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Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings

Bars and pubs Clerkenwell
4 out of 5 stars
(22user reviews)
Bourne & Hollingsworth

Time Out says

From the outside, this black-painted building looks rather severe, but step inside and suddenly you’re in a bright and airy space that feels more like colonial-era Delhi than modern-day Clerkenwell with its luxuriant greenery, rattan furniture and clubby vibe. However, there’s nothing Raj-esque about a menu that runs from drop scones, cheeseburgers and huevos benedictos (chorizo, avocado, béarnaise sauce) at brunch-time to upbeat brasserie-style dishes for lunch and dinner. Kick off with beef croquettes with sriracha mayo or asparagus with a crispy poached duck egg and béarnaise sauce ahead of braised beef in red wine with fondant potato and greens or salmon fillet with miso broth and wilted vegetables. There are pastas and steaks too, plus desserts such as dark chocolate mousse with lavender and honeycomb. Cocktails are the big hits at the adjoining bar.



Address: 42 Northampton Rd
Transport: Tube: Farringdon
Price: £25 and under
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.9 / 5

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  • 5 star:6
  • 4 star:10
  • 3 star:4
  • 2 star:1
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Cheap unlimited Bloody Mary's & Bellini's. However, if you like good food, I wouldn't recommend this place. The food was virtually tasteless.


I’ve been wanting to visit here for so long after seeing various snazzy botanical inspired insta shots and I can confirm it is just as nice in person! The garden/ green house area is lovely and well worth trying to nab a seat in. As for the food we were slightly deflated with what we got. Booked in for bottomless brunch we were kind of ignored in the corner as a table of 3 and although the food was great, my friends had to order an extra side to feel full! We had to constantly nag at the waitress to top us up too which is annoying. All in all, good but not great and pretty pricey for the quantity.


As a Chelsea gal, I was reluctant to travel all the way across town to have cocktails at just any old bar. Boy was I wrong. The interior of the venue was chic AF with velvet couches, a beautiful bar and a roaring fireplace. The staff were absolutely lovely as well. Our bar tender from Poland was such a sweetheart and always made sure we were looked after. The music was full blown techno downstairs in the only room with a dance floor which was actually just awkward as no one was dancing but the manager really looked after us and made sure we were comfortable the entire evening. 


One of the most stylish places to have breakfast/brunch. Amazing interiors that will immediatelly relax you, and make you feel warm/like homme. Decent prices also here. Visited for brunch with friends - while the latte was excellent, the brunch was average - Not fresh bread and nothing special as far as quality is concerned. Service on the other hand was absolutely fantastic.


Really fresh and glamorous pub. Super stylish, never too crowded, great service and cocktails/snacks are great. Perfect to come for a drink or two if you're passing by.


This place has been high up on my list for a boozy brunch for a while – in fact, I’m surprised it took me long to visit.

The venue’s exterior could not be more different from its bright and light décor. The black entrance leads into a very conservative bar and casual seating area before leading out into a beautiful plant focused conservatory. The décor is so fab that I want to folks behind it to come and transform my house into an oasis of green.

But this place isn’t just amazing for its Instagram opportunities, the food is fantastic. This is the kind of place you want to visit with a big group as there are so many lush dishes you’ll want to try them all. The full breakfast was great and not greasy but in was my baked eggs in an avocado that was the series winner. A plate of coconut pancakes for the table is also a must, and if like us you choose to go bottomless with your drinks, then you need a lot of food.

The Bellinis we ordered were dangerously delicious and the supper attentive service meant our glasses were not left empty for more than a second, before being replaced with a fresh glass.

Coming in at just under £40 a head with coffees too, this place is a winner!


The venue is maybe a bit "polished" and sometimes the service could be not exceptional, but I have to say that their brunch is very nice and the portions are the right size, mainly for ladies, not too big and not too small.

It's obviously not the right place if you want to have the cheapest bottomless brunch ever, but I would definetely recommend it if you want to bring someone to impress. Stylish and quirky spot, very well decored. If you can, try to get a table in the veranda, which has a very pleasant atmosphere.

Eggs Royale with smoked salmon and maple sirup pancakes recommended, but be aware that if you ask for a soya cappuccino they could make it wrong (twice)! 


