Bourne & Holingsworth, Fitzrovia
This Fitzrovian basement bar opened to a veritable brouhaha back in early 2008, and since then it's built up a steady clientele. Don't come here if pints are your only joy, as the only thing awaiting you will be a tall glass of Asahi. This bar appeals more toward cocktail imbibers, going for a look that's one half Prohibition speakeasy, the other 1940s front room. It could easily come a cropper and trip itself up over its own sense of irony, but when you have friendly and amenable bar staff, you're off to a good start. Be warned though, this place is tiny: we'd recommend an early visit to guarantee a seat, or be ready to stand if arriving later. The more cynical drinker might find the experience more Bugsy Malone than Bugsy Siegel, but if you're seeking something just that little bit different, we'd recommend a visit. The success has driven the owners to take on another pub since this one opened, transforming The Feathers at the back of Marylebone Station into the Swan & Edgar. Given their names come from long lost London department stores, we're intrigued if a bar called Derry & Toms might be next in the offing. Though given the ever so slightly camp aesthetic of Bourne & Holingsworth, we'd say Grace Brothers might be in with a shout too.
28 Rathbone Place, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 1JF
020 7636 8228
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How to find the Bourne & Holingsworth pub
Nearest tube is Goodge Street or Tottenham Court Road. Bourne and Hollingsworth is on Rathbone Place, right at the bottom of Charlotte Street. See those stairs by Bambou? Head down them.