Review: Boutique London hotel in the heart of the city


The 92-room Vintry & Mercer supplies a boutique various to the chain accommodations of the Metropolis of London, the historic and monetary coronary heart of the British capital generally known as the Sq. Mile. The resort’s identify is a nod to the traditional buying and selling guilds that thrived regionally, the Vintry ward being the centre for London wine retailers and Mercer for noble textile merchants.


The resort is squirrelled down a cobblestone lane off Cannon Avenue between the Monument to the Nice Hearth of London and St Paul’s Cathedral. Mansion Home Tube station (for Circle and District line trains) is a stone’s throw away and also you’re about 5 minutes on foot from the Financial institution of England and the River Thames. Town bustles on weekdays, however is relatively abandoned at weekends, with many native watering holes and eateries closed.


Journey, commerce and London’s wealthy historical past encourage the resort’s decor, whereas lush crops are a sexy characteristic, too. A bust of Queen Victoria, masted ships in bottles and vintage globes beautify a cupboard of curiosities within the foyer. Hall partitions carry quotes from Christopher Wren – architect of St Paul’s – alongside illustrations referring to the wine and textile companies. A collage of classic suitcases catches the attention within the basement, which has a small gymnasium, assembly rooms (notably the Georgian town-house-style Library) and a speakeasy type bar, DND (Do Not Disturb), the place patrons cosy up on velvet chairs and leather-based banquettes to get pleasure from barrel-aged cocktails and different tipples.


All rooms – from Commonplace Doubles to Studio Suites with exterior terraces – are individually designed, however share comparable traits: bespoke velvet cushions and vibrant headboards, wallpaper depicting bygone navigation maps and palm leaves, and bed-side USB hubs and good touch-button lighting. Our Deluxe Double has a king-size mattress, desk, wardrobe, two plush chairs, a wall TV and cabinets with ornaments and books about London, structure, vogue and pictures. There is a Nespresso machine and mini-bar with complimentary snacks and smooth drinks. The lavatory is spacious with placing teal-tiled partitions, a heated flooring, bath-shower, robes and facilities from C.O. Bigelow Apothecary.


Ceiling followers spin on the resort’s all-day ground-floor eatery, which within the evenings doubles as Vintry Izakaya. Come for Asian tapas, with a powerful Japanese affect, and wine from each bottle and barrel. On the seventh-floor Mercer restaurant, The Shard and St Paul’s are seen from the al fresco terrace (which has igloos and domes in winter). The delicacies is trendy British and, general, somewhat good. I get pleasure from Orkney scallops with roasted corn puree and sea greens, then fillet of 45-day dry-aged natural beef, bearnaise sauce and triple-cooked chips. My associate has octopus terrine, Cornish monkfish with spicy aubergine and curry sauce, and we share an enormous apple tart. Anticipate to shell out £100 ($187)- £150 for a three-course dinner for 2, with wine – though weekday lunch menus are priced from £29.50 an individual.


Discover the warren of slender alleys north of Cannon Avenue (simply west of St Paul’s). In addition to charming previous pubs, you will discover the church of St Mary-le-Bow. Custom has it that anybody born inside earshot of the ringing bells can depend themselves a real Cockney. South of the resort, cross the Thames on the Southwark Bridge to achieve Shakespeare’s Globe, Tate Fashionable and Borough Market.


Vintry & Mercer is fashionable and discreet, and has the retro-contemporary vibe right down to a tee. It is also blissfully quiet contemplating its central Metropolis location.


Rooms begin from round £189 ($350), with charges typically decrease at weekends. Wi-Fi is free; Vintry & Mercer; 20 Garlick Hill, London, EC4V 2AU. See and


The greenery and a spotlight to element within the public areas. Try the classic dials above the elevate doorways.


Some visitors could discover customary rooms too cramped. And never each room has spectacular London vistas. From ours (room 607), we overlook a slender inside passage. On the plus aspect, we do not hear a sound – visitors or in any other case.

Steve McKenna was a visitor of Vintry & Mercer


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