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Edwardian Hotels London history

1977 Founded as Edwardian Hotels by Jasminder Singh
Edwardian Hotel - purchased and then later sold
1987 - Mountbatten Hotel - purchased as the Shaftesbury Court Hotel, refurbished and renamed Berkshire Hotel (Stratford Court Hotel)
1988 - Hampshire Hotel - purchased our first 5-star property in Leicester Square
1993 - Edwardian Hotels partnered with Radisson to become the Radisson Edwardian Hotels group
2002 - Radisson Edwardian Heathrow Hotel – 3rd floor Atrium created
2004 - Radisson Edwardian Manchester – a new iconic luxury hotel opens on Manchester’s most famous city centre site
2006 - The May Fair Hotel re-launches after £70million refurbishment and creates it’s own brand not part of Radisson Edwardian
2007 - New Providence Wharf Hotel opens in Canary Wharf
2008 - Bloomsbury Street Hotel – old Marlborough Hotel refurbished and renamed
2011 - New hotel opens in Guildford
2012 - Radisson Edwardian Hotels become Radisson Blu Edwardian, London
2013 - Announced plans to redevelopment the Leicester Square Radisson Blu Edwaridan hotel & Odeon Cinema site into a flagship hotel & cinema complex to open in 2017

History

1975

Edwardian Hotels is founded by Jasminder Singh.

1978

The Radisson Blu Edwardian, Vanderbilt hotel in Kensington is purchased.

1979

The Radisson Blu Edwardian, Sussex hotel (previously The Savoy Court Hotel) is purchased.

1982

The Milton Court Hotel merges with the Vanderbilt hotel.

The Stratford Court Hotel on Oxford Street is purchased.

The Radisson Blu Edwardian, Grafton hotel is purchased (previously a disused nursing home).

1983

The Radisson Blu Edwardian, Kenilworth hotel is purchased and refurbished.

1985

The Mountbatten Hotel is purchased as the Shaftesbury Court Hotel (it is later renamed as the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Mercer Street hotel).

The Stratford Court Hotel is relaunched, refurbished and renamed Radisson Blu Edwardian, Berkshire

1987

The Mountbatten Hotel wins Best Hotel of the Year Catey Award within 18 months of opening.

1988

The Radisson Blu Edwardian, Hampshire hotel is purchased as our first 5-star property in Leicester Square. The building is developed from its previous incarnation as the Royal Dental Hospital.

1989

The Skyway Hotel is purchased, refurbished and renamed the Edwardian International. It later becomes the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Heathrow hotel.

1990

The Marlborough Hotel (now the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Bloomsbury Street hotel) is purchased and managed alongside the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Kenilworth hotel.

The Edwardian International is renamed as the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Heathrow hotel - our flagship property.

1992

The Radisson Blu Edwardian, Grafton hotel is extended, with 89 executive plaza rooms added.

1993

Edwardian Hotels partners with Radisson to become the Radisson Edwardian Hotels group.

The Savoy Court Hotel is reopened after major refurbishment (it later becomes the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Sussex hotel).

1994

The Pastoria Hotel (later the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Leicester Square hotel) is purchased and managed with the Hampshire Hotel.

1998/9

The Radisson Blu Edwardian, Vanderbilt hotel is completely refurbished and relaunched. The hotel becomes a 4-star property.

1999

Our '100% Guest Satisfaction' customer services initiative is launched. ‘If you are not satisfied with something, please let us know and we’ll make it right or you won’t pay for that particular service.’

2000

The '100% Colleague Satisfaction' company initiative is launched.

2000/01

The Radisson Blu Edwardian, Kenilworth hotel is completely renovated.

2001

The Mountbatten Hotel (later renamed the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Mercer Street hotel) has a 28 room extension and refurbishment.

2002

The Radisson Blu Edwardian, Grafton hotel is completely refurbished and the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Heathrow hotel 3rd floor atrium is created.

2003

The May Fair Hotel is purchased from Intercontinental Group.

The Radisson Blu Edwardian, Sussex hotel is completely renovated and relaunched as a 4-star property.

2004

The Radisson Blu Edwardian, Berkshire's bedrooms are completely refurbished.

The Radisson Blu Edwardian, Sussex is completely refurbished.

2006

Radisson Edwardian wins ‘Best Place to Work in Hospitality’ award by The Caterer.

The May Fair Hotel relaunches after a £70million refurbishment and creates its own brand, distinct from Radisson Edwardian.

2008

The Radisson Blu Edwardian, Bloomsbury Street hotel (previously the Marlborough Hotel) is refurbished and renamed.

2011

The Radisson Blu Edwardian, Guildford opens.

The Radisson Blu Edwardian, Mercer Street hotel is refurbished and renamed (previously the old Mountbatten Hotel).

The Radisson Blu Edwardian, Free Trade Hall Manchester  and Radisson Blu Edwardian, New Providence Wharf hotels are purchased.

2012

Radisson Edwardian Hotels become Radisson Blu Edwardian, London

2013

The Edwardian Group London brand is established.

Scoff & Banter, Steak & Lobster and TRUNK restaurant brands are launched.

Plans are announced to redevelop the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Leicester Square hotel and Odeon Cinema site into a flagship hotel and cinema complex to open in 2019.

2014

May Fair Kitchen and Annayu restaurant brands are launched.

The Great British Fish Company brand is launched

Leicester Square hotel closes and the development of a new luxury lifestyle hotel begins. Due to open in June 2019.

2015

May Fair Bar undergoes extensive refurbishment and reveals a new look in September.

The new Edwardian Hotels London brand is launched.

2016

Managed property, the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Guildford hotel leaves the group and is taken under new ownership by Harbour Hotels in April.

May Fair Kitchen undergoes refurbishment and is reborn as a Mediterranean concept in May.

Scoff & Banter Covent Garden is transformed into Monmouth Kitchen - a sister restaurant to May Fair Kitchen - offering Italian and Peruvian small plates in August

2017

The ground floor of Radisson Blu Edwardian, Mercer Street is given a fresh new look, with a relaxed lobby area and breakout meeting spaces.

The new lifestyle hotel development in Leicester Square celebrates its 'bottoming out' in February with a ceremony. Due to open in 2019, it will comprise 350 bedrooms, leisure facilities, restaurants and a cinema. 

Leicester Square Kitchen launches in May - sister restaurant to May Fair Kitchen and Monmouth Kitchen - in the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Hampshire hotel. The restaurant offers Mexican and Peruvian small plates.

The ground floor of Radisson Blu Edwardian, Hampshire is refurbished, creating a light and bright lobby area with comfy seating, overlooking Leicester Square.

The Great British Fish Company site in Leicester Square is transformed into a new pop-up concept, embracing the art of collaboration with iconic brands. At The Hampshire Lounge Bar launches in June with a 3-month Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial residency.