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Out There Cinema on Harvey Nichols’ Rooftop

Back in June they hosted a Grey Goose summer terrace and now the rooftop at Harvey Nichols is welcoming a different type of goose from 26th November until 4th December. Canada Goose, the brand of ridiculously warm jackets favoured by Daniel Craig and Emma Stone, is turning their focus to another top end audience in the form of a pop-up cinema on the fifth floor of Harvey Nichols. As you’d expect with any outdoor winter pop-up, the space is being transformed into a winter wonderland with walls that look like glaciers, flooring that resembles ice and canapés and cocktails inspired […]

Openings & Launches

Nightjar Opens Oriole

Having consistently been ranked in the top three bars in the world since 2012, the guys over at Nightjar certainly know a thing or two about cocktails and now five years after it opened they open their second bar, Oriole today. Opening below Smithfield Market, the bar will focus on the four corners of the world, combining the glamour of an old-school nightclub with swing, jazz and blues performances. Whether you’re sat in one of the luxurious leather booths or perched at the bar on a high stool watching the mixologists there will always be something to catch your attention. […]

Reviews

DF Mexico Review – What We Thought

Put simply, DF Mexico is great fun. The atmosphere is buzzing, the food and drink is delightful, the décor is exciting and the staff are lovely. As soon as we stepped foot in DF Mexico’s Tottenham Court Road branch, we were struck by its kooky design and eye-catching décor. Laid out like an old-fashioned diner – complete with stainless steel chairs, vibrantly coloured benches and vintage, illuminated signs – the walls of the restaurant are covered in striking ornaments and paintings, many of which, it turns out, were produced exclusively for DF by Latin American artists! This contrast between the […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The South Pole Saloon

This might come as a controversy but rumour has it that the elves aren’t happy with Father Christmas. Every year he gets all the credit for bringing the presents, he’s the one on Christmas cards and in story books – but who are the real heroes here? The elves, the ones actually making the presents. They’re kept as slaves and forced to work all year and then Santa revels in the praise. Hardly fair is it? Well, done with a life of slavery, some of the elves have escaped the North Pole and found themselves in…Brixton. On a purpose built […]

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Openings & Launches

CRATE opens Mick’s Garage

Queen’s Yard in Hackney Wick use to be home to Mick’s Mechanics, now, CRATE brewery founders Neil Hinchley and Tom and Jess Seaton have got hold of it and are turning it into Mick’s Garage. Ok, so the name might not be that different, but no the brewers aren’t fancying a go at fixing cars. Instead, Mick’s Garage is going to be a coffee shop/bar/bbq/warehouse – quite the multi-tasker. Gone are the tools, workshops and car parts instead CRATE kegs, trestle tables and reclaimed seats will fill the ground floor. Over in Mick’s old office will be a coffee roastery […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Thank Ya Papa!

Following on from the Bayou Banquet, Slap Ya Papa is returning to London to celebrate Thanksgiving with Thank Ya Papa at Styx in North London. On the 25th -28th November, they’ll be hosting a series of Thanksgiving supper clubs and finishing with a lunch club on the 29th which are all about thanksgiving New Orleans style – in other words big dishes, big flavours and big ingredients. The feasting table will be laden with 10 dishes, so we recommend that you get your eating pants on! Dishes will include truffled brussel sprouts squash casserole, candied yams and deep fried turkey […]

Reviews

Chi Kitchen review – what we thought

Shopping on Oxford Street may strike fear into even the steeliest of London hearts, let alone in the run up to Christmas but there is something about to make it slightly more alluring; the opening of Chi Ki. The pan-Asian restaurant is tucked away at the back of the ground floor of Debenhams providing a peaceful oasis away from the hectic activity outside. The team behind Thai institution, Mango Tree, has created this exclusive concept which will also be launching in Debenhams Birmingham. The menu is diverse with all-day dining options, including breakfast, which is influenced by Thai, Chinese, Malaysian, […]

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Reviews

Bounce Shoreditch review – what we thought

Bounce Shoreditch has recently opened following the success of the first UK ping pong bar in Farringdon, so The Handbook went down to check it out. Located underground the reception strikes me as a bar meets bowling alley kind if vibe, with trendy graffiti on the walls as the receptionists check people in for their bookings. We went on a Sunday evening and the place was already heaving with an energetic buzz about the place.Everything is open plan with 17 bespoke ping pong tables spread around the venue with seating areas in between, though a space by the bar may […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Grand Ganton Hotel at Cirque le Soir

Famously debaucherous, Cirque le Soir have been inspired by the exacting standards of Monsieur Gustave H (Grand Budapest Hotel) and the not-so exacting standards of Basil Fawlty (of Fawlty Towers). We never thought we’d find Basil and Gustave in the same room but we should have known that with these guys, and Cirque le Soir, nothing is ever that surprising. Fabulous and freaky, Cirque le Soir is the favourite haunt of celebs seeking fun and naughtiness, glamour and chaos. A ‘standard’ night at this Soho club promises fire eaters, burlesque, snake charmers, clowns and strippers dressed as babies, as well […]

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News

8 of the Best Midweek Bars & Clubs

Let’s set the scene. It’s a Wednesday night. You’ve been out for dinner with your mates and shared a few bottles of wine. You know you’ve got work in the morning but, rather than go home to bed like a sensible person, you find yourself agreeing to stay out for ‘just one more’. Then, before you know it, it’s 3am, you’ve polished off an unknown number of rum and cokes and you’re on a packed night bus, holding a Big Mac and dreading the moment when your alarm goes off in less than 4hours time. Outside London, such weeknight drinking […]

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