The Zetter Townhouse in Marylebone, just north of Hyde Park’s north eastern corner, is the Zetter Group’s second townhouse after a first address in Clerkenwell. Like the first one, it also has a cocktail lounge: Seymour’s Parlour.
Push the front door of the Georgian townhouse located on no 28-30 Seymour Street and you’ll step right into Seymour’s Parlour. It is divided in two parts by the narrow path that leads towards the hotel reception. On your left is your typical parlour, complete with a chimney. On your right is the lounge with the bar. Darkly lit with deep red walls, the two rooms are furnished with upholstered and leather seats and sofas, wooden chairs and tables. They are both heavily decorated with bas reliefs on the walls, old paintings and trinkets, giving you the feel of having stepped inside the private residence of an eccentric upper class person. The atmosphere is so warm that you almost expect Wicked Uncle Seymour to welcome you with a booming hearty voice and a glass of scotch or maybe brandy in his hand. Alas he is only a fictional character.
Like with the Cocktail Lounge in Clerkenwell, the Zetter Group has partnered with famed mixologist, Tony Conigliaro from 69 Colebrooke Row and Bar Termini, to create a menu entirely composed of bespoke cocktails.
I visited Seymour’s Parlour last Sunday afternoon. As we’d just finished lunch, my friend and I weren’t hungry enough to enjoy Seymour’s full afternoon tea menu. We did order some scones though and my friend had some tea with them. On my part I enjoyed The Duchess’ Ruby, a delicious, light and refreshing cocktail of Beefeater Gin, Claret Wine, Red Grape Shrub & Soda.
We felt so cozy at Seymour’s Parlour that I nearly ran late to catch the train to the airport! I would return there for an afternoon tea or maybe for a nightcap after a big dinner when I don’t feel like going to party and I wouldn’t mind being taken there for a romantic date.