Bernardes joins InterContinental London, the O2 with more than 10 years’ experience in the hospitality industry. His previous roles include bar operations manager at the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund, bar manager at the Waldorf Hilton London and founder and CEO of the Drinks Diary Bar Trade Magazine in Portugal.
Bernardes said: “I am thrilled to be taking the next step in my career at InterContinental London at the O2. The hotel’s Eighteen Sky Bar and Clipper Bar are stunning and unique destination bars with exceptional views over the River Thames, and I’m looking forward to working with the fantastic teams here to develop some innovative new recipes for 2019.
“We’re currently creating a selection of seasonal cocktails. For spring/summer, we’re looking at light and refreshing herbal concoctions, and for autumn/winter, we’re playing with more rich and complex combinations with the addition of warm, aromatic spices.”
Globy Ouseph, general manager at InterContinental London, the O2, added: “We are delighted to welcome Nelson to the Arora family. With his experience and extensive knowledge of the industry, Nelson is exceptionally well-placed to deliver memorable experiences for our guests when visiting our Eighteen Sky Bar and Clipper Bar.
“In his new role Nelson will work alongside both bar teams to develop creative and exciting new cocktail and drinks menus as well as execute service and bartending workshops to further strengthen the position of both bars within London’s bar scene.”
InterContinental London, the O2 has 453 guestrooms, a luxury spa with a 17m swimming pool and eight treatment rooms, as well as a collection of restaurants and bars, including the 3 AA Rosette Peninsula Restaurant, the Market Brasserie, the Clipper Bar which offers its own exclusive Clipper Gin. It also has the rooftop Eighteen Sky Bar and the Meridian Lounge with a riverside terrace.