If there’s one thing the world needs right now it’s more love. It seems every time you turn on the news there’s another story of tragedy, heartbreak or woe, and it’s about time someone sorted it all out. More than a generation has passed since the glorious Summer of Love, when peace, flower power and psychedelia ruled and Queen of Hoxton has decided it’s time we all took a trip back in time to pay it a visit. They’re transforming their rooftop bar into a spiritual utopia, capturing the magic and love that made the 60’s such a fantastic decade. […]
Talli: An adjective (Hindi) to describe the state one finds oneself after a few too many drinks. Talli Joe: a casual, all day restaurant which has just opened up on Shaftesbury Avenue. ‘Joe’ (he’s fictional unfortunately) is a British traveller, on the lookout for something different as he travels across modern India. Created by Executive Chef Sameer Taneja (formerly of the Michelin-starred Benares) the menu will feature ‘half-plates’ designed to be shared, showcasing different regional dishes from across India, with each dishes telling a story. Take the Lawrence Road Kulcha (naan stuffed with cottage cheese and brushed with truffle ghee), […]
It’s all very well sitting directly under a heater, tucked under a blanket trying to convince ourselves that al fresco works in winter, but unless you are actually in a ski resort, to be honest we’d rather save the outdoor drinking for summer. Save yourself the thousand-plus miles (and thousand-odd pounds) and visit the tropics of London instead. It’s Tiki bars, cocktail umbrellas and fresh flavours galore with these totally tropical venues.
New? The Savoy has been a London landmark since it opened in the 1880s. Where? Strand, London WC2R 0EU www.fairmont.com On the menu: Traditional afternoon and high tea favourites, including a range of teas served with finger sandwiches, homemade scones with clotted cream and jam. First Impressions: The Savoy is a seriously impressive venue with beautiful interiors that boast high ceilings and intricate wall carvings. Thanks to its reputation, it’s a great option for when only the best and most traditional British tea will do. The Look: Art Deco-inspired interiors are dotted with huge displays of flowers throughout. Chandeliers give the building a sense of […]
With summer just around the corner we have one thing on our mind – parties. From hosting the perfect al fresco dinner party to your summer soiree, there’s something about the sun that just makes us want to reach for that mojito and party the night away and we figure that you might just feel the same. So we’ve spoken to the guys in the know, London’s top party planners to get their expert knowledge on how to be the best host in town. We’ll be waiting for the invite…
If this weekend was anything to go by, chances are your barbecue is now well and truly up and running; re-fuelled and no longer home to a swarm of spiders (sorry…). If you’re more of a £5 Tesco disposable barbecuer then you’ll be more than happy to hand the tongs over to the pros. Cue The Jam Tree who are launching their summer barbecue menu today and getting all up in your grill, rain or shine. A great little spot to bear in mind if you’re in Chelsea or Clapham, The Jam Tree is just as much fun for a […]
Volleyball? Check. Karaoke machine? Check. Themed cocktails? Triple check. No, this isn’t the checklist for a boozy holiday in Portugal, it’s actually the checklist for Experience Cinema (the people behind Rooftop Film Club and Underground Film Club) who are going all out to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Top Gun. Whilst most of us don’t remember the film actually coming out, it’s a cult classic that you can’t escape and even if you haven’t seen the film (some of us are very guilty of this) you still find yourself singing along ‘highway to the danger zone’ if your Uber driver’s […]
Sometimes modern isn’t the way forward, sometimes the way forward is actually by going backwards; returning to the past, reverting back to the original. And why are we going down this reflective path? Because that is exactly what is happening with the new Breakfast Club. Since opening the first location in Soho back in 2005, they’ve gone on to make a bit of a name for themselves when it comes to their banging brunches, their secretive bars and their pancakes. Now, following on from their other eight cafes they are heading over to Hackney Wick and going back to basics, […]
In the second of ‘What to do this Weekend’ series compiled by a Handbook team member it’s Editor, Emily’s turn. With the temperature set to reach a rather nice 25 degrees, Emily’s weekend is going to be all about day time parties, bottomless brunches and swimming at Hampstead Heath.
If your gin of choice is poured from a bright blue glass bottle then Bombay Sapphire’s summer pop-up at Jumeirah will be good news, especially if the hundreds of gins available in most bars leave you spoilt for choice. The most extensive decision you’ll have to make here will be which gin-based cocktail to plump for, followed by whether or not to try mixing your own. The Terrace at the Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel is now bursting with blue and white flowers, just in time for Chelsea Flower Show so will be pretty hard to beat for a gin-based sundowner in […]
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