Cocktail hour at Seymour’s Parlour, Marylebone

It’s Thursday, which means I’m getting pretty thirsty for the weekend. Are you?

Most of my weekend will be spent trying to choose where to go for this year’s Open House London and getting in a bit of chill time to myself. But tomorrow night I’m hosting a small cocktail party with some friends and it reminded me that I needed to tell you about Seymour’s Parlour. A much more decandent lounge than my own, offering delicious cocktails that its owner is well-known for, just a heart beat away from busy Oxford Street on the quieter streets Marylebone.

I came across it as I was looking for somewhere to have a birthday cocktail last month. I’ve been meaning to go to the cocktail lounge at The Zetter Townhouse in Clerkenwell for ages, it always gets rave reviews but I never seem to be able to make my way over there. I couldn’t believe that the hotel had opened another branch right under my nose in Marylebone. Just a 15 minute walk from the office and with a cocktail lounge equal to its established sibling. So it was settled, Seymour’s Parlour it was.

Like its sister in Farringdon, the entrance is unassuming and could be mistaken for any other lovely home in London (which I’d no doubt be posting to Instagram without hesistation).

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I hesitated for a minute, before carefully opening the door into a cosy lounge.

I’d booked a table in advance because I wanted to guarantee a seat, but at 6pm there were a few other tables free. I was with Lucinda and we got caught up in a usual post-work natter, before taking a minute to concentrate on the menu.

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I’ll admit I had to google a couple of those ingredients under the table before choosing. But with a little bit more knowledge it was a surprisingly tough decision. After a debate over our choices we put in our order and got back to catching up on life of late.

Eventually, we took a moment to have a look around at the kitsh interior. A sort of upmarket shabby chic, perhaps an aquaintance of Mr Fogg.

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Our cocktails arrived not too long after. Lucinda ordered the Valaiz Fizz and I went for Le Sphinx.

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Of course we both had a sip of each other’s. Both were really refreshing.

We carried on with our conversations and once our drinks had been drained went in search of food. We both agreed that although getting someone’s attention to order drinks had been a little slow, we definitely needed to head back after work again in the near future to work our way through a few more cocktails on the menu. I have a feeling it will be even more cosy once the nights draw in and perhaps the fire in that fireplace is roaring.

Have you been to either of the cocktail lounges at The Zetter Townhouse? Have you been to any new cocktail bars that I should try next?

Seymour’s Parlour can be found here. It’s open until midnight Sunday to Wednesday and 1am Thursday to Saturday. All the details can be found on the website here.

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4 Comments

  1. September 15, 2016 / 9:32 pm

    Oooh that looks good! we went to the Zetter Townhouse last year for anniversary drinks and it was lovely. SO nice to be in such a relaxed cosy environment, I think I’m getting too old for loud bars!! having said all of that- I may well have recommended it before but my favourite cocktail bar is Bar Fifty-Five in Camden -a bit loud yes (!) but great atmosphere and REALLY good cocktails! (you can book, too)

    • ThisCityLifeLondon
      September 16, 2016 / 6:05 am

      Ha me too. I’ll have to try the Clerkenwell branch then if it was special enough to go for anniversary drinks. I think you have recommended Bar Fifty Five before. I haven’t made it there yet but thanks for the reminder! I’m hoping London Cocktail Week will add a few more new finds to try too.

  2. September 16, 2016 / 10:37 am

    I love the Zetter Townhouse in Clerkenwell, it’s my favourite London bar! I’m yet to visit their bar in Marylebone, but from what I can see it’s beautiful too!

    • ThisCityLifeLondon
      September 16, 2016 / 12:15 pm

      I definitely need to find an excuse to go to Clerkenwell! But with the Marylebone bar being so close and seems to be as lovely it’ll be even harder!