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One Aldwych, Covent Garden, London
Perfume-paired cocktails, gluten-free fine dining and pampering spa treatments are on the menu at this independent 5-star hotel in the heart of central London with views over Waterloo Bridge.
Rooms available from £680 per night
The location is perfect for enjoying the buzz of the city, with street performers, independent craft stalls and the Royal Opera House just around the corner. Saunter across Waterloo Bridge to enjoy the artistic buildings of the Southbank, or if it's theatre you're after, you've got the Lyceum on one side and the Novello on the other.
The clue to the address is in the name - it's the very first building on the Covent Garden side of Aldwych!
By car: around 2 hours from Brighton, 2 hours 30 minutes from Bristol and Birmingham, and 4 hours from Manchester. Paid parking available nearby.
By train: Covent Garden tube station is a five-minute walk. London Waterloo is five minutes' away in a taxi. Book trains to London.
CHARACTER & STYLE
The interiors are fresh and bright, with British-made fabrics and furniture in all the rooms - thanks to a complete refurbishment in 2019. The in-house florist creates dramatic floor-to-ceiling floral displays in the lobby. There are over 400 pieces of contemporary art are displayed on walls throughout the hotel, including a piece that was created live on stage during a Clash concert.
Service is attentive and nothing's ever too much trouble. The library is a comfortable place to while away a wet afternoon and has a book collection curated by the designer Paul Smith. The gym has all the latest equipment, including exercise bikes that connect to video spin classes. There's even a private 30-seat cinema!
- Swimming pool
- Free Wi-Fi
The hotel's unique architecture (it was designed by the same architects that worked on The Ritz) gives rise to some quirky interiors, such as circular suites at the front of the building. Furnishings include touches of dusky pinks, teals and violets.
Room types: Classic Room, Superior Room, Deluxe Room, Studio Suite, Suite, Signature Suite
Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with Mitchell & Peach toiletries, tea and coffee-making facilities, Bang & Olufsen speakers, TV, free Wi-Fi
FOOD & DRINK
The entire menu at Indigo is gluten and dairy free and the kitchen can also deal with other intolerances if given enough notice. Rumour has it, coeliacs around the country make the pilgrimage for their crisp battered fish and chips.
Indigo: local, sustainably sourced cuisine, modern European dishes. Open daily for breakfast, weekends for lunch and Weds-Sun for dinner. Mains from £21.