Is this boutique hotel London’s best kept secret?

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  • Why go?

    Whether you’re after a city break, or simply live in London and want to escape the city without actually escaping the city (who has the time?), The Zetter Townhouse Marylebone is possibly one of the city’s best kept secrets, and it’s located smack bang in the middle of the action just off Oxford Street.

    Opened in 2015, the Georgian townhouse is just as intimate and eclectic as its big sister in Clerkenwell, and then some. Stepping into it, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s an eccentric relative’s home rather than a hotel. Antiques and glass-fronted cabinets full of curiosities decorate the plus lounge, while a mix of modern and archival prints line the walls – in fact, it’s designed to belong to ‘Wicked Uncle Seymour’, and eccentric character indeed.

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    Stay in:

    The property features 24 bedrooms, each with its own individual style and colour-way, mixing antiques with modern retro pieces, so you can’t really go wrong with any of them. However, if it’s decadence you’re after, splash out on Lear’s Loft, you won’t regret it.

    Don’t be fooled by the ‘loft’ bit, as lavish apartment would be more apt. It has a dressing room, separate study and plush living area complete with gramophone, but the jewel in the crown is without a doubt the terrace with alfresco bath, so you can enjoy some ‘me’ time while overlooking the London rooftops. Priceless.

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    The vibe:

    Think of it as visiting the home of a well-off Uncle. You can relax and get lost amongst all the trinkets and books, or get the party started over a cocktail or two and who knows? Maybe meet some other eccentric characters?

    What to eat:

    The Zetter Townhouse doesn’t have a restaurant per se, however Seymour’s Parlour does offer nibbles as well as its renown cocktails are all you need (you can also get afternoon tea there). Try one of the sharing platters (the sausage roll, black pudding Scotch egg, Lincolnshire pork pie curry mayo and homemade brown sauce is to die for), washed down with ‘Uncle Seymour’s tea’ (Papaya & mango leaves liqueur, Champagne) for the ultimate decadent treat.

    For breakfast, the continental selection includes everything from cold meats and cheese to fresh pastries, though the Bircher Muesli with green apple, pomegranate, rose and almonds is worth the detour.

    Stay at The Zetter Townhouse Marylebone from £246 per night (breakfast not included).

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