The Four Sisters Townhouse

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A quirky cocktail parlour near St Paul’s.

Sisters doing it for themselves? Not really: this City cocktail bar was packed with beery blokes in suits when we arrived, crammed round delicate tables with big old pint glasses and plenty of boorish banter. It was a total surprise given the name, drinks and borderline chichi decor, but perhaps not the location – down an alley around the backstreets of St Paul’s, among the age-old taverns. Luckily, the bar staff immediately clocked us looking all ‘rabbit in the headlights’ and ushered us in, clearing a table in minutes. The warm welcome didn’t dissipate during our stay. Happily, the boozy bankers did, leaving a crowd of more discerning drinkers in their wake.

The theme and look of The Four Sisters Townhouse feels a little borrowed for anyone who’s ever been to Zetter Townhouse Cocktail Lounge, with its quirky Georgian salon vibe. It doesn’t quite reach the chic heights of that Clerkenwell staple, but the clash of fusty faux bookshelves with floral wallpaper and plush banquettes has its charms, as do the antique lamps and framed paintings dotted around.

Cocktails aren’t as sophisticated, either – there’s not a dry martini in sight – but they’re all fun originals using premium spirits on a weekly-changing menu. On our visit, a Vive La France! with cognac, orange curaçao, lime and ‘pineapple fizz’ was an effervescent and impressive choice, bright yellow and just as bold on the tongue. The small selection of classics is diverse and interesting too, shining a light on an Old Cuban and a Hurricane instead of the likes of a mojito or a sazerac.

So while it’s not tearing up the lookbook, this bar is definitely adventurous when it comes to cocktails. Time for those City boys to part with their pints.

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The Four Sisters Townhouse says
The Four Sisters Townhouse is the Sisters' City of London residence, housing their various collections from around the British Empire. For our guests it’s an escape from the world outside, a hidden gem, a home away from home. We serve seasonal cocktails, hearty lunch and evening grazing boards.
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By: Laura Richards

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Venue name: The Four Sisters Townhouse
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Address: 5 Groveland Court
Bow Lane
London
EC4M 9EH
Transport: Tube: St Paul's
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I first fell in love with The Four Sisters Townhouse when my friend introduced me to it a few months ago, I loved the quirky, cosy, Victoriana interior, the music added to the atmosphere and the cocktails were just incredible and very reasonably priced. Hidden away down the tiniest of streets, it really is a gem of a place. So I recently hired it for my 40th birthday party. It was the perfect place for about 40-50 people, everything came together to create the perfect atmosphere, just big enough to mingle, chat, dance and sit down if you feel like it yet not too big that it feels cavernous. The decor like I say is quirky yet rich and sumptuous with bookshelves lining the walls it feels like being in a dark Victorian library but with delicious cocktails flowing and fabulous swing/jazz music playing.


The team there were amazing, they really couldn’t have done enough to make my night special for me and my guests, they even created a series of bespoke cocktails just for me and wandered around all evening serving up delicious canapés. Several of my guests commented on how knowledgable the bar staff were about the cocktails and flavour pairings. The cocktails were quirky but delicious, they weren't in any way traditional but they could easily whip up a classic cocktail when asked.


As the night went on they were happy enough for me to switch the music from their sophisticated selection to my compilation of cheesy 80’s/90’s crowd pleasers, sure they regretted that later on!  


All in all I would whole heartedly recommend this bar for a cosy catch up with friends during the week (be great for a date too). Or for private hire at the weekend. I can’t wait to go back and sample more from their menu. Thank you again to all of the team there, you really did make my night :)

Tastemaker

I was lucky to have attended the grand opening the Four Sisters Townhouse way back in the summer of 2016, and I must say, The Four Sisters Townhouse has got to be one of the best cocktail bars in The City. 


Only a few minutes away from St. Paul’s Cathedral, The Four Sisters does classic cocktails as well as signature cocktails.  Cosy corners and dark Dickensian wallpapers will make you feel like you’ve stepped through a time warp on your way. It’s elegant, even whimsical with a seating area for your group.


What I love most about the Four Sisters is the cocktail list. It changes every week to reflect the ever-changing seasons. You’re gonna have to check their social media to see what’s on the menu.


It can be a little tricky to find. Tucked away in a small little alleyway, it’s inconspicuous and doesn’t command the best location but I guess that only adds to the charm and uniqueness of the place. Google Maps will be your best friend in finding the venue


It’s the perfect place for a drink: located in central London, close to a landmark, close to a tube station and a secreted away from the masses. It’s a hidden gem if you will.


Despite it’s slightly secret location, it’s a pretty small bar and now that the word is out about this awesome bar, expect it to be busy. Perfect for after works drinks, groups and even date night. Arrive as early as you can before the rest of the crowd catches up and you’re in for a brill night out with a delicious cocktail in hand.

tastemaker

I've struggled morally with writing this review. It's rare I find somewhere in London I love so much that I don't want to share it with anyone, for fear that it becomes overrun with people and loses the essence of why I loved it in the first place.

This is one of those places. Hidden away off Bow Lane, in a part of London that for years I've struggled to find a bar fit for purpose when all I want to do is sit down and catch up with a friend over a few cocktails. It felt to me like one of those small hotel bars where you sit in comfy seats, staff are attentive, nibbles are brought, the outside melts away and you feel as if everything is civilised and right with the world. But without the price tag. Cocktails are around £9 a pop but are proper and you can actually feel the alcohol hit you with every sip, rather than just getting a sugar rush. There is a menu with their own concoctions - the few I tried were delicious- but the spirit menu is vast and they'll whip you up anything you desire!

There were a few local workers in there but mainly groups of girls huddled over the tables, keeping themselves to themselves. Unlike some other cocktail bars in the area it wasn't full of hipsters or suits. I feel like I've been looking for somewhere like this is the city my whole drinking life. 2017 you're looking good!


Went for drinks and a 'grazing board' in the evening and loved this interesting little bar. The drinks menu changes weekly so you'll never get bored of the same old cocktails and the interior has plenty to keep your eyes busy too with curious objects dotted around everywhere. 

The drinks themselves that we tried were excellent. 


It's a bit difficult to find but we quite liked that about the place, once you're in. Overall, highly recommended.

Tastemaker

This wonderful little bar is only 8 weeks old but it's already established itself as a great little spot to head for elegant yet unpretentious drinks after work in St Pauls. I popped along on a Friday and the place was buzzing - the barman said this was the busiest they'd been since they opened, and yet the service didn't falter. The drinks (of which we ordered many) arrived quickly and presented beautiful, without fuss or too much excessive design. The flavours were simple yet perfected, with Jenny's Got A Gun being my personal favourite with a gorgeous warmth from the tequila and cherry. The food boards are super - get the Townhouse Grazing Board to get a taste of everything, from beautiful smoked salmon to deliciously salty hams and chorizos, served alongside fist sized slices of goats and blue cheese and the tastiest kilner jar of potted shrimp swimming in a smooth fatty jelly that was perfect to slather on the big chunky slices of bread provided.


I'd recommend this as a PERFECT date venue, with elegant low lighting and a music level that makes it easy to have a conversation. The drinks aren't too expensive, about £8.50 a cocktail and there is a wonderful, relaxed vibe. I can't wait to return.