Bourne and Hollingsworth Bar | Fitzrovia Cocktail Bar
‘A small and perfectly formed cocktail bar situated in the heart of Fitzrovia’.
Thus Bourne and Hollingsworth is described… by its owner.
But hey: if you don’t back yourself then no-one will.
It’d be far too easy for us to describe this quirky little cocktail bar as the type of place that’ll “remind you of your granny’s house”. But, then again, we’re not really in the business of making things hard for ourselves and – to be honest – it actually will.
So Bourne and Hollingsworth – a quirky basement cocktail bar in Fitzrovia – combines pink hand-painted wallpaper, mismatched chairs, and exotic fabrics in a manner that’s likely to remind you of your granny’s house – if she decorated with Grayson Perry. And, just like at your Granny’s, you’ll be served perfectly-concocted cocktails by a troupe of amicable, waistcoated barkeeps.
Speaking of which, the cocktail menu’s daring and imaginative, with drinks like the Clued’Up (with mezcal, dry vermouth, Benedictine and iced tea) and the Revolver (two types of whiskey muddled with Lillet Blanc and Campari) packing a real punch. Plus, there’s eight kinds of Old Fashioned on offer (made variously with gin, tequila and whiskey) and an entire list inspired by old board games.
It’s a genuine Fitzrovia gem, and – like its sibling around the corner (Rev JW Simpson) – is definitely worth visiting regularly.
Just like your granny.
NOTE: They’re not kidding about the ‘small’ thing; you can, and absolutely should, reserve a table on their website before going.
Bourne and Hollingsworth Bar | 28 Rathbone Place, W1T 1JF
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