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
From start to finish this hotel ticked all of the boxes. The staff were all very attentive, friendly and professional.
We should have booked dinner in the restaurant when we arrived for that evening as when we tried later it was fully booked and we were ravenous so we opted for room service instead 🙂
We booked this through Agoda. Booking showed complimentary breakfast and free cancellation. Confirmation showed no breakfast and minimum 2 nights charge in the event of cancelling. Pointless when you’re staying for two nights. Staff are excellent, and a credit to the Hotel. Bed too firm.
I stayed here with my daughter for one night in February 2019.
Check in was quick and our room was ready by 10.30 which was a nice surprise!
I was unsure if breakfast was included in the price and was told it wasn’t, at £200 a night I told them I was shocked - the manager didn’t hesitate in awarding my daughter and I breakfast for free.
The room (316) overlooked Leicester Square, was spacious, clean and had everything we could have needed. The coffee machine was great, complimentary water, free WiFi - a must when you have a teenager!!! The room was perfect.
The bathroom was stocked with products to use, flannels, shower caps etc and plenty of fresh towels.
The location is everything, we had a theatre day and it was a 5 minute walk from where we needed to go, many restaurants, bars and shops on the doorstep.
Breakfast was nice and peaceful. Hot buffet food, lots of cold continental foods, pastries, cereals - different mills etc make this a good choice for the intolerant and picky.
All staff we encountered were nothing but polite and helpful.
I will definetly return.
Wife and I stayed at the hotel on Sat 16th Feb '19. We had theater tickets booked for the afternoon and evening on the Strand and Haymarket respectively. Went to National Portrait Gallery in the morning before returning home on Sunday. The hotel's location at the bottom of Leicester was perfect for us and meant that we were very c;lose to everything we wanted to do. The weekend was perfect and the hotel and staff were excellent. Our room (710) was at the back of the hotel with great views over London from The Shard in the east, The Eye to Big Ben in the west. A nice size room with a comfortable double bed, great shower/bath and tea/coffe in the room. Whilst we didn't really use many of the facilities in the hotel, all of our interactions with staff were excellent (we were offered fizz when we checked in) and enjoyed cocktails in the bar after theater. When we have another weekend in town - we will definitely stay here again. Brilliant.
This was a surprise Theatre trip for my partner for Valentines.
We both enjoyed every minute of our time.
There was so much to see and do within walking distance.
The hotel staff were happy and friendly.
Breakfast was amazing.Really good value.
The sweet tray in reception was a temptation I couldn't resist.