May 11, 2018
This delightfully eccentric hangout is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the Marble Arch crowds, and is brimming to the rafters with eclectic knick-knacks. Statuettes, marble plaques, vases of flowers, and frescoes create a well-travelled atmosphere that’s brimming with Classical flair. It’s all in service of the bar’s elaborately crafted backstory, as the creation of a Georgian rake by the name of Uncle Seymour. This 18th century inspiration makes for novel cocktails with short ingredient lists and plenty of historical quirk: Two-Pennie Trash is a mellow blend of rye whiskey, powdered malts and treacle that’s the perfect accompaniment to a dense leather-bound novel. And Fleur du Mal is a suitably degenerate mixture of lemon and absinthe, ideal for dreaming the night away. Seymour’s Parlour also makes the most of its refined ambiance by allowing patrons to take afternoon tea until 4pm, offering a spread of thinly cut sandwiches, fresh scones and melting macarons. Novel evening nibbles include courgette crisps, pork crackling, and, sticking to the antiquarian theme, a range of potted meats served with crisp toast. Despite the detailed interior, this unshowy lounge bar favours straightforward luxury over fuss. Set in the surrounds of the gorgeous Georgian hotel The Zetter Townhouse, the four-poster beds upstairs are an enticing prospect after a cosy evening of armchair-based indulgence.