Hotel of the week: Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire, Leicester Square in London
There are 5 star luxury hotels that have a central London location and then there is the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire.
As the only hotel in the capital with a Leicester Square address, it is ideally located for those of us who like to be at the very heart of the action.
Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Soho, Chinatown and Covent Garden are only a few minutes walk away, and nearby Leicester Square tube station can link you easily to attractions such as the Tower of London and the British Museum.
Behind an elegant Victorian red brick facade, the hotel offers 150 stylish rooms and suites, the Leicester Square Kitchen restaurant, a buzzy Lounge Bar and a suite of 6 newly renovated events spaces.
From the moment you arrive at reception, you are taken care of by the friendly and welcoming staff, who are on hand 24 hours a day to make your stay one to remember.
Concierge services include theatre, sightseeing and restaurant bookings, details of local running routes and a limousine service and baggage storage. Valet parking is available on request.
The hub of the hotel is the At The Hampshire Lounge Bar, decorated in soft tones with comfy chairs and sofas, making it an ideal venue to sit back and relax with a morning coffee, lunch or dinner.
Food is served from 12 – 9pm and includes British classics such as Beer battered fish and chips, Chargrilled chicken salad, and the popular Hampshire Club Sandwich.
There is a tempting selection of wines and spirits, complemented by enticing sounding cocktails such as Watermelon Mule or Strawberry and Rhubarb Fizz.
Afternoon tea is served every day and you can tuck in to a tasty selection of open sandwiches, pastries and scones with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry preserve, all served with a choice of teas or speciality coffees.
Leicester Square Kitchen showcases a selection of contemporary Mexican and Peruvian small plates against a relaxed and stylish backdrop.
The restaurant is open and bright with large windows, and the muted decor of brick partitions and statement lighting lends a sophisticated yet informal atmosphere.
The menu is varied and delicious dishes are presented beautifully, think fresh, seasonal and as spicy as you can manage! Highlights include Crispy duck and pomegranate ensalada with papaya chilli dressing or Sea bass ceviche with avocado, white corn and red onion.
Serving set menus or a la carte from 12 – 10.30pm, this allows a flexiblilty with meal times, so you can choose to eat when it suits you, especially if you are travelling with children.
Breakfast is served here or in-room, and includes a well stocked cold and hot buffet and a selection of food cooked to order.
People watchers can choose a table at the outside terrace overlooking Leicester Square. This heated and canopied space allows you to soak up the atmosphere, and plan your next sightseeing or shopping foray.
Rooms and suites (including 9 family rooms) are all individually designed and are mostly dressed in restful shades of creams, taupes and golds, with luxury fabrics and original artwork.
There are 23 suites, all with Sicilian marble bathrooms and most with stunning views acroos London, including the 3 one bedroomed suites which each have a separate sitting room.
All rooms are soundproofed and air conditioned, with tea and coffee making facilities, a min bar, safe, bathrobes and Samsung smart TV’s with over 400 channels.
There is also a turndown service, dry cleaning and laundry, 24 hoor room service and complimentary high speed wifi throughout the hotel.
In-room spa treatments can be arranged, with a range of massages available along with reflexology, manicures, pedicures, hairstyling and makeup. There is also a fully equipped fitness room on the lower ground floor.
The hotel offers 6 flexible business and events spaces, including 4 private rooms with intelligent technology and the hi tech Digital Projection Suite perfect for private screenings and presentations.
For something special, the 8th floor Penthouse Suite offers the perfect backdrop for VIP meetings, formal lunches and dinners, private parties or wedding receptions for up to 120 guests.
This spacious and luxurious suite really has the wow factor with spectacular views over the London skyline, and is fully equipped with its own registration area, cloakroom and bar.
With a dedicated and experienced conference team on hand, you can be sure that your corporate or social events will run smoothly, from training courses to top class celebrations.
With an excellent location, many attractions within walking distance, stylish and comfortable rooms and all day eateries, the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire gives you all that you need from a London hotel, along with friendly and helpful staff dedicated to making your stay a relaxed and happy one.
Address: 31-36 Leicester Square, London WC2H 7LH
Phone: 020 7839 9399