Radisson Blu Edwardian Kenilworth Hotel
What We Love
- Heart-of-the-action location in Bloomsbury, close to Oxford Street and the theater-packed West End
- Traditional British dishes served at Scoff & Banter
- The gym is open 24 hours
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- There's no spa, but in-room treatments are available
- Rooms are on the small side (from 129 square feet), but this isn't uncommon in London
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
With a classic London location a block from the British Museum and within strolling distance of Oxford Street and Covent Garden, the Radisson Blu Edwardian Kenilworth occupies a resplendent red brick building in the heart of Bloomsbury. Behind the 19th-century façade, the marble lobby features chunky columns and velvet sofas and is dotted with sculptures. Artworks from the owner’s private collection is on display throughout the hotel.
Bed and Bath
The rooms feature walnut beds and wardrobes, purple and navy velvet throws and Sicilian marble bathrooms. Handy amenities include tea- and coffeemaking facilities, mineral water, U.S electrical outlets, free WiFi and iPod docks. Junior Suites are decked out with French furniture and hand-painted silk fabrics and offer extra lounge space with a separate seating area. Book a Business Class Room for daily full English breakfast, bathrobes and slippers, and early check-in (subject to availability). All rooms come with a hypoallergenic Vertue mattress made from sustainable materials.
Scoff & Banter is an all-day restaurant with rich red booths and banquettes and an impressive stained glass cupola. Start the day with a full English breakfast, indulge in a traditional afternoon tea, or fill up on British fare in the evening. Choose from a reasonably priced two-course set menu for around $25, or order the beer-battered fish and chips followed by comforting desserts like fruit crumble and trifle.
In the Area
The hotel is a block from the British Museum, home to the Rosetta Stone, the Elgin Marbles and an impressive collection of mummies. It’s also within easy reach of the Sir John Soane’s Museum, a little-known repository stuffed with antiquities and artworks in a neoclassical townhouse. Visit on the first Tuesday of the month for a candlelit tour. Both are free to enter. Shopping thoroughfare Oxford Street is just around the corner, or hit Carnaby Street and Kingly Court for smaller independent boutiques and to browse Liberty, arguably the city’s prettiest department store, where creaky staircases lead to artfully designed rooms stocked with luxe labels.
How to Get There
My sister and I stayed here for two nights. The hotel is in a great location. We walked to Buckingham Palace from here (30 mins) and to Covent Garden (10 mins) Hotel Staff are superb......nothing too much trouble..........Breakfast good with a good choice of hot items.
Virtual Host 'Edward' is a great idea. I used it to report something and it was dealt with straight away! Impressive.
Down side is the road noise at times.............it needs secondary glazing to help eliminate some of this........but then it's London so you expect some element of noise.
Would definitely stay here again.
The location is great, just next to the British Museum and the subway. But rooms are old and tired and not very functional. For example the bathroom design is such that water will spill outside the bathtub each time I shower. The hairdryer was faulty and looks burnt. The staff tried to resolve it and offered me breakfast instead. I appreciate the gesture since I was not expecting it since they resolved the issue. The staff tried very hard and I feel very welcomed.
The mattress is old too and sinks in. I had to sleep in the middle of the queen size bed to find a spot that doesn’t sink.
Overall a pleasant experience but I will try to stay in a newer hotel in the future.
Had a lovely long weekend staying here with my boyfriend. The room was beautiful and the bed was very comfortable, but a bit on the small side. Think it was a queen size rather than a double.
The air conditioning was amazing as it was a very warm weekend.