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
Arrived and the staff was so helpful to carry up our bags. Room had plenty of space and was so nice and clean! Fantastic location with two tubes stations nearby which made it super easy to get around.
Only complaints are:
1. The breakfast offered wasn’t very interesting, but got some good breakfast experiences around town then.
2. Not ideal for someone ill walking as there is a lot of stairs and no lift.
3. Had very noisy neighbours. You can hear people sneeze on the other side of the wall. Also you can hear cars and motorbikes going by quite clearly.
Stayed here for one night with my 26 year old son. We requested the room be set up with twin beds, which it was. You must be be able to walk up stairs to get to your room, no lift. The hosts were friendly and offered to help us carry bags up to the room, but no one was there to help when we checked out. Clean, quiet location and had all of the necessities. Bathroom was big and clean with full tub and shower. The entrance to the rooms was separate from the Pub. This was not a fancy place but it served our purposes since we did not spend much time in the room. There was a mini-fridge with water and milk. Complimentary bags of crisps. Tea kettle and coffee maker in the room. The pub was open only later in the afternoon and evening. They offered a small continental breakfast in the room, but we preferred a full English breakfast so we walked right around the corner to a pub that offered a delicious breakfast with both vegan and vegetarian options as well. We were able to walk to the Thames and the Tate Gallery. We also walked to the Imperial War Museum from the location.
This is a great boutique hotel near Farringdon station. It is above a pub restaurant but I did not find it noisy (I was on the top floor). They offer a dinner room service from the restaurant (great Asian food) and even a breakfast in your room service. Highly recommend it.
Lovely room above a pub, check in quick, we received an e-mail a few days before asking about our arrival time as the pub does not open on Sundays. This was not a problem as there are some bars and restaurants near by. We left our bag and went out for a few hours and on our return it had been put in our room. The room was spotless as was the bathroom, tea, coffee and a coffee machine, fresh milk in a fridge and a few snacks in the room. Lovely bath robes and slippers too. We only stayed one night but it would be a good base if you stay longer, you can order a continental breakfast and it will be delivered to you, we had an early appointment nearby so had breakfast on the way. This is a great place to explore St Paul’s and the Thames as Blackfriars pier is a short walk away, not far to walk to most places.
Currently staying at The One Tun, really happy with the room, plenty of space in the room, could use a few more clothes hangers!
Very comfortable bed, good sized bathroom, housekeeping is excellent, “check in” was efficient and all staff very friendly.
This is a great accommodation in an excellent location.
Can be a little noisy but not a problem for us.
Stairs will be difficult for anyone with physical disability, or elderly people, but I really like this room / hotel. A real positive alternative to the big hotel chains.
Definitely recommend, would stay here again, one very happy customer! Good job One Tun staff, thank you.