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Winter Wonderland at The Winter Lodge

Although winters in England may be more grey skies and sleet than crisp wintry nights filled with festive cheer there’s no reason you can’t enjoy the cold season in a winter wonderland. This December the Balcony Room at the Shakespeare Globe Theatre will be transformed into a Winter Lodge filled with everything you could desire to make this Christmas as merry as possible. A roaring fire will keep Jack Frost at bay as you recline on warm fur throws while enjoying the vintage skis, sledges and classical decorations. Even the staff will be dressed in festive jumpers and vintage apres […]

Openings & Launches

TWORUBA

The Borough Market cool factor is expanding into the environs of nearby Tower Bridge. New destination café bar TwoRuba will be the area’s latest hotspot when it opens next week with its bespoke furniture, luxurious fabrics and snug or ‘adult playpen’ for private hire. By day it’s a casual coffee bar but come the evening it promises to transform to a happening place to drink cocktails. Open from 7am, breakfast is all about juices and smoothies, freshly baked pastries and classic cooked options while a light lunch menu serves up salads, sharing dishes and gourmet sandwiches. Dinner features a selection […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Carom Review

Pan-Indian restaurant Carom has recently undergone a refurbishment taking it out of the traditional Indian style décor, so commonly adopted by Indian restaurants, and bringing it bang into the 21st century. The large open plan venue now boasts the look of a trendy lounge and bar where guests can enjoy the extensive bar menu including the amazing Lychee and Hibiscus cocktail with vodka, hibiscus and peach liquer, lychee puree and soda water, before heading over to the main restaurant. Executive head chef Vishnu Natarajan has updated the classic Carom menu, adding a selection of new plates focused on sharing while […]

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Bourne & Hollingsworth

You may remember back at the start of the month our guide to the best new restaurants opening in September and how we told you about the Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings opening in Clerkenwell? Well the all-day brasserie opens next week with a 70-cover restaurant and greenhouse (though we suspect this is a conservatory), relaxed café, bar and private rooms. Amidst décor resembling the faded grandeur of a stately home – all trailing plants and rich fabrics – guests will choose from a menu of modern British style brasserie food created by 27 year old Parisian born head chef Alex Visciano’s […]

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The Homage: Review

The Homage Grand Salon at the Waldorf Hilton has recently appointment a new Executive Head chef, the charming Robert Prendergast (Grosvenor Guoman Hotel, Renaissance hotel group and Intercontinental) bringing with him 16 years of experience including years spent in Cardiff, Ireland and Hong Kong. The Handbook were invited down to try out the new a la carte menu which has modern European influences and has a partnership with the Buccleuch Estate beef. The restaurant itself is large and imposing with high ceilings and an ornate gold and white Louis XVI style décor with glittering chandeliers, elegant columns and leather banquets, […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Homage: Review

The Homage Grand Salon at the Waldorf Hilton has recently appointment a new Executive Head chef, the charming Robert Prendergast (Grosvenor Guoman Hotel, Renaissance hotel group and Intercontinental) bringing with him 16 years of experience including years spent in Cardiff, Ireland and Hong Kong. The Handbook were invited down to try out the new a la carte menu which has modern European influences and has a partnership with the Buccleuch Estate beef. The restaurant itself is large and imposing with high ceilings and an ornate gold and white Louis XVI style décor with glittering chandeliers, elegant columns and leather banquets, […]

News

Magic Mushrooms at Kew

The Intoxication Season at the Royal Botanical Gardens will explore the secret history behind Mind-Altering Plants and Fungi. From the opium poppy to more socially acceptable stimulants like coffee and tobacco, intrepid visitors will discover that no plant is inherently a drug, a medicine, or a poison.   You can also check out tobacco plants and opium poppies at the Princess of Wales Conservatory and discover innocuous looking specimens which can kill or cure depending on their chemical usage and dosage while over in the Secluded Glasshouse, architectural food smiths, Bompas & Parr will run a Plant Connoisseurs’ Club. Part-workshop, […]

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Openings & Launches

JOOP! Crazy Night

JOOP! Fragrances is offering fans the ultimate night out, sure to put a spring back into any relationship. The evening will begin at exclusive private members club Disco in Soho where couples are encouraged to battle it out with other couples to win a once in a lifetime, money-can’t-buy experience at the end of the evening; the ‘Crazy Night’, by capturing the craziest photo of themselves and their partner and uploading to social media using #JoopCrazyNight. These photos are instantaneously printed in the venue using a revolutionary Instagram machine, which also simultaneously provides a fun JOOP! goodie bag. After the lucky […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

D and D’s Blackout Dinners

As part of the Totally Thames Festivals (where the beauty and the history of the river is celebrated), restaurant big dogs D&D have been hosting their Blackout dinners once again throughout September in their riverside restaurants.  For those who missed out last year, the dinners (which are a set menu and price) are hosted by candlelight so that diners can experience the unspoilt beauty of the Thames at night, because let’s be honest it’s much more magical at night, when the sludgy brown water becomes a sparklingly black and is lit up by the lights of the city along the […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

D and D’s Blackout Dinners

As part of the Totally Thames Festivals (where the beauty and the history of the river is celebrated), restaurant big dogs D&D have been hosting their Blackout dinners once again throughout September in their riverside restaurants.  For those who missed out last year, the dinners (which are a set menu and price) are hosted by candlelight so that diners can experience the unspoilt beauty of the Thames at night, because let’s be honest it’s much more magical at night, when the sludgy brown water becomes a sparklingly black and is lit up by the lights of the city along the […]

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