the O2. A sincere appreciation goes to our partners for their trust in our people and our brands.’

Vivek Chadha, Owner of Nine Hotel Group, said: ‘We’re thrilled to have signed the agreement to bring a Radisson RED hotel to this side of London. Being so close to the multi-purpose O2 arena is hugely exciting, as I believe it’s the number one indoor music arena in the world and hosts the best global talent. Our hotel will be a representation of the culture and talent the arena attracts.’

Vijay Thakkar, Co-owner of the hotel, said: ‘We’re excited to ink the deal with Radisson Hotel Group to bring a Radisson RED property to London. The hotel shall attract both business and leisure travelers, and I am eagerly looking forward to its grand opening.’

With 70 rooms, the hotel will offer a bistro, bar, and a gym. Guests have plenty of travel options to reach the hotel and explore London, including major road links, multiple bus routes and a London Underground station not far from the property. London City Airport is five miles from the hotel.

Guests and professional business partners can enhance their experience with Radisson RED by participating in Radisson Rewards, a global loyalty programme offering benefits and rewards.

Greenwich to Have Cruise Terminal

Greenwich, a borough close to central London, will be hosting a large cruise liner terminal, once the authorities grant approval for the development.

The cruise liner terminal will have the capacity to allow anchoring of large cruise ships beyond the Thames Barrier. The new dockyard will be able to offer anchorage to ships up to 240 metres in length and receive around 100 ships every year, once it is completed.

Construction of the project is expected to commence by November 2012, and be complete in around five years’ time. Approximately 40,000 passengers will be able to disembark at the terminal, once it is operational.

Greenwich Council, the local administrative body, is also planning to offer approval for the development of a mixed-use property, Enderby Wharf, which will include a 251-room hotel and around 770 homes close to the dockyard, to be developed by a UK-based developer, West Properties.

John Comber of Greenwich Council said in a newspaper interview, ‘This brings the cruise liner industry right into the heart of the capital. It will be the gateway to London. In years gone by this river would have been teeming with vehicles. What we’d like to see is that brought back.’

Earlier, Councillor Chris Roberts, from the Royal Borough of Greenwich, said, ‘Tourism already brings in £774 million per year to our local economy and this (the new terminal) will clearly be a massive boost for an already thriving local industry. We’re hugely proud of the rich mix of attractions, culture and history we have at the World Heritage site and beyond in Greenwich – and of course of our proud maritime history. The coming of London’s first cruise terminal at Enderby Wharf with the investment by Morgan Stanley will be a big landmark in that history and a superb addition to all we have to offer here in Royal Greenwich.’