Radisson Blu Edwardian New Providence Wharf Hotel
What We Love
- Riverside location and Thames views from the restaurant and spa
- Free shuttle to/from Canary Wharf, Monday to Friday, mornings and evenings
- Free WiFi throughout the hotel; do business from the bathtub
- Strawberry martinis at the bar, served sweet or dry
What To Know
- There's not much to see within walking distance of the hotel
- It's at least a 30-minute journey (via DLR and underground) to central London
- Expect business travelers
- Lavender-scented "Sleep Well" kits and "Intimacy Kits" in the minibars
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- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Fronting a curve of the Thames near Canary Wharf, this riverside retreat is perfectly positioned for city slickers. Inside, it’s more stylish than stuffy, with a lobby strung with giant, twinkly baubles that bounce light between the glass and chrome furnishings. An Asian/British design theme runs through the public areas; fiberglass stags share space with stone Thai heads and Conran-inspired sofas and tables, and Japanese silk prints of traditional kimonos line the corridors to the seventh-floor Penthouse.
Bed and Bath
Guestrooms feature contemporary and Asian artworks alongside high-end gadgetry like Samsung Smart TVs (Suites also have TVs in the bathrooms), full sound systems and conference phones. Beds are neatly heaped with russet and chartreuse throws and cushions. Bathtubs are large enough for two and are generously stocked with products from Essential Elements (by Gilchrist and Soames). Take the free copy of Harper’s Bazaar in with you for a soak and gaze out at the Thames.
Lanterns illuminate the way to the bar, where you can sip a full-bodied red or a strawberry martini, or choose from a decent selection of whiskeys. The restaurant, appropriately named Scoff & Banter, serves such traditional English fare as tea-smoked duck, beer-battered haddock and shepherd’s pie. Head to the East River Spa for a sauna and aromatic steam, then chill on a heated lounger in the relaxation room, which has panoramic views. Breakfast is a lively affair, served from 7 to 10 a.m. (11 a.m. on Saturdays and 11:30 a.m. on Sundays) to cater to both the corporate and post-gig crowd (the O2 Arena is just across the river). In a hurry? The “on the go” service delivers breakfast straight to reception for a speedy checkout.
In the Area
The O2 Arena (for blockbuster gigs) is a boat hop away, and London’s West End can be reached by the DLR and underground in about 30 minutes. Head east to Westfield Stratford City, one of Europe’s largest shopping malls, or if big brands aren’t your bag, take the DLR to Greenwich and amble around the indoor market, with its indie boutiques, galleries and food stalls. Spend the afternoon in the National Maritime Museum or stand on the Prime Meridian line (longitude zero) and the center of world time. Sip a pint at the Gun Riverside Pub and Gin Garden, a traditional boozer turned gastropub, a five-minute walk from the hotel.
How to Get There
Unfriendly staff, awkward paintings in room, extremely poor room service, staff here does not know the C of customer service
Room service operator could not speak proper English neither knew the menu.
This week I ran a meeting at this hotel for 20 people, including accommodation. The hotel and its staff is excellent. The location was important as we were attending a conference at The ExCeL at the latter part of the week. The hotel is close to the DLR and its very easy to walk there. The views from the restaurant are brilliant, very nice treat at breakfast. As the organiser of the large group I was very kindly upgraded to a one bedroom suite which was a lovely treat. The hotel staff were all so nice and kind and nothing was too much for them. Our group enjoyed using The River Room for our meeting, as again, the view was stunning. Oh and the Edward app is a dream come true for anyone organising a busy conference, it saved on my feet! Thank you!
4 of us recently stayed at this amazing hotel. From the minute our reservation was confirmed we were at complete ease. The use of Edward to confirm our rooms, meals etc was so simple. To top it all,each and every member of staff was faultless. Katarina looked after us as if we were family,from booking spa sessions, to cab advice through to complimentary coffee to go! We will be back.