An art-filled Covent Garden hot spot
93 Rooms / 12 Suites
The elaborate Edwardian exterior of One Aldwych belies the fashionable hotel you find inside, where a fantastic 400-piece contemporary art collection is seamlessly melded into the décor. A canine sculpture, Beano Dog, made of colorful comics, stands guard in front of the check-in desk, and Boatman with Oars anchors the lobby with overly long paddles that almost stretch to the ceiling.
The 105 guest rooms feature a simple, understated design mixing dark woods with stark white linens, though the decadence sees a definite upgrade if you book the Dome Suite on the top floor. A small spa and 1,600-square-foot health club are complemented by a giant chlorine-free pool — the London hotel’s hidden gem — that has a unique underwater sound system and mood lighting that makes the whole area glow in vibrant shades, such as purple or blue.
Elsewhere in the hotel, you’ll find a private screening room with 30 large leather armchairs. One Aldwych often offers movie nights where you can get a glass of champagne or a martini as well as dinner at the onsite Indigo restaurant (which, unsurprisingly, specializes in contemporary British cuisine). However, the hotel is better known as a pre- and post-theater drinks spot. After all, One Aldwych is situated amid the bustle of Covent Garden and mere steps from the West End theaters (the Lyceum is across the street). The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel’s Lobby Bar is easily one of the city’s most glamorous places to sample modern mixology. Try the show-stopping One Spritzer, mixed with housemade raspberry and rhubarb syrup, aromatic bitters and champagne. The cocktail comes in a beaker-like bottle with smoke coming out (courtesy of dry ice). It’s just as artful as the rest of the hotel.