Nestled at the far edge of Theatreland, just a few steps away from Somerset House, One Aldwych is something of a landmark London building, with its flatiron-inspired shape and huge double-height lobby and bar area (a throwback to its days as a newspaper office).
The hotel itself has perhaps lived in the shadows of more avant-garde rivals (like the Alice in Wonderland-esque Sanderson, and the decadent Zetter Townhouse), but on my visit I was there to discover some of its hidden gems.
But hidden behind the contemporary facade are some amazing little secrets. The spa, for example, where a relaxing vitamin C facial left my skin glowing and my mood elevated. The indoor pool, has underwater music and barely any patrons. And the bar is a joy, where cocktails come in glass teapots steaming with dry ice, nuts and snacks are refilled continuously, and ladies who lunch pile up to try the incredible-looking afternoon tea.
If you do end up staying over, it's worth bearing in mind the breakfast is one of the best I’ve ever had in a London hotel. Let's just say they don't scrimp on the smoked salmon!