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History

One Aldwych occupies one of the most important Edwardian buildings in London.

Learn more about our much-loved building, from the birth of the Aldwych to the present day as the home of one of London's finest hotels.

1630
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Inigo Jones

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.

1834
Covent Garden Piazza

The covered market building in Covent Garden Piazza was constructed

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1858
Opera House

The Royal Opera House as we known it today was built in Covent Garden, the third opera-based theatre to be on the site since 1732. It was after World War II that it became the year-round home of The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet.

1974
Trading Bell

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.

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1999
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Royal Opera House

After a two-year closure for a major refurbishment, The Royal Opera House reopened with a stunning fresh look and whizzy new technics available to the production teams.

London's
Cultured
Independent
Hotel

Independent in spirit and proud to be privately-owned, One Aldwych is one of the very few hotels that can truly say that we are independent. Learn more about how we like to do things differently…

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