The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell
What We Love
- The Victorian-style bar that serves some of London’s best cocktails—no small feat in a city with a longstanding distilling heritage
- Traditional afternoon tea featuring thin cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches and strawberry shortcake is served in the lounge every afternoon
- The rooms’ homey yet luxurious atmosphere
- Exploring the cobblestoned streets of Clerkenwell, home to excellent restaurants
What To Know
- Complimentary Brompton bikes are available for exploring the charming neighborhood of Clerkenwell
- Children are welcome—the hotel has cots and rollaway beds—although there are no special amenities or activities for little ones
- In-room massages are available upon request, and guests can get a day pass to a nearby gym
- Breakfast is served at sister Zetter Hotel across the street
The 13-room Zetter Townhouse occupies two renovated Georgian buildings across the street from its larger sister property, The Zetter Hotel. Behind a prudent blue door lies a flamboyant atmosphere that looks like it was decorated by an eccentric (and quite well-heeled) British auntie. In fact, the portrait of an imaginary Great Aunt Wilhelmina hangs near the reception, next to a hodgepodge of bordeaux velvet sofas, bookshelves crammed with old tomes and trinkets, and a rather striking collection of taxidermy that includes a cat in a vintage dress (yes, you read that right). A section of the ground floor is occupied by the award-winning cocktail bar, with a menu created by master mixologist Tony Conigliaro. Tipples with names like Somerset Sour, Twinkle, and The Flintlock are concocted from house-made bitters, herbal remedies, tinctures, and cordials. There’s also tasty gastropub fare like fried anchovy-stuffed olives and Scotch eggs. For a full meal, guests can go to the much-lauded restaurant at The Zetter, which also provides breakfast and room service. Bedrooms are slightly more subdued than common areas, though they feature exotic accents like headboards fashioned out of repurposed carousels, Buddhist statues, and intricately carved four-poster beds. Flat-screen televisions, classic novels, artisan teas, and Egyptian cotton linens are among the nice in-room amenities.
In the Area
The neighborhood of Clerkenwell has managed to maintain an intimate old-school vibe that sets it apart from other parts of central London. Along its cobblestone streets, artisanal producers stand next to award-winning restaurants and bars. Chief among them is St. John, where celebrated chef Fergus Henderson pioneered the nose-to-tail movement. Another Michelin-starred restaurant in the area, Club Gascon, serves dishes from Gascony, chef Pascal Aussignac’s native land. Modern Pantry is the place to go on sunny days; guests make a beeline for its spacious outdoor terrace on St. John’s Square, where they can dig into casual dishes infused with worldly flavors. And then there’s the Zetter Hotel’s own excellent restaurant, which specializes in modern, locally sourced cuisine.
How to Get There
My sister arranged my baby shower at Zetter Townhouse for afternoon tea, we were a group of 12. The service was really terrible, slow and so unfriendly. We then had issues when paying the bill because we quite obviously wanted to split it. The staff were so rude to my sister who is also pregnant, very unnecessary as she is not someone who would ever be rude and considering the service wed experienced it was quite astonishing.
This location is a wonderful setting away from, as some might describe, clinical hotel chains. The charm runs deep within the furnishings and character of the building as well as the staff who are also exceptionally accommodating and knowledgeable. Try the cocktails! The environment is relaxing and cosy, all aiding you to unwind that much more.
Visited on Saturday for afternnon tea. Food was plentiful and very nice. Service was also very good. Comfy cosy place to sit and relax, we didn't want to leave. Will definitely visit again when in London next.
I was at the Zetter beginning November. Nice hotel, good to reach via tube. Station is 5 min away. Rooms are perfect..had a single room. Very comfotable bed, cool interior and the bathroom was nice, efficient made. All in all perfect for a 3 to 5 day stay. Restaurant staff very nice too. Next year again. Thx to the Zetter staff for the pleasant stay.
We stayed at the Townhouse on Sunday evening and from the moment we arrived we were treated very professionally by all staff until we departed mid-morning on Monday. As soon as you walk in you are greeted by the most wonderful "quirky" memorabilia which all adds to the quaintness of the hotel. The Townhouse certainly offers you a "boutique" hotel experience.
We stayed in the Townhouse Apartment which faced the front of the square. The room was absolutely beautiful, very spacious and furnished in a tranquil vintage style. A very large Queen size bed, with luxurious Egyptian cotton bedding, soft feather down pillows and a blanket should you need it!. The sitting area was also very spacious with 4 comfy armchairs, TV and a "honesty" bar that had something for everyone - gin, vodka & rum along with confectionary and snacks; a Nespresso coffee machine and a selection of teas and coffees.
A large bathroom with a good size shower, roll top free standing bath, sink and a dressing table area. Wonderful fluffy towels, slippers and robes and a selection of Shower & Bath products. The Townhouse is situated in a small square away from the main road and we were very pleasantly surprised as to how quiet it was during the night - a great night's sleep was certainly had.
We choose to walk to the Barbican (about 10 mins walk) and see a film at the cinema, lovely walk there and back as you are in the heart of the artistic, creative Clerkenwell.
The Townhouse also has a lovely cocktail bar with a roaring open fire making the place very cosy - you almost feel that you are actually at someone's house, rather than in a hotel. We sat in the bar area on very comfy sofa's and had a lovely light snack (all prepared fresh) and a couple of cocktails. Professional and very friendly service by Guy and Matteo.
Breakfast was wonderful too - you could opt to eat in the main Zetters Hotel (more modern) or in the Townhouse. We choose the Townhouse - wonderful selection of pastries, cereals, breads, fruit and a full cooked breakfast to order. All served on exquisite china, hot plates, beautifully presented and tasted wonderful. Tea and coffee served to you in china tea pots at your table. A very relaxing enjoyable breakfast in the most wonderful surroundings.
To summarise - a really relaxing weekend, in the most divine setting with exceptional service and incredible rooms. If you want to experience something different - then try the Zetters Townhouse.
Would I recommend - YES; Would I stay again - DEFINITELY.