The latest, luxury boutique Radisson Hotel opens in Covent Garden, Jo Gardner checks it out.
Radisson Edwardian Mercer Street Hotel
20 Mercer Street,
London United Kingdom
Reservations: 800 333-3333 US - Toll Free
0800 37 4411 UK - Toll Free
Telephone: + 44 (0)20 7836 4300 Fax: +44 (0)20 7240 3540
Opening in September in the heart of Covent Garden, The Mercer Hotel is an unusual shaped, grey building opposite the Cambridge Theatre.
Part of the Radisson Hotel group, the four-star property fundamentally caters for business travellers passing through London.The gleaming lobby was buzzing on the Friday evening of our arrival, with friendly staff making our check-in swift and painless.The hotel has 137 rooms and eight suites on the top floor, each decorated differently. Ours was doused in calming grey, black and silver, with splashes of colour here and there. A king sized bed initially detracted from the rest of the room which had a separate lounge area with huge couch and the biggest TV I’ve ever seen in a hotel room, much to my partner’s delight. The suite also had a walk in wardrobe with a British flag-designed SMEG and an oversized bathroom with bath and walk-in shower.The hotel’s ground floor bar and restaurant was packed to the rafters as we settled in to be wined and dined before testing out the comfy bed for the night. A drink in the pleasant and comfortable bar started the evening off nicely, while dinner was a British affair, my partner ordering scallops with black pudding to start and steak with béarnaise sauce and chips to follow. I opted for tuna followed by lamb with rosemary mash. We treated ourselves to a £50 bottle of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, which was too good to waste and sneakily accompanied us back upstairs afterwards to sip during a movie.All in all, an extremely pleasant evening.
On both sides of the Embankment, there's a series of bronze lion heads with mooring rings in their mouths for people to tie up their boats. It's said that if the lions 'drink', then London will flood.