On a lightning quick visit to London last month, I had the immense pleasure of staying at One Aldwych. It describes itself as ‘the definitive contemporary luxury hotel’ and that is not an exaggeration!
Situated in a classic Edwardian building that 100 years ago even housed the presses of a newspaper, One Aldwych is one of London’s last independent, privately owned hotels. It is beautiful, stylish, classic but with the right modern touches to make a stay truly memorable. Set in the heart of Covent Garden, One Aldwych is perfectly located for discovering small boutiques, designer shops and some of the world’s best restaurants and theaters.
We stayed in a large deluxe room, with a massive, extremely comfortable bed and, very important, complimentary internet that was faster than I have at home! But even though One Aldwych is a luxury 5 star hotel and one of the famous Leading Hotels of the World, I didn’t spend much time in the room!
We were invited for a cocktail testing in the beautiful Lobby Bar, that was nominated as one of the top 5 cocktail bars in London. As you can tell from the pictures, we enjoyed a few phenomenal cocktails that were all made from the finest ingredients. As an example: I’m not a huge fan of gin tonic, but the Lobby Bar serves a truly remarkable version made from special gin and infused with fresh fruit that add a unique flavor.
For dinner, One Aldwych offers two distinctly different restaurants. We enjoyed a lovely three course dinner with beautiful wines at Indigo Restaurant on the second floor, at a table perched above the Lobby Bar that offered beautiful views towards the South Bank and the bustling London traffic. And I am planning to definitely return for dinner at Eneko, the highly anticipated Basque restaurant from three Michelin-starred chef Eneko Atxa, that opens 1st September. The boyfriend has heard people raving for years about Atxa’s restaurant Azurmendi in Bilbao, voted no. 16 in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, so he will jump at the chance to check out Eneko.
If you have followed my travel reports, you may have noticed I love room service breakfast. A quick call was all it took to have a very friendly waiter knock on our door a few minutes later with a table full of sweet and savory delights, fantastic coffee and fresh fruit juices. It made me very curious about another treat I can’t wait to try next time but didn’t have time for this stay, which is one of the oldest British traditions: Afternoon Tea. A highlight is the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tea but I think I’ll be good with any of the homemade cotton candy lollipops, fresh jams and blueberry brioches.
Luckily, I did have a chance to try out one of my favorite features of One Aldwych, which is the hotel spa. All guests have access to the outstanding facilities in the health club: a large chlorine-free pool (with underwater music, very Harry Potter-like), sauna, Turkish bath / steam room and large rain showers.
I was treated to a One OSKIA Glow on the Go Facial. After a thorough examination of my skin, the very friendly and professional therapist gave me a few very detailed pointers on skin care that I have been following ever since!
We walked around Covent Garden before heading to the airport and stumbled upon a lovely Korean street food place, which made us a bit late for the Gatwick Express that also turned out to suffer from delays. Long story short, we missed our flight, had to buy new tickets and since a round trip ticket was cheaper than a one way flight, we are going back to London very soon!!
LOCATION // One Aldwych – London
50 thoughts on “London moments at One Aldwych”
This hotel looks so nice, their breakfast is so good! The pool looks amazing!
I’m in love with your boots!! And the hotel looks so so cool!!! Enjoy 🙂
What an amazing place, this just made London even better and that pool is amazing!
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first I have to tell you that I love your boots and your olive green coat. Both are totally my taste!
The hotel looks like a great place. I like the mix of classic and modern style.
That sounds good to go back to the UK because of the round trip ticket 😉 Sometimes there comes a lot of good luck with situations that seem to be bad 🙂 I am curious about your next London trip and I definitely stay tuned :-*
Have a wonderful day, Merel!
Your photographs are amazing! This hotel seems amazing 😮 x
Amazing travel post babe. Everything looks so amazing
Such stunning shots! Love that green coat 🙂
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The photos are great and you look amazing! I miss London so much! x
I’ve seen photos of this amazing hotel before. You’re so lucky to have stayed there.
Wow what a wonderful post and beautiful hotel! You have made me want to visit so badly! So nice to come across your blog 🙂
You look amazing!!! your summer outfit is lovely. Thanks for sharing
Another amazing post Merel, this place looks amazing
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Amazing post, the food, hotel and your outfit just on point.
Absolutely amazing place and these photos are stunning as always! I need to try this food right now! xaxa
Have a wonderful day!
Looks wonderful place to stay! I love the look of that breakfast. The pool was a surprise it looks really calming place to relax. I also love your bag! Gemma x
An outstanding hotel! It all looks so serene and comfortable. The food looks fantastic and the pool gorgeous!
Gorgeous pics doll! You have a perfect outfit for London and One Aldwych is a great place to stay in xx
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Such a beautiful hotel.I would really love to stay in such.Great photos.
looks like such an awesome hotel! the food looks amazing and that shot of you sleeping in bed makes me want to hop back in my bed as well! looks so cozy! lol
Amazing hotel! I’d love to check it out if I’m ever in London.
Amazing look! You are such a doll. Fantastic photos!
Thanks for sharing!
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A perfect hotel to relax!
Love your outfit and these cocktails looks so delicious. Plus wow that pool!
Looks like you had such an amazing/relaxing time!
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The hotel has such a clean, modern look to it. Indigo Restaurant’s food looks absolutely amazing and that pool is to die for!
As always, your photos are beautiful. The food makes me so hungry and the hotel has such a clean look to it. And of course, you look stunning!
Looks like you had a fantastic time! The cocktail looks so fancy haha x
That spa looks incredible, as does the eggs Benedict you ate at breakfast! And that’s so exciting that you’ll be back. Isn’t it funny how weird airline prices can be??
You look so comfy in that bed! I can imagine sinking right into it 🙂
What a fab and amazing place! I would love to go for visit, thanks for sharing 😀
Gorgeous photos! And I love your boots! :))
Looks like you had a great stay!
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All such gorgeous photos!!
This place looks amazing to stay in! And I would love to try out the gin and tonic infused with fresh fruits, seems yummy.x
What a great experience!
This trip looks so amazing. I love your photos, and they inspire me to visit London!
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Love the ambience of this hotel. Your photos are always amazing. You look fab on that dotted white shirt ❤
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I will really think about staying at Aldwych Hotel when I visit London in October! After reading your review, it’s on the top of the list 🙂
Wonderful photos and looks as always, you are such a beauty!
Wow what an amazing looking hotel!!! The food looks so damn good! Fabulous pictures as always lovely! Xx
Looks like a fabulous time! I love your jacket!
Lovely posting as always. Looks like you had a great time
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This looks so relaxing! Glad you had a blast!
Lovely pictures! It brings good memories about London.
Such an amazing place!! Glad you had a great time!
Looks like an amazing place. Also looks like you had such an amazing and relaxing time!
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What a perfect place for a staycation! I’m sure you had a great time!
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This looks like a wonderful Spa and hotel!! So relaxing!