Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Room with a View

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Room with a View

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N the hustle and bustle of London, anywhere you can escape the rush and relax is very much welcomed.

ISo imagine the luxury of having your very own rooftop terrace where you can sit back and enjoy a stunning view of the capital.

The Zetter Hotel has recently redesigned some of its suites to make them rooftop escapes complete with private patios, and we were invited to try one out.

The hotel is mere minutes by tube from King's Cross, and easy to find after getting off the Underground at Farringdon. Staying on the Sunday evening, we'd dropped our bags off earlier in the day before spending the day at the British Museum and catching a matinee of A Comedy About a Bank Robbery at the Criterion Theatre before heading to the hotel for some relaxation.

As an aside, I cannot recommend the Mischief Theatre Company enough (you might have seen them on TV over Christmas in a farcical version of A Christmas Carol). If you're planning a trip to London, make one of their laugh-out-loud comedy plays part of your plans.

A short stroll from Farringdon tube station, the Zetter is located on a busy street in Clerkenwell, opposite a Brewdog Bar.

As soon as you walk into reception you can see how clever the designers have been with the small, unusually shaped building, with the reception, bar and restaurant neatly fitted over several levels, with spiral staircases and open-plan areas making what is not a huge space seem airy and light.

We were warmly welcomed back after leaving our luggage in the morning, asked to confirm our dinner reservation (but told we could change the time to suit) and given every piece of information we'd need for our stay - overwhelming, but thorough!

As we walked along the corridor to our room, we were both impressed by the plush interior of the hotel, with modern, funky lighting and curved landings making the most of the building's shape.

But if that impressed us, the room itself simply blew us away.

Like other parts of the hotel, it had two levels - a lower entrance, with a luxurious bathroom to the right, before two short steps led to then main bedroom area, with glass doors leading out to the rooftop terrace.

A quick slide of a door and we were out on the roof, watching London's lights twinkle in the night, drinking in the view. There were sofas and a coffee table laid out ready - while the terrace was a bit chilly (it being winter and all) I can imagine a cocktail on the terrace in the summer would be heavenly.

Heading back inside, we explored the cupboards that revealed yet more added extras - a coffee machine with a range of pods, more types of tea than you'd ever need and even a glass bottle of milk in the minibar fridge.

As well as the beers and wines in the mini bar, there was an 'honesty tray' of snacks and sweet treats and bottles of gin and vodka (again, part of the 'honesty' arrangement where you pay for what you use) on a higher shelf.

The bathroom was full of fancy soaps, gels and even day and night cream, as well as fluffy dressing gowns and slippers. In addition to a huge bed, there were arm chairs and a writing desk, board games, books and any other distraction you might need during your stay.

With so much luxury in the room, we almost didn't want to leave for dinner. We headed down to the bar where we'd been offered a complimentary drink when we checked in. We browsed the menu and took a seat in the bar/restaurant, which had tables tucked in dark corners and an intimate, romantic feel.

After enjoying our cocktails we moved to a table by the window for dinner, ordering a bottle of red wine and trying to decided which tempting dishes to try.

I chose the chicken liver parfait with Madeira jelly and brioche, while my partner picked the flamegrilled mackerel with mustard, kohlrabi and dill. …

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