London, United Kingdom

Vintry & Mercer

Rates per night from$236.12

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP187.50), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Finely guilded

Setting

Commercial crossroads

Nestled in the commercial heart of London, Vintry & Mercer celebrates the city’s rich trading history through its sumptuous decor, Far Eastern cuisine and fine French wine. The hotel’s name is lifted from two of the commercial districts on its doorstep: Vintry, where fine wines would land from Bordeaux, and Mercer, where merchants imported their fine silks, damasks and linens. Mercer gets a particular nod in the rooms, where you’ll find tactile finishes like velvet headboards, leather door handles and hand-stitched wallpaper. Downstairs, restaurant Vintry Kitchen serves enticing East Asian dishes and fine wines tapped straight from the barrel; if classic British fare is more your thing, head up to the Mercer Roof Terrace, where the views stretch from the dome of St Paul’s to the gleaming tip of the Shard. If you’re still got energy to burn after dinner, follow the Siegfried Follies into the basement, where rakish speakeasy Do Not Disturb serves exotic potions late into the night.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

92, including six suites.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $236.12 (£188), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates don’t include breakfast. Choose from the hearty Continental buffet (£18 a person) or the à la carte menu, which includes green tea ricotta pancakes and eggs Benedict served in steamed bao buns.

Also

The colours of the fabrics in the rooms (saffron, honey, garlic and wine) were all chosen because they have a namesake street nearby.

At the hotel

Gym, free WiFi throughout, laundry. In rooms: flatscreen TV; minibar; tea and coffee kit; CO Bigelow bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Even the entry level rooms have marble bathrooms and intricate needle-and-thread wallpaper – a reference to the mercers who used to import fine silks, linens and velvets, offloading their cargo a stone’s throw from where the hotel now stands. If you’re looking to indulge, go for a Balcony Suite, which has floor-to-ceiling windows and a private terrace running the length of the room.

Packing tips

Bring something to wrap up with when you’re on the roof terrace.

Also

All of the common areas are wheelchair accessible and there are several adapted rooms.

Children

All ages are welcome. A cot or extra bed (free; suitable for children up to 12) can be added to certain Deluxe Rooms. Extra beds aren’t recommended for stays of more than three nights.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

At Vintry Kitchen, go for the banquette beneath the skylight; at Mercer Roof Terrace, try for a table outside.

Dress Code

You may be on the doorstep of the financial district, but you can swap the suit for something sleek yet casual.

Hotel restaurant

Vintry Kitchen celebrates London’s connections with the Far East, with the bulk of dishes channeling the vibrant flavours of Japan. The tapas-style approach makes it easy to order a spread of dishes to sample and share – start with with a few steamed buns (try the lobster tempura with wasabi and tarragon mayonnaise), then follow with small plates like shiso octopus, yuzu cod and tea-smoked ribs. Wine plays an equally important role – this is the vintry quarter after all, where barrels would arrive from Boredeauc and beyond. In honour of the local history, the restaurant has bypasses bottles altogether, tapping direct from the barrels. Cresting the building, Mercer Roof Terrace is a mod-British eatery with a glass ceiling and views of St Paul’s and the gleaming tip of the Shard. Land and sea are both given their due – start with half a dozen Suffolk oysters and the crispy cod cheeks, follow with the pork cutlet or tranche of turbot, served with a smokey potato puree.

Hotel bar

Follow the hand-stitched Ziegfied Follies into the basement and you’ll come upon clandestine cocktail bar Do Not Disturb, a rakish drinking den with low lighting, leather banquettes and art deco prints. Try a Cleary Garden (Sipsmith gin, Kamm & Sons, persimmon and mandarin) or the barmen’s take on one of the world’s first (and more expensive) cocktails, the Vintage Sazerac (Frapin 1988 grande champagne cognac, Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge 1970, a spray of Jade Nouvelle Orleans absinthe verte and a finishing lemon twist).

Last orders

Vintry Kitchen is open all day from 6.30am to 10.30pm (breakfast starts at 7am on Saturday and Sunday). Mercer Roof Terrace is open Monday to Saturday, and serves lunch from noon to 2.30pm; dinner from 6pm to 10.30pm.

Location

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Address
Vintry & Mercer
19-20 Garlick Hill, London EC4V 2AU
London
EC4V 2AU
United Kingdom

Vintry & Mercer is at the heart of the City of London, surrounded by the historic livery halls and guilds that give it its name.

Planes

Touch down at London City Airport for the quickest transfer into town. Depending on traffic, the hotel can be reached in about 30 minutes by car; your other option is the Docklands Light Railway, which runs from the airport to Bank Station, a five-minute walk from the hotel.

