Into Antiques?

On ebay you'll find over 100 categories covering the Medieval and Renaissance periods, through Georgian, Regency and Victorian, to Edwardian, Art Nouveau and Art Deco.

Antique Dealers in California

Linda Stamberger

Linda Stamberger, author of "Antiquing In Florida", is a Florida expert and freelance writer of many genres. Visit this site to read her articles - some of which are available for purchase - as is her book.

Brooks Novelty Antiques and Records

Brooks Novelty is an all-vinyl record store. We specialize in: jukeboxes, vintage soda machines, antique slot machines, pin balls, arcade games, neon clocks and signs, rare concert posters, old advertising signs and much more!

The Antique Company

Established in the late 1900's, we occupy a huge corner building with a small garden area that leads to another 1000 sq foot store (called TAC) that contains our Mid Century collection.

Vintage Westclox

Westclox photo identification gallery and history and information of clocks, watches and other timepieces. This site primarily displays American clocks made by Westclox that were made from the early 1900's up to about the 1960's.

Antique Appraisals On-Line

We are one of the country's largest, oldest, most qualified and respected appraisal services. The majority of our appraisals are estate and personal property evaluations for valuation documentation purposes. However, we have evaluated goods and personal property for natural disaster losses (hurricanes), theft, fire, freight and shipping damage after the loss has occurred.

Connoisseur Antiques

Featuring fine antique furniture, Connoisseur Antiques is a Los Angeles Antique Furniture Showroom specializing in antique clocks and mirrors, European and French antiques, Antique Lighting, Chandeliers, Sconces, Armoires and much more.

Liz's Antique Hardware

Antique Hardware is the backbone of our business. We offer a complete selection of door, window and furniture hardware, lighting and accessories circa 1890 to 1970.

San Francisco Antique and Design Mall

San Francisco Antique and Design Mall is the largest antique mall in northern California. We opened our doors in October 1997 with 75 dealers and today we have over 200 of San Francisco's most professional antique specialists.

Ambiance Antiques

Importer of 18th and 19th Century French Antiques

C'est La Vie Antiques

European Antique and Accessories in San Diego, CA.

Lang Antiques

We carry a large selection of fine antique jewelry, antique rings & antique engagement rings. We also have vintage estate jewelry, vintage estate rings & vintage estate engagement rings from the Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian & Art Deco style periods.

Once in a Blue Moon Online Thrift Store

We are an online thrift store featuring new, used, and unusual items.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

One Aldwych: London's Chicest Boutique Hotel (PHOTOS) - Huffington Post

One Aldwych: London's Chicest Boutique Hotel (PHOTOS) - Huffington Post

It's about seven in the evening, and the high-ceilinged lobby bar at One Aldwych, a boutique hotel in Covent Garden is buzzing. Every seat is taken with smartly dressed Londoners sipping martinis and tumblers of scotch on elegant couches and club chairs arranged in little clusters amid contemporary sculptures and fragrant floral arrangements. My English friend points to a well-polished woman with a blonde bob -- the Diane Sawyer of London, I'm told. Actors and producers from surrounding West End theaters are also known to imbibe post-curtain here along with business people and fashion execs.

The 105-room contemporary hotel sits on the intersection of Wellington Street and The Aldwych in a grand 1907 Edwardian building complete with a copper cupola dome that once housed a newspaper office and a bank. While it sits in the one of the city's most tourist-trafficked areas, pulsing with theaters, shops, historic pubs, restaurants and nightlife, the hotel manages to be a tranquil oasis where locals feel comfortable.

Covent Garden, particularly around the piazza, was the old fruit and vegetable market dating from 1649 and is one of the city's oldest areas (there were also theaters along Drury Lane and bustling public houses in the area at the time). Today, it's still a center of entertainment with fashionable eateries for those in the know.

The recently opened Opera Tavern, just steps from the Royal Opera House, with exposed brick and glass chandeliers is popular for Italian and Spanish tapas. There's also Mishkin's, a Jewish-style deli (reuben on rye, chicken knish) with a retro-cool decor. Chris Corbin and Jeremy King, the team behind the Wolseley and other hotspots has just opened the Delaunay, with a similar all-day-dining concept in a handsome, wood-paneled dining room. This fall, look for a branch of New York's Balthazar in a highly-anticipated collaboration between Keith McNally and Richard Caring (Soho House, the Ivy, Le Caprice).

One of the area's top tables is One Aldwych's Axis, a sleek space with purple leather chairs and contemporary artwork on the walls. Diners can expect modern British cuisine (seared scallops with braised pork belly, butter poached loin of hare) incorporating local products from surrounding farms. For theater-goers, there's a three-course prix fixe menu. Additionally, there's the more casual Indigo, overlooking the lobby, where I dined on a goat cheese-and-beet salad and breast of Cumbrian chicken with polenta.

The hotel has many spaces that can be used for private dining -- many such requests are expected during the upcoming Olympics, as well as events in the lower-level 30-seat Screening Room. The Old Vic Theatre and Sky Films have held screenings here. If you're in town during one of the Martini Movie nights be sure to book a place -- you receive a glass of Grey Goose vodka martini and popcorn during the movie followed by dinner (upcoming selections include "The Artist" and "Midnight in Paris"; movies take place most Friday and Saturday evenings; check website for full schedule). And set to open in mid-June is a new guest-only lounge in a street-facing space off the main lobby.

The 105 rooms are all individually designed (mine faced the historic Lyceum Theatre) and come with original artwork and king-sized beds topped with Frette linens. Guests will certainly appreciate the free Wi-Fi, iPod docking stations and TV in the bathroom -- not to mention the mini macaroons at turn-down. One of the top rooms is the Dome Suite, complete with an eight-person dining room and views of Waterloo Bridge and in the distance, the new Shard skyscraper, which, when completed this month, will be Europe's tallest building. Fitness buffs will appreciate the state-of-the-art health club with personal trainers, a chlorine-free pool (with underwater music piped in) for early morning laps and spa treatments using the all-natural Natura Bisse line.

On my last night in London, my friend and I ended up at the Delaunay for an after-dinner drink. It wasn't particularly crowded, especially the bar area so we were surprised at the frosty reception from the hostess, so we hightailed it out of there and headed back to One Aldwych. Though the staff didn't know I was staying there, we were immediately made to feel welcome, and as we sunk into the couch, sipping our nightcap, we felt very much at home.

One Aldwych rates start at $367.

  • One Aldwych Exterior

  • Lobby Lounge

  • Dome Suite

  • Studio Suite

  • Axis Restaurant

  • Indigo Restaurant

  • Swimming Pool

  • Screening Room

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