Meet the magician of make-overs
In The Nutcracker, Herr Drosselmeyer is part-toymaker, part-magician. And at One Aldwych, our in-house florist, Mark Siredzuk, is cut from the same cloth. Throughout the year, he creates displays that are never predictable and always have the gasp-factor, especially at Christmas. So when Mark got cracking on The Nutcracker theme, he collaborated with stylist and artistic director Aurélien Farjon, who has previously worked on costume design for the English National Opera.
The journey doesn’t end there. All around the hotel, you will find installations, such as the Sugar Plum Fairy looking down on the festivities from the Indigo restaurant, the character of Clara, cosy in the Library, and the toymaker Drosselmeyer overseeing all meetings and greetings at reception – central to his toy workshop is Betsy, a hand-painted rocking horse, honouring the late Queen Elizabeth II’s favourite horse. At Christmas, One Aldwych is not so much a hotel as a palace of imagination