Lovely venue but I found the atmosphere to be a bit too pretentious. Good brunch menu at reasonable prices. Loved the courgette pancakes!


Everything about the booking process to get into this place for a brunch put me off - request a booking, confirm your email, confirm deposit, confirmation call... you'd think it would be worth the hype.  Whilst my breakfast was delish (I had the beef special) my vegetarian friend had very little choice and the classic english (normal and vege options) came out looking LESS than appetising.  The only reason it still is worth is a visit is the cocktails/bottomless booze/decor is top knotch!  Don't go expecting the food to blow you away though and be prepared for the extensive booking process because I had been turned away around 5 times trying to walk-in...


'Ladies who brunch' takes on a whole new meaning in this instagrammable amazing location in Clerkenwell, a short stroll from Angel station. A glitzy affair to say the least, this is a bottomless brunch you will want to make an effort for. Lots of groups of (mainly women) celebration groups with extremely helpful staff. Our glasses were constantly topped up and all of the food was fantastic. Our heads were swinging constantly admiring the beautiful décor and the sun streams beautifully into the restaurant. A perfect spot for a celebratory brunch or just to treat yourself! We finished off our bottomless brunch with an expresso martini and it was an overall wonderful experience! 

Good place to go for brunch. Decor is nice. Definitely had a better experience the first time I went there, but I would go back again.


A lovely place to go to for a nice Sunday brunch with friends. They offer a range of different dishes such as kedegree, poached eggs or braised beef. I chose to go for the latter which was served with a very tasty - but also extremely rich, even too much for me - sauce and potatoes. The taste was rather rafined and the portions more satisfying than I had first thought. The prices are more than decent with most dishes under a tenner.

They offer a small menu of cocktails that all sound appealing - which is always great to know when they have a bottomless option - but they sadly didn't have the chocolate one I wanted. Would go back just to try it out frankly.

The restaurant has a nice, natural decor and overlooks Spa Fields, a little park between Exmouth Market and Farringdon station.

The only bad comment I'd have to make is that it was very loud in there - far louder than anyone would like on a Sunday morning, potentially hungover.


This place adds a touch of fancy to the area surrounded by local pubs. The place to go in the evening if you're looking more for a cocktail rather than the usual pint. Cannot decide if they cater more towards the food, or drinks. It's stuck in between, which may be slightly distracting if you're there for a quiet meal.

It is charming with its "TV ready" interior. The steak was amazing, and eaten too quickly for a photo. However, we were not as impressed with their desserts.

Perfect place if you're interested in alcohol, but want food that is a step up from a pub, with a touch of fancy. Based on other reviewers, would be keen to return and try out their bottomless brunch. Which again is drinks first, food second.


I visited Bourne & Hollingsworth buildings with a group of friends for bottomless brunch. The interiors are stunning, modern yet cosy with white wooden floors & walls that are brightened by tropical prints and hanging greenery. The food offering was classic, not particularly exciting but there was definitely something for everyone. The friendly staff ensured our drinks were topped up constantly, which covered up the fact that our food took a very long time to arrive. However, with the great atmosphere and surroundings it didn’t matter too much. I really recommend this place for a special occasion. The interiors are out of this world, and it’s quite good value for money. Worth a visit.


I'd been past Bourne and Hollingsworth quite a few times, admiring the baby grand piano by the entrance, but had never made it inside. This changed when I was invited to brunch in the private room upstairs (which is normally used for cookery classes) by the kind folks at 1800 Tequilla. A Bloody Maria was offered on arrival and, whilst it slipped down well, I would have liked it a little thicker in consistency. 

The room itself is very pretty with a vaulted roof and hanging plants. The atmosphere was nice and relaxed and the staff were very friendly and attentive. Before brunch, we were handed cocktail kits to allow us to mix up some diabolical tequilla cocktails. The array of ingredients on offer made for some interesting concoctions but mixers other than tomato juice would have been nice! 

Brunch was good but nothing special. I like to go out to eat food I wouldn't regularly cook (or think to cook) but, sadly for B&H, I'm a bit of a egg wizard so the eggs benedict didn't quite cut the mustard. The cerviche to start was very nice. A small enough portion with enough of a zing to really wake those tequilla soaked taste buds up. 

