Radisson Blu Edwardian, Vanderbilt
London (2 miles away)
Compliant Venues Ltd believes that the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Vanderbilt Hotel aligns to the metric applied to our GREEN assessment status.
General Positioning: The Radisson Blu Edwardian, Vanderbilt is located in the South Kensington area of London often known for its museums, shopping and high end residential infrastructure however, the hotel is located on an important entry road to the city and as such is likely seen more as a venue with location as a primary purpose. It is only a 2 minute walk from Gloucester Road tube station which is served by the Circle, District and Piccadilly lines connecting the hotel to most parts of the city. The journey from Heathrow airport via the tube system is 37 minutes without any changes or 25 minutes by taxi. To reach central London via the tube takes 12 minutes. The Vanderbilt markets itself as a 4 star hotel with 215 bedrooms and 12 meeting rooms with the largest the Victoria and Albert which seats up to 64 cabaret/100 theatre style.
The hotel itself is a Grade II listed building and was converted from ten 19th century town houses into a single hotel in the Victorian era. This mews style hotel has maintained its Georgian influence through the interior décor, with the individual staircases, wood panelling, stained glass windows and painted ceilings. The overall style is of this period with contemporary touches and provides the hotel with a defined personality that blends with its business facilities. With the majority of the meeting rooms located in the basement of the hotel, away from the general public, privacy and confidentiality can be assured for healthcare sector meetings. Facilities lend themselves to smaller meetings such as advisory boards, speaker meetings and HCP training programmes, as well as being particularly appropriate for internal meetings as the location and private nature of the venue provides a private location away from some of the distractions of city based hotels.
Sales and Marketing: Digital and promotional materials position the hotel with the use of its history as a Georgian building, focusing on the architecture from this period and the use of some stylish touches to create a venue that has a defined personality, not a bland business only position. This can be seen in the marriage of imagery of the public areas showing stylish furniture, paintings and some artwork to that of the meeting space, refurbished in 2016 and providing a modern, business face to these spaces.
Location and Setting: The Radisson Blu Edwardian, Vanderbilt is considered a mews hotel as it is made up of ten 19th Century townhouses, one of which was the former home to the historic Vanderbilt family. The hotel has recently completed a full refurbishment in 2016 however it has maintained its Georgian character. The sensitive work carried out has given the venue a refreshing uplift and the décor adds to the historic atmosphere in this venue.
The South Kensington location of the venue is easily accessible from all the main line train stations servicing the capital as well as London Heathrow Airport. The Royal Marsden Hospital (cancer specialist hospital) is an 11 minute walk away from the hotel.
Fit for Purpose: The Vanderbilt could be described as a boutique style hotel, and caters well for the corporate market as well as leisure visitors. This Georgian building has plenty of character and the décor is in keeping with the style of this era. The meeting facilities at this venue are intimate and an ideal number of delegates for a residential conference are 64 when cabaret style is required. There are three distinct spaces for meetings with 2 rooms located on the ground floor and the remaining 10 in two areas in the basement of the hotel. All rooms are equipped with an LCD projector and screen or a plasma smart TV screen, and WIFI is complimentary throughout the hotel.
Onsite, there is a small fitness room and the restaurant and bar, Scoff & Banter, serves traditional British food with a contemporary note. The décor of the restaurant and bar is similar to the rest of the building with traditional leather chairs, chesterfield sofas and an abundance of natural daylight, which provides a casual and contemporary feel. The restaurant has 90 covers, which includes the private dining room seating up to 28. In our opinion this venue is appropriate for Advisory Board and Key Opinion Leader meetings and product training meetings or internal meetings where a city location is required, but privacy and few distractions that a city brings is required.
Facilities: The Radisson Blu Edwardian, Vanderbilt hotel was one of the early purchases that now make the Edwardian portfolio. As with all the hotels that sit in this brand it has greatly benefited from the financial investment the owners have put into the product. This recently refurbished venue is charming and has a home away from home feel.
Meetings: There are 12 meeting rooms at the Vanderbilt with the largest accommodating 64 cabaret with the meeting rooms divided into 3 areas across the basement and ground floor of the hotel. Due to the layout of the meeting rooms in the basement 4 rooms are not DDA compliant (Disability Discrimination Act)
The largest meeting room is the Victoria & Albert and this can accommodate up to 64 in cabaret style. In this same area there is the Cromwell Suite that can accommodate 24 cabaret and a further 2 smaller rooms that each seat 8 boardroom. This area of meeting rooms has a breakout foyer which can be used for refreshment breaks and finger buffet lunches. Due to the layout of the basement these rooms are not DDA compliant and do not have natural daylight.
