DATE NIGHT: Film & Fizz, One Aldwych
With the demise of Orange Wednesdays (and no desire to compare any markets, or meerkats, any time soon), we’re on the hunt for a new cinematic tradition. One Aldwych hotel’s private screen may be a little pricer than our local cinema’s 2-4-1 offering, but we fancied trying something different. One of our favourite hotels in London, the lobby’s high ceilings and outstanding artwork set the precedent for a classy evening – and the new Film & Fizz package seals the deal.
For £45, you can enjoy a three-course dinner in Axis, the hotel’s low-key restaurant (filled with more beautiful statement art), followed by a film screening complete with a chilled glass of Lallier Grande Réserve Champagne and popcorn. We watched Pride, a superb comedy starring Imelda Staunton and Bill Nighy observing the experiences of the LGBT community and coal miners during Thatcher’s time.
Similar to a pre or post-theatre menu, the dinner choice is good but limited. Of the three starters on offer we sampled the Dingley dell pork terrine with toasted sourdough and spiced pineapple chutney (delicious) followed by a breast of corn fed chicken with wild garlic, peas and jersey pearl potatoes. Dessert was beautiful, a super-light ‘Floating Island’ with vanilla custard, passionfruit and pink praline.
The programme of films is varied, showing everything from Interstellar (April 24th and 25th) to The Theory Of Everything (May 15th and 16th) and Inherent Vice (26th and 27th June). The current programme stretches all the way to 10th and 11th July, concluding with Still Alice, a heartbreaking tale of love in the face of terrible circumstances, starring Julianne Moore.
Perfect for a date, it’s a wonderful chance to dress up (a supremely fashionable crowd prop up the lobby bar) and ideally placed for hitting the town afterwards (though we left sleepy, satisfied with a blissful early night). Snap up tickets before they’re gone.
Price: £45 for a three course meal, glass of Champagne, film entry and popcorn.