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Urban Villa opens

If the dream of living in a fancy London apartment is just a distant, expensive fantasy then we have an alternative solution. Boutique hotelier Urban Villa has just opened its first property in the Great West Quarter development in London, combining boutique hospitality with the convenience and comfort of luxurious residential living. Instead of the typical bathroom and bedroom scenario, you will find a lounge area complete with kitchen and fully functioning oven, stove and even dish-washer. Each of the 100 all-suite bedrooms also boasts an enclosed winter garden with floor to ceiling panoramic views which gives the building its […]

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Our Guide to… The Best Juice Bars in London

It looks like London’s love affair with smoothies and juices might just stand the test of time. And who can blame us, when the benefits of drinking them include glowing skin, healthy hair and a whole host of other health benefits? Most importantly how else are we going to get our kale/ beetroot fix before 9am? So here are 5 of the best juice bars that we at The Handbook HQ love: Moosh Good thing that the Moosh team are super whizzes at blending up juices and smoothies fast so you can get one and go, as come the weekend […]

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5 of the Best Juice Bars in London

It looks like London’s love affair with smoothies and juices might just stand the test of time. And who can blame us, when the benefits of drinking them include glowing skin, healthy hair and a whole host of other health benefits? Most importantly how else are we going to get our kale/ beetroot fix before 9am? So here are 5 of the best juice bars that we at The Handbook HQ love:

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Start (Chinese) New Year on a High at The Shard

Chinese New Year. Hmm. What to do, what to do? You want an authentic experience but that doesn’t mean you want to be rattling around Chinatown eating cold dim sum and getting squished by snap happy tourists. Good thing that the Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard is putting on an authentic but indulgent experience then, isn’t it? The festivities will take place between 18th and 22nd February and will include an awesome combination of Asian heritage, food and, of course, breathtaking views from the TING Lounge. Tuck into a veritable Chinese feast, with traditional dumplings and sweetened lotus nuts symbolic […]

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Blixen, a new venue you can bank on

This month get set for a new and exciting addition to Spitalfields’ restaurant scene in the shape of Blixen, an informal take on a grand European brasserie from co-owners Clive Watson and Justin Gilbert. The venue, a former bank, boasts a ground floor dining room and bar – all terrazzo-tiled floor and leather banquettes – with open kitchen and covered terrace garden accessed via a plant-filled pergola, plus a lower ground cocktail bar and private dining room housed on the former site of the bank’s safe. The seasonal menu gets the ball rolling with breakfast dishes such as Toasted Banana […]

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A very big house in the country

Anytime any of the MIC crew traipses outside of the SW3 postcode area someone always inevitably pipes up on how great it is to get out of the City and for once we find ourselves agreeing with our favourite reality posh totties. Our heart belongs to heaving capital but once in a while we like to head out for pastures green and have a brief dalliance with the countryside, and where better than a manor house? Flitwick Manor is a four star Grade ll listed country house in Woburn, part of the Menzies Hotel Group, and only 40 minutes from […]

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Bonnie Gull’s Massive Makeover

Bonnie Gull Seafood Café in Exmouth Market has undergone a new year’s nip ‘n’ tuck and is reopening next month as Bonnie Gull Seafood Bar. Executive chef, Luke Robinson (Fifteen) will continue to head up the kitchen alongside Head Chef Gavin Gordon, who has moved across from the original venue on Foley Street. A new menu will focus on keenly priced small sharing plates and bar snacks with selections from the ‘sea’, ‘shore’ and ‘land’ such as Flame-grilled Newlyn cod collars, Salt n’ Pepper Channel squid with jalapeno mayonnaise; and flamed ox-heart with homemade piccalilli. There will also be a […]

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Our Guide To…February Pop-Ups

Marco’s Meatballs at Forza Win Always extraordinarily successful with their pop-ups, the latest installment from the guys at Forza Win is Marco and his marvellous meatballs. Get yourself down to the Vaults Festival in Waterloo to sample these authentic Sicilian balls of love alongside your best pals. Tickets can be bought online. Open now until 8th March www.forzawin.com Pillow Cinema in Shoreditch Underground After a sell-out month in January, Pillow Cinema have decided to pop up for the first two weeks of February, too. Yep, the thoughtful guys down at the old Shoreditch Underground Station will continue to deliver “the cosiest […]

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West 36: Your new home from home

Welcome to West 36 a new grill house and cocktail lounge opening on Golborne Road this week and it wants to be your new home from home. Which we’re welcoming because let’s be honest, it’s going to be better than your office which feels like home the amount of time you spend there. We have a sneaky suspicion it’s going to be a good’un for several reasons: firstly it’s owned by Robert Newmark who also owns Notting Hill favourite Beach Blanket Babylon, secondly Jon Pollards formerly of Soho House is heading up the kitchen and lastly they’re going to be […]

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Busaba Opens in Shoreditch

Hot on the heels of its recent O2 launch comes Busaba Shoreditch, which, when it opens next month, promises to be the Thai chain’s most ambitious launch in its 15-year history – not to mention coming just in time to celebrate its 15th birthday! The two floor monolith will feature a new Kinnaree bar (pronounced Khin-NAH-rah #justsoyouknow) and two terraces as well. The Kinnaree is a half-woman, half-swan creature that adorns many holy places in Thailand and visitors can expect to see khon dance masks and bronze temple bells centrepieced by- a hand-carved Kinnaree statue. The cocktail list will include […]

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