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The Supa Dupa Brunch Party

Imagine your coolest friend and imagine their apartment. Now imagine a New York-style long and lazy brunch party and mix the two together. This is exactly what is happening in The Hoxton Holborn Hotel’s new Apartment when super cool DJ Emily Rawson hosts The Supa Dupa Brunch Party in October. We love the Hoxton for their informal, Scandi-style interior and welcoming atmosphere which makes it all too easy to settle in for the day on one of their comfy velvet sofas – and actually not much reason to leave, thanks to Cheeky spa, Hoxton Grind coffee and then the cosy […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Rooftop STOREY continues

There’s something about al fresco dining in the colder months that makes us feel like we’re in a ski resort. Wrapped up in big scarves with great company and great food is a pretty ideal situation for something a little different and luckily for us, STOREYS West London are extending their summer rooftop sessions until mid-October so we are saying goodbye beach body, hello burgers and subs. Housed on the former BBC building’s multi-storey carpark, visit whilst you can because in 2017 it will be transformed into a new development including homes, gym and restaurants, with the rooftop turning into a […]

Reviews

Charles Worthington Express Menu review

At The Handbook we love telling you about the best new places to eat with the hottest new menus but today we have a slightly different menu to tempt you with, the Charles Worthington’s new Express Menu especially designed for ‘time poor’ City workers.Expect the same treatments but with a chunk of time knocked off by recruiting an extra pair of hands to help. Treatments like a blow dry can be completed in 15 minutes, a colour regrowth and blow dry in an hour, and a half head of highlights and blow dry in 75 minutes. My flavour of the moment […]

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5 of the Best Doughnuts

Ever since the launch of Electric Diner and Donuts in Portobello doughnuts have  been at the forefront of Londoner’s sweet-led minds. Then came Nuno Mendes with his crab doughnuts at Chiltern Firehouse, which dominated the restaurant columns of summer 2014. Now, still sitting proud at the top of the foodie trend chain and seeing as we’ve pretty much passed bikini season, we’re giving you our round-up of the top 5 doughnuts in London:

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Openings & Launches

The Modern Pantry Finsbury Square Opens

This weekend saw the launch of The Modern Pantry in Finsbury Square, housed in the art deco Alphabeta Building, it’s the second venture from Anna Hansen and Head Chef Rob Mcleary. Taking inspiration from Anna’s Danish roots and the Danish Modern movement, New York based designers, Avroko have used kept things understated and clean cut with white wash walls, graphic tiles, high ceilings and teak, oak and walnut woods.  Dark blue and off white hues throughout the restaurant represent the Flora Danica, a complete atlas off indigenous Danish plants that was created in the 18th and 19th centuries. And just […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

GAIL’s Bakery Garden Party

The smell of hot bread and pastries is probably one of the best there is, so we count neighbours of GAIL’s artisan bakeries as very lucky people. Luckier still, neighbours of their Hampstead store are this year invited to their annual Garden Party, now in it’s tenth year! We daren’t think about how many loaves we have consumed in that time… The garden/street party began as GAIL’s way of saying thank you to their local community for supporting them – although we think it works both ways and a lot of people want to thank them for their morning kickstart […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Spirit Social Winter Series

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again; *whisper it* summer’s over. Whilst autumn may have you reaching for the mulled wine or a comforting Bailey’s by the fire, Duppy Share rum are ensuring you can keep with you a bit of summer warmth with a series of pop-up bar events from October to December. Named after Caribbean ghost, Duppy, who, as legend has it, used to take the best of the evaporated liquid from the barrels as the rum aged – known as the Duppy Share. Canny little thing. This playfulness is reflected in the mix of cocktails being […]

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Guides

8 Best Meeting Venues In London

Fun fact of the day: London’s economy generates about 30% of the UK’s GDP, making it one of the pre-eminent centres for business on earth. With this in mind, here’s the Handbook’s round-up of some of London’s very best venues for that all important work meeting:

Openings & Launches

400 Rabbits Opens

What do the Aztecs have to do with a new restaurant opening in Crystal Palace? Well 3 things; beer, pizza and rabbits. Confused? Let us explain. Opening this month, is 400 Rabbits a restaurant serving up beer and pizza and from the same team behind the much loved The Lido Café. Now back in the day when the Aztecs were  around (so a long way back in the day) they use to worship the God of Fermentation and the Goddess of Alcohol – our thoughts exactly pretty cool huh? Anyway the God and Goddess got together and the product of […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Urban deli MI + ME opens

For the people who get a hankering for a decent sandwich at lunchtime we have some good news for you, the opening of new urban deli Mi + Me. Forget a certain high street chain we could mention, Mi + Me will be serving only the best quality meat and cheese in their offerings. Each sandwich is tailored towards the customer’s tastes with an ingredients list that boasts items like Dorset Air Dried Beef, Suffolk Rosemary Salami and a Kent Blue cheese – their signature sandwiches include the Hand Pulled BBQ Beef and Two Cheese Toastie. What good sandwich wouldn’t […]

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