Seymour's Parlour at Zetter Townhouse Marylebone - London Bar Review

Published . By Luke Sillett.

Seymour’s Parlour at the Zetter Townhouse Marylebone is the Zetter Group’s second opening, and sister bar to their iconic cocktail outpost in Clerkenwell. On hearing about the impending launch of a new menu, I paid the bar a visit to find this acclaimed hideaway in typically-unique fettle.   

The Venue and Atmosphere

Though it’s close to the hustle of Central London, Zetter Townhouse’s Marylebone branch enjoys a relatively relaxed location, perched in the middle of an archetypal London townhouse terrace row. Named after a fictional ‘Wicked Uncle Seymour’, on entering the bar you’ll get an immediate taste of the style they’re going for; think deep reds and mahogany wood-panelling, full to the brim with eccentricities. Look out for plate collections, portraits, animal ornaments, lampshades and all the callings of a peculiar private residence of times gone by - gently illuminated by candlelight. 

It’s not a huge space, but there are plenty of nooks and crannies for small groups to enjoy, and the odd larger table for bigger parties. I visited on a relatively busy Tuesday evening, and the ambience was buzzy; you get the feeling it’s not the sort of place for a wild party, but it’s certainly not a place of quiet reflection either.

Zetter Townhouse Marylebone - Seymour's Parlour

Decadent, unique and deliciously-odd interiors at Seymour's Parlour.

The Drinks and Food

I’d heard a lot of hype around Zetter’s cocktail offering – they’re a group that are renowned not just in the industry, but with customers too -  so there was certainly a level of expectation before visiting. Devised by mixologist supremo Tony Conigliaro, the menu didn’t disappoint. The drinks are well-priced (top end £11.50), punchy, and moreover, they’re interesting. Don’t expect a mass amount of theatre with the glasses or adornments, but do expect thought-out flavours and bold, innovative concoctions.  If you’re looking for a recommendation, The Duchess’ Ruby (Beefeater gin, claret wine, red grape shrub and soda) and the Le Sphinx (orange neroli honey, ambrette bitter and champagne) were both delicious, and had a real kick too. The menu here changes every six months, with each new offering being tried, tested and creatively-concocted to ensure maximum sipping pleasure. And it certainly pays off.

If you’re hungry, the bar also serves up a selection of light-bites which are worth a nibble; there’s a mix of small plates and sharing boards, starting at around £3 up to the £15 region.

Seymour's Parlour Zetter Townhouse Marylebone

Love a scotch egg? You're in luck at Seymour's Parlour.

Summary

Seymour’s Parlour at Zetter Townhouse Marylebone is a loveable and unique den of oddities, without being over-the-top. Instead of novelties on the menu, they’re on the wall, and there’s a real focus on the drinks, service and ambience. All that combined makes this one of London’s hidden gems, well worth uncovering yourself.