I really liked this place! Situated in the heart of Clerkenwell/ Farringdon, we popped in for a drink after work. Its quite a qwerky, small boutique hotel with a really nice bar.
We had a few drinks and our stay was brief but the overall experience was very good.
- This review is for the Townhouse Cocktail bar ONLY -
The Zetter is actually the Hotel all my colleagues stay at when they come to visit my office in London, and they love it. However, having not stayed there myself, I shall not write a review on it.
The Townhouse however... Well that place I do know :)
A friend of mine booked the Games Room for her 30th Birthday last week. We had our own bar with our own cocktails, our own space to goof around and plug in our phones for music. The decor was old fashioned - but in a cool way - you kind of wished you were there with some dress from the 19th century to look posh in, but then would climb on tables to dance on while wearing them.
Anyway, and although I had a blast of a time - my credit card REALLY really didn't. Because yes, we were paying £10 a cocktail.
Not surprising in London, sure, but they were teeny tiny, and were drunk way too easily.
At 1pm when I decided to pay my tab, I kind of wished I had stayed on my usual lime soda. Thought my head completely acknowledged the next day as well. Ow.
Table service drinks with a cocktail menu that is kind if scary and kind of amazing at the same time! I recommend the koln martini for those that like a dry drink but a few things looked pretty intriguing...
The decor is cool too, especially the rather odd taxidermy tabby cat wearing a Victorian dress that has pride of place!
This is a really cool location to get a drink. The servers were very helpful, and I loved the old decor, not to mention the bespoke style outfits worn by the servers. There is a fair amount of seating, which is really cozy and nice.
Definitely a place I recommend checking out to meet with a relaxed group of friends. They do serve food as well, though I didn't try any but I'm sure it's good, given that the drink and wine selection was nice.
Nicely situated as a bolt hole from the city; excellent cocktails ( if you don't see something you like, however obscure, just ask) ; knowledgeable and efficient staff. An eclectic set of clientele, leaning towards the relatively well heeled ( with a hint of braying) Not cheap, mind, but this is London after all.
If you like intimate, quirky, artful spaces to lodge the Zetter Townhouse is ideal. Awesomely welcoming and tasty bar below, 13 rooms above. My room overlooking the courtyard was quiet and comfy. Yummy conti breakfast (don't miss the the tasty granola) including lattes aplenty. Meals at Modern Pantry and Bistro Bruno Loubet both healthful and well prepared. Super location for those who like to move in, chat, relax, drink and eat without a big reservation/taxi to-do. Away from touristy London but a mile from the Tate Modern and many private art galleries. Will be my London go-to place despite gurgling water in the pipes at night (Room 10, 3rd floor). Star sighting.
Great cocktail lounge
Stopped here with my sister and her boyfriend based on a book he'd read about the The Drinks Factory. Great cocktails and great service. The scotch egg was great too! Particularly the mustard added a nice flare to it. The place was pretty packed if you want to get a table, book it. We got lucky on a walk in and just sat at the bar and watched the mixologists do their thing! It was great. The decor is fancy, though you don't need to be dressed smart to enter. It's got nice atmosphere and is just overall a nice place to get some cocktails. I will say that it sometimes seems pretentious, but everyone is quite nice. The prices are a little bit high, anyway.
Visited March 2013
Ordered: Many cocktails many times
Price: ~£10-£15 per drink
Review: Have been going for nearly two years, and not once have they failed to dissapoint. I can't say many places rock my boat, but this reminds me of my high school days drinking in an 'old school' place. The interior is impressively well kept, and the games room is so much fun! I love the drinks here - and try the apple crumble in the winter, so warm and filling. Can't speak about the hotel, but the bar is definitely worth a visit. A relatively well kept gem of London. Hopefully it won't be too crowded when it becomes more and more popular.
I am so looking forward to returning to London to stay here - this time around we just went for a cocktail but the atmosphere was right up my alley- it felt like an old style bar and served up some truly interesting cocktails.
