Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire Hotel
What We Love
- Stepping out the door onto Leicester Square
- The cinemas in the square play host to red carpet movie premieres; if you’re lucky you might glimpse an A-lister among the tourists
- The spacious Suites, which start at 355 square feet, look right over Leicester Square
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What To Know
- For Deluxe rooms and above rate includes a $23 daily credit for food and drink (excluding breakfast & room service breakfast)
- Free WiFi
- The historic hotel was formerly the Royal Dental Hospital, built in 1901
- It’s not just rooms at the front with the show-stealing views; top-floor rooms at the back look out over the whole city
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Built in 1901 as the Royal Dental Hospital, the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire has an original red brick façade and stands grandly at one corner of neon-lit Leicester Square. Enter through the revolving doors into the sultry reception area, with its latticed walls, giant high-backed velvet armchair and calming white orchids. Corridors to the guestrooms are lined with beautiful Japanese artwork, and downstairs, on the ground floor, the restaurant is filled with custom-made furniture, hand-crafted in Italy.
Bed and Bath
Each of the elegantly decked-out rooms has a different layout, due to the building’s former incarnation as a hospital. Soothing creams and neutral tones are offset by rich walnut furniture, burnt ochre and gold velvet throws and Japanese paintings. The bathrooms are simple, but they’re comfortably kitted out with either walk-in showers or bathtubs, toiletries from Essential Elements by Gilchrist & Soames, and cozy white bathrobes. While the Superior Rooms start at a petite 161 square feet, the spacious Suites range from 355-516 square feet.
Breakfast is served in the ground-floor restaurant, which has floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Leicester Square; tuck into the hearty buffet spread from a top people-watching position. In the evening Scoff & Banter is a lively dinner spot. Pitch up at the long bar and order up a storm from the cocktail menu, or sink into a velvet sofa flanked by giant vases and flickering candles. In the warmer months you can tuck into the menu of seasonal British dishes out on the terrace. Downstairs there’s a small but well-equipped business center and a teeny gym.
In the Area
Britain’s biggest cinemas, the Odeon and Empire (which host numerous red carpet premieres) are right on the doorstep, in Leicester Square. For art house movies, stroll a little farther to the Curzon Soho, or for filmic fun, try the Rocky Horror singalong at the Prince Charles Cinema. Many of London’s most iconic sights are within walking distance. Check out the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. From there it’s a short hop to the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the London Eye.
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We, my son and I visited the hotel, staying couple of nights at lovely suite. The staff was very friedly. Breakfast was something else, tasty and generous. Morning magazines were also brought to our suite as well as a little compliment of tasty strawberries covered with white chocolate. I will for sure visit the hotel again ????
Excellent Hotel experience all round. Great check in experience and have to say the best we have ever had as the welcome from the young lady on check in was outstanding. Great room very clean and bed was very comfortable for us. Breakfast was perfect location couldn’t be better. All round perfect experience
I have stayed at this property multiple times (my previous had an office two blocks away) and I always liked it but found the service uneven, today I had my best hotel service ever. I arrived at the hotel about 6 AM after a 19 hour flight from Perth. I thought I would drop my bags and kill time in the area until my room was ready.
The hotel went above and beyond for me. While my room was not ready, they gave me a temporary room to use until my room became available. It was great, I was able to get a few hours rest and a shower rather than walk around in the cold before any shops opened.
Not only did they give me a temporary room (without charging extra), they told me just to leave my luggage in that room and everything would be moved. I did but assumed it would be a difficult process, this is often where handoffs get dropped.
I got back to the hotel around 1 PM (still before check in), not only was my new room ready, my luggage was waiting for me. It was 100% seamless. But wait, there is more. They also upgraded me to a junior suite, which again was great as I was still jet lagged and wanted to do some work from my room.
All during the process, the staff was extremely friendly and helpful. I have never seen a hotel go the extra mile like the Radisson did this trip, coupled with a great location and nice property.