This handsome Georgian building stands across the square from its contemporary sibling, The Zetter. It makes a startling contrast, for owners Mark Sainsbury and Michael Benyan deliberately concocted it to look ‘like The Zetter, two hundred years ago’. Top designer Russell Sage has rewarded his clients with not just an essentially English interior that’s absorbing, amusing and detail-rich, but a story to go with it. Hence, you’ll find the ‘portrait’ of a feisty looking Georgian era lady whom the team has named Wilhelmina. It’s a pastiche, of course, but easy to imagine that she is the well-travelled, slightly eccentric owner of the house, especially in the hotel’s enveloping, award-winning cocktail lounge, filled with curiosities, including a stuffed kangaroo. Sit here in front of the fire, sip one of Tony Conigliaro’s delicious concoctions and indulge in celebrated chef Bruno Loubet’s small plates and supper bowls. As for the 13 bedrooms, they are fun, eclectic and brilliantly coloured, with superb attention to detail. Doubles from £282.
Do: Explore Clerkenwell, it’s a foodie hub with eccentric and unusual restaurants and shops.
Eat: Get excited about breakfast, it’s great.
Buy: Book a private cocktail masterclass during your stay and learn from the best.
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