My husband had a Koln Martini - which is Beefeater gin and dry Martini with homeade citrus aromatics and I had a Red Grape Kir Royal - which is homemade red grape cordial & Perrier Jouet .
The presentation was fantastic- the martini came in a chilled old style martini glass and the bartender (more like a mixologist) used a glass pipette to infuse in the citrus aromatics at our table (we were sat by the window in two plush but worn-in chairs).
My Kir Royal was one of the best I've ever had, and the homeade red grape cordial wasn't overly sweet.
If you're looking for a great way to spend a boozy Sunday afternoon, this is the place. The prices are a bit steep but obviously for London this is expected..
When I arrived at the bar my Parisien friend was complaining already. Apparently they gave our table away. Yep. Apparently, she was given a table and sat down, then went to the loo and in that 5 minutes our table was "turned". They were not very apologetic about it (though she is demanding on the scale of my dad) and finally she name dropped to get us seated. Not very auspicious start to the evening.
The drinks were delicious and strong. I had the Flintlock and the Koln Martini which were both absolutely A+. At least strong alcohol will clean the bacteria from spit*.
I really enjoyed my time at The Zetter Townhouse. I just wish I got there earlier or had a table booked and I really need to go out more with people-who-don't-piss-the-people-who give-you-food-and-drink-off.
*Not that any of the lovely people who ever served me would ever spit into my food. This is purely metaphorically speaking. And yes, I would totally spit in this girl's food and my dad's food if I worked in a restaurant**. Which I don't, so don't y'all worry.
**I am not saying being discerning is BAD btw. I am just incredibly british when it comes to complaining.
This place is really cool!
They have a selection of interesting cocktails and the decor is really nice. It's got bags of character and the staff are really friendly. Well worth a visit if you're in the area and fancy something to drink on a cold winter night!
I value space more than I value chic design, which is why my Zetter experience left me gasping for more of the former and less of the latter. Prepare yourself for a super cramped room in a posh setting with excellent service and organic shampoos. If you're looking for space (or even a closet or a gym), you should probably look elsewhere.
My favorite? The free fizzy water...
I had high hopes for the cocktails at the Zetter Townhouse bar -- Although they were perfectly acceptable, they didn't have the level of complexity of flavour that I was hoping for.
The food was actually the best part for me. The menu is short and snack based, but everything we had was really good. Although simple, the baguette and butter is a must with any dish you order. The butternut squash soup was also some of the best I've ever had.
The decor slightly misses the mark. I could see the original vision, but it's realisation feels like it has lacked the right level of budgetary support. A mix between totally homely and just really weird, items range from nice old books and silvers to mangy looking stuffed kangaroo and pottery which looks like something your kid brings home from art class. The seating leaves something to be desired too. The chairs and sofas we tried out were quite uncomfortable and each table has a mixed selection of chair heights which makes it hard to feel like a group.
Overall an okay experience, but nothing to write home about.
Really enjoyed the Zetter Townhouse. Discretely hidden in Clerkenwell behind a sobre, elegant, white door, the cocktail bar is a bit like walking into a fantasy land. The stuffed animals (parrot and cat come to mind) are a bit disturbing, but they definitely add to the character of the place.
We were seated by the hearth, and I started off with the Flintlock, a cocktail that screamed at me, and had my name written in big, bold, letters all over it. The Flintlock is composed of Beefeater 24 gin, gunpowder tea tincture, sugar, dandelion (!!) and burdock bitters, and Fernet Branca. I'd never had Fernet Branca before, but it's actually quite a lovely bitter (it includes aloe from South Africa, rhubarb from China, gentian from France, galangal from India or Sri Lanka, chamomile from Italy and Argentina, saffron, myrrh and elderflower and aged in oak barrel). The cocktail was super smooth, and perfectly balanced. Enjoyed it very much.
