Stepping into One Aldwych is to step into a moment in history, dressed up in style. Built in 1905 as the home of the Morning Post newspaper, we like to think it still inspires spirited conversation and connection. Take a meander through some of our past lives...
The 5th Earl of Bedford commissioned Inigo Jones, the most important architect of the day, to create the first public square in the country at Covent Garden. Inigo was inspired by the Italian piazzas and designed the layout of the area and its surrounding houses, as well as St Paul’s Church.
Covent Garden Market
With the area fallen into disrepute, the Duke of Bedford took it upon himself to knock down the ramshackle collection of sheds that constituted the then market and commissioned architect Charles Fowler to build the covered granite market building that stands proudly on the piazza today.
ROYAL Opera House
With playhouses at this famous Covent Garden address since 1732 both destroyed by fire, it was the third reincarnation designed by Edward Middleton Barry in the mid-1800s which has survived as the foundations of the theatre that we know today.
London newspaper, The Morning Post, commissioned a new building and appointed the famed Anglo-French architects Mewès & Davis to design it. The pioneering pair are famous for many buildings including The Ritz in London and in Paris and the Royal Automobile Club on Pall Mall.
The Morning Post MOves In
Thanks to innovative architecture and a steel frame construction, the building was completed in only two years and quickly became known for its blend of Edwardian grandeur and splendid Parisian elegance.
Later that year the newspaper’s editorial and advertising staff moved into the building and the printing presses were installed in the basement, where the hotel’s swimming pool sits. There they remained for the next twenty years.
When The Morning Post was sold, the Inveresk Paper Company bought the building and it became home to a number of well-known illustrated magazines such as Illustrated London News and The Tatler.
In the years that ensued, extensive alterations were made to the property, which involved adding two extra floors, removing the original dome and changing the internal layout. During this time our building housed the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Works, Prudential Assurance Company, Lloyds Bank and a very popular London Brasserie known as the Aldwych Brasserie.
The final trading bell rings in the Flower Market at Covent Garden and the largest wholesale fruit, vegetable and flower market in the UK moves out of Covent Garden making room for a vibrant collection of shops, bars and restaurants. The market spirit remains with the Apple Market and its range of handmade crafts and goods, plus weekly antiques and collectables on Mondays.
One Aldwych OPens
With its Grade II listing, our building was eventually sold to private independent owners who undertook the project to create the One Aldwych Hotel which first opened its doors in 1998.
Royal Opera House
After a two-year closure for a major refurbishment, The Royal Opera House reopened with a stunning fresh look and state-of-the-art new technics available to the production teams.
London's Cultured, Independent Hotel
One Aldwych underwent an extensive refurbishment with suites and bedrooms redesigned by renowned designer Robert Angell to give them an upscale residential feel – timelessly chic and filled with natural daylight. London design company Fabled Studio gave Indigo a bright, airy feel and reaffirmed The Lobby Bar as a true destination bar with interiors evoking the building’s Art Nouveau and Parisian touches, as well as its former life as the headquarters of the Morning Post newspaper. Ready for the hotel’s next chapter.
Just steps away from extraordinary dining and renowned shopping, with cornerstones of British culture and nearly all of the West End theatres within 15 minutes walk.MORE
Built in 1905 as the home of The Morning Post newspaper, we like to think our building still inspires spirited conversation and connection.More
Since we opened our doors in 1998, One Aldwych has had an innate sense of responsibility for the environment and world around us.More
Keep up with what’s going on at One Aldwych in our online journal inspired by our newspaper heritage.More
We have a 400-strong private collection of contemporary art and sculptures proudly on display throughout the hotel. Enjoy a glimpse here.More
From the moment you arrive and see the breath-taking floral displays in the centre of the Lobby Bar, our in-house florist Mark's work never fails to impress.More