Bourne and Hollingsworth is a group best known for hosting raucous retro cocktail parties across London. Their flagship restaurant, the Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings – or B&H Buildings for short – is based in a quiet corner of Clerkenwell, and serves a modern British twist on traditional brasserie food. What makes the dishes stand out is having Adam Gray in the kitchen, where his experience of Michelin-starred cooking and knowledge of Britain’s best ingredients works in perfect harmony with the restaurant’s relaxed yet high quality vibe.
As you enter the buildings you’re greeted by a grand piano in front of a large, sweeping cocktail bar, serving the innovative and delicious drinks the B&H group has become known for. As well as the restaurant and bar, there’s a relaxed café area and various private rooms, including a greenhouse for private parties of up to twenty guests. This, combined with the venue’s all-day menu, means people go there for breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, after-work drinks, gatherings of friends and everything in between. There’s a separate bar menu for people looking for a quick snack, but you can order from the a la carte anywhere in the seventy cover restaurant.
The interior continues the greenhouse theme throughout all the different rooms, combining the grandeur of a stately home with an overgrown, abandoned country house. There’s a mixture of plush sofas and armchairs alongside patio furniture, with lots of hanging baskets full of healthy, colourful plants. The large windows let in plenty of natural light, while the clean white walls keep everything bright and warm. All of these elements combine to create an incredibly relaxed restaurant serving fantastic, simple British food throughout the day and night in surroundings with just the right amount of retro charm.