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Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings, 42 Northampton Road, London , London, EC1R 0HU

Below and Hidden London bar Islington Bourne and Hollingsworth

SquareMeal Review of Below & Hidden

The venue’s handle is self-explanatory to an extent. What exactly lies below and hidden - unannounced, down an unpromising-looking concrete staircase at Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings - is in complete contrast to the genteel scene above. A hitherto deeply dreary cellar has been transformed into a table service-only, bonkers bar-cum-nightclub. Seemingly put together jointly by a 70s arcade game designer, Lawrence of Arabia and Anne Boleyn, its off-its-head decor combines Pac Man-esque constantly strobing LED lights (epileptics avoid!), tacky Tudor tapestries and the sort of seating arrangements found in a tribal leader’s Timbuktu tent. At its dispense bar, B&H’s Jim Wrigley readies pre-made bottled cocktails served on ice in pewter bowls; a tongue-and cheek take on West End pap magnet clubs. Inspired by Wrigley’s celeb mates such as Banksy and Lily Allen, ideas such as Banktown Special (Venezuelan right rum, lime, raspberry, honey and cranberry juice) cost £50 and will easily serve six people. Champagne (from £55), wine from (£43) and sprits and mixers from £100 are affordable by Made In Chelsea standards. Hopefully B&H will stay off their radar! (Weekends only for now).

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