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La Bodega Negra If you’re feeling naughty and want to impress a date with your knowledge of underground London, this one’s for you. The gaudy neon sign outside reads ‘sex shop’ and you’re greeted at the door by a mannequin in a PVC gimp suit, casually lounging by a very adult toy cupboard. Descend into a heady Mexican underworld, a subterranean lair of tequila barrels, tacos and a weird deconstructed piano thing hanging off the wall. This is a place to see and be seen. Better make sure you’re there then (gimp suit optional). www.labodeganegra.com Dans Le Noir Dans le […]

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The Lambert Arms Review

We all love London with its ability to cater to all people at all times but if there’s one thing it has a shortage of, it’s space, luckily we have the countryside to take care of that. Roaming fields, unintimidating wildlife and the ability to actually see the stars at night, sans pollution galore. But city folk don’t tend do to well in camping situations, with no AC, no memory foam mattresses and no bar, it’s not ideal. Country houses are what it’s about so The Handbook ventured North West to Oxfordshire where The Lambert Arms is located for a […]

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The Four Seasons opens a sweet shop

Willy Wonka has sprinkled his magic over the lobby of The Four Seasons Canary Wharf leaving in his wake the recently opened Petite Pop-Up Sweet Shop in one of the former telephone booths. Packed full of nostalgic treats from confectionary brand, Hardy’s Original Sweetshop, guests can expect a treasure trove of jars filled with all the favourites from pick and mix to gob stoppers, lemon sherbets, tantalising toffee and flying saucers. Young guests can channel their inner Alice in Wonderland when they receive an oversized key which gains them entry to collect a complimentary treat. Proving that there is no justice in the world, […]

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A Slice of Sicily

You know what we could all do with right now? A little slice of Sicilian sunshine… but seeing as that is unlikely we’ll take Sicilian tomatoes, Sicilian lemons and all other sorts of Sicilian food with the opening of Iddu. Part caffe, part restaurant and part alfresco dining, Iddu is opening on Harrington Road and is founded by Luca Del Bono the man behind The South Kensington Club which sits adjacent to it.  Serving up fresh, natural, flavours with Mediterranean flair alongside Sicilian wines and Sicilian-roasted coffee beans the day will start with granolas with organic yoghurt, egg-white frittatas with […]

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Queenswood – Battersea’s new hotspot

Love Soho nook Damson & Co and live south of the river? Well come next month, Battersea dwellers are in for a treat as the peeps responsible are launching Queenswood, a new neighborhood resto in Battersea Square. The 70 cover, all-day restaurant and bar promises well sourced, healthy and exciting dishes with globe-spanning influences. Female head chef, Aude Placktor hails from Paris and her starters will feature the likes of Corn and coconut cakes, elephant ear and shitake mushrooms, avocado and almond flakes, Steamed clams, Guadeloupe style with coconut, ginger, chilli, okra and spring onion while mains include Mirin and […]

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A Secret Mexican Party…

When you think of Coyote Ugly, what probably comes to mind is a hot, scantily-clad Piper Parabo giving it her all dancing atop a bar, right? And when you think of Mexico, it’s all margaritas, mezcal and moustaches, yes? So if some (very wise) guy decided to combine the two that’d be pretty darn awesome, huh? Step forward Peyote Ugly. Feeling revitalised having spent a few weeks dancing around campfires, playing the banjo and generally soul-searching in the Chihuahuan Desert, Peyote Ugly is returning to Mayfair’s naughtiest Mexican joint on 24th February for a second instalment of tequila-fuelled mayhem. Sombreros […]

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Calling all catwalk queens…

Calling all FROW fashionistas and catwalk queens to the hottest party of London Fashion Week… Having showcased their AW 2015 collection at Horse Guards Parade (tipped to wow the crowds) Norwegian fashion designers Kristian and Hila Aadnevik are celebrating in style by hosting the party to end all parties at Chelsea’s Eclipse bar on 23rd February. Kristian has dressed whole host of stars, including Beyonce, Rihanna, Cheryl Cole and Nicole Scherzinger, to name but a few, and this bash is expected to a star-studded event, attended by the designers, a bevvy of models, fashion insiders and plenty of recognisable faces […]

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Balans Soho Society Review

If you love mini doughnuts served with pots of cream and jam to dip them into then you are going to like this review but good things come to those who wait so let’s start at the beginning. Balans Soho Society serves as a bookend to the strip of restaurants directly opposite Westfields Shepherd’s Bush (the other bookend is The Meat Co which is also excellent; clearly this is a good area for dining). It’s one of five venues and is relatively new to the area, the first originating in Soho. Don’t be fooled by some of the cocktails that […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Balans Soho Society Review

If you love mini doughnuts served with pots of cream and jam to dip them into then you are going to like this review but good things come to those who wait so let’s start at the beginning. Balans Soho Society serves as a bookend to the strip of restaurants directly opposite Westfields Shepherd’s Bush (the other bookend is The Meat Co which is also excellent; clearly this is a good area for dining). It’s one of five venues and is relatively new to the area, the first originating in Soho. Don’t be fooled by some of the cocktails that […]

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Big Fernand: the hamburgé is coming to get you

You’ve tried the hamburger so now it’s time for the hamburgé! The Gallic twist on the US burger is crossing the channel and installing itself in Fitzrovia’s Percy Street next month. Much as we love a good ole burger, they’ve never been particularly chic but Big Fernand is set to change all that bringing the bistro to the burger with super-fast service, quirky vibe and oodles of Parisian savoir faire. The new venue promises to take the American classic and blend it with a ‘grand’ helping of French gastronomy. We’re talking artisan buns – made in London to a French […]

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