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Royal National Hotel

Bedford Way



Royal National Hotel

Bedford Way , WC1H 0DG, London, United Kingdom

Royal National Hotel

Quick Facts

  • Star Rating:
  • City: London
  • District: Central London
  • Area: Bloomsbury
  • Accomodation type: 3 star classic hotel
  • Hotel Group: Imperial Hotels
  • Number of Bedrooms: 1630
  • Check in: 15.00
  • Check out: 11.00
  • Close to: Theatreland and Soho
  • Tube: Russell Square (0.2km)
  • Swimming Pool Yes
  • On site parking Yes
  • Health Spa No
  • Dogs Allowed No
  • Gym Yes

Royal National Hotel is a 1630 room, 3 star hotel in Bloomsbury, Central London. The nearest tube station to the Royal National Hotel is Russell Square tube in zone 1 of the Underground and is served by the following line(s): Piccadilly. Russell Square station is 0.21 miles from the Royal National Hotel. The nearest rail station to the hotel is London Euston Station which is 0.75 miles away.



The Royal National Hotel is Londons largest hotel, sleeping in excess of 3000 guests. The hotel is located just on the edge of Russell Square in WC1, where Bloomsbury meets the West End.

NEAREST TUBE:  Russell Square (0.11mi, 0.18km)

NEAREST RAILWAY: Euston (0.42mi, 0.67km)


Russell Square, now over two hundred years old, was once owned by the Duke of Bedford. It is said to be London's largest Gardened Square and offers a simple cafe, where you can sip drinks whilst sitting beneath the shade. Largely regarded as the centre point of Bloomsbury, Russell Square is located on the Piccadilly tube line, which offers a direct connection to Heathrow Airport, Knightsbridge, Leicester Square, Covent Garden, Kings Cross and Arsenal.


The three star Royal National Hotel offers adequate but dated accommodation and is a popular departure point for sightseeing tours. The hotel offers Single, Double, Twin, Triple and Quad rooms, and can accommodate a maximum of four persons in one room. All guest rooms are ensuite, with private bathrooms and are equipped with television showing limited satellite channels, Tea and Coffee making facilities, Telephone and Radio. Rooms with modem connection are available on request and power adapters and hair dryers are available on request from the hotel reception.


The hotels public areas are spacious to cope with the very busy flow of guests. The hotels restaurant, decorated in a blend of modern and art deco styles, serves a continental breakfast and also a full English buffet breakfast.


Lunch and dinner menus are also offered and on site is also a Chinese Restaurant. The hotels bar is located adjacent to the Royal National Reception and offers a glass walled garden area to look upon, whilst waiting for friends or relaxing with family. The public areas also offer a souvenir shop, for those last minute gifts, a bureau de change, and a traditional English Pub.


On site, is the Living Well Health club, offering discounted entry fees to Royal National Guests. The Living Well Health club, located next to the Royal National, offers guests the chance to enrol in the classes offered in any of the three gyms, take a leisurely swim in the indoor swimming pool, relax in the steam room and sauna or pamper themselves in the whirlpool jacuzzi spa. Also onsite at the Health Club are beaty suites, offering therapeutic and beauty treatments and therapies, such as facials, massages and nail treatments. All of this is offered at discounted rates for Royal National guests, please note there may be Adult only times in the pool.


EvanEvans Sightseeing Tours and Contiki Tours both pickup passengers at the Royal National departure Lounge. The departure lounge offers a selection of hot and cold drinks, as well as pastries whilst you await your departure time. We recommend staying at this hotel prior to starting a Contiki Tour which can leave very early from this hotel.


When you step out of the Royal National into Russell Square, you will notice some awe inspiring architecture. Russell Square itself is lined with art deco hotels, and the South West corner of the square is overlooked from the library of the British Museum. The tall grey tower on the North West side of the square is Senate House, which houses a prices library of rare and antique books for the University of London. If you take a walk down Southampton Row, guests can find a myriad of restaurants and shops, selling all types of cuisine, including British, Italian, Japanese and Chinese. After a short walk of approximately five minutes you will arrive at Holborn, where guests will notice Sicilian Avenue, a small rare shopping precinct, passing Bloomsbury Square which is now over three hundred and sixty years old!


Walking to Tottenham Court Road will take guests approximately fifteen minutes, passing tree lined squares and the British Museum. The British Museum offers free entry to everyone, and displays a fantastic display of human history, spanning the five continents, always of special interest are the Egyptian exhibits with their Mummy collections.


Also within walking distance is the British Library and Kings Cross. Kings Cross station is a stop for the Thameslink Train service, which runs from Bedford via Luton Airport to Central London. Liverpool Street station and the Stansted Express is also very nearby, taking just ten to fifteen minutes to travel to by tube. Gatwick Airport connects direct to Victoria Station, which is just one tube stop to the Piccadilly Line which runs direct to Russell Square. Royal National Hotel guests can take a ten minute tube ride to Bank Station, to connect with the Docklands Light Railway, offering a quick and easy service to Canary Wharf, Greenwich, and the Excel Exhibition Centre.


The Airbus A2 service travels to Russell Square and stops in the Royal National Hotels courtyard, via other West End Hotels. The Airbus service starts at 05:30 from Heathrow Terminal 3, 07:00 from Terminal two and just after Seven O Clock from Heathrow Terminal one. The last departure from Heathrow Airport for this service is 21:15. Journey times can take up to 75 minutes.


The Royal National Hotel has an NCP car park beneath the hotel. Large enough to take coaches, the car park offers twenty four hour parking. Car Parking is on a first come first served basis, and there are many other secure public car parks within a minute or two walk from the hotel.



Russell Square, Bedford Square, Bloomsbury Square, Coram's Fields, Foundling Museum, Senate House, Great Ormond Street Hospital, British Museum, Brunswick Square, Dickens Museum, St. George's Church



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Best alternative same area: St Giles Hotel




Russell Square 1 Piccadilly 0.21 miles
Goodge Street 1 Northern 0.57 miles
Euston Square 1 Metropolitan - Circle line - Hammersmith & City 0.61 miles
Euston 1 Northern - Victoria 0.72 miles
Warren Street 1 Northern - Victoria 0.74 miles

London Euston Station 0.75 miles
London St Pancras Station 0.81 miles
Kings Cross Thameslink Station 0.97 miles
London Kings Cross Station 1.04 miles
Farringdon Station 1.57 miles


In the area

British MuseumTottenham Court Road,  British Museum, Russell Square, Bedford Square, Bloomsbury Square, Dominion Theatre, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, British Medical Association, University of Londons Senate House Library, University College London, Birkbeck, Institute of Education, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, School of Pharmacy, School of Oriental and African Studies and the Royal Veterinary College, Great Ormond Street Hospital, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, University College Hospital, Royal London Homoeopathic Hospital

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  • Nearest Department Store: Marks & Spencer, Pancras Road, (0.8km)
  • Nearest Shopping Centre: The Brunswick, Judd Street Bloomsbury, (0.3km)
  • Art Gallery: The Chamber Of Pop Culture at The Horse Hospital, 2 Herbrand Street, (0.2km)
  • Museum: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, University College London, (0.3km)

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