My friend Michael who took me here recommended that I finish the evening with the flagship cocktail, boisterously baptised 'The Master at Arms'. This is not a drink for the faint hearted. It contains a generous serving of Myers rum, port evaporation with homemade grenadine. You'd think that this was a sweet, easy to drink combination; it is quite sweet, but it will punch you in the face in terms of its strength. It is absolutely blissful, especially on a cold, spring evening, like the ones we've been having in London through out the month of March. Paired with the Zetter Townhouse's truffles, it is pure ecstasy. Those truffles are worth coming back for. They are stuffed with white chocolate, and double cream... absolutely amazing.
The atmosphere here is amazing, great lighting, and I absolutely love the games room downstairs, where they even have a full ping pong table ! How incongruous, but fun at the same time. The price points aren't cheap... this is London after all... but for the quality of the cocktails, it's refreshing to be paying an average of £8.50 a drink rather than the usual £10-12 in Shoreditch, or the £15 at the American Bar or the Experimental Cocktail Club.
One of my new favourite hideaways in London.
Champagne bottles in the vending machines. I think they're on to something here.
This hotel feels almost like it's for a James Bond-type on a budget. Modern, stylish, and sexy, without breaking the bank. The spacious "rooftop studio deluxe" room was quite enticing, to say the least. Right inside the door is a light switch that turns on the red mood lighting. From there you can move to the large outdoor patio overlooking the city with thousands of free music tracks to entertain your guests by, even with speakers in the bathroom, should you decide to move the party there. After that, why not take the bubbly with you to the King-sized double bed with individual in-bed temperature control settings to warm things up. James Bond would be proud.
A trendy and beautiful boutique hotel located in central Clerkenwell with easy access to all that East Central London has to offer.
Great friendly and helpful staff
Well appointed rooms - nice extra amenities like fancy shampoos with biodegradable packing, fluffy rubes, hot water bottles
Cool reddish mood lighting in the rooms
Excellent rain-forest shower with a seemingly endless supply of hot water
Free coffee and tea stations in the hall
Location - very handy for Clerkenwell, Bloomsbury, and the City
It's exceptionally expensive for what you get.
Rooms are tiny...tiny for London...tiny for a cruise ship
Rooms facing the street or St John's Square can be noisy
Location - yes I listed it as a pro above, however, it seems like the nearest tube station (Farringdon) is closed most weekends which means a longer walk or taking the bus to get to the West End
Overall - 3 stars
4 stars for the service and amenities, 2.5 stars for the value, 2.5 stars for the tiny rooms
This is the perfect place to sink into a dark corner with a loved one and lavish far too much money on delicious cocktails, then lose yourself in each other.
Chic, well-designed, private and very cool. I love this place. I wouldn't go there to eat, nor near the end of the month when every penny counts, but sometimes it's fun to splash out. To be decadent and a little naughty.
Ideal for making out into the evening with someone you adore.
A beautiful, boutique-like hotel in a really convenient area of Farringdon. I spent 3 nights here on a work visit, and had a lovely pleasant stay!
A beautiful building, lobby and restaurant area, the interior is fairly small but perfectly formed. I was mesmerised by the chandalier in the reception area, and loved the different styles of decor throughout (brick walls with floral wallpaper, bold colours, but not too retro. Nice.)
The staff were all very friendly, efficient, and eager to help.
My room was cute as a button, not overly large but I didn't need any more space. The pink lighting in the bathroom that greeted me at first was fun, but I'm afraid I had to turn it off before I actually used the facilities. A bit odd, but quirky! Also the honey-bee complimentary bath products were beautiful!
I loved the fact the mini-bar was stocked with local British produce, that are both ethical, tasty, and good quality. Not a toblerone in sight.
It's in a fairly office-y area, so there are never a shortage of lunch options around either!
Overall a great hotel, top quality service and facilities, and in a lovely area.
Liked it a lot.
Nice staff, interesting design, and *Good* prices for London. Had a great lunch and breakfast at the restaurant, and there are some cool bars in the neighborhood.
