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Over 95 galleries and auction houses will open their doors to art fans for Brown's London Art Weekend which will feature a series of guided tours, fascinating talks and exhibitions of art spanning 3 thousand years.

This is a unique opportunity for anyone with an interest in art, from collectors and artists, to the simply curious to see inside London’s normally exclusive art houses. 

Arts Editor of the Financial Times, Jan Dalley, will also host The Hix Art Brunch where she will be in conversation with leaders of the art world, including Philip Mould.

Brown's London Art Weekend takes place on 5-6th July, tickets for the Hix Brunch are available by emailing here.

www.londonartweekend.co.uk

Posted by Charlotte Knight at 09:01 am | Comments »
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WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party

Last night The Handbook joined the likes of Mischa Barton, Serena Williams, Sabine Lisicki and Lilah Parsons at The Roof Gardens, Kensington to celebrate the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon party presented by Dubai Duty Free.

With a dress to impress theme, celebrities arrived with the support of Porsche (The Handbook took to public transport but next year, next year….) and Maria Sharapova stole the show arriving in a 918 Spyder.

 The invitation promised ‘substantial canapés’ (the best kind of promise) and they certainly stuck to that – with guests eating mini fish and chips, samosas and salmon as well as there being not one, not two, but three barbecues and of course in true Wimbledon style there were pots and pots of strawberries and cream.

Revelers drank Laurent Perrier, Pimms and Ciroc Vodka cocktails (the latter being also available in Bodo’s Schloss and Mahiki) , danced to DJ Bob Sinclair, basked in the beautiful gardens and admired stunning views; even the football fans were able to watch the game inside – although after the score let’s not talk about that.

With Wimbledon starting next week, this was the perfect way to celebrate the start of the most quintessential summer event!  

www.wtatennis.com

Posted by Emily Gray at 15:33 pm | Comments »
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Caipirinha

Didn’t make it to Brazil this year for the World Cup? Or are you more like us and food is more your thing than football? Well we have just the thing for you Brazilian barbecue restaurant, Cabana are recreating a corner of Rio’s beaches in the heart of Covent Garden in the form of The Grill from Ipanema – a Brazilian beach grill complete with golden sand from Brazil’s shores.

Starting on Saturday 28th June until July 13th The Grill from Ipanema will be serving up a selection of new Cabana dishes including flame grilled skewers, chicken coxinhas and cassava chips, while refreshments from Rio include of caipirinhas and batidas, we’ll take several of each.

Throughout the day frescoball will be played – come on you must know that’s Brazil’s iconic beach game – keep up; as well as cooking masterclasses, samba workshops and a whole host of one off events.

Sand? Check. Great food? Check. Caipirinhas? Double check. Sun, you better make an appearance – this is Brazil in Covent Garden after all. 

www.cabana-brasil.com

Posted by Emily Gray at 12:58 pm | Comments »
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Bloody Mary Mussels

Succulent seafood will now be served seven days a week at the permanent Mussel Men restaurant. The new eatery will take all the best bits from their current seafood specialties but with a menu expansion of BBQ influenced items and a proper navy-inpsired cocktail menu. As for dessert, guests can indulge in golden waffles drizzled with decadent chocolate sauce and bacon infused ice cream with salt caramel sauce as well as weekly specials. 

After a successful summer of pop-ups in 2013, the Mussel Men have now found it's current location just a stones throw up the road at Dalston Junction in what used to be Fabrica 584 cafe. Additional offerings are in store to add to their already popular Sunday Seafood Roast. 

www.musselmen.com

Posted by Maddy Ewles at 10:47 am | Comments »
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New Brixton Champagne + Fromage bistro

We love cheese, we love champagne and now they are living side by side in the brilliant new bistro Champagne + Fromage in Brixton. The recently launched eatery boasts 25 delicious champagnes to choose from which can be enjoyed as a cocktail, for a gift or simply on its own.

The menu is filled with cheese plates and French dishes which you can enjoy in-house or as take-away i.e. to take to a party to impress your friends with. With over 50 soft and hard cheeses to choose from it is fromage heaven but if the choice is a bit overwhelming make sure to ask the helpful staff for guidance.

www.frenchbubbles.co.uk

Posted by Charlotte Knight at 16:57 pm | Comments »
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Prohibition Party

Prince maybe partying like it’s 1999 but he’s 77 years too late because partying like it’s 1922 is where it’s at.  Because next Saturday the Prohibition Party at Bloomsbury Ballroom is back for its 50th soiree which is set to be more lavish, more debauched and more glamorous than ever before!

