Period features aplenty, from the original stucco façade to ceiling frescos and stained glass windows
Perfectly placed: a block from the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and the V&A, just around the corner from Gloucester Road tube station
The modern bistro serves classic British dishes and daily afternoon tea
What To Know
For Deluxe rooms and above rate includes a $23 daily credit for food and drink (excluding breakfast & room service breakfast)
The hotel occupies 10 19th-century townhouses; it was transformed into a hotel by the Vanderbilt family in the 1920s
Business Rooms include full English breakfast, early check-in and two bottles of water each day
Parking on site
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Stately townhouse hotel with a mod bistro and a killer location just a block from some of London's best museums
A block from some of London's best museums (the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the V&A), the Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt occupies 10 interconnecting townhouses dating from 1874. With its white stucco façade, huge Union Jack flag out front, and period features aplenty (including original ceiling frescos and stained glass windows), this stately sleep has a strong sense of place. Pastel and floral print armchairs, a hefty marble fireplace, and tables strewn with newspapers, free fruit and cucumber water create a contemporary country house vibe in the lobby.
Bed and Bath
Owing to the original townhouse layout, each of the 215 guestrooms has a unique configuration and offers architectural quirks from cozy alcoves to beautiful bay windows in the rooms overlooking Cromwell Road (on floors one to three). The traditional decor brings together dark wood furniture, floral curtains and fabrics in warm burgundy and taupe. All feature flat-screen TVs, tea- and coffeemaking facilities, free WiFi and Sicilian marble bathrooms. Splurge on a Deluxe Room for a comfy seating area or a Business Room for daily full English breakfast, free water and early check-in services.
More hip brunch spot than hotel dining room, Scoff & Banter is decked out with industrial-style lights, exposed piping and colorful metal chairs set around chunky wooden tables. The all-day restaurant serves classic British dishes (shepherd's pie, beer-battered fish and chips, raspberry eton mess) and a daily afternoon tea that offers an impressive selection of brews. Drinks can be taken through to the lobby lounge, where you'll find original paintings of Napoleon and a cozy fireplace decorated with fleur-de-lis designs. The small basement gym is open 24 hours.
In the Area
Three of London’s best museums are on your doorstep: the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. They’re all free to enter seven days a week and open until 10:30 p.m. on the last Friday of the month. In the other direction you'll find the Royal Albert Hall. Built in 1871 for Queen Victoria’s consort, Prince Albert, it's a grand concert venue with a domed roof, tiered seating and fantastic acoustics. The eclectic lineup of performers includes big name stars as well as more quirky acts such as the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. Pick up posh treats at Harrods’ opulent food hall. Fill your basket with fancy teas and biscuits and browse the impressive deli counters. Dining highlights include Ladurée for Parisian macarons, a Veuve Clicquot champagne bar and a steakhouse where you can preselect a cut from the in-store butcher. Recently renovated to the tune of $18 million, Kensington Palace is full of regal artifacts, trompe l’oeil ceilings and a permanent exhibition on the life of Queen Victoria. Take a breather from the pomp with afternoon tea at the Orangery restaurant.
Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt Hotel
68-86 Cromwell Road
London, United Kingdom
How to Get There
Flights are available to London Heathrow Airport (LHR) and London Gatwick Airport (LGW) from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Transfers to/from LHR, about 12 miles away, and LGW, about 35 miles away, are approximately $63 to $78 and $100 to $150, each way, respectively. If you’re renting a car for the transfer, valet parking is available for an additional $82 per day.