The Zetter Townhouse Bar | Clerkenwell Bar
In 2004, having landed on St John’s Square in Clerkenwell during a real life game of Monopoly, Mark Sainsbury and Michael Benyan opened the Zetter Hotel.
Doubtlessly spurred on by their success, which came about despite failing to buy 4 houses prior to the Hotel’s launch (though they did already own Farringdon’s Moro restaurant), they teamed up with celebrated French chef Bruno Loubet and opened a French Bistro on the Hotel’s ground floor (aptly named Bistro Bruno Loubet).
Having passed Go several times over the ensuing years, Mark and Michael collected £400 so many times that, in April 2011, they added another hotel to their quaintly-cobbled corner of London: the Zetter Townhouse in St.John’s Square.
Of particular interest to Londoners should be the Zetter Townhouse Bar, a cocktail lounge accessed through a discreet entrance on St John’s Square, which has already come to be regarded – thanks to Tony “The Man” Conigliaro – as one of London’s best cocktail bars.
The cocktail lounge is, as they describe it, “a sumptuous and intriguing place. Packed with curios and oddities, it is a den of lived in luxury – an ideal hideout for an afternoon of lazy reading, a relaxed working lunch or an evening or riotous revelry”.
Couldn’t agree more.
There are also two private rooms and a games room available for hire at the Zetter Townhouse.
NOTE: For those who are particularly passionate about ping-pong, the Zetter Townhouse’s Games Room also hosts the Whiff Waff Club each Monday evening.
The Zetter Townhouse | 49 St. John’s Square, The City, London EC1 4JJ
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