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The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell Cocktail Lounge

Bars and pubs Clerkenwell
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4 out of 5 stars
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 (Andreas von Einsiedel)
Andreas von Einsiedel
 (Addie Chinn                         )
Addie Chinn
Venue says Afternoon tea has landed in Clerkenwell! Try Aunt Wilhelmina’s dainty 'Traditional Tea' or Uncle Seymour’s heartier ‘Gentleman’s Tea’.

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.

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The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell Cocktail Lounge says
Filled with oddities, taxidermy and curios, with an open-fire crackling in the grate, you’ll feel like you’re in the private home of an eccentric ancestor (known as Great Aunt Wilhelmina) in this 13-bedroom Georgian Townhouse. A collaboration between The Zetter Group & Tony Conigliaro (Drinks Factory, 69 Colebrooke Row), each recipe features bespoke tinctures, bitters & herbal remedies developed by the bar team in the lab, resulting in the most remarkable cocktail list. Soak up the potent drinks with hearty bites - English cheeses, black pudding Scotch eggs or Lincolnshire pork pies with homemade piccalilli. You’ll quickly find that the relaxed, sitting room is equally suited to a lazy afternoon as it is a night of rumbustious revelry.
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Venue name: The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell Cocktail Lounge
Address: 49-50 St John's Square
Opening hours: SUNDAY TO WEDNESDAY: 7am - Midnight THURSDAY TO SATURDAY: 7am - 1am
Price: £25 and under
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Whether you want to grab a glass of champagne somewhere quiet, or need to book a bigger space the Zetter's townhouse has you sorted. Having been here for a couple of celebratory drinks, the space gives the impression you're in an exclusive members club with the A+ service to match. 

My only wish is for the space to be a little brighter, but that might be too much to ask considering London's weather.