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
Arrived after a long flight from Australia . All staff were very welcoming. Couldn’t ask for better . Would go back in a heartbeat . Will recommend to all our Aussie family and friends . I think candles and fairy lights out the front in the bar lounge would attract more passsing patronage
I took my son to London for his birthday and we chose to stay here.
On arrival our room wasn’t ready but they took my mobile number to let me know when it was. They also took my bag to store while we went out for lunch.
About an hour later I got a text to say the room was ready. We went back to reception and completed the check in. The lady was friendly and very helpful. She explained everything about breakfast and that we had £15 to spend as part of our room rate. She also told us that my bag will be brought up to the room.
We went up in the lift to our room (408).
It was in a little corridor off the main corridor near to the lift. We went in and WOW. It was a fantastic room, a HUGE bed, a couple of comfy chairs and table, a desk and chair, tv, mini bar, wardrobe with iron and board, brolly, robes, slippers in. The bathroom was beautiful and had everything you need, toiletries, towels, bath mats etc. Everywhere was really clean.
We then went out for the rest of the day. When we got back they had put a happy birthday cake in the room for my son and done a turn down service including a copy of the evening standard. The bed was really comfy and they’d put in firm pillows as on my booking request.
We had breakfast in the Leicester Square kitchen which is the restaurant attached to the hotel. It was a fantastic spread, cold continental and hot full English, all help yourself. You could also order from the alacarte menu which was included in the price. The waiters bring you tea, coffee and toast to the table. Everything we had was lovely and hot and tasty.
We also had a drink in the bar of the hotel, we sat outside on the terrace. The two men that served us were friendly and polite. The ginger addiction mocktail I had was yummy.
Overall we had an amazing stay. Every member of staff we met were friendly and helpful.
Thank you for a wonderful stay
Booked for one night to celebrate a special birthday. Reception and staff were excellent, however, was shown to a room which was ridiculously small! Moved to a larger room but decor and furniture very poor. You may get slippers and robes but this means nothing if the room is old and tired. Very disappointed as expected a fabulous room as paid for 5*. Breakfast was excellent and varied. Staff were all lovely. Won’t be staying here again.
The location of the hotel is in centre of whole of shopping and party place... Oxford Street, Covent garden and haymarket all are at walking distance... surrounded by multi cuisine restaurants, perfect place to rest and party... All of the staff were warm... Staff Linda was extremely kind, humble and resourceful... Great Experience!!!
Stayed 6 nights in family suite with wife and 2 teenage boys. Space was adequate. Location perfect for short underground rides to all popular tourist sites and easy longer commute to Heathrow.
Staff/concierge were excellent. Loved their Leicester Square Kitchen for breakfast. House staff very attentive and helpful. More expensive, but worth it!