3 September 2014

The Zetter Townhouse cocktail lounge, Farringdon

You should never judge a book by it's cover, a cat by it's whiskers or a hotel bar by it's classically beautiful facade. This Farringdon beauty might even have a boxing Kangaroo in the corner...


 

The beautiful exterior of the Zetter Townhouse doesn't in anyway hint at the eccentric parlor contained within. Stuffed with a bevy of nick-knacks, opulent artworks, mismatched furniture and kitsch oddments, whenever we happen to be near Farringdon I try and encourage a bee-line towards the overstuffed couches inside.


'Accidentally' ending up there on several occasions (I'm not really sure why anyone still trusts me to navigate, I certainly wouldn't) it is perfect for settling in for a couple of hours on a moody Saturday afternoon, and booking ahead for a post-work prandial never seems to be a bad decision.



 
And this cocktail bar isn't all show - their bartender concoctions are delectable; from the house specialties (one of the drinks featuring 'almond poison' aka. aromatic bitters in the same family as angostura) to the classic staples of margaritas. I could almost write a sonnet to the espresso martinis we had recently. It was a perfect way to round off a back massage (in a teeny place in Clerkenwell) and brunch at the neighbouring Modern Pantry. Just bliss.

The Zetter Townhouse Exterior



I bet you thought I was only teasing, didn't you?






Each time we go, there seems to be another nook to explore. Well, this visit solved the 'how to find a boxing glove wearing kangaroo in London' conundrum. It was keeping me from sleeping...

14 comments :

  1. I wonder how long it took them to assemble so many knick-knacks! x

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  2. Emma, I am going to protest about this post... simply because I wanted to keep the ZTH a secret! I jest of course, the secret's been out ever since they held an Apprentice celebration there ;) Such a fun place for a quirky drink.

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  3. This place looks so cosy! I love bars with couches, I'm a goner.

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  4. Oh that looks like my kind of place (my kinda place being cocktails and vintage in one!) we have a 1920's styled speakeasy near us which do the most amazing cocktails, it's all dark and they play jazz, perfect!

    Although that kangaroo would freak me out ...

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  5. This looks amazing - another place to visit for my very long list!

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  6. I love the vintage feel here! The kangaroo is interesting!!!

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  7. Haha the Kangaroo! Love it. Emma, I just adore your style of writing - so unique. x

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  8. And ever it grows... that's the trouble with London!

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  9. It is cute - don't worry the Kangaroo isn't in the main room!

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  10. Oops - it can be our little secret. Well, ours and the crazy people reading my wee blog...!

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