Free espresso machine in the hallway, vending machine has wine, and a bloody mary kit (!?), even free internets.
Definitely would go back.
This is the place to stay if you are influenced by graphic design in any way. The amount of thought put into the typography and printed materials in this hotel is staggering (stylized Z's on the provided comfy blankets?). You will not find any signs printed in comic sans in the Zetter. They obviously have a style guide and are not relying on MS word templates.
Rooms are small but well thought out. There are only showers in the rooms but the showers are functional and have good water pressure. There are ipod chargers as is de rigeur for any hipster hotel. The hotel is within walking distance of the tube station and a number of decent restaurants and bars, including Fabric a few blocks away. We did not encounter any hordes of drunks from the nearby nightclubs while staying here.
The vending machine booze is mostly for show -- when you see the prices, you'll know why. Head to the Tesco minimart down the street if you want to drink booze in your room.
The hotel itself is very nice but communication can be a bit iffy between the restaurant and the front desk. It seems as if the front desk staff are still learning the ropes for doing some tasks -- they are friendly and helpful, but make sure you get confirmation if you have any special requests or elaborate needs.
The Zetter Hotel staff extended a very warm welcome to London, and took good care to make my stay comfortable. I am here for a short stay on business, and will no doubt be coming back to the Zetter during my next visit to London. However, I would also certainly return to kick back and relax during any visit for pleasure as well.
The front desk staff was particularly friendly and helpful. Also, the room was quite comfortable . . . definitely NOT roomy . . . but the air conditioning kept the room temperature pretty much perfect both during the day and for sleeping as well. Internet service is provided, and the bed was quite comfortable for a good night's rest, . . . even though I confess to collapsing therein as a rather jet lagged international traveler. Also, upon waking, the cafe latte's from the espresso machine provided a soothing start to the next day.
One very unique aspect of the Zetter are the bottled waters provided free of charge in each room which come from the Hotel's very own borehole that has been producing ecologically pure spring water over many years from aquifers that are almost half a mile below. The artisan water is extracted and passed through purification processes before bottling for guests. Pretty unique, but also makes for a special treat.
It's not always easy to get a spot to sit at the Zetter Townhouse (so call ahead if you want to imbibe here) but whenever I've been able to snag a seat here I've enjoyed the place quite a bit. The cocktails are creative and carefully crafted. The space is softly lit and comfortable making it a nice place to hang with friends, or that single, special someone.
The blood marys are worth noting: the Townhouse's rendition is lovely.
The small eats menu will tide you over though I didn't find any of the snacks - pan fried Halloumi, grilled vegetable dip - particularly inspired. However, the maple syrup and curry spiced cashew nuts do deserve a shout!
I love this place, fantastic little spot that is good for people in the know, though the word has been getting out quite a bit...
Cocktails were amazing, ask for a recommendation if you can't make up your mind, but I'm guessing there probably aren't too many bad choices. If you're keen enough to make a reservation, there's some good spots where you would want to lounge around and sip the night away with friends, a date or even a client meeting.
I'll be coming back to try some nibbles and the rest of those drinks!
I really liked this place...so much that if I had about £300 extra a month, I'd come here every night. Le Fleur du Mal was my cocktail of choice..a hint of absinthe and layered with frothed egg white, I'm craving another one. The Bloody Mary, made with horseradish vodka, was amazing. I do love the spiciest of the spicy Bloody Mary's and, combined with the homemade Tabasco sauce, this was a complete winner!
The decor is exactly what I want my future living space to be like: over the top, old British, almost elegant but comfortable.
The fact that you really have to look for it is just the cherry on top. I do so like hidden places.
Oh Zetter. J'adore. I need a raise to love you fully.
I really wanted to like Zetter Townhouse -- I mean, for starters, the faux library decor of the place is kind of what I want my future living room to look like (I often end up at bookmania.tumblr.com when I'm having a bad day -- it's deliciously nerdy).
