One Aldwych

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One Aldwych
One Aldwych.jpg
The Axis restaurant of One Aldwych
General information
Location 1 Aldwych, Covent Garden, City of Westminster. London, England, United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°30′42.26″N 0°7′8.77″W / 51.5117389°N 0.1191028°W / 51.5117389; -0.1191028
Opening 1998
Other information
Number of rooms 105
Number of restaurants 2

One Aldwych is a hotel in London, England, founded by Gordon Campbell Gray. One Aldwych lies in the Aldwych in Covent Garden in City of Westminster.

Exterior[edit]

The hotel is located in an Edwardian style building constructed in 1907 by the same architects who designed The Ritz.[1] It is located on the corner of The Aldwych and Wellington Street, adjacent to the Novello Theatre and opposite the London Transport Museum. For many years the building was used for The Morning Post newspaper office purposes. In 1998 the hotel was restored by Jestico Whiles Associates who purposefully retained its Edwardian style, and also included Louis XVI ornaments to furnish it, including a 400 piece art collection.[2] The exterior is also made from Norwegian granite.[3]

Interior[edit]

Rooms[edit]

The hotel contains 105 rooms and suites. The rooms are described by Lonely Planet as being "spacious and stylish with raw silk curtains, natural tones and modern art, with bath tubs big enough for two".[4]

The founder, Campbell Gray, has professed that the hotel is intended to be a classic hotel, not a boutique hotel or geared towards "young, trendy people", although the hotel does attract many fashionistas and West End aficionados under 40.[2][5]

The hotel contains a 400 piece art collection purchased by Campbell Gray, featuring artists such as Cecilia Vargas, Richard Walker, Joost Beerents, Emily Young and Justine Smith.[6]

Restaurants and bars[edit]

One Aldwych contains two restaurants, The Axis and Indigo, and two bars and The Lobby Bar.[7] Indigo serves modern European cuisine and is open every day. The Axis restaurant serves British cuisine has limited openings times.

The Lobby Bar is located in the grand high-ceilinged lobby which was once the reception area to the former newspaper building. The grand lobby has been described as "dramatic and aircraft-hangar-capacious with enormous polished oak arched windows."[3] The Lobby Bar is noted for its cocktails and afternoon teas.[8]

Facilities[edit]

The hotel has a 56-foot (17 m) lap pool without chlorine, a sauna, steam room, therapy treatments and gym and also has a cinema for screening films at the weekend.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Time Out
  2. ^ a b Riewoldt, Otto (2006). New hotel design. Laurence King Publishing. p. 94. 
  3. ^ a b Luxury Explorer
  4. ^ Lonely Planet London. Lonely Planet. 2004. 
  5. ^ Porter, Darwin; Prince, Danforth (2008). Frommer's London 2009. Frommer's. p. 304. 
  6. ^ Visit London Business and Conventions
  7. ^ a b "One Aldwych". Information Britain. Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
  8. ^ Carrier, Rhonda (2009). Frommer's London with Kids:Volume 47 of Frommers With Your Family Series. Frommer's. p. 100. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°30′42″N 0°07′10″W / 51.51174°N 0.11938°W / 51.51174; -0.11938