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Bourne & Hollingsworth Bar

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by Mike Whyte (subscribe)
Published January 2nd 2013
your new secret cocktail bar

I used to walk past this place - if I'm honest. The reason is, I had no idea what was actually going on inside, or even if there was anything going on inside. From street level, all you can see of Bourne and Hollingsworth is a large black and whit image of a 1920's store front. I have to admit I used to think it was a historic image of the butchers shop that used to be there.

I later found out that the action all takes place in the basement - and it really is well worth the effort. Once you step inside, all I can describe is it's like stepping into you great aunt's front room - there is a sideboard, pictures on the walls, and flowers on the tables. One thing probably not in there though is the incredibly well-stocked bar. Here you can get crisp Asahi beer, some variety of wines and Champagne - but, these are not what you will be going for - you will be heading straight for the generous selection of cocktails.

They are well worth the effort too, with Prohibition-era favourites and cocktail classics, all served in a fittingly quirky array of vessels - cocktail glasses for some, bone china tea cups for others, some are even available in jam get the idea. Once you've got your drink - just turn around and you're on the dancefloor - bopping from anything from Old Skool HipHop to chart hits, to '80's classics - it really is that kind of place.

At the weekend, it can get very, very full, so be prepared to queue - and don't get there too late, as once the one in, one out policy kicks in - you're probably not getting in - which would be a shame for such a cool little venue. Oh, and don't forget to be quiet on your way out - let's keep this place our secret, ok?

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Why? It's our secret little drinking den
When: 5pm-12.30am Mon-Wed; 5pm-1am Thur-Sat
Phone: 02076368228
Where: 28 Rathbone Place, London, W1
Cost: A little pricey, but good quality cocktails make up for it
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