Fantastically quirky and central to Marylebone, this Georgian townhouse is just perfect for a quick stop over in London.
Illustrious of this era, even their brochure sets the scene of this eloquent boutique place. Walking in, don’t expect to find the brightly lit expanse and large desks synonymous with many check in experiences, but be prepared to enter somewhere far more resembling a living room of a private members club. Without a designated check in area, you’ll complete any required formalities in the notorious bar of ‘Uncle Seymour’. His very own ‘Seymour’s Parlour’ – dark and mysterious – is a lobby come lounge restaurant come bar, packed to the rafters with trinkets and adorned with shades of deep reds, velvet sofas and wooden furniture. Knick knacks, fresco style ceiling paintings and a large drinks cabinet full of the possessions of the omnipresent, Uncle Seymour, truly make you feel like you have stepped back in time.
Certainly, you would have no idea that you are a short stroll from the beating heart of London’s Oxford Street, one of the busiest shopping districts in Europe.
You’ll then be taken to your room, and from the surroundings it was completely what I had expected (and wanted); with all of the 24 rooms decorated individually. A very intimate and cozy feel, there are some wonderfully inspired touches throughout such as a vintage map on the bathroom mirror and a gorgeous chest of drawers. Be warned that the rooms are the first giveaway that you must be in a central London space (space is at a premium!), and having come off a long haul flight with four large suitcases (just the essentials, of course) it wasn’t the easiest of tasks. But after a much needed nap and some coffee, I continued to discover the lovely gems throughout the room and fell in love with it even more. An Unwrapped find, for sure.
I mean, WHAT a bed!
Another element that we loved about this place was their traditional, English pub style room service menu. Pork pies, scotch eggs and other well sourced treats await and offer an unfussy, straight to the point and delicious snack. Their simple breakfast in bed gives perfectly brewed coffee and sourdough toast, although fancier options are available if eating upstairs, where they also offer lunch and dinner and a famously excellent afternoon tea. Food aside, the intimate Seymour’s Palace also turns into a cocktail den once the evening draws to a close, and offers some truly outstanding concoctions that – judging by the crowd enjoying their drinks on our stay – lures punters from a fair distance.
If you’re looking for an elegant stay with tons of character and without the weight of pretentiousness about it then this is a must try. A definite spot for Christmas too for even more candle lit romance and British coziness. Overall, a wonderfully fun place that we will definitely be coming back to check in with Uncle Seymour.
Instantly alluring atmosphere, beautifully decorated rooms, great food and crowd drawing cocktails makes for a zany, memorable stay. A welcome bubble of calm just a stones throw from the crowds of Oxford Street gives the perfect place for a couple looking for a London break.
Tips and tricks
Ask for a room on the upper floors to escape the noise of the street and the antics at Seymour’s.
Oh, and try ANY of their gin cocktails!
Katy Hulands is a travel and lifestyle blogger and social media consultant for the hospitality sector. She started the Unwrapped Series to uncover those special places (and things) that deserve the spotlight.