There is so much to love about London, from its bustling theatre scene, to its endless brunch spots and beautiful royal parks, to its stylish shops and stunning architecture. Conveniently located for both theatre-goers and tourists alike, One Aldwych Hotel in London’s Covent Garden, is a beautiful Edwardian building that fuses contemporary style with luxury for an idyllic stay in the heart of the city, with a discreet doorway that you’d miss if you weren’t looking.
Covent Garden on Your Doorstep
Flanked by both the elegance of Bloomsbury and the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden, One Aldwych has everything guests could want on its very doorstep; from the cobbled paths and cubby-hole shops of the nearby Market Building, to the bright lights of the West End within arm’s reach. Despite its bustling locality, as soon as guests arrive in the lobby of the hotel, they are greeted by friendly staff, beautiful artwork and a bonhomie atmosphere from the lobby bar and throughout.
Cool, Comfortable and Luxurious Rooms
The rooms themselves have stunning views of London’s much-loved skyline and offer a serene hideaway that’s a perfect contrast to the busy streets outside. We stayed in a Deluxe Room and could even see the famous Shard building from our room. The beds are simple but plush with perfectly white sheets and doughy pillows; the bathtub is deep and luxurious, offset by a single decorative orchid.
We dined at the hotel’s Indigo restaurant, on the mezzanine level overlooking the lobby bar, perfect for people watching. We began our evening with a cocktail. As creatures of habit we opted for the Bellini, despite the colourful array of cocktails on offer and followed with a three course dinner from the restaurant’s a la carte menu. The scallops were to die for, the fish was delicious, and the chocolate mousse with toasted coconut was the perfect end to our fine dining experience. The restaurant offers British, seasonal dishes, all of which just happen to be both dairy and gluten-free, meaning they cater for all manner of taste buds; and with knowledgeable and friendly staff you can rest assured that you’re in safe hands.
You can choose to have breakfast delivered to your room for no additional charge, along with morning papers (something else the Brits do brilliantly). However, we opted to eat in the restaurant as it gave us beautiful views of an early morning London coming to life as commuters bustled along the streets on their way to work. Being in the heart of London it was only appropriate to go for the hotel’s full English, which came with a bakery selection of pastries, muffins and toast, as well as a hearty breakfast cooked to perfection.
The Health Club
After breakfast, I set off to explore The Health Club at One Aldwych, which is as lavish and luxurious as one would expect. Boasting a sixty-foot chlorine-free swimming pool complete with an underwater music system and mood lighting, it’s the kind of place that guests actually want to spend time in. I tried one of the facials and felt a world away from the city as my skin was cleansed and toned to achieve maximum luminosity. It’s rare that I go completely make-up free; especially in the middle of London, but my skin felt and looked so radiant after the facial that I didn’t even so much as feel the need for a lick of mascara.
Our time at One Aldwych was like many of life’s best things; short, yet sweet. A stylish stay in the heart of London’s theatre land, it offers guests the perfect place to lay their head while visiting the capital, whether for work, play, or something in between.
One Aldwych Hotel, London
1 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BZ, UK
The Fit Traveller was a guest of One Aldwych for this stay. As always, the opinions, words and images are authentically our own.
Lucy Pearson is a certified bookworm, wanderluster, and qualified yoga teacher with a thirst for adventure and a love for life.
Lucy has her own blog, The Literary Edit, and also contributes to Stylist Magazine and Hip and Healthy.