Zetter Townhouse

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In décor alone the Zetter Townhouse hotel is exceptional: every surface has something old and lovely on it, like an eccentric collector’s country house. The result is one of the most beautiful and unusual bars in London.

The short cocktail list was devised by Tony Conigliaro (of 69 Colebrooke Row, Grain Store and Bar Termini), who is known for his experimental techniques and ingredients, but drinks here are fairly simple and restrained. And wonderful. The crowd is always a mix of hotel residents and outsiders, and the generous table spacing affords plenty of privacy. Bruno Loubet’s bar food is a decisive cut above the norm. Booking is always advisable, and essential for larger parties and at weekends.

Venue name: Zetter Townhouse
Address: 49-50 St John's Square
Opening hours: Open 7am-midnight Mon-Wed, Sun; 7am-1am Thur-Sat. Food served noon-2.30pm, 5-10.30pm Mon-Fri; 8am-3pm, 6-10pm Sat, Sun
Transport: Tube: Farringdon tube/rail

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  • Saturday October 17 2015 - Saturday December 12 2015
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Average User Rating

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Staff Writer

You definitely need to book ahead if heading here after work. You can sometimes sneak in without a booking late in the evening. The cocktails here are excellent.


I don't want to tell you about this place because it is such a gem. But that wouldn't be fair. If you're like me and you don't like parting with your hard earned cash on an average and generic cocktail then this is the place to experience real cocktail imagination. I would happily while away a winter evening trying each on the menu if I had the cash to do so. It's open late so a great place for 'one more' or somewhere to impress that first date.


Quirky little venue, it feels like you’ve been transported to a different time when you step through the door. Try their delicious cocktails. The staff are so attentive... they provided us with a free welcome drink and when we informed them one of the cocktails wasn’t to our taste, they removed it from our bill which was a lovely gesture. This is the perfect place to spend a cold autumnal evening. I’m very excited about their sister hotel opening in Marylebone.

Staff WriterStaff Comp

Beautiful interior, chic and a lovely atmosphere. An extensive range of cocktails which hit the spot!

Charly Lester
moderatorStaff Writer

Great venue - chic but quirky.  Awesome list of cocktails, in a nice part of town, but really homely and not pretentious. Go to Dans Le Noir for dinner beforehand - it's a stone's throw away!

Charly Lester - Time Out Head of Dating

Mark S

Innovative list of cocktails and very attentive staff in homely surroundings. On a rainy Friday evening, what a gem to find. RIng ahead to book a table at peak times.


The Zetter Townhouse and it's staff is nothing less than fantastic. I celebrated my 50th birthday there with 14 friends. From the first meeting with the events team to the last cocktail on the night the Zetter was impeccable. I chose the Games Room and it was the perfect choice! This little hotel is a true gem. If you are looking for a lovely, quirky, seriously stylish, gem of a venue with GREAT service, great food, and excellent wines and cocktails go here. I can't wait to go back for a cocktail and have my next party there.


Absolutely fantastic place for both pre evening drinks and nibbles or post dinner cocktails. The old fashioned is hand's down the best in london. The manager or host, wasn't quite sure which role she was assigned, is pretty rude and will not tolerate any additional people joining your group but the other staff are extremely hospitable that it kind of made me forget how awful she was. If you like a place with soul and extremely well made drinks then Zetter is the best place for it in london.


Utterly fantastic bar, right up there with 69 Colebrooke Row, Purl and Hix. Excellent cocktails (especially the Bloody Mary) and an awesome spirits selection (try the Santa Teresa rum). The service was attentive and swift, the decor and ambience perfect for whiling way a few hours in a cosy setting. Nice crowd too, nowhere near as pretentious as ECC. Grazie a te Tony C.!