Boozy / Foodie / North London

Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings (plus love for the Clerkenwell Streets)

Since my days working on Gresham Street, the Smithfields/Farringdon/Clerkenwell corner of town has long been one of my favourites.  A hop skip and a jump from the City, but where people wearing suits just might just have a sense of humour, especially if you are co-conspiratorially spending your afternoon in the Rising Sun, sssssh.  As you venture further into Farringdon territory, City workers lose out to media types and people’s dreams of having a ping pong table in their office are realised.

Although Clerkenwell has its attractions, compared to other parts of London, I don’t feel it pulls in its suspects from as far and as wide.  Sometimes, you can walk down a street and there’s hardly anyone else on it!  It was in this non-assuming fashion that we stumbled upon Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, and with its attractive warm glow, and what looked like people have fun(?!) inside, just had to venture in!

Some friends have been for B&H’s weekend brunch, where for a reasonable price, you can opt for bottomless drinks 🙂  My encounter came on a Thursday night which was a nice kind of busy and more than satisfied the search for food & drinks!  Whilst there was a restaurant section with fuller menu, my friend and I sat at the counter top bar and ordered four plates from the snack menu which was just right for the casual (drinks heavy) refuel we were after.

I can’t recommend this brasserie style establishment highly enough and will be looking to go back for their brunch.  Welcoming atmosphere, lovely interior, accommodates whatever you’re after, and friendly service to boot! – top marks to barman Jeremy for giving better than he got.

If anyone wants to have a go at the correct relationship between Farringdon, Smithfields and Clerkenwell, by all means do…. I may ask the London Historians.  Whatever the answer, it’s not for kidz.

B&H Website:

Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, Cocktails!!

Honey cone bar top?!! YES PLEASE 😉


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