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Dating In The City

‘Dating is just fantastic!’ said no one ever. The first meet is always filled with self-doubt. For example, did I touch his leg under the table? Did he touch my leg under the table? Did I want him to touch my leg under the table?! These experiences are character building at best and soul destroying at worst. But who needs a soul anyway? Here are an array of dating ideas for every stage of your relationship. So get your Happn on and get down to our list of dreamy destinations.

Openings & Launches

Vintage Salt: Cornwall in London

When it comes to summer in England there is nothing more quintessential than a trip to Cornwall, but when the sun shines, dropping everything and heading south takes more effort than we can often muster – 6 hour car journey? No thank you. Well now all you’ll have to do is head over to Selfridges, because launching on the 1st May is the 3rd pop-up from Des McDonald, On the Roof with Vintage Salt which is inspired by Cornish fishing villages. Nautical ropes will guide the way to the terrace where you’ll find drift wood, cut summer flowers, weather reports […]

Reviews

Basement Sate

Sometimes you get bars that try to be cool and sometimes you get bars that just are cool. Basement Sate definitely belongs to the latter. Their new chef Kelly Nadiarian has recently launched a unique menu which includes cocktails such as Turtle Avenue (dark & white rum, spiced pineapple syrup, coconut water) and Thunder Cloud (tequila, aperol, blueberry vinegar, lemonade). The winner of the trio definitely has to be the Jessica Rabbit (gin, golden syrup, elderflower, carrot juice). An original and playful combination –  which is commendable but the fact that this cocktail tastes as good as it sounds made […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

St Pancras Competition: The Year of Beer!

Whether it be beer or ale, traditional alcohol is definitely the current hipster tipple of choice. So if you want to get ahead on the social scene, you need to become a beer connoisseur, and quickly. What better way to impress your new, bearded friends, then by being the proud owner of a years’ worth of beers? For the next two months, the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel is offering the exclusive opportunity to re-design the bottle label of their famous St Pancras Beer, which is a craft beer brewed exclusively for the hotel by a microbrewery. In order to enter […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Asia De Cuba Launch New Menu

Last night, The Handbook was treated to a preview of the new Asia de Cuba menu at the St Martin’s Lane Hotel. Headed by Chef Luis, this innovative menu fuses the unlikely pairing of Asian and Cuban cuisine, with some very tasty results! The evening began with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, including savoury churros and red ceviche. A special mention must go the super attentive and professional serving staff, who were at the ready with napkins for me, after I’d stuffed my face with a tasty churro. We also had a fantastic waiter at our table, who filled my glass […]

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Reviews

The House of Peroni

When it comes to summer there are two things that go hand in hand:  drinking and doing it alfresco, I’m referring to drinking there, I don’t want to know about your antics. All the better if you are somewhere like Italy or if like us a faux Italy.  You might remember we told you about House of Peroni presenting Vita al Fresco which is currently at Harvey Nichols?  Well with the sun shining, we thought where better to go for our Friday night drinks then there? Also quite frankly we didn’t want to be jostled around on the pavement like […]

Reviews

The House of Peroni

When it comes to summer there are two things that go hand in hand:  drinking and doing it alfresco, I’m referring to drinking there, I don’t want to know about your antics. All the better if you are somewhere like Italy or if like us a faux Italy.  You might remember we told you about House of Peroni presenting Vita al Fresco which is currently at Harvey Nichols?  Well with the sun shining, we thought where better to go for our Friday night drinks then there? Also quite frankly we didn’t want to be jostled around on the pavement like […]

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The Royal Opera House’s limited edition L’Occitane Tea.

If I was to write a list of my favourite things it would definitely, amongst others, include fresh flowers, Champagne (I’m not even sorry), new perfume and scones with clotted cream.  Put them together and it can only lead to excellent things – like combining two of my other loves chocolate and peanut butter. Anyway before I digress the Royal Opera House have done just that, throughout May they are serving up a limited edition floral tea in association with L’Occitane and their fine fragrances – La Collection de Grasse.  It’s served in the spectacular Paul Hamlyn Hall – famed […]

News

The 5 Best Places to Eat Vegan

Although the naysayers (your grandmother) will tell you that Veganism is just a hippy fad, it is a foodie trend that has been gaining significant pace in the last few years. So whilst you may be weary of unkempt beards and kabbala bracelets, there’s surely nothing wrong with trying a meal made up entirely of fruit and veg. Check out our list of the top five vegan haunts below… 222 Veggie Vegan What – One of London’s best vegan restaurants offers way more than just lentils and pulses. Why – The biggest draw of this quaint spot is its 100% natural […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The 5 Best Places to Eat Vegan

Although the naysayers (your grandmother) will tell you that Veganism is just a hippy fad, it is a foodie trend that has been gaining significant pace in the last few years. So whilst you may be weary of unkempt beards and kabbala bracelets, there’s surely nothing wrong with trying a meal made up entirely of fruit and veg. Check out our list of the top five vegan haunts below… 222 Veggie Vegan What – One of London’s best vegan restaurants offers way more than just lentils and pulses. Why – The biggest draw of this quaint spot is its 100% natural […]

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