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
- 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
Perfect location in Seven Dials neighborhood......within walking distance of Leicester Station and the ferry. Several really terrific restaurants, pubs, shops and theaters.....we especially liked Dishoom (yes worth the wait). Rooms are very clean and quiet. Staff is friendly and professional....not exactly the best deal in town but a wonderful home base to explore London:)
We stayed for 4 nights at the hotel and we enjoyed every minute. It was my parents first time in London and the staff was so kind and helpful. The location at the 7 Dials is perfect - it is close to Covent Garden, theaters, restaurants and beautiful shops. It is very easy to walk to a lot of places. The room was very comfortable and the service was great. We will definitely return if we travel to London again.
A very nice small hotel in quiet location in a sympathetic block. Recommend for a short trip since it's very convenient to walk 'everywhere' from here. Also easy to arrive with tube from Heathrow Express.
If possible (budget) take a higher ranking room or find out in advance if the room size meets your needs.
Ours was very small.
We stayed at Raddison Blu for three nights in early July and had an amazing experience. Service was simply flawless. Every person at the hotel, from the folks at the front desk, to room service and restaurant staff, are super welcoming and attentive. They all work hard to make your stay enjoyable.
Food at Monmouth Kitchen, the hotel’s restaurant, is delicious. We had breakfast there every morning and dinner twice during our short stay. Lenka and Hannah were so kind and went out of their way to accommodate our big group and took a really good care of us.
And location is perfect. I haven’t explored London enough to do a fair comparison with other neighborhoods, but I simply loved Covent Garden area. Full of life and energy, and close to a lot of London’s landmarks.
Highly recommended hotel.
I really enjoyed my stay at the Radisson. The hotel was lovely, and the room was small but well laid out and very very clean. The location could not be better - great for theater-going and walking to many of the sites you want to see. The breakfast was a highlight - many choices and delicious. Plus, and I know this is sort of amorphous, the hotel had a cool vibe - it felt fun and happening.