The design of Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings was a collaboration between the in-house creative team, Lionel Real de Azua of Red Deer Architects and Louise Davies of Box 9 Architects (Riding House Café, Pizza East, Soho House Berlin). Purposefully moving away from the overthought and increasingly faddy designs that have flooded the London restaurant and bar scene in recent years, B&H Buildings features pared back, classic interiors that are light, clean and almost minimalist in their design.
Throughout the space, whitewashed floorboards, classic cornicing and light walls rendered with muslin are juxtaposed with bespoke ironwork, warm wood and antique armchairs and sofas reupholstered with thick patterned fabrics like Kilim and hessian.
Taking over an iconic corner of Northampton Road, Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings features seven distinct spaces. The Bottle Room, a private dining room for 12 people, is lined with floor to ceiling antique display cabinets full of bottles of boutique spirits and fine alcohol, softened with hanging plants. The cocktail bar, which occupies the sunny west-facing side of the building, opens onto the street and the leafy park beyond via huge windows and doors. Influenced by those typically seen in a Grand Café, the bar itself features bespoke concrete panelling and a beautiful white marble mosaic bar top. Behind the bar, geometric ironwork shelving and diamond mirror panelling cover the back wall.
Leaving the bar, the interiors take on a new style - one that is lightly overgrown, and captures the idea of an abandoned country house, where the gardens and the state rooms have slowly grown into one another. The café area features bentwood mahogany and wicker booths, while the restaurant and greenhouse mix soft furnishings and armchairs with cane garden furniture and wrought iron benches. The whole space will be filled with hanging baskets, full grown trees and trailing creepers, effectively bringing the outside in.