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
This may be a great place to stay but as a venue for a few drinks and food with friends, give it a wide birth. There are many better places to eat and drink near by. Automatically putting a service charge for bar food when it should be discretionary? At least they did take it off when asked. For food, stick to the burgers. The rest was average at best.
The One Tun has it all -- a spacious, comfortable, nicely-decorated, impeccably clean room with all the amenities and terrific customer service -- at a very reasonable price. The area is quite nice and very near at least two Tube stations to take you anywhere in London. And the pub downstairs is a great spot for a drink or informal dinner. We were not at all disturbed by noise from the pub, even though our room was at the front of the building and, therefore, directly above the pub.
We stayed one night because we were going to a gig in the area. The room was very comfortable and stylish, with everything we needed. Lots of nice little extras, including milk in the fridge to make tea with in the morning. The mattress was amazing too. Pretty pricey - but that's London for you!