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
- 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
I had wanted to stay at this hotel for years as the location is second to none. Literally in the heart of Leicester Square. So when my boyfriend booked it for 2 nights as a surprise for my birthday, I couldn’t have been happier! Thank you to the hotel for the birthday treat you left in the room. The cake was yummy!
The staff were friendly and helpful, and the lobby was clean and very well presented. On walking in to our room on the fourth floor I felt it was nice and a decent enough size, if a little bit dated... It was only when we started to put our things away I began noticing how scuffed the furniture was. It clearly hasn’t been refurbished in years. There was a constant strange smell in the bathroom that I could do without ever encountering again! I can get over these things, however when you’re woken each morning about 4am by what sounds like someone throwing a skip full of glass bottles away that’s not something I want to experience in any hotel.
I’d possibly stay here again, but like others, ask for a room that isn’t at the back of the hotel.
As everbody writes the high point of the hotel is location, overall it is more like a 4 star hotel than a 5 star one. The rooms are good and well equipped but as I understand a bit variable. But the big points go to the front staff, they were very helpful to compensate the problem I had with the room. Special thanks to Julia and Zelish..
Wow! What can I say about this hotel except that the location and staff are absolutely fabulous. We felt like royalty. Be prepared for the rooms to be on the small side though and ours faced out to another building but they were absolutely spotless and the turn down service was a lovely addition that we have not experienced ourselves at UK hotels (we’ve obviously been staying in the wrong ones 😂🙈). Breakfast was fabulous and the omelettes are cooked to order, yummy! I only wish we could have stayed more than one night. If visiting Leicester Square this is the go to hotel, you won’t be disappointed. We will be back when we next visit the area. What a treat! Thank you all
There is nothing really wrong with this hotel , clean and in a good position , breakfast was good everything you would expect , tables are to close though , but when you first arrive at a hotel it’s how you are greeted that starts every thing off well and this hotel is one of the most friendly I have ever been too and I travel a lot around the world
I have stayed in this hotel many times over the last few years and thought I’d left reviews before but I can’t see anything on Tripadvisor so this must have been another site. I have never been disappointed with my stay here. In fact the couple of times I’ve used other hotels in London I’ve regretted it as they just haven’t been as good.
The hotel itself is nicely decorated, well maintained and offers the facilities you would expect from a 5 star hotel. The position, in Leicester Square, is ideal. It’s close to galleries, museums, landmarks and the main shopping areas for the daytime and it’s near Covent Garden, Theatreland and every type of restaurant you can imagine for the evenings. It’s a busy, vibrant area so I’ve always felt safe walking around here on my own, even late at night. But what really makes this hotel stand out is the staff. Without exception, they are always genuinely friendly, helpful and (particularly in my case) patient. I’m not going to attempt to name names as I’d be bound to miss someone out and I’d hate to do that. This is a great team of people who work well together to ensure your stay is as comfortable and as trouble-free as possible.