Aldwych Area
The area
Neighborhood: Holborn
Inner London’s busiest streets crisscross quiet cobbled lanes for an effect that can be urbane or quaint – or an intriguing blend of both – depending on the particular corner you turn. Due to its especially convenient location, bustling Holborn hosts an excellent range of hotels, eateries, and shops to suit practically any taste or budget. With major attractions like the British Museum and Somerset House as well as popular areas such as Covent Garden and Soho all just a short walk away, Holborn is a smart base from which to explore London.
How to get there
  • Temple • 5 min walk
  • Covent Garden • 6 min walk
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK3,067 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Aldwych is an area in Central London. There used to be a Tube station in the area, the station is still there but trains no longer visit. The station can be visited by arrangement with London Underground.

The area is just on the edge of TheatreLand and is a short walk from Trafalgar Square and Coven Garden.

There are lots of really nice buildings in the area including Somerset House and the Royal Courts of Justice. It's a nice area to wander around and enjoy the variety of architecture.
Written March 15, 2021
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RWandSW
Greater London, UK1,872 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Business
A base for exploring parts of the London, with Covent Garden and Holborn depending if you turn right or left, Soho and South Bank within walking distance and many points of interest close by like Trafalgar Square, The British Museum and Somerset House.
Written February 4, 2018
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WMIM
Horsham, UK3,202 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Friends
There is a dedicated review site for 'Aldwych Tube Station' which can be visited occasionally by guided tour, but people still put their reviews of that 'attraction' here. Also there's a recent review for a West End Show somewhere or other which will be long finished by the time anyone reads it. Ridiculous!
The prolific 'BradJill' rate this 'poor' and loftily state there is 'little to see/do in this area'. They are absolutely wrong!
This area encompasses more than just the curved thoroughfare called Aldwych. The history is fascinating. The name comes from the Anglo-Saxon 'Ealdwic' which means 'Old Town' or 'Old Settlement'. After Roman forces abandoned Britannia their city of Londinium was abandoned although the city walls remained standing. When the Anglo-Saxons settled the area their town of Lundenwic was to the west, outside the Roman walls, and remained there for 200 years or more until increasing Viking raids prompted them to move inside the city walls, abandoning the former settlement. This is the origin of the name Ealdwic/Aldwych.
Among the many interesting places in this area are the churches of St Mary le Strand and St Clement Danes (the Royal Air Force church, with statues of Hugh Dowding and Arthur Harris outside), several West End theatres, imposing buildings such as Australia House, The India High Commission (with a statue of Jawaharlal Nehru outside), Bush House (formerly a home of the British Broadcasting Corporation), Somerset House with its several attractions and the Royal Courts of Justice (the 'High Court). There's also the Twinings tea shop and museum, the London School of Economics, King's College and the (National Trust) 'Roman Bath' (visits by prior appointment only) as well as several mainly upmarket hotels including the Waldorf, a great place for afternoon tea.
Written September 13, 2015
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,427 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Couples
The Aldwych area is located along The Strand in Westminster and refers to the area encompassed in between the The Strand and Aldwych street, which splits from the Strand, goes around the Aldwych area and then rejoins the strand after half a mile or so.

It is a small area with a few historic properties such as the historic Aldwych Theatre and Novello Theatre houses and also find the highly reputed Waldorf Hilton hotel. You can also take a tour of the old Aldwych Tube Station which is a non-operational station. Beyond these, there is little else to see/do in this patch of the city.

We'd suggest concentrating your efforts elsewhere if this is a first time to London. You can consider spending time here after you've done the rounds, and are looking for new places to explore.
Written July 17, 2014
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Marilyn D
Pulborough, UK106 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Got caught up in a frightening demonstration here on 15th August. Some were demonstrating about Kashmir, some about Syria and goodness knows where else! My friend and I were trying to get into the Aldwych theatre. We turned the corner and were appalled to see thousands of people spilling off the pavement and filling the roads. All transport had come to a complete halt. The most disgusting thing for us was the debris left behind by these so called demonstrators after their protesting. Cans, plastics, plastic bottles, paper, you name it, it was there!!! If you want to demonstrate I suppose you can, this is a free country. BUT for goodness sake take your rubbish away with you if you can't find a bin and don't intimidate people going about their business who don't wish to join your protests!
Written August 16, 2019
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Nicholas H
London, UK20,431 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
Theatres, restaurants, churches, historic buildings - this part of London has so much to offer visitors. The highlight is Somerset House with its majestic architecture, restaurants, cafes and even a skating rink in the winter. The RAF church, St Clement Danes, is here, as are the Royal Courts of Justice. The BBC’s first headquarters, Bush House can be seen from the outside (it’s now closed) and there are major Commonwealth government centres like India House and Australia House. Visit and enjoy.
Written December 22, 2019
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BigHugh51
Adelaide, Australia3,629 contributions
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Jun 2017 • Couples
While spending time in London again, we took another long walk from Trafalgar Square up the Strand and towards Fleets Street.
Before heading further along the Strand we diverted slightly for another walk through Aldwych.
While strolling along the roadway's footpath we passed by the Indian High Commission building, the Novello and Aldwych theatres and then we eventually came to Australia House where Aldwych meets the Strand again.
Aldwych is certainly a lively area with it theatres, restaurants and bars. It was very busy again while we were there this time, with the footpaths crowded with people and the roadway carrying heavy traffic.
Certainly an interesting area and well worth a visit!
Written November 3, 2017
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LostInTime
Pittsburgh, PA20,620 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Business
I stayed in the Hilton in this area. I found a ton of things within walking distance like the Eye, the theater district, and Big Ben. It's a cool area and next time I am in London I would like to stay in the same area.
Written February 7, 2016
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BigHugh51
Adelaide, Australia3,629 contributions
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Jul 2015 • Couples
We had been to visit Trafalgar Square and we decided to take a walk along the Strand to see the sights there. Eventually, we came to the junction where Aldwych branches off the Strand in an arc. Further on, at the site of Australia House, Aldwych rejoins the Strand.
Our stroll through Aldwych, provided us with an opportunity to view amongst other buildings, the Novello and Aldwych theatres, the Indian High Commission, Bush House and of course, a building which was of some significance to us, Australia House. We also saw a few bars, cafes and tearooms.
The roadway itself was extremely busy and it appeared to be used by a prolific number of red, double-decker London buses. There were also a large number of people walking along the footpath but this is not unusual for many parts of London.
We enjoyed our walk through Aldwych. There was plenty of interest to see and the area had a pleasant atmosphere.
Written November 26, 2015
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Alice R
Hobart, Australia8,929 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
There are some buildings of note in this area namely the facade of Aldwych House and St Clements Danes Church which has a few statues too. We only whizzed by on a bus trip but there is a bit to see here if you have more time.
Written March 19, 2020
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