Entertainment comes in the form of DJs on gramophones, silent cinemas, dancing troupes and gambling tables. Speakeasy Bourne and Hollingsworth will also be serving up drinks in teacups, whilst cocktail menus are hidden between the pages of books – well your chosen poison was probably prohibited back in 1920s America – good thing we’re in London then!

To celebrate the 50th party there are new additions to the ball, downstairs sneak into the dingy speakeasy bar hosted by the Vintage Mafia – just make sure no one is looking, or take a furtive journey through spy-ridden drinking dens with the theatrical supper club. If you haven’t perfected your 1920s look then get made up in the boudoir with Clara Bow lips and pencil moustaches or if you want to work on your 1920s' moves then the Swing Patrol will teach you the Charleston.

Don’t look out of place and make sure you dig out that flapper dress and pearls or embrace the braces and trilby!

The Handbook is giving away 5 pairs of tickets to The Prohibition Party on 28th June – to enter visit @thehandbooknews on twitter. 

www.prohibition1920s.com

Posted by Emily Gray at 10:24 am | Comments »
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Marylebone bar in The Arch London hotel

Ever fancied having a cocktail with Marilyn Monroe? Or perhaps sipping Bourbon with Frank Sinatra? Well now you can thanks to The Arch London in Marylebone who has recently launched a range of retro revival cocktails.

The cocktails, inspired by classic icons, can be enjoyed in the suitably glamorous settings of the vintage style Martini Library, or Champagne de Salon within the hotel.

Our favourite is the Rock Around The Clock Martini inspired by the 1950s hit by Bill Haley, it is an unusual blend of Bloom Gin with Fresh Cucumber and Lemongrass, St Germain, Aloe Vera Water and Elderflower.

Each cocktail is priced at £12 and is available now at The Arch London, Marylebone.

www.thearchlondon.com

Posted by Charlotte Knight at 09:00 am | Comments »
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Caterers Rhubarb Picnics

Did you enjoy that soggy sandwich and that warm drink last time? Really? So you didn’t look over enviously at that couple with the food that Nigella or Jamie would be proud of? Picnics, we might not all be connoisseurs, but heck in true British style we soldier on because they’re quintessential to our summer.

Well no longer do you need to fake those picnic smiles as this summer, caterers “rhubarb” have launched a bespoke picnic service for any summer event. Say adios to Tupperware and choose a wicker basket filled with the likes of classic scotch eggs made with venison and quails egg; ham hock with piccalilli, Italian pressed sandwiches and lobster and avocado salad.

Or let “rhubarb” theme the picnic to your event – how about edible bowler hat cakes for a day at the races or Pimm’s jelly and strawberry tarts to devour at Wimbledon? You show those picnickers how it’s done; better yet pass it off as your own work, we won’t tell, oh you domestic goddess!

www.rhubarb.net

Posted by Emily Gray at 10:17 am | Comments »
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The EarlyBird Logo

The Handbook is spreading its wings, branching out, seizing the day and bringing London something a little bit new. Let us introduce to you The Earlybird which is launching today!

With the constantly updating stream of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest on your phone, you’ve got information overload before you’ve even decided what coffee to order. Or whether that blueberry muffin actually counts towards your five-a-day.… (fyi as long as it's at least been waved at a blueberry then it definitely does.)

At The Earlybird, however, we promise to keep it simple. We’ll bring you the ONE cool thing you need to know every morning delivered to your inbox in a bite size daily e-shot. A guaranteed pick-me-up, you’ll get our (early) bird’s eye view of fashion, culture, food and shopping along with a quirky illustration by our resident artist.

Let us know if there’s anything you’d like to see included but bear in mind it will only make the cut if it’s brand spanking new. We also need to love it.

See you in the morning!

Don't miss out: www.the-earlybird.co.uk

The Earlybird is your brand new daily shot brought to you by the team behind TheHandbook.com 

Posted by Emily Gray at 09:30 am | Comments »
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3D Experience Gift Case for wine lovers

We all enjoy a glass of wine (or two) but do you really know what makes a good wine? Can you tell the difference between Cros Parantoux by Henri Jayer from Tesco own brand? If not, it might be time to invest in a 3D wine membership.

The membership offers help organising wine trips where members can travel to 30 partner vineyards and domains in 11 regions where they can enjoy meeting dedicated and skillful winemakers, as well as sampling local food and 95 carefully selected wines. Almost half of these are made exclusively for 3D members and are not available elsewhere. 3D will also inform you about events in London and UK cities and send the vintage tasting notes to members when the latest vintages are available from their vineyards. 

Not only will you improve your knowledge with wine travel and wine and gourmet experiences, you will also receive a beautiful 3D Experience Gift Case filled with three high quality 3D partner wines and a Riedel glass. 

Memberships range from £89 to £175 annually and are available on the website.

www.3dwines.com

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