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Bourne & Hollingsworth - Clerkenwell

1st Dec 2014

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Hello sexy bar and restaurant...

Bourne & Hollingsworth is a quirky cocktail bar and brasserie in the heart of Clerkenwell, with floral wallpaper, chintzy lamps and cocktails in tea cups... What more could you ask for?

Opened mid-September this year, the space is from the people behind Reverend JW Simpson, The Blitz Party and Prohibition, with Bourne & Hollingsworth Bar combining all of the brand’s distinctive offerings under one roof.

Situated just off Exmouth Market, Bourne & Hollingsworth features an exquisite restaurant and greenhouse, relaxed café area, characterful private rooms and a large bar serving the brand’s famous cocktails. Taking inspiration from the faded grandeur of a stately home, the venue’s design combines unusual textures and modern shades with trailing plants and rich fabrics. 

Designed by Head Chef Alex Visciano, the menu is a modern British take on traditional brasserie food. Born in Paris, 27-year old Visciano has been trained by some of France’s most talented chefs. Having previously worked at Le Meurice, he then joined the two-Michelin starred Michel Rostang and, under his mentor, Nicolas Beaumann, honed his skills and worked up through the kitchen ranks. Most recently, Alex Visciano was sous chef at the Connaught Hotel before bringing his contemporary style of classic French cooking to Bourne & Hollingsworth.

The design of Bourne & Hollingsworth has been a collaboration between the in-house creative team and architects Box 9 and Red Deer [Riding House Café, Pizza East, Soho House Berlin]. Purposefully moving away from the overthought and increasingly faddy designs that have flooded the London restaurant and bar scene in recent years, Bourne & Hollingsworth will feature pared back, classic interiors that are light, clean and almost minimalist in their design. Throughout the 220m₂ space, whitewashed floorboards, classic cornicing and light walls rendered with muslin are juxtaposed with bespoke ironwork, warm wood and antique armchairs and sofas reupholstered with thick patterned fabrics like Kilim and Hessian.

Taking over an iconic corner of Northampton Road in the B & H Buildings, Bourne & Hollingsworth features five distinct spaces. The Bottle Room, a private dining room lined with floor-to-ceiling antique display cabinets full of bottles of boutique spirits and fine alcohol. The cocktail bar, which occupies the sunny west-facing side of the building, opens onto the street and the leafy park beyond via huge windows and doors. Influenced by those typically seen in a grand café, the bar itself will feature bespoke concrete panelling, an oak handrail, and a beautiful white marble mosaic bar top. Behind the bar, geometric ironwork shelving and diamond mirror panelling cover the back wall. Leaving the bar, the interiors take on a new style - one that is lightly overgrown, and captures the idea of an abandoned country house, where the gardens and the state rooms have slowly grown  into one another. The café area will feature winged-mahogany wicker chairs and high-backed sofas, while the restaurant and greenhouse will mix soft furnishings and armchairs with cane garden furniture and wrought-iron benches. The whole space will be filled with hanging baskets, full-grown trees and trailing creepers, effectively bringing the outside in.

Occupying a prime position in the design-led Clerkenwell, Bourne & Hollingsworth has been designed particularly to cater for those who live and work in the immediate area. Ideally located and offering everything from coffee with friends and business lunches to intimate dinners and cocktail fuelled parties, Bourne & Hollingsworth is undoubtedly an original and welcome addition to the area.

Bourne & Hollingsworth; 42 Northampton Road, London EC1;