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
Very quick and easy check in. Reasonably priced compared to a hotel. I found this an interesting area of London. Hatton Garden round the corner and leather lane has some nice shops and a market. The room was spotless and lovely decor. Good wifi. Clean bathroom with bath on a quiet street tucked away from the main thoroughfare with excellent transport links. Couldn't fault it. Also fresh milk a little touch of class and Nespresso machine. Who could ask for more
Booked at the One Tun through hotels.com. It was rated 9.2 / 10. Received an email to indicate that I should arrive by 1030pm. I arrived at exactly 1030pm - and nobody was around to open the door. I called the emergency number who asked me to wait 30min outside, in an isolated area. I looked for a cafe closeby and was attached by 3 men on bikes - thank fully a taxi came to my rescue and I was able to escape without harm or loss of items. I called Hotels.com for support to move me - they wanted to charge me again with no real empathy or support. Finally got into the room - which was lovely inside. But do NOT recommend for due to poor security, risky location and poos communication by the hotel staff. Not worth it,
Not everyone’s cup of tea but an immaculate room, nice friendly staff, great location. Not for those with 3 suitcases or a Gammy leg as too many stairs but worth the climb. Fast internet and easy access after hours. Give this a try.
Stayed for one night. Can not fault anything about the stay. Beautiful rooms decorated to a high standard. Every facility in room thought of and supplied. Very close to Farringdon tube station and Saffron Hill car park. Friendly staff and welcome. Wish we had managed to try some of the Thai food! Will definitely be back
Stayed here for 5 nights in February and loved it. The rooms are done up well and the staff aim to please. There is plenty of coffee in the room, as well as milk and drinking water. Whenever we needed more water, we asked in the pub and they happily obliged. By the 3rd day, they put extra water in our room each day!
There are plenty of places for breakfast nearby and the Farringdon Station is a very short walk making travel around the city and to and from the airport a breeze. The area is quiet, and as such the pub closes about 9pm, so be aware! We had drinks here most nights, and dinner once, which was delicious. We only took an Uber the first night, to Piccadilly for dinner and theatre, but walked back afterwards, and either walked or used the trains for all other travel in the city.
Also, the stairs are tight. We asked for a room on the upper floor, and were happy to manage the stairs, but someone with difficulties should request a room on the lowest floor.