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
- READ MORE: How to see London for free
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
On our 28th Anniversary holiday in London, we carefully selected this property based on the great reviews. Boy are they accurate. Upon a late arrival, we were warmly greeted by two of the kindest and nicest staff members you could hope to meet at a reception desk: Michael and desk manager Jairo. They went out of their way to find us a spacious room (complimentary upgrade), threw in a complimentary breakfast and Michael graciously offered to send up a glass of wine or dessert to make our day even more special. We were then escorted to our room by Michael who took the time to go over all features and amenities. This level of commitment to customer service is rare - even at the 5 star level. Michael and Jairo have inspired us to try other Radisson Blu properties elsewhere. The property is wonderfully located in the heart & excitement of Leicester Square. Theatre District around the corner as is Covent Garden and Trafalgar Square. The rooms are plush, spacious and chock full of high end amenities and features such as one would expect at this level. We could not be more delighted with our choice and wish to thank these two splendid fellows for making our stay so unforgettable. Most HIGHLY recommend this hotel....
Close to almost every theater in London's West End. Great place to stay. Lovely staff. Rooms are small but no need to spend too much time in the room! In the middle of all the Leicester Square activity, but very quiet and safe.
I am a regular user of Radisson Hotels and this was booked on loyalty points.
On arrival reception was excellent- we were a bot early so they said we would have to wait a while for the room but it was available within 10 minutes.
Room was excellent - good size and clean.
Breakfast was included and this was also excellent.
All staff we interacted with- reception, doorman, turn down service and restaurant service were all first class.
This hotel is also in a fantastic central location.
Thanks for a wonderful stay for what was a special anniversary celebration.
Perfect location in the center of possibly the most socially happening place in London, Leicester Square and immediately behind Trafalgar square. Museums, art, theatre, street performers galore, a variety of cuisine to try with in walking distance and connected to every part of London by tube literally a 100 yards away. Also within minutes of Soho and China town, Picadilly square and the theater district. This hotel is an oasis of comfort and peace in the middle of such an active place. The rooms are very spacious and everything is immaculate and very thoughtfully put in place. Beginning from treats to greet us on the day we arrived to chocolate covered stawberries on July 4th, the service was beyond anything we could expect. Staff are genuinely friendly. Everyone from the reception staff (especially Eva), concierge, bellman housekeeping, etc, etc are thoughtful, kind and friendly. We felt that each and every member of the staff were invested in making sure we had the best stay. This hotel and it's staff helped to make our first family trip to London a wonderful experience and we will be sure to return in the future. We are especially grateful to Georgina from housekeeping who was kind enough to keep safe, our 9 year old daughter's highly treasured pink stuffed seal which was accidentally left behind. Georgina, Eva and the other wonderful staff made sure that the seal was safely returned to us, turning tears into smiles for a small child. We cannot say enough about our experience and recommend this exceptional, warm and family friendly hotel without reservation.
Every year myself and family stay at the Hampshire and every year it has been fabulous. A clean, smart, friendly hotel with staff that go above and beyond. Alex the Concierge and Dani in the restaurant team deserve a special thank you for making my birthday weekend extra special this time. Thank you for all the lovely little extras, we have again had an amazing time and can't wait to see you all again next year.
If you're looking for a beautiful hotel with amazing service in a fab central location this is definitely the place for you!