Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel
What We Love
- A 5-minute walk to Covent Garden, the theater-packed West End and Soho
- Views of the British Museum from some rooms
- Room service is available 24 hours a day
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- For Deluxe rooms and above rate includes a $23 daily credit for food and drink (excluding breakfast & room service breakfast)
- Ask for a room on a higher floor if you don’t want to hear any traffic; the staff will do its best to place you in a room that suits your needs
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- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Located in Bloomsbury (onetime home to such literary luminaries as Virginia Woolf, E.M. Forster, John Maynard Keynes and Charles Dickens), the late-19th-century Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street is a chic crash pad with access to some of London’s best sights. The public areas are decked out with huge mirrors, gold velvet sofas and oversize orange vases on huge wooden tables. Original works of art fill the hotel, and in keeping with the area’s history, an installation made from pages of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway sits behind the reception desk and the hotel runs a monthly literary salon, Hidden Prologues, hosted by Sam Leith, the literary editor of the Spectator and the Evening Standard.
Bed and Bath
A seventh floor was added to the property in 2012, and it’s home to 11 of the more spacious rooms and suites. It’s made up of six Exclusive King Deluxe Rooms and five Exclusive Studio Suites. The rest of the 174 guestrooms are Standard and Superior Queen Rooms, Business Class Rooms, Deluxe Rooms and Luxury Suites. Each is kitted out with a kingsize bed clad with a sink-into mattress topper, a flat-screen TV and all the latest magazines, from Time to Harper’s Bazaar. Double-glazed windows block out much of the street noise, and some of the rooms look out over the British Museum. Many of the bathrooms come equipped with a tub and have Essential Elements by Gilchrist & Soames toiletries.
Cozy sofas, black-and-white photography, Venetian chandeliers and tall copper vases fill the sultry bar, while the restaurant has black leather chairs and screens that pull across to make the dining room more private. Bag a table by the enormous windows for the best people watching. The name tells the story at Steak & Lobster Bloomsbury; dine on succulent ribeye or a whole lobster and unlimited fries for less than $30 a pop. A traditional afternoon tea including scones and clotted cream, finger sandwiches and dainty pastries, is served daily.
In the Area
The free-to-visit British Museum, home to the Rosetta Stone, is just around the corner. Don’t miss the Charles Dickens Museum, which takes you on tour of his former Bloomsbury residence, or head to the Royal Courts of Justice to walk the historic grounds or sit in on a court case. You’re perfectly placed to walk to theaterland from the hotel, where you can see such hit shows as Jersey Boys, Matilda and War Horse. Also easily reached on foot is the beautiful Royal Opera House.
How to Get There
We booked in here very last minute due to being badly let down at some other accommodation. Staff couldn’t have been kinder, they upgraded us free of charge and the rooms were stunning, sparkling clean and quiet with huge comfy beds. It was my sons 21st birthday and we received great service for the 2 night stay. The breakfast was lovely with healthy options, smoothies and lovely fresh food. The young concierge was amazing, booking taxis and looking after us really well. We loved our stay and would return again definitely! Well done to this hotel... you saved us last weekend and I can’t thank you enough!
The AC/Heat was not working. We complained multiple times. I bet it is still broken. Lots is road noise. Car horns blowing all day and night, plus emergency service sirens. They were working on the intersection at Great Russel and Bloomsbury, so construction noise, too
Was upgraded to a Queen suite which was tiny. Not as large as the Travelodge new rooms. There was a problem with lighting as it buzzed constantly. Had a post-theatre snack of crab salad and 4 japanese tacos with Tuna sashimi (4 Dorito like chips with sashimi was £9.50!) Bill with glass of wine and 2 bottled bears nearly £70. Was not going to pay extortionate amount for breakfast so ate at VQ, a 3 minute walk, which was excellent. This hotel is fairly centrally located so we expected a little noise but the noise of people returning to their rooms in the early hours and outside shouting was not expected. Would not choose this hotel for another stay in London.