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The Zetter Townhouse

By | 19th April 2011

Clerkenwell’s Zetter is branching out with an entire townhouse across the cobbles of St John’s Square. The hotly anticipated new 13 bedroom Georgian hostelry and cocktail lounge looks just like a private home – albeit rather a posh one.

We’re especially excited about the ground floor cocktail lounge as it’s an exciting collaboration between The Zetter and the creators of the award winning 69 Colebrooke Row. Number 69 is so tiny that fans of Tony Congliaro’s molecular mixology will be delighted to stretch their legs in a brand new venue.

Stuffed full of oddities and curios, with an open fire crackling in the grate, the lounge is a relaxed, informal sitting room equally suited to a lazy afternoon of tea and cake as it is a night of drinking and uproarious revelry. The decor of the room is reflected in the cocktails and homemade cordials and infusions served from behind an apothecary style counter. They’ve been inspired by old recipes for tinctures, bitters and herbal remedies.

With interiors designed by Russsell Sage, the Zetter Townhouse boasts two spectacular suites, 11 bedrooms, a games room (with full size table tennis table) and private dining rooms catered by Bruno Loubet (whose bistrot sits across the street in the Zetter hotel). Sage realised Zetter owners Mark Sainsbury and Michael Benyan’s concept which was the Zetter of yesteryear – 200 years ago if we're splitting hairs.

Each room is completely unique, featuring bold shades of heritage colours and eclectic antique pieces. Russell continued the quintessentially English use of textile for which The Zetter Hotel is known but this time used Gainsborough fabrics, reworked exclusively for The Townhouse in contemporary shades. And just like its contemporary cousin, graphics have come courtesy of Fabian Monheim. Now where did we put our time machine…

St John’s Square, 86-88 Clerkenwell Road, EC1M 5RJ, 020-7324 4444