I like a hotel that plies you liberally with good alcohol. Let’s face it, who doesn’t? And, this contemporary twist on the classic Negroni uses premium ingredients including dry Vermouth aged in French oak barrels with a selection of rich premium spices, Campari, No3 London Gin and a teaspoon of organic jam. The cocktail is rich, overpowering in great swathes yet slides down easily and rather perfectly matched my all too liberal spray of Roja Dove’s Diaghilev – a heady perfume heaven with it’s bergamot and rich orange, jasmine and rose and base of oakmoss, iris and patchouli and vetyver. Lushness on two counts.
Vintage, Negronis and Movie at One Aldwych as part of "Martini Movies"
One Aldwych came on the scene in 1998 and quickly made an impact as one of the chicest hotel venues in the city with its vast lobby bar overlooking The Strand which merges modern architecture with heritage features such as sky high wooden panelled windows and a bar that stands in place of the original entrance (to the debunked Morning Post newspaper offices). It’s a place to see and be seen. Which is why, when a selected group of vintage aficionados were invited to sample One Aldwych’s negronis and movie as part of the hotel’s Martini Movies season, they created quite a stir.
Assembled in a far corner of the very busy Lobby bar (filled with after office hours drinkers from seemingly executive backgrounds), the assembled group of women bedecked in vintage attire largely from ’40s and ’50s periods (‘One Week With Marilyn’ was to be screened), caught up on gossip and concentrated on the luscious ‘The One Negroni’ signature house cocktail.
After cocktails, the gaggle of vintage clad women caused stares when led through the lobby to the screening room. I guess it’s not often businessmen and women get to see authentic period dress and full on glamour – swirl and wiggle dresses, the click of heels, flashes of diamante and lots of red lips on show, team vintage trailed elegance and style from a bygone era.
Led to the screening room (which seats 30), the small group were offered champagne and popcorn while watching ‘My Week With Marilyn’ with the enigmatic Eddie Redmayne and BAFTA nominated Michelle Williams.
As an ideal ”date night’, One Aldwych’s ‘Martini Movies’ is a safe bet. The package includes a Grey goose Le Martini or Le Fizz cocktail, a private screening of a movie and a three course meal following the movie in the hotel’s Axis and (from 25th May) Indigo restaurants. Typical dishes include blood orange, watercress and Lincolnshire Poacher salad, Soy glazed roast Cumbrian chicken, carrot & ginger puree braised lentils with aniseed jus and Champagne fettucine of brown shrimp and fennel.
Movies scheduled for screening include Drive, Hugo, The Help, The Artist, My Week with Marilyn, Warrior, The Ides of March, Midnight in Paris and Young Adult.
At £42.50 per adult including VAT and service, this is a real steal. Now, after experiencing it with the vintage girls, I’ll just have to find a date.
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