Radisson Blu Edwardian, Grafton
London (1 mile away)
Healthcare Venues believes the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Grafton aligns to the metric applied to our GREEN assessment status.
The Radisson Blu Edwardian, Grafton is an easily accessible central London hotel located by Euston Road where it intersects with Tottenham Court Road at the edge of what is known as the centre or west end of London. It is directly adjacent to Warren Street underground tube station and is a 10- minute taxi ride from London St Pancras, Eurostar, Kings Cross, Euston and Marylebone stations. Warren Street tube station is on the Charing Cross branch of the Northern Line and the Victoria Line which ensures easy access to most areas of London. This area is also known as Fitzrovia, and has a mix of homes, commercial premises, medical and some educational institutions. The southern part of Tottenham Road is well known for as an electronics hub, some 5 minutes’ walk from the hotel.
The hotel has 330 bedrooms and 11 meeting rooms, the largest is the Warren Room and this accommodates up to 64 cabaret/110 theatre. Due to the building’s 19th century origins, no two bedrooms are the same with an individual and slightly unusual character that comes with this design. The building was the former nurse’s home for University College Hospital London which is still adjacent to the hotel. This 4-star hotel completed a full refurbishment in 2016 and added a number of contemporary styles into the décor which are very different to the exterior and internal period architecture yet, complement the look and overall feel of this venue as a 4-star venue with a contemporary twist.
All the meeting rooms are located on the lower ground floor of the hotel, away from the general public, so privacy and confidentiality can be assured for the healthcare sector. This space lends itself well in our opinion to smaller meetings such as advisory boards, speaker meetings, smaller investigator meetings and training, as well as being appropriate for internal meetings for both international and domestic attendees.
SALES AND MARKETING
Digital and promotional materials initially present the venue using the large bar, restaurant and lounge spaces as the principle way to understand the décor, facilities and use of space for business and leisure. This shows the architecture of the building complementing the modern and stylish décor, with bold paintings as a window to the almost boutique style character of the venue, which delivers a product for both the business community and leisure guests.
References are made to luxury on some pages but this might be considered misleading in our opinion by some who visit the hotel, as they find an architecturally appealing yet modern fusion to this venue, not that of a luxury or 5-star venue as this label might be implied.
LOCATION AND SETTING
The hotel is a 19th Century building, however the entrance to the hotel has been remodelled tastefully to complement the original period structure. The hotel completed a full refurbishment in 2016; however, it has retained its traditional character. The contemporary artworks in the public areas add to the ambience and provide a sense of modernity. Due to its location, the majority of residents staying throughout the week are business travellers, however at weekends this changes to leisure visitors. The bar and restaurant at this venue is called the Steak & Lobster, which as the name indicates specialises in steak and lobster and offers small tapas style dishes to accompany the main offering. The restaurant offers good quality food, very cost effectively and in our opinion appropriate for the healthcare market as there are no luxury or high-end gourmet aspects to this concept.
The central London location of the venue is easily accessible from all the main line train stations servicing the capital as well as London Heathrow Airport which is approximately a 40 minutes’ drive or 10 minutes by cab from the Heathrow Express terminal at Paddington. University College Hospital is adjacent to the hotel, whilst the Royal College of Physicians, The Wellcome Collection and Harley Street are a 15 minutes’ walk away.
FIT FOR PURPOSE
The Grafton is situated in a pleasing 19th century red brick building close to a number of rail and road access points into and out of London. The entrance to the hotel has been remodelled to give it a more contemporary feel, and whilst the reception area is compact, this leads onto a bright and good-sized coffee lounge next to the Steak & Lobster restaurant and bar often used for 1:1 meetings. All the meeting facilities at this venue are located on the lower ground floor where there is no natural daylight with the ideal numbers for a residential conference of 64 persons, when cabaret style is required. Lunches can either be served in the meeting rooms or delegates have the option to have a 3-course buffet lunch in the restaurant which is included in the day delegate rate.
