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
Excellent service great dining room with views of Thames and lots of choice for breakfast.Staff on reception were extremely helpful and pleasant.Room was comfortable,clean and tidy.it was easier accessing hotel from East India DLR Station than Blackwall.
Reception checked in very friendly and quick. Valet parked car and made sure the car got charged. nothing was too much trouble. Room very nice and spacious. Breakfast good view and great choice ala carte and buffet. Buffet was best ice had inva hotel
Overall, an excellent feedback regarding my stay. The hotel also offers free drop service to Canary Wharf every morning. Excellent options for breakfast. The staff has been very cordial and courteous. I would recommend this hotel to my friends and colleagues.