Anyway, back to Zetter. The drinks are all pretty well-crafted and include some interesting ingredients like Somerset cider brandy or homemade grenadine. They were all smooth and tasty on the way down, but unlike my other favorite cocktail places in London, none of the cocktails at Zetter Townhouse were particularly memorable. I just re-perused the menu and can't even remember which ones I had, which isn't a great sign.
So, overall, I'd recommend Zetter Townhouse if you happen to be in Clerkenwell and fancy a nice cocktail and an even nicer ambiance, but I wouldn't go out of my way to go.
I stayed in the Zetter for a business trip. It's an interior designers dream. Things are beautiful, but not always functional. It took me two days to figure out the lights and what switch belongs to what light cove.
There are brightly colored lights in the windows (reds, blues, etc.) which look neat from the street and the window shutters do a good job of blocking the light out completely from the room, but I couldn't help but think that it was such a total waste of energy.
They bottle their own water in reusable glass bottles; both the still water and sparkling were tasty. Their full breakfast was also good. I remember that their coffee tasted especially good. The staff was genuinely kind and helpful.
It was a fun place to stay and conveniently located. I'd go there again in a heartbeat.
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A new experience - taken at the stylish Zetter Townhouse. I entered the heady world of cocktails through the handsome front door of an elegant gentleman's residence straight into the double-fronted lounge and bar, and was immediately transposed into a bygone age reminiscent of a privileged world of the fin-de-siecle period. Sumptuous furnishings, clever lighting and eclectic music gave a lovely ambience to the occasion, but I digress - to the cocktail. Not being 'into' spirits I chose the Gooseberry Kir Royal (Perrier-Jouet to be noted). Served in cut-glass crystal by attentive yet unobtrusive staff, I was very happy with my choice. The cordial had not over-sweetened the champagne and although I normally prefer my champagne 'au naturel', this was an interesting marriage and a refreshing alternative to the ubiquitous elderflower.
The Sharking team opted for a Koln Martini (Beefeater gin and dry Martini with a hint of homemade citrus aromatics - a drop of which is added to the not overly boozy concoction by a dropper-wielding waitress) and The Master at Arms (Myers rum, port evaporation with homemade grenadine - served in a mini Martini glass with a strap of leather around the stem it arrived blood red and packed a big punch that gave way to a lasting sweetness).
A wonderfully sharp explosion on the tongue was how WordMonkey's Dad descried his very first cocktail at the ripe old age of 60. Hoping not to appear a complete Neanderthal he tried to embrace the current popular craze for 'women's drinks' by savouring the Somerset Sour, which was a delicate blend of cider brandy, lemon juice and Breton cider, topped off by a rich, smooth, velvety foam. All in all an interesting experience, but it was felt it was just a diversion from the more important quest for the perfect pint of real ale.
Whatever your opinion of cocktails - a few more words on the building itself are in order. Head downstairs and you will find a room filled with board games complete with a full-sized table tennis (or should I say Whiff Whaff) table -a wonderful period piece of a place. For a fun photo opportunity, check out the stuffed kangaroo in the dining room. And if you find yourself one cocktail too many there are stylish rooms to be had above the lounge (Zetter Townhouse) or a few wobbly steps away across the cobblestones of St John's Square (Zetter Hotel).
Stayed 2 nights and had a double room with Champagne and Canapes to the room. Nice room in a quite area with a good breakfast. The room was a little bit cold,,,
Can recommend a stay at the hotel. We used Barkley bikes to transport us around London....
The hotel's restaurant is now 'Bistrot Bruno Loubet' a decently priced, unpretentious restaurant whose food is mostly on the extremely tasty side. It's not 100% perfect, but definitely worth a look.
Oh, and go hungry, because the portions are fairly large!
The reviews of the zetter have all been quite promising and it seemed like a good idea to give it a try. Its on Clerkenwell road so far enough out of the west end area for it to be relaxed and attract a nice crowd but still easy to get to.
