Someone contacted us recently to claim that we don’t understand irony.
Which was ironic because Bourne & Hollingsworth – the creative types behind some of London’s best cocktail bars, The Blitz Party, The Prohibition Party and lots of other things that many Londoners enjoy – have opened a restaurant and bar in Clerkenwell.
It’s called Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, it’s located just off Exmouth Market…and when you go inside, you’ll feel like you’re still outside.
This is thanks in large part to the restaurant – where Parisian head chef Alex Visciano is serving up a relaxed menu of contemporary British fare and bottomless brunches – being located inside a greenhouse that’s filled with cane garden furniture, hanging baskets, fully grown trees and trailing creepers. To help you picture it, just think back to the last time you found yourself eating tempura vegetables with lemon grass purée and dark chocolate tart with pecan brittle inside an abandoned country house where the gardens and the state rooms had slowly grown into one another.
This place is just like that.
In addition to a collection of private rooms there’s also the Café, a relaxed dining and working space; The B&H Kitchen, a private dining room that doubles as a workshop and masterclass studio; Below & Hidden, a deeply snug, late-night drinking den covered with crazy LED-illuminated Medieval tapestries; aaand the main cocktail Bar, a cosy space with mismatched Chesterfields and oil-painting murals which spills out onto the street and the park beyond. In there you’ll find Mr. Steve Georgiou maintaining Bourne & Hollingsworth’s sterling reputation for drinksmithery by serving up cocktails with names like “The Apricot Smash” and ‘The Eton Fizz”.
Which is also ironic.
NOTE: Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings is open Mon – Thurs (11am – Midnight), Fri (11am-1am) – Sat (10am – 1am), and Sun (10am – 6pm). You can reserve a table online HERE.
Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings | 42 Northampton Road, EC1R 0HU
Last Updated: 9th April 2020
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