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.
How to Get There
Fantastic location , great hotel , customer service was brilliant would highly recommend for a short break in Central London , facilities were excellent and Leicester Square kitchen was great for drinks and breakfast
Had stayed here before a few years back during construction works. It’s a lovely hotel right in the centre of London. The rooms are on the small side so we upgraded to junior suite or I would have been claustrophobic and I though it was worth it, although prices aren’t cheap but you’re paying for location. Staff were great, one of the concierge’s just grunted a lot and didn’t say much but I would get over that. The restaurant/bar is really nice and modern with South American cuisine. The bar staff were very good and served some great cocktails. The lifts are really slow, again not a very big deal but could be addressed. We would stay here again.
I visited her for a few nights with work this week. The hotel is absolutely stunning. I was upgraded upon arrival to room 703, which was a suite. My room was massive, sparkly clean and very well equipped.
The hotel staff were extremely friendly and the lady that checked me in was super helpful.
The hotel location was amazing, great central location, near the tube line.
We had lunch in the restaurant, it was outstanding! An amazing selection of tapas.
Highly recommend this restaurant and hotel. Thank you for an enjoyable stay
Stayed here as part of an "away day", involving a working dinner and board meeting. The dinner in the Penthouse on the 8th floor was amazing. More of a "tasting menu" than a set menu dinner. The Penthouse room has an amazing vista across the southerly london City view, from west to east. The only let down were the small lifts that had to serve the whole hotel. There were only 2 to cover the capacity of guests and the 8 floors. The bedroom I stayed in was very small with quite dated furniture.
I was given a luxury afternoon tea voucher as a gift and chose this hotel for its location. When we arrived the music in the restaurant was very loud and not suitable for a restaurant. Our waitress had to shout for us to hear her and she soon realised that we were not happy. She asked us if we would like to move to the quiet area, which we happily accepted. Although the music was quieter, it was still not at what I would consider an acceptable level. The staff explained that there was a special event on and that was the reason for the music ( if I had been informed of this at the time of booking, I would not of chosen this location). The afternoon tea was nice, but nothing special, considering the cost. My lasting impression is of a hotel trying far to hard to impress and ending up being neither trendy or refined!