The bar area was very welcoming and was nice and relaxed to sit and sip cocktails of which there is a wide choice. The whole interior was very well designed very modern but well done not over the top. The only downfall was the recption which felt a little like a budget hotel aside form that every other area was impressive.
The food in the resturant was very good, fresh and tasty. The menu was a little short on choice however. The service was very friendly and attentive. Overall very nice and we will certainly be going back for another visit.
Great place, full of character. Perfect for a date.
Their cocktails are original and very well prepared, and the bar food is great. Those deep-fried anchovy olives with aioli are addictive!
I'd definitely go again for pre-dinner drinks. Make sure you book beforehand though. It was fully booked on a Tuesday night when I went, and they squeezed us at the bar.
By the way, Bistrot Bruno Loubet at the Zetter (other building) is a great option for dinner.
Came here for drinks on a Saturday night and the place was comfortably full with a great atmosphere.
I think I'm a bigger fan of the place than the drinks which were stiff but creative. The table service is a nice addition, this is a cool place to spend a few hours in the evening.
The hotel combined with restaurant idea was interesting but seems to work. A little bit like a small Malmaison, but with more colour, the decor was trendy yet sophisticated. The waiters were a little bit too obsessed with trying to get us to buy water, which is an environmental crime in my books. Though they did eventually catch on and brought on the food and wine. Prices were about what I would expect from this type of restaurant, around 15-17 pounds for a main. We ordered the cheapest white available, and it was impressively good, so there is really no need to hit the expensive stuff.
"Boutique hotel The Zetter sits 1,500ft above the river and pumps water from the spring beneath. Once filtered, they bottle it and serve it in their restaurant, with a history of The Fleet on every bottle. Overlooking the historic cobbled stones of St John's Square, stop by for Sunday lunch along your route and enjoy the live jazz." - that's enough to make me want to visit this place. From the kfh.co.uk website.
My family recently stayed here during a 6 day trip to London and we loved it! Coming from the U.S., the rooms are a bit smaller than we were used to, but I think you'll find that anywhere. The staff was great and put up with our endless requests for restaurant recommendations, taxi cabs, cars for trips outside the city, etc.
We had three different rooms and the view from each one was great. As previous posters have mentioned, the lights can be a little weird to figure out, but overall the rooms are comfortable and stylish. One night we were even greeted with fresh fruit plates and champagne as a thank you from the hotel.
The restaurant is also really great. My sister is on a very specific diet and the kitchen made a special meal just for her. The continental breakfast was ok, but the hot chocolate is to die for!!
Definitely recommend the Zetter for those looking for a fun, funky hotel with a great staff and wonderful service.
Great little hotel the rooms come in different sizes, but are decorated very tastefully. The food at the hotel restaurant is fantastic. You feel like your stepping back in time a bit architecturally when you get into the lobby but once you really look at the detail of everything it fits very well together. Even the bathrooms are cool!
Nice modern setting, with a light and airy atmosphere but unfortunately the food didn't blow me away. The funky look of the place and being in the cool Zetter hotel promises more than it actually offers. It's still a good spot for brunch though, if you're looking for somewhere chilled to eat scrambled eggs on a Sunday with a newspaper. There's nothing wrong with this restaurant, but it feels quite pricey for just ok food. But that being said, the atmosphere makes up for it and I love the Zetter hotel so they kind of get away with it!
I loved the zetter. Quite casual but great food. And waht I especially loved was that it's complete plates of food. I hate it when restaurants just sell you a piece of meat/ fish for £22 and then are like " oh you want something else with that? That'll be another £6." No sides required here!
A really cool place to go- with great food, attentive service and a nice relaxed atmosphere. They do good Sunday Jazz brunch. Will definitely be going back.
very impressed, you could hole up in here for an evening and really feel at home. decor is great and the drinks interesting and well made...strong too! yes its pricey, but there are way more expensive spots around. service was decent, our waitress a bit moody, but in general this place is excellent.
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