Revivified One Aldwych is back on the scene

The hotel hotspot of turn-of-the-century London reopens with an attention-grabbing makeover

The Fabled Studio-designed Lobby Bar at the newly refurbished One Aldwych hotel
The Fabled Studio-designed Lobby Bar at the newly refurbished One Aldwych hotel

In late-1990s-early-2000s London there were few hotels that could best One Aldwych (onealdwych.com; from £385) in the cool stakes; travellers from Sydney to Santa Monica (or just from SW3) revelled in the aqueous, pared-back chic of Gordon Campbell Gray’s rooms and the heady buzz of the subterranean bar-restaurant, all retrofitted into a 1907 building that once housed The Morning Post newspaper. After languishing for years, the hotel is back on the radar, thanks to a top-to-toe remake courtesy of two design firms that know about attention-getting reinvention: Robert Angell Design International (which breathed sorbet-hued new life into The Berkeley) for the rooms, suites and two bars, and Fabled Studio (with everything from Miller Harris boutiques to Mayfair’s extravagant Jamavar under its belt) for the Indigo restaurant and the Lobby Bar.

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