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After taking in One Aldwych’s dramatic Edwardian exterior, which is made of Norwegian granite and sports a large copper dome at the apex, you might expect traditional staid British décor and raised pinkies inside. But in fact the design style of the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel is stark and contemporary, with the two-story main floor bathed in white with original artwork and large floral arrangements providing the main contrast. A sculpture of a dog papered in comic strips sits patiently next to the reception desk, while a squat oarsman holding his giant paddles occupies a place of distinction in the Lobby Bar. An elevator bathed in hot-pink lights will transport you to a modern, minimalist guest room, where the focus is on comfort and relaxation in simplistic style.