Sitting on one of London’s most iconic modern river side destinations, InterContinental Hotels have placed their new luxury hotel, the InterContinental London – The O2. The Thames, arguably one of London’s most famous sights, sets the Intercontinental London up for business and pleasure travellers, this extensive hotel has been cleverly designed to engage guests to their surroundings in a number of ways.

Encompassing 453 luxury rooms and suites across 18 floors, each room has a view of either Canary Wharf, the River and the O2 – which you couldn’t get any closer to if you tried! Guests and visitors alike are also able to access a new beauty spa, several dining destinations, Sky Bar and now the largest ballroom in London for events holding up to 3,000, rivalling some of the larger inner city London hotels. Incredible well connected the Emirates Air Line which zips over the Thames to ExCel London is a short walk from the hotel, and The Thames Clipper and the Jubilee line offer fast links to London’s West end and London City Airport.

Owing to its position on the Thames, there is a loose nautical theme seen throughout the hotel, from its porthole-shapes windows, cabinets of globes, brass nautical compasses and models of classics yachts.



To help enhance the nautical theme of the hotel, Ultimate Library were requested to provide a bespoke collection of books within the New InterContinental Club Lounge. Books were required to cater to a range of guests who would use the room, from provincial out of town guests, to those using it as an office away from the office.



The selection was handpicked to educate, entertain and inspire guests of the local dockland area, London, its history and culture. As the Club Lounge would be used as relaxation and dining destination, books had to be easy to dip in and out of and to spend time indulging in a good book. Additional themes were selected including dining, drinking, art and lifestyle.

Writing the Thames 

by Christina Hardyment

A Beautifully illustrated anthology, this new book celebrates the writers who have helped to make England’s greatest river an enduring legend. Writing the Thames tells a much-loved river’s story through the remarkable prose, poetry and illustration that it has inspired writers and legends, from Julius Caesar to explorations of topographers who mapped, drew and painted the river.

Thames: Sacred River 

by Peter Ackroyd

Adrift: A Secret Life of London’s Waterways 

by Helen Babbs

Blending nature writing, social observation and memoir, Helen Babbs invites you on an eye-opening journey into a different side of the city. Journeying along London’s waterways on a canal boat called Pike, putting down roots for two weeks at a time before moving on, this book explores the London landscape in all its guises: marshland, wasteland, city centre and suburb, Adrift takes the reader on a tour of the people, politics, history and wildlife of London’s canals and rivers.

Downstream: A History and Celebration of Swimming the River Thames 

by Caitlin Davies

Did you know that in 1930s the Thames was top holiday spot for families with beaches at the Tower of London and Greenwich? But in 1957 the river was declared biologically dead, and swimming in the Thames was seen as dangerous. Yet today we have returned to the river, drawn by the thrill of wild swimming. Caitlin Davies recounts the history of swimmers and the Thames, and explores the changing nature of the swimmers relationship with the river, and asks why it is that swimmers still love the Thames.

I Never Knew That About the River Thames 

by Christopher Winn

A captivating journey out of London along the banks of the River Thames to discover the secrets and stories of England’s most famous waterway. As Winn follows the river from source to sea, visiting its towns, villages and places of interest, he unearths a fascinating array of facts, folklore, landmarks and legends that are guaranteed to have you exclaiming ‘I Never Knew That!’. Illustrated with line drawings this charming gem of a book is guaranteed to inform and delight in equal measure.