Once all the plates had been cleared we were then treated to a 20 minute talk by the Thinking Drinkers. It felt like a very relaxed, informal discussion and I managed to learn a couple of new things about Tequilla too! Overall, this was a novel experience but I think the food was a little a lacking.

At any time of day, a trip to B&H is a treat. On sunny summer days the opulent decor makes you feel like a classy Victorian, with a really airy and open feel to it. The brunch is great, with a nice few twists on the classics (hello, chorizo eggs benedict) Breakfast cocktails make this an even more relaxing atmosphere, and the unlimited options are good value. 

The bar also comes into its own in the evenings, with the lights turned down low and the party getting more sexy vibes. They run a series of cocktail evenings, as well as cooking classes, which are always great value and a laugh. Cocktail evenings, or 'Handbooks', as B&H call them, are based around particular spirits and you will not fail to learn interesting anecdotes for your next order of gin etc. 

To add a third dimension, the recent addition of a second cocktail bar downstairs, giving out speakeasy, retro vibes with cocktails even served in giant Lego heads (!) gives this bar the benefit of buzzing all day long. Who would ever need to leave?

Overall - friendly, super knowledgeable staff (including a manager with his own Gin company, you can't get more passionate than that), good value, great atmosphere. A winner all round.

Love the place.  A real find.  Properly cosy, intriguing, inviting and all-together curious place that somehow comes together.  Will go back 


Breakfast and Bloody Marys. Quite possibly two of my favourite things. Serve them to me at the same time and you might just get a glimpse into one of my wildest dreams.

With décor that has the power to knock the frilly socks off of Kirsty Alsopp and a vibe that’s cooler than North West’s 3rd birthday party, you know you’re in for a good time.

The biggest choice to get out of the way is your tipple on tap. Bellini’s or Bloody Mary’s might not seem like that much of a dilemma. But when Mary’s juice is offered to you in the form of Vodka, Gin or Tequila, it turns into much more of a brain scratcher. Because it’s a decision that’d make or break you two hours later.

The ever-so attentive staff ensure your bottomless beverage is topped up at all times. So much so that I started to believe Mary was more a mate at my table than my firewater for the afternoon. But then perhaps they shouldn’t make her so drinkable.

The menu itself was on top form, with every option capable of toying with any brunch-lovers tastebuds. We decided on having a savoury round followed by a sweet one and it definitely didn’t disappoint.

One small quibble that made Bourne & Hollingsworth more party pooper than party popper, was their policy on balloons. It being my friend’s 30th meant that she came hand in hand with a giant ‘3’ ‘0’. Upon arrival, we were told that to keep the tone tasteful, they operate a strict no-balloons policy. According to the manager, it’s a popular venue for hen do’s and to keep the *ahem* phallic ones at bay, they just say no to balloons full stop. 

Having said that, they were more than happy to store them whilst we ballooned out on cocktails and brunch. And even ensured the birthday girl’s cocktail was topped up in her own 30th chalice. Plus, a little secret birthday word with the waiter meant that she also got a Birthday brownie complete with candle.

This place comes highly recommended from me. And with an actual bathtub in the ladies loos, I challenge anyone to disagree. Thank you B&H, for a smashing bottomless brunch. @MandyGo 

B&H is a gorgeous venue! Very French vintage in its decor with a fab British brunch menu and great service. The DIY brekkie is awesome! I've been a couple of times and their sausages and homemade hash are top notch! The bottomless bellinis are good value however, they are a bit watered down with OJ... that's my only criticism!


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 when I didn't mean it, but the establishment had an attractive kind of glow about it and it looked like people were having fun(?!) inside so I had to venture in! 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.

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A great place for cocktails or brunch... if a liquid lunch isn’t your thing! The interior is truly stunning and the attention to detail is amazing... from the conservatory style dining area to the Victorian bathtub acting as a sink in the bathroom... you almost feel like you’ve fallen down the rabbit hole and you’re not entirely sure what you’re going to see next. The cocktails are also rather unusual, I tried the cider rose. It was delicious, and I’d definitely recommend it. Served with a rose petal to garnish, it felt a shame to drink it. This is a lovely place to catch up with the girls. When I visited late on a Saturday afternoon, there seemed to be a wedding reception taking place in the main bar area. The staff were attentive but the drinks were rather pricey.

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