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.
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The most cosy spot in London!
The girlfriend and I booked a room there too spend the night after a long flight from Australia and wow they did not dissapoint!
The rooms are spacious, the bed is just divine. All the facilities are superb and the room has a very cosy feel to it.
Even though there is a pub downstairs you don't really notice the noise, the staff was very friendly and accommodating.
I will definitely book again when I'm back in London.
I had dinner here last month but only just getting around to writing a review, the fact that I am still thinking about this meal 3 weeks later speaks volumes about the place! This is a very old pub, apparently it was mentioned by Charles Dickens in Oliver Twist under the fictional name of The Three Cripples and has retained a lot of olde worlde character which blends well with the buzzing atmosphere. There is a wide range of cask beers and the menu is contemporary Thai. I had tempura prawns (made with kataifi pastry - like shredded filo) which were mouth wateringly delicious and duck fried rice which was also delicious. The rice was not over cooked or over fried, it was moist, light and fluffy with lots of tasty crispy duck, egg, spring onions and vegetables, served with a light hoisin sauce on the side. The staff were warm and friendly and prices very reasonable for this part of town. Overall this was an excellent meal.
I stayed at the The One Tun during a business trip. The place is just perfect. I love the design of the B&B and the room has all amenities of a 4 or 5 star hotel (plus free Netflix), but it definitely has much more charm with attention to detail. The bathroom is modern and coffee, tea and snacks are for free. The staff was extremely friendly.
I will be back for sure!
Thanks very much for the stay!
great little boutique hotel, with nice pub downstairs servic good Thai food. rooms are nice with air con and Netflix but are accessed via quite steep stairs so not suitable if you have problems on stairs or too many large bags. very well situated, reasonably priced for locality. lots of restaurants and pubs nearby
We stayed at The One Tun for our first night away since having children/wedding anniversary, wanting something unique and romantic. Despite what reviews say, we found the hotel to be quiet in location,you would never think you were above a pub once in your room. Street noise was not an issue at all. The room was beautifully furnished, with a very comfy bed and clean bathroom. The stairs didn’t bother us, steep but worth the climb, and good for working off a hefty meal! The only draw back was a group of ladies/hen do who arrived back very late and woke us - wouldn’t ever be a problem if it wasn’t our first chance at a solid nights sleep in over three years (and obviously no fault of the hotel, although perhaps bookings for such events could be avoided?). Overall very clean, tidy and luxurious hotel for the price and a fantastic location.