Went to London to see Wigan win FA Cup (no, this is not a fairy tale, it actually happened) and stayed at Radisson Blu, Covent Garden.
We have stayed in the capital many times as we are avid Wigan Rugby League fans and Wembley has been their second home over the past couple of decades, so we have tried many different hotels all over the city.
While the Radisson may not have the pool and the grand facade with cavernous entrance, what it does have is top class facilities in THE best position in London. We stayed at the Cumberland, Marble Arch, for the Olympics and thought that was the best so far because it was so close to Hyde Park and all the big screen Olympic action. But the Blu wins hands down for its position slap bang in the middle of London's bustling theatre land and cultural Covent Garden.
Seven Dials is the fulcrum of seven (natch) roads forming a village within the metropolis. It's got everything you need, Franx sandwiches for the best butties, Jamie's Italian for fantastic food and the Anchor pub for a pint and a chat. And of course there's theatres everywhere and everything else you need for a top weekend break.
Staff at the Blu are friendly, polite and professional. The concierge is helpful and cheerful (apart from giving us directions to the Gherkin instead of The Shard) and the overall feel when you enter the hotel is very welcoming.
Decor in the hotel is interesting, lots of modern Asian themes and arty prints. The place is absolutely spotless. Our room was on the small side, but we'd got a bargain rate so we cannot complain (Top Secret Hotels - they're not that top secret when you work out the clues!).
We didn't have breakfast, £23 each seemed a bit steep so I nipped to Franx for some cholesterol to soak up the previous night's celebratory drink. Good tip - don't forget your room key card if you nip out for a butty, you will need it for access to the lift on your return. Struggling back with arms full of newspapers, spilling coffee and juice everywhere and juggling two giant breakfasts while trying to fight a lift that doesn't want to know you isn't a great start to your Sunday morning. Reception came to my rescue and all was well again.
We would highly recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to see the whole of London from a fantastic central base. You don't need to taxi or tube everywhere, the river is just over the market across the Strand. And Soho, Piccadilly, Trafalgar etc are right on your doorstep.
Looks like Wigan Athletic's next chance of Wembley will be a championship play-off (thanks, Arsenal) but Wigan Warriors are going good for the Challenge Cup this year so we will definitely be staying at the Radisson Blu next time we're in London. Might even splash out on breakfast!
Steven and Denise, Wigan
Our room was fin, but if you want more space you;ll have to pay - it is London!
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