One Aldwych is in a league of its own – and entering through the glass doors under its beautiful Edwardian arch makes this clear from the get-go. The property enjoys the privilege of being part of The Leading Hotels of the World collection, a luxury group that boasts over 375 of the world’s most luxurious resorts, hotels, and spas. To make the cut, a destination has to go through rigorous tests and meet the highest standard of services.
Built in 1907, the building that is now One Aldwych was designed by Mewes & Davis, the architects behind the Ritz hotels in London and Paris. This stunning building is home to 105 luxury guest rooms and two suites with private gyms, all fitted with contemporary and sleek, yet cozy, interiors.
Culture buffs will love the fact that One Aldwych is located in the heart of London’s theater district – Covent Garden is literally on its doorstep, with London Eye, Somerset House, The National Gallery, and Tate Modern all within walking distance. So whether you’re after a shopping spree, a cultural weekend away, or the chance to walk along the River Thames and explore, One Aldwych boasts one of the best addresses in town… but that’s if you ever manage to drag yourself out of your room. It will be hard. Believe me.
Beautifully designed to bring both elegance and comfort to the forefront of your stay, your room will feel like a home away from home. I was lucky enough to experience the circular “Studio Suite”, with its enormous king-size bed, original artworks, a gigantic flatscreen TV, and views of the Waterloo Bridge. The combination made venturing out a challenge, to say the least. Why would I possibly want to leave?
Fresh flowers and fruits are delivered to your room daily, and there are books and pictures perfectly placed around the room – it’s these little touches that make your stay that extra bit more special. Even the bath products are so good that you’ll look for any excuse to sink into the tub. They’re 100 percent pure and natural, making your soak even more sumptuous as you relax and watch the bustling streets of London below you.
But if relaxation is what you’re after, the hotel’s health club ticks all the wellness boxes. Featuring a breathtakingly beautiful, chlorine-free swimming pool that has mood lighting and underwater music, it’s like your own private, underground paradise. There’s a state-of-the-art gym (you may feel obliged to use it after you experience the high tea, but more on that later) and an array of Oskia spa treatments to pamper you from top to toe. Be sure to try out the ‘Signature Glow Facial’. It does exactly as its name suggests, restoring your gorgeous glow in 90 minutes of pure treatment heaven.
One thing that really sets One Aldwych apart is its dining options. Although there are only two restaurants, their offerings are unique and special enough that you don’t need much else. A visit to the recently opened Eneko by Michelin-starred chef Eneko Atxa will instantly transport you to the Basque region of Spain. Here, you can indulge in traditional and hearty dishes like bomba rice risotto with Idiazabal pesto or Mungia-style ox tail with a mushroom emulsion, all within a chic setting.
If you’d prefer a lighter option, be sure to book in for dinner at Indigo. Its menu features mouth-watering mains like hand-rolled potato gnocchi with asparagus and peas, and sweet treats like a Valrhona chocolate mousse with cherry sorbet and pistachio meringue. Worth. Every. Bite. The bonus? Everything at this restaurant is free of dairy and gluten.
Wholesome ingredients like coconut oil, almond milk, and buckwheat flour are used instead, keeping things creamy and buttery but easier to digest. That essentially means you’re allowed two desserts, right? Good, because the raspberry pavlova is not to be missed. Oh, and the buckwheat muffins that come in place of your usual bread basket… my appetite is quite literally whetted just thinking about them. Indigo is situated on the mezzanine level and offers wonderful views of The Lobby Bar, which is probably the prettiest hotel lobby bar I’ve ever seen.
After just one night at One Aldwych, I was stuffed full of delicious food, my skin was soft and glowing, and I felt rested despite being in one of London’s busiest areas. What more could I possibly ask for? Well, maybe to try its famous Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-inspired afternoon tea, but that can wait till next time because there definitely will be a next time. Very soon.
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