Trains

All of London’s major stations are within easy reach. The most convenient is Liverpool Street, where you’ll be able to hop straight onto the Central Line, riding one stop to Bank.

Automobiles

You won’t need a car if you’re staying at Vintry & Mercer. With Bank and Mansion House stations so nearby, the Tube is the fastest way to get around, and black cabs are plentiful after dark. If you do decide to bring your own wheels, you’ll need to find public parking.

Worth getting out of bed for

With a glut of London’s mercantile history on the doorstep, you’ll likely be out and about most of the day. Wherever you end up, be sure to return at last light for a sundowner on the roof terrace, where you can watch the sun slide from the jagged tip of the shard. After dinner at Vintry Kitchen, descend to sultry drinking den Do Not Disturb, where the leather and low lighting lends itself to a few old school cocktails. A stroll northward will bring you to London’s Guildhall, the Grade I listed building home to the City of London Corporation. Long an emblem of London’s commercial power, the hall dates back more than 800 years, and has a Gothic great hall, mediaeval crypt and an art gallery filled with historic works. For an altogether more modern experience, keep heading north until you arrive at the Barbican, an icon of Brutalist architecture and home to Europe’s largest performing arts centre, where world-class theatre, dance and musical performances run throughout the year. During daylight, don’t miss the verdant Conservatory, the second largest in London and home to more than 2,000 species of tropical plants and trees. If the exhibitions aren’t to your liking, cross the Thames to Bankside, where the Tate Modern and White Cube gallery await. Borough Market, also across the river, has been selling and serving food for the best part of 1,000 years. It gets busy, particularly at weekends, but it’s a haven for city-dwelling gourmets. An alternative is stately Leadenhall Market, which is populated with upmarket boutiques.

Local restaurants

For an excellent tapas-style lunch, book a table at Hispania, which has taken over two trompe l'oeil-tiled floors of the old Lloyds Bank headquarters. Executive chef Marcos Morán hails from Asturias, and is the fifth generation of his family to forge a career in the kitchen. Having worked for some of the best chefs in Spain, including the Roca brothers of renowned El Celler de Can Roca, Morán lives and breathes authentic Spanish cuisine. The menus are in Spanish, the staff are Spanish and he never adapts dishes to British tastes – which is precisely why his restaurant is such a success. The steaks at Paternoster Chop House have been known to make diners weak at the knees, which may explain how it came to be the star of Channel 4’s First Dates. All of the meat is aged for at least 42 days and is butchered in-house ensuring maximum time on the bone, allowing each cut to reach its fullest flavour. For something lighter, try Ahi Poké, the Hawaiian-inspired eatery bringing the poké bowl to the capital. The nutritious bowls are loaded with your choice of rice, fresh greens, sauce and fish or meat, including ahi tuna, salmon and spicy chicken, creating a nutritious dish that’s become the darling of health-conscious West Coasters. For first-rate Indian, books a table at Brigadiers, which was inspired by British Army mess bars in the days of the Raj. For an old-school splash, it has to be 1 Lombard Street, one of the most established restaurants in the City. Choose from the domed brasserie or elegant 1776 dining room – both serve the same menu of refined British classics.

Reviews

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Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from trade-inspired hotel in London and unpacked their vintage finds from Petticoat Lane Market, a full account of their city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Vintry & Mercer in London…

If you were you to walk along Garlick Hill a few hundred years ago, the Londoners you passed would have be engaged in a rather different business from the average City worker of today. The streets would have been a hotbed of mercantile commerce, thick with warehouse workers and monied merchants on their way to the banks of the Thames, where they would collect shipments of French wine, Indian silk and other luxury goods. With the river no longer the busy waterway it once was, the signs of that industry are more subtle now, but boutique hotel Vintry & Mercer has made a point of celebrating the City’s commercial roots. In the rooms, you’ll find sumptuous textiles like saffron-coloured velvet and hand-stitched wallpaper, which is traced with old maps and maritime charts. Downstairs, Vintry Kitchen revisits London’s relationship with the Far East, revisiting far-flung corners of the earth with dishes like like wasabi lobster and tea-smoked baby back ribs. In the basement, art deco speakeasy Do Not Disturb deals in potions of an equally exotic nature, with the cocktails performing a tour of the world – try a tipple finished with fragrant persimmon, zesty mandarin or sweet Melon.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Vintry & Mercer’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Lovely, new, clean hotel with happy staff. Perfect location for getting around London.

Rating

Stayed on 14 Mar 2019

We loved

The rooms were very stylish and comfortable with lots of amenities. The location was great for the city, borough market, Southbank and St Paul's. We love walking in London and this was a great spot to explore from. The staff were very friendly and really looked after us. We will be back again.

Rating

Stayed on 6 Feb 2019

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