One Aldwych – Covent Garden, WC2
Housed in an iconic heritage building that was once home to the Morning Post, One Aldwych is brilliantly positioned on the edge of bustling Covent Garden. Contemporary yet soothing suites and bedrooms feel like a real sanctuary and come with sweeping views of the cityscape below. There are two exquisite restaurants: the first is informal Indigo, which celebrates British producers in delicious dishes such as nutty beetroot salad or catch of the day, served in crisp beer batter. The second is Eneko Basque Kitchen & Bar, the London home of superstar Spanish chef Eneko Atxa of three-Michelin star Azurmendi restaurant fame. The Lobby Bar with its extensive list of the coolest craft cocktails is an institution; the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-themed afternoon tea is huge fun for all ages, featuring snozzberry jam and chocolate swudge milkshake. The concierge has the inside track on everything from the best brunch spots and hottest theatre tickets to the must-visit exhibitions. And, for pampering – whether a refreshing swim, a pick-me-up facial or an invigorating massage – you can while away a few hours in the deeply cosseting health club and spa.
Doubles from £600
+44 (0)20 7300 1000; onealdwych.com
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