The One Aldwych Hotel
|Location||1 Aldwych, Covent Garden, City of Westminster. London, England, United Kingdom|
|Number of rooms||105|
|Number of restaurants||2|
The hotel is located in an Edwardian building known as Inveresk House, also called the Morning Post Building, constructed between 1907-1910 by the firm of Mewès and Davis, the same architects who designed The Ritz. It is located on the corner of The Aldwych and Wellington Street, adjacent to the Novello Theatre and opposite the London Transport Museum.
The building is noteworthy for being an early example of steel-framed construction in London, and is clad in grey Norwegian granite with a slate and copper roof, in an architectural blend of the Louis XVI and Louis XV styles, which was a specialty of Mewès and Davis' firm. Until 1937 the building was the headquarters of the Morning Post newspaper, from 1928 it housed the offices of both the Morning Post and the Illustrated London News. In 1928 two additional floors were added in the mansard roof, incorporating steep dormer windows.
The building received a Grade II Listing from Historic England in 1986. 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.
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".
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.
Restaurants and bars
One Aldwych contains two restaurants, Indigo and Eneko, as well as The Lobby Bar. Indigo serves modern British cuisine and is open every day. Eneko serves modern Basque cuisine, with menus overseen by the celebrated Michelin starred chef, Eneko Atxa.
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." The Lobby Bar is noted for its cocktails.
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