Being a tourist in the city where you live may sound strange, but it is, in fact, an enjoyable experience. Seeing the sights with a fresh pair of eyes, spending time discovering new places and participating in activities that you otherwise wouldn’t know or have a chance to do.
London is full of hidden gems. You might pass in front of a building and not even pay attention, even though it’s in a very busy and touristic area. Covent Garden is one of these places, lively, historic and peppered with theatres and the extravagant Royal Opera House. It’s located on the border of the West End between St Martin’s Lane and Drury Lane. A former fruit-and-vegetable market in the central square of the area, it’s nowadays a popular shopping area and famous tourist stop.
One of the most distinguished places to stay in the area is One Aldwych, built in 1907 for The Morning Post Newspaper, it is one of the most important Edwardian buildings in London. Designed by successful Anglo-French architects, Mewes & Davis. It has about 15 theatres within walking distance and a plethora of shops and restaurants including the fantastic Eneko and Indigo, which are both parts of the hotel. Other places within easy reach are famous art galleries such as the Tate Modern, Somerset House, National Gallery, and South Bank, the London Eye, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the city of London, the financial heart of the UK.
The lobby of the hotel is an indication of what to expect throughout the hotel. Gorgeous architecture, classy and sleek interiors and excellent service. One Aldwych has 105 guestrooms and suites. Two suites even come with their own private gyms!
|Deluxe room at One Aldwych|
My room had all the mod cons you would expect of a luxury 5-star boutique hotel. It’s so elegant! The bath products were divine! The bathroom featured a power shower and a beautiful bath with white orchids everywhere and the white fluffiest towels and robes ever! Don’t’ forget the powerful hairdryer – a paramount amenity for everyone.
The huge double bed was extremely comfortable with crisp white linen and fluffy pillows. My room came fully equipped with working wifi, Samsung televisions, plenty of lights scattered around the room, digital-on-demand in-room entertainment & a CD player, with B&O sound speakers. The bathroom was great with shower and bath very swish decor. The toiletries were amazing! I had everything I needed in my deluxe room.
Breakfast can be served at the Indigo or room service – they make sure you don;t miss out on anything!
|room service at One Aldwych|
|Breakfast in my room at One Aldwych|
The room service was excellent and very elegantly presented. I choose the English cooked breakfast. It was very tasty and look at the colour of those eggs!
I also took the time to go to the theatre just a 3-minute walk from the hotel, a perfect stay in London!
|a drink at the exclusive guest bar at One Aldwych|
One Aldwych has a magnificent pool, an 18-metre chlorine-free swimming pool with underwater music as well as a steam room and sauna. The fully equipped is available 24 hours a day and is stocked with Technogym equipment for all you gym bunnies. Personal trainers are available by appointment.
A small video to show the room and a bit of the One Aldwych
For rates and exclusive offers head to onealdwych.com
1 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BZ
A perfect stay in Central London!
Disclosure: I was a guest of One Aldwych for review purpose. All views are my own.