The One Tun
What We Love
- A boutique stay in a London pub-with-rooms set between Holborn and Clerkenwell
- The too-cool London location within each reach of everything
- Well-priced Pan-Asian cuisine in the chic-looking restaurant
- Gorgeous rooms with fashion-forward décor and thoughtful extras
What To Know
- Rooms come with Smart TVs and free Netflix
- Free WiFi
What is thought to be a one-time drinking den of Charles Dickens – and his inspiration for Bill Sikes’ favoured hangout The Three Cripples in Oliver Twist – is now a chic restaurant-with-rooms on London’s Saffron Hill. These days, the area is less about Victorian rookeries and Fagin’s gang of thieves; more about smart style-seekers looking for a cool crash pad just a two-minute walk from Farrington tube.
With décor that stands out for its muted tones, fashion-forward soft furnishings and beautifully wallpapered walls, each of the eight individually-styled rooms comes with plenty of indulgences; think everything from Nespresso machines, Smart TVs and complimentary Netflix down to lavish bathrooms with bathrobes and slippers.
On the wining and dining front, there’s the flagship restaurant that presents delicious and well-priced Pan-Asian fare in lovely surroundings. And of course you have the bar itself, where you can enjoy a great selection of red, white, sparkling and rosé wines, bottled and draught beers, creative cocktails, and teas and coffees.
Each of the eight unique and super-stylish rooms assure fashion-forward soft furnishings, muted tones, supremely comfortable beds, beautifully wallpapered walls and bathrooms with tubs or showers. The Deluxe double or twin room has a standard double bed or two twins; the Premium double room has a king-size or queen-size bed. Both room types have plenty of creature comforts; think Nespresso machines, Smart TVs with satellite channels, complimentary Wi-Fi and Netflix, an iron and ironing board, and bathrobes and slippers.
The restaurant presents well-priced Pan-Asian fare. There’s sharing platters, soups, salads, rice, noodles and light dishes, and mains such as Thai Green Curry, Steamed Sea Bass, Penang Curried Beef and Sizzling Sambal Prawns. As you’d expect from a pub, the selection of red, white, sparkling and rosé wines at the bar is on-point. You can also enjoy bottled and draught beer (including the One Tun Real Ale), and creative cocktails such as Apple & Ginger Martini, Siam Sunray, and Watermelon Daiquiri. Tea and coffee is available from 11am.
Immortalised in Charles Dickens’ 1838 novel Oliver Twist as a slum packed with thieves and ‘filthy shops’, Saffron Hill is now a trendy neighbourhood between Holborn and Clerkenwell. Set just a two-minute walk from Farringdon tube and just five minutes from Chancery Lane tube, you pretty much have all bases covered for hitting central London’s top attractions. But if you want to veer east, must-dos include stocking up on high-fashion offerings at Spitalfields Market, browsing the one-off boutiques in Clerkenwell, sampling superb street food in Shoreditch, and checking out modern masterpieces at the Whitechapel Art Gallery. Further not-to-be missed thrills include Bethnal Green’s Museum of Childhood and the Sunday-only Columbia Road Flower Market near Old Street tube.
How to Get There
Large, elegant room (just like in the pictures) , very comfortable hotel, nice toiletries, bathrobe and slippers available. Complimentary milk, water, chocolate and quality chips are available in the room. The bar downstairs seems to be very popular, it can be a bit noisy if staying at a lower floor (but only till 11pm-when it closes). Staff very helpful: they borrowed an adaptor for the UK-as mine did not work, happily offered details when asked, answered phone promptly, stored my luggage early in the morning, carried it to the room by the time I got back for the check in. The stairs are indeed narrow, but contribute a little to the charm of the place:) great location too,literally 2 minutes away from Farringdom station.
Great location, lovely room and the bed was so comfortable!
I would highly recommend this as a great value hotel for a weekend. The room was spacious, very nicely designed with nespresso, glass bottled water, chocolate and fresh milk all included. Lovely waterfall shower.
Location is great - less than 5 minute walk from Farringdon Underground and walking distance to some lovely London neighbourhoods.
And a great bar downstairs which was really busy when we came to check-in but we were spotted in the crowd, prioritised and checked in speedily. A separate entrance to the rooms from the pub makes it easy to come and go out of hours.
A bit noisy til 11 and early on Saturday- but this is the centre of a great city.
We’ll stay again.
We went to London for a few days after Christmas to kick off our honeymoon and stayed at The One Tun. It was a cute little place. The beds were comfortable and the rooms were well equipped and very nicely decorated. A major part of the appeal of this place (and a major reason why we booked) is the fact that the rooms are situated above a pub. However, the pub was closed the entire week between Christmas and New Year so we never got to enjoy it. We wish we would have known that ahead of time :( I would stay again and I definitely recommend it, just not during the holiday season.
Although the room was lovely and clean our night sleep was terrible. Every ten minutes or so all through the night a buzzer sounded keeping us awake. It sounded like an intercom, we complained and were phoned about it in the morning, and when we explained the situation the staff were unapologetic and cold. Would not return again.
This is a Lovely place to stay that is modern and lovely comfortable beds. Nice touch of complimentary chocolate, crisps and fresh milk in the fridge. Everything you need for a night in the city. Looked like recent refurbished. Just off Hatton Gardens.