One Aldwych has always been known for its flowers, from dazzling floral displays in The Lobby Bar to seasonal arrangements in our rooms. We speak to in-house florist Mark Siredzuk about what he has in store for a floral summer at the hotel.
What is your floral vision for One Aldwych with its new look?
The vision for the flowers in the hotel is very similar to what it was - to use the freshest flowers that are in season and to use them in a natural style. The difference is I now have lovely large round table to work with and by creating a tower of vases I can now use flowers that I couldn't in the past. I can use more delicate flowers as they go in individual vases, and swap the vases around to create many different looks. I can interchange flowers with plants, add layers and experiment with scale.
How do the hotel’s new interiors impact your creativity?
The bright coral sofas in the lobby and the tones of the artwork were my first port of call for inspiration. This week consists of cerise pink and pale pink Hydrangeas and next will be all lilac and purple and white flowers.
The bedrooms now have a lovely, dreamy quality and this will reflect in the flowers. I plan on using more delicate flowers in pastels colours, such as pale pink and pale blue Hydrangeas and soft-coloured Lisianthus.
What are your favourite in-season flowers at the moment?
My favourite seasonal flower at the moment is a Peony. In fact, this is probably my ultimate favourite flower. Another great flower is Coral Charm, which is a strong coral colour that fades to a soft peach and then to a cream with age. It opens up to massive bloom.
Do flower trends influence your decision on what to display?
Flower trends now are very wild and natural, which I have always loved, and British flowers are always used when possible.
What can we expect to see at One Aldwych over the summer?
I don’t tend to plan my flower looks more than a week or two in advance as I like to see what is coming into season and you never know what may turn up as a one-off special, such as giant-headed, fluffy Eremuras or huge Angelica stems. For the summer I expect to be using all the favourites; Delphiniums, Hydrangeas, Peonies, Alliums, along with Lavender, Fox Gloves and Hydrangea plants.
What difference do flowers make to the guest experience?
I think the flowers should stand out to our guest and not just fade into the background. A creative display of fresh flowers shows our guest we are luxurious and offer a unique and stylish experience. They also offer a good chance for a photo opportunity - everyone likes to do selfies by flowers.
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