If you need to kill time whilst the missus shops in Selfridges, Henry Holland is a welcome port-of-call situated adjacent to the monster of a shop.
The charms of Henry Holland are not immediately apparent, but sit there for a while and you start to notice lots of nice features. The carved wooden bar is an attractive solid piece of construction - look for the band of coil-patterned marquetry that runs just below the brass rail. The painted ceiling looks original and although the lights are probably not, they are still a pretty feature. If it comes up in the pub quiz, Henry Holland is not to be confused with the big-haired designer. He was an 18th century architect of note who trained Sir John Soane and laid out parts of Knightsbridge and Chelsea, including Sloane Street and Sloane Square.
Henry Holland is an old-school pub with a quiet demeanor. The drinkers seem to be mostly shoppers from local Oxford Street with shopping bags tucked haphazardly around their feet. The staff are young and slightly bored but keep everything clean.
The menu is simple and doesn't stray from the usual pub grub. There are a few nice touches like sausages from a local Marylebone butcher and burgers with brie. Prices are in line with their Central London location.
Henry has a decent choice of beer - Becks Vier, Guinness, Stella and ale, including Adnams Broadside. There are a couple of choices of wine and a range of bottled beverages. It may not win any awards for originality but for a post-shop drink it does the job.
The Last Word
Henry Holland is a handsome pub with the promise of a solid, if unadventurous, drink.