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
- 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
From the moment I arrived at hotel I could not get enough of the stunning blue lit lobby. The receptionist was also very friendly and professional.
I then went to my room which I have to say was absolutely breathtaking.The spacious room which i believe was a suite with an amazing river view from the main bedroom to the bathroom simply blew me away. I normally stay in central London hotels but they don't compare to what I experienced here. With a tasty dinner at the hotel restaurant I couldn't ask for a nicer dining location. The restaurant manager made sure my meal was perfect and the selection of cocktails was great. I then made use of the spa facilities and relaxed in the relaxation room with a glass of wine.
All in all I had such an amazing experience and cannot recommend this hotel enough. Thank you to all the staff I made contact with the best London hotel I've stayed in by far.
Great hotel, decent service, and good standard of rooms. Restaurant food is very nice and breakfast has a good variety of food. However, if you pay separately on check in for your breakfast be careful you are not charged double as the restaurant staff are very quick to charge you without checking to see if this has been pre booked at reception. It gives the impression they are very quick to take your money and leave it to you to see if you notice and make you go through the process of getting a refund.
Just a brief one night stay
What I loved
Pretty interior and lovely Xmas tree
Calming music in the lift!
Thoroughly clean throughout
Comfy (hard) bed fluffy pillows and duvet
Fab shower and bath/towels/toiletries
Bottled water in the room
Total blackout blinds - amazing for a full nights sleep
Breakfast (£15 if paid at checkin) was delicious, plentiful and with a nice view over the O2.
Breakfast was available until 11.30 . They also have an early-riser option if you need to escape quickly.
Quick self checkout
Uber can easily locate the building!
What I wasnt keen on
The reception staff. He looked thoroughly bored, didn't listen to what I was saying and insisted on calling me the wrong name
Slow to restock at breakfast (juices, milk etc)
Slow to clear tables at breakfast
Noisy neighbours returning at 5.45am
15 mins from Canary Wharf tube/DLR - This isnt the hotel's fault Im just pointing it out
Overall - this is a nice hotel if you need to be in this area of London and for a price you;d expect in London.
I didn't rate very high, I was not told about a service charge, it was just added. I then received my credit card statement and found a charge of £29.70 which wasn't on my invoice. Ceaser in accounts has taken a week and still not refunded it. Valet parking took 30 mins to get my car
Great hotel. Most friendly staff, that were helpful and really made me feel welcome. The location is great, when you attend a venue at the O2 arena. The friendly staff called for taxi. I can certainly recommend this Hotel. Clean and comfortable room. Excellent free breakfast - huge variety.