There are three distinct spaces for meetings with 11 rooms in total, which are all equipped with an LCD projector and screen or a plasma smart TV screen and complimentary WIFI. There is a very small fitness room onsite located on the lower ground floor, however this does not impact the meeting rooms. The Steak & Lobster restaurant and bar are contemporary in design with bright colours and lighting. The restaurant does not have any natural daylight; however, the bar has a glass frontage that looks onto Euston Road. The restaurant has 160 covers divided into a mixture of individual tables and banquets offering the flexibility to accommodate groups for lunch and dinner.
The bar itself is by contrast more rustic with wood tables and chairs. In our opinion this venue is appropriate for Advisory Board and Key Opinion Leader meetings, as well as product training and all types of international or domestic internal meetings. Where a city location is required to hold healthcare meetings, this venue in our opinion is ideally located as it offers privacy and few distractions that are present in central London.
The Radisson Blu Edwardian, Grafton hotel was one of the early purchases that now make up the Edwardian portfolio. As with all the hotels that sit in this brand it has greatly benefited from the financial investment the owners have made into the product.
Meetings: There are 11 meeting rooms at the Grafton all located on the Lower Ground Floor of the hotel and divided into 3 areas. Although the meeting rooms do not have natural daylight, they all have daylight effect lighting and are DDA compliant (Disability Discrimination Act). The meeting rooms are equipped with either a data projector and screen or a plasma smart TV plasma screen. This meeting floor does not have capacity for refreshments or lunch to be served in the foyer therefore these would have to be accommodated in the restaurant or in the meeting rooms.
The largest meeting room is the Warren Room which accommodates up to 64cabaret/110 theatre style. This room stands alone on the lower ground floor however you can combine this with breakout rooms should these be required.
In the second meeting area, there are a further 6 rooms, with 2 of them, The Southampton and The Grafton, holding a capacity of 48 and 42 respectively in cabaret style. These rooms are complemented by 4 smaller breakout rooms, the Fitzroy and Beaumont that hold 16 boardroom style in each and the Tavistock and Cleveland each holding 10 boardroom style.
The third area has 4 meeting rooms, with the Bedford being the largest with a capacity of 35 cabaret, followed by the Harlington that accommodates 24 cabaret style. The 2 smaller rooms in this area are the Langham which holds 12 boardroom style and the Clarence room which has a capacity of 8 boardroom style.
Due to the layout of all 3 meeting areas on the lower ground floor we feel this venue is appropriate for meetings in the Healthcare sector as it provides an intimate, very private environment away from the public view as they do not have access to this area.
Bedrooms: The Radisson Blu Edwardian, Grafton has a total of 330 bedrooms: 73 single (43 standard and 30 deluxe), 167 standard double and twin, 56 King deluxe, 13 business class deluxe, 13 family rooms and 10 suites.
The décor of the bedrooms is similar for each category rich in style yet with the appointments and feel of a business room. All have 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 have tea & coffee making facilities. Complimentary bottled water is placed in each room and is restocked daily.
The deluxe rooms are slightly larger in size, and have additional amenities including bathrobes and slippers plus a coffee machine. These rooms can be converted into standard rooms by removing the extra amenities and as the décor is the same for each room category in our opinion would be appropriate for healthcare sector meetings.
Leisure: As this hotel is primarily a business venue it does not have any leisure facilities, however there is a small fitness room onsite that is available to residential guests 24 hours a day.
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.
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Meeting & Event Room Capacities
Meeting & Event Rooms
Total no. of meeting rooms: 11
Max capacity (Theatre Style): 110
Total no. of breakout rooms: 10
Total capacity of all breakout rooms: 365
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
- London Euston (0.34 miles away)
- London St Pancras (0.68 miles away)
- London Kings Cross (Thameslink) (0.8 miles away)
- London City Airport (8.13 miles away)
- London Heathrow Airport (14.12 miles away)
- London Gatwick Airport (25.42 miles away)
- M1 JCT 1 (5.0 miles away)
- M4 JCT 1 (6.59 miles away)
- M1 JCT 2 (6.71 miles away)
Tottenham Court Road
Nearest Underground Station - Warren Street on the Victoria and Northern Lines, then 1 minute walk to the hotel. From Heathrow: Take the Piccadilly Line and change at Green Park (50 minutes) for the Victoria Line to Warren Street (5 minutes).
Venue Contact Details
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7388 4131
Fax: +44 (0)20 7387 7394