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
- 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
I’m currently staying here on a work trip. Let me first say the maintenance man and the lady who delivered my room service were lovely and went above and beyond. The food was lovely as well. Now the issues I have faced within the last 12 hours......
Checked in no problem, lady was lovely on reception. The room isn’t the most comfortable. I asked for extra assistance as I have a disability and was concerned that I would struggle with a stand up shower. They quickly delivered a shower chair for the bathroom, so that checked a box. There was a whistling in the room so called Maintenance and the guy who turned up was lovely, he could hear the issue and was up and down ladders and ended up replacing a plug socket and wires completely until 9.30 pm. There’s not ,Amy plug sockets, no where to sit with a mirror for makeup or hair, no comfortable lighting for in bed for me to see or easily accessible plug socket to put my phone on charge beside my bed. I have called to request a different room but was told they are fully booked so no alternative. This morning after a poor night’s sleep I went to take a shower to warm me up and ended up colder than when I went in as the shower pressure on the rain shower isn’t enough when you are sat in a chair to warm you so you end up cold. I tried the hand held shower but couldnt hold it easily for long enough. Very tired and disappointed. The room was quiet after the whistling had stopped though.
We had a very enjoyable stay at this five star hotel with friendly staff that were very helpful and willing to help when needed. The hotel was very clean and tidy with all your needs catered for in your room. Strongly recommended
We stayed here for 2 nights in March and it now has to be one of my favourite hotels in London and I will return again. The location is absolutely fantastic, we had come to spend time with family but were very pleased that everything was so close. The staff are great, they know whether you need lots of attention or whether you would rather just do what you want to do (I am the latter) my husband the former !! Was lovely to be welcomed by canapes and the sweets / fruit and drinks in reception were delightful. We were extremely fortunate to receive an upgrade and our room was fabulous, I didn't really want to go out it was so nice that I'm sure any excuse and I would have stayed in for the night. Absolutely faultless and recommend. Well done to the reception and staff in the foyer you made this hotel such a good place for us for the weekend.
Great location and very easy to get taxis outside. The room was very clean and the bed was comfy but a rubbish view of grotty buildings to the rear. The shower was over the bath and instantly leaked all over the floor. Breakfast was good and all the staff were friendly. The only issue we had was the room was very hot and if we tried to cool it down with the air conditioning it was noisy. That said, decent hotel and we’d consider staying there again.
Stayed here a couple of times when working at the London Palladium & Dominium theatres. Excellent breakfast and dinner at the Steak & Lobster restaurant- nice wine too! This hotel is conveniently situated for the British Museum, Oxford St & Tottenham Court Rd. Bedroom quite small, spacious bathroom. Some of the rooms can be a little noisy depending on location in the building-double glazing fitted to minimise this.