British Airways last month launched thrice weekly nonstop flights from Las Vegas to London, so there’s never been a better time to hop across the pond for a proper cuppa and lovely jaunt around one of the world’s most dynamic capitals.
To pamper yourself properly, consider a stay at One Aldwych, one of the most charming luxury boutique hotels, just opposite Waterloo Bridge. The triangular Edwardian building has 105 rooms, including a fifth-floor Terrace Suite with its own private gym, spacious sitting room and Frette bed linens.
More than 400 works of contemporary art and sculpture add an elegant and provocative element throughout the property. Don’t miss the whimsical “Beano” papier-mâché dog (who occasionally catches a ride on the lift) and André Wallace’s sculpture, “Boatman with Oars,” who may have stopped in to The Lobby Bar for a cocktail.
While the Royal Opera House and theater district are minutes away, the hotel broadcasts live shows in its private screening room every few weeks. Guests can settle into Italian leather seats while sipping a glass of Lallier Grande Réserve Champagne after a three-course dinner at the hotel’s Indigo, “one of London’s best gluten-free restaurants,” according to the Evening Standard.
For sustenance between meals, the “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”-inspired afternoon tea would be hard to beat. Other amenities include fresh fruit and flowers (from an in-house florist) delivered daily to rooms, an indoor chlorine-free pool with an underwater music system, steam room and sauna.
Those swooning over the impending Royal Wedding can enjoy a special “Celebration Package” on weekends in May for around $500 a night, with an option to include a “royal bouquet” with peonies and a sprig of myrtle (long used as a symbol of good luck and love in marriage) for an additional fee.
Cheerio for now.
Photos courtesy of One Aldwych