The Zetter Townhouse Marylebone
What We Love
- Every homey detail, like the hot water bottles with hand-knitted covers in guest rooms
- Getting a taste of chef Bruno Loubert’s meals by day, and master mixologist Tony Conigliaro’s concoctions by light, at Seymour’s Parlour
- The in-room mini-bars stocked with pre-mixed cocktail bottles and a shaker set
What To Know
- Lear’s Loft, on the top floor, has its own private terrace with a claw-foot bathtub
- There’s no parking onsite, but taxis are more than in abundance
- Two Tube stations—Marble Arch and Bond Street—are both five-minute walks away
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
Like its sister property in Clerkenwell, this 24-room townhouse and former home of poet Edward Lear, on a gritty street in Marylebone, has been transformed into the maximalist dream of a fictional resident—in this case, worldly magpie Uncle Seymour. Designer Russell Sage has blanketed every surface with wallpaper, stenciling, hanging maps, and other antique souvenirs (vases, grandfather clocks, bowler hats, Persian rugs) one might have amassed while on a Grand Tour. The place to be is the Parlour, where guests cozy up by the fireplace for daytime light reading before nightfall, when outsiders trickle in for a taste of creative cocktails from a menu designed by famed mixologist Tony Conigliaro.
In the Area
Despite being sequestered on a lesser-known street in lesser-known Marylebone, the Zetter is close by some incredible diversions. Dig into brasserie-style fare at 35 New Cavendish, or, for a typically English breakfast or Sunday Roast, at the Grazing Goat, just around the corner from the hotel. Wash it all down with a pint at Kensington Street Social or most elevated cocktails at Jason Atherton’s Pollen Street Social. Two lanes away from the Zetter, you’ll find the soon-to-be-pedestrianized Oxford Street, a shopping strip home to high-end brands and department stores like Selfridges, while to the west is Hyde Park, your verdant gateway to sights beyond including Buckingham Palace.
How to Get There
This was a return visit for us and once again we were not disappointed. The quirky nature of this hotel is a most welcome break from the big chain sameness.
Our room was lovely with great decor and comfy bed. The bathroom had a huge shower which is always a bonus. Can’t remember what the toiletries were but my other half loves them.
The breakfast is good with great fresh coffee. We did afternoon tea which we couldn’t fault. Cocktail bar is well worth trying with some interesting cocktails.
We have stayed here a couple of times now and will definitely be back. This place is great value for money and we find it much better than some of the more expensive places we have stayed at in London.
You will not be disappointed booking here.
Fantastic cocktail menu and lovely ambience. Great venue for afternoon or evening drinks. Polite staff... Have been back a few times...service and quality always consistent. Staff are polite and informed, would highly recommend a visit.
Fabulous stay; incredible hotel staff; lovely parlor- loved by locals and hotel guests alike. Arrived hungry and waitstaff recommended madeleines made to order- most incredible treat ever when they arrived warm with cool whipped cream for dipping. Tea was delicious, and cocktails were as well. The parlor was warm and inviting, full at cocktail hour. Room and bath were perfectly luxurious, quiet, well appointed, warm and comfortable- though small.
We stayed here in Dec for two nights. The positives- the hotel is charming, well located and the hotel staff were helpful. The negatives- there is no lobby so we had to stand in the middle of the dining room for an hour waiting for our room to be prepared. It was raining hard so going out was not an option. Since the hotel had no place for us to sit they could have at least offered us a drink. We sat at the small bar and waited forever to be served. The food was meh. We were given Room 1 in the basement next to the cleaning closets, kitchen and public restrooms. Avoid if you can. The room was small and we were afraid to open the windows as the outside stairs were just outside the window. No turn down service, No restocking of the minibar. Breakfast was included but was just ok. Agree with others that service could have been better. Also no orientation to London given on check-in or suggestions for things to do nearby. I asked about shopping and was sent to the wrong place for me- to the big box stores when there was a really cute shopping district nearby that I even inquired about.
Room was ok but the service was appalling. Went down to the bar and was rudely told I needed to book a table when I sat down. As a guest?!
Took over 20 mins to get served. Bar poorly stocked. Waiter throughout was surly.
Twee references to Wicked Uncle Seymour can’t disguise style over any substance.