The Stargazer artists impression
The Stargazer will open next week, Wetherspoon says

Wetherspoon has confirmed the opening date for its new pub at the O2, which it says will create 85 jobs.

The Stargazer will open its doors on March 21, and will be open from 10am to 12.15am seven days a week. Plans for the pub were first announced last November.

The pub chain has spent £2.9m on the new bar, which will be located between the O2’s entertainment district and the Icon outlet shopping centre. It will have a 3,800-square foot beer garden, with views across the Thames and Canary Wharf.

Wetherspoon says that the name of the pub is derived from “its location and the important role that Greenwich plays in the history of astronomy and navigation”.

“Stars are reflected in the signage, as you enter the pub, and references throughout the interior, in the form of bespoke sculptures and lighting features,” a spokesperson said. “The use of copper material represents the rays from the solar system.

“Sculptures and artwork are also displayed behind the bar, symbolising astronomy instruments, views and stargazers, as well as the Stargazer’s other meanings – a lily and a venomous fish.

“The bespoke carpet, fitted throughout the pub, also draws inspiration from orbiting stars and planets and the equipment used by astrologers and astronomers.”

The pub will be managed by Arber Hasani, who previously ran The Great Harry, the chain’s Woolwich pub.

“Myself and my team are looking forward to welcoming customers into The Stargazer and we are confident that the pub will be a great addition to The O2 Entertainment District,” he said.

Wetherspoon recently put some of its older pubs – including The Banker’s Draft in Eltham – up for sale, while the Edmund Halley in Lee Green closed on New Year’s Eve in anticipation of the Leegate Centre’s planned redevelopment.

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