Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street Hotel
What We Love
- Top Covent Garden location, on the edge of the theater-packed West End
- Impressive collection of modern artworks throughout the hotel
- The basement gym is open 24 hours
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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
- There's no spa, but in-room treatments are available
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
In the hip Covent Garden enclave Seven Dials, the Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street is a classy crash pad that combines contemporary artwork, British gastro-dining and plush guestrooms. The funky lobby showcases Japanese graphic prints, a giant baby’s head fashioned out of papier-mâché, and Kama Sutra–esque etchings on the wall. Oversize gold armchairs sit atop floor tiles designed to echo the cobblestones that line the streets outside.
Bed and Bath
A major revamp in 2011 upped the glam factor in the guestrooms. With padded leather–look feature walls, a palette of hot pinks and emerald greens, and tactile throws and cushions, the 137 guestrooms have a feminine feel. Homey extras such as tea- and coffeemaking facilities, cookies and free water come standard. Studios are equipped with Smeg mini-fridges emblazoned with the Union Jack, and Luxury Suites offer triple-aspect windows overlooking Covent Garden, as well as separate dressing rooms. Bathrooms are griege-tiled affairs stocked with products by Essential Elements by Gilchrist & Soames.
Scoff & Banter is an all-day dining spot that serves everything from breakfast through to late night brews. Swing by in the afternoon and tuck into a Roald Dahl–inspired afternoon tea piled high with fancifully named pastries, or dine on British comfort food in the evening (beer-battered fish with chunky fries, shepherd’s pie with cabbage and crispy bacon). The basement gym is open 24 hours, but central London’s strollable streets are on the doorstep.
In the Area
Start the day with a cup of London’s best coffee on Monmouth Street and browse your way through the boutiques that line Seven Dials‘s cobblestone streets (they all converge at a towering 17th-century sundial opposite the hotel). Highlights include Magma, for quirky housewares and gifts; Orla Kiely, for graphic print womenswear; and Miller Harris, for British fragrances. For a foodie fix try the steamed hirata buns heaped with Japanese toppings at Flesh & Buns; pick from the pungent cheese trolley at Mon Plaisir, London’s oldest French restaurant, or tuck into a reasonably priced lunch and cocktails at the underground (and under-the-radar) Freud Bar.
How to Get There
Salvatore could not have been more helpful. I was tired and in need of a good sleep and the upgrade was a welcome surprise, and room service sublime. Sincerely they could not have been kinder and nothing was too much trouble. Salvatore and Sofiane are a credit to your organisation.
Excellent hotel, clean, spacious room, great location, with outstanding staff. Michael in particular made a real fuss of my wife for her birthday, providing fruit, a cake and a hand written card in our room. A lovely touch.
I’ve stayed at dozens of hotels in London, from super fancy to boutique. The Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street is my favorite. The staff is fun and upbeat, the atmosphere hip and informal, the restaurant is great in its own right and the location is perfect—one is in the center of a very energetic village in Central London, from where one can walk just about anywhere.