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Lobby Bar

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© Ming Tang Evans
Aldwych

Although the unflattering flight-attendant-style uniforms of the staff might suggest otherwise, the luxurious One Aldwych seems intent on proving that hotel lobby bars don’t have to resemble airport lounges. It’s hard not to be wowed by the soaring space, with its triffid-sized flower arrangements, elegant pillars and ceiling-height windows; but the majesty of the room is lent intimacy by high-backed armchairs, comfortable sofas and shimmering candles.

Staff at the sleek black bar dispense a selection of expertly mixed cocktails – starting at £12.50, or £14.50 for champagne varieties – from a seasonal list that might include an aromatic Olor Del Mar (Gin Mare, basil infused white vermouth, basil syrup, violet liqueur and lemon bitters). On our last visit, we were served house champagne instead of the requested Louis Roederer, but service is otherwise slick and friendly.

Venue name: Lobby Bar
Contact:
Address: One Aldwych
London
WC2B 4BZ
Opening hours: Open 8am-midnight Mon-Fri 9am-midnight Sat; 9am-10.30pm Sun. Food served 8am-11pm, Mon-Fri 9am-11pm Sat, 9am-9.30pm Sun. Afternoon tea served 2–4.30pm daily
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden or Temple tube
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