Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings Vintage Bar Group Moves To Islington
42 Northampton Road, London, EC1R 0HU
Happily Affordable ££

What they say:

Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings is being created by the Bourne and Hollingsworth group on a street in Clerkenwell just off of Exmouth Market. It is going to be a multi-room affair with a private dining room, a 70-seat restaurant, a greenhouse, a cafe area as well as a cocktail bar and other private rooms. Conjuring up ideas of a Great-Gatsby mansion left to ruin, the designs take inspiration from over-grown stately homes with fully grown trees, luscious hanging baskets and thickly upholstered sofas and antique armchairs. The food menu will be in keeping with the British Brasserie style, and delicious cocktails will be served from a giant expanse of white marble, looking onto a leafy park beyond the great windows of the sun-lit West facing room.

What we say:

This new jumbo offering from Bourne and Hollingsworth has the potential to be the climax of this vintage nightlife scene, and we should all be dusting off our tweed suits and sequinned flapper dresses in preparation for the occasion. Firstly it will be their first major foray into sit-down meals, and with such a large restaurant space it's a big leap into the unknown. The building's greenhouse will be a botanical haven replete with lavish soft furnishings and overgrown shrubbery, like a lost narnia or secret garden. And last but not least, their plans for an honesty bar mean that there will be lots of unstaffed alcohol whereby customers will be expected to pay at their own discretion. We love the sense of old-fashioned trust implicit here, and expect that it will go a long way in creating an atmosphere of friendliness in London's bar scene.