Still in the basement, in a separate area, there are a further 6 meeting rooms – Private Rooms 1 to 6 – and these all have natural daylight and Plasma Smart TV screens. Three of these rooms can accommodate up to 16 boardroom, two can accommodate 10 boardroom and the last one accommodates 10 boardroom. They all have a credenza in the rooms where refreshments are served from and are all DDA compliant.
All the meeting rooms in the basement have a contemporary look and feel, and in the rooms without daylight they have daylight-effect lighting which enhances the delegate experience.
The third meeting area is located on the ground floor where the Vanderbilt Suite and the Edwardian Suite are located. These rooms are very different in décor – both are wood panelled and retain their Georgian heritage in appearance. The larger of the two is the Edwardian Suite and this can accommodate 18 boardroom where a stain glass window provides natural daylight into this room. Adjacent is the smaller Vanderbilt Suite which can accommodate up to 12 boardroom. This room works well in conjunction with the Edwardian Suite as either a breakout room or refreshment room.
Due to the layout of all 3 meeting areas we feel this venue is appropriate for meetings in the Healthcare sector as it provides and intimate feel away from the public view.
Bedrooms: The Radisson Blu Edwardian, Vanderbilt has 215 bedrooms: 63 single, 99 standard double and twin, 32 king deluxe doubles, 11 business class and 1studio suite. The décor of the bedrooms is similar for each category with mahogany furniture and neutral tones whilst all the bathrooms are clad in marble. All rooms are air conditioned, designed for the business traveller and include lap-top safe, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, iPod docking station and hairdryer. All rooms have a fully stocked mini bar however these can be locked. All rooms also have tea & coffee making facilities. Complimentary bottled water is placed in each room and is restocked daily.
The Deluxe and Business Class rooms are slightly larger in size, and have additional amenities including bathrobes and slippers plus a coffee machine. The Deluxe and Business Class rooms can be adapted into standard rooms by removing the extra amenities.
Leisure: The Vanderbilt is primarily a business hotel and therefore does not have extensive leisure facilities onsite, however there is a small fitness room available to hotel residents, such as leisure guests and is open 24 hours a day.
Service: The service levels are consistent with a venue suitable for healthcare meetings and events. The staff to guest ratio is that of a business airport hotel and the service is warm and friendly without being that of a luxury or high end venue.
There is free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel which was consistent in strength during our visit. Secure login process is required and set up for each event – Wi-Fi is included in the day delegate package.
Our Responsible Business commitments are:
To minimise the consumption of natural resources and the production of excess water, waste and energy related to the planning and execution of each conference, meeting or event
To improve our overall Carbon Footprint through reduced overall carbon emissions and improved Responsible Business practices
To offset all CO2 emissions related to travel to and participation in the conference, meeting or event by employees and sponsored guests
To encourage our suppliers and contractors to adopt overall Responsible Business and Carbon performance practices
To assist our employees, delegates, partners and visitors to minimise the overall ecological and carbon footprint of conferences, meetings and events
To foster actions that avoid harm to biodiversity and human health
To evaluate our progress and report our successes to stakeholders and the general public.
Meeting & Event Room Capacities
|Victoria & Albert||34||64||50||-||100||60||-||140||100||60||34|
|Private Room 7||10||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Private Room 4||16||15||18||-||20||-||-||30||28||-||18|
|Private Room 5||16||15||18||-||20||-||-||30||30||-||18|
|Private Room 6||16||15||18||-||20||-||-||30||28||-||18|
|Private Room 1||10||-||-||-||10||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Private Room 2||10||-||-||-||10||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Private Room 3||12||-||-||-||12||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Private Room 8||10||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
Meeting & Event Rooms
Total no. of meeting rooms: 12
Max capacity (Theatre Style): 140
Total no. of breakout rooms: 11
Total capacity of all breakout rooms: 250
The tick shown below identifies the rate banding applicable for that venue, based on its geographical location. Please note these rates act only as a benchmark guideline. Actual rates will be subject to seasonal fluctuations, corporate agreements and any individual/separate negotiation.
Day Delegate Rate
- UK: < £45
- SE / London: < £54
- UK: £45 - £69
- SE / London: £54 - £86
- UK: £69 +
- SE / London: £86 +
- UK: < £150
- SE / London: < £180
- UK: £150 - £189
- SE / London: £180 - £227
- UK: £189 +
- SE / London: £227 +
Nearest train stations
- Kensington Olympia (1.27 miles away)
- London Paddington (1.48 miles away)
- London Victoria (1.63 miles away)
- London City Airport (9.9 miles away)
- London Heathrow Airport (11.87 miles away)
- London Gatwick Airport (23.4 miles away)
- M4 JCT 1 (4.3 miles away)
- M4 JCT 2 (4.91 miles away)
- M1 JCT 1 (5.58 miles away)
Venue Contact Details
Telephone: 020 7761 9000
Fax: 020 7225 2293
Name: Tanja Bozic
Telephone: 020 7761 9013