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Seasonal & Celebrations

Piste at Archer Street Opening

Struggling through winter days at work, when all you can think about is how much you wish you were in the middle of the Alps? Archer Street in Soho has taken pity and will be transforming their downstairs area into Piste, which will celebrate the best of Aspen, St. Anton, Val D’Isere, Verbier and St Moritz. The décor will feature lots of dark wood, rafter boards and antique skis to really make guests feel like they’re in their own little ski chalet in the mountains. Piste will also launch a range of special festive cocktails for the ski season, including […]

Openings & Launches

Zinc

Cocktails, dancing, DJs and spectacular views over the capital – welcome to Zinc launching today on the 31st floor of Centre Point, a level below Paramount restaurant. Overseen by General Manager Greg Ballester, Zinc will open Friday and Saturday evenings with DJs playing beach house, melodic, hard house and electro. And with a 4am license too, come spring, you might even be able to watch the sun come up. Designed by Studio Wick, interiors feature a snake-inspired velvet chaise longue winding its way down one entire side of the lounge, fretwork walls, cutting edge lighting and a futuristic 10ft Tom […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Floridita Launches New Music Nights

This month, Floridita has launched an array of new live music nights, including ‘Rock and Roll Circus’ on Thursdays, designed to celebrate the venue’s place in music history: Floridita stands on the original sit of the famous Marquee Club which played host to many of the most influential and exciting musicians of the 60s, 70s and 80s, including Led Zeppelin, U2 and The Who. Floridita’s ‘Rock and Roll Circus’ will feature break-through artists and talented tribute bands and acts, so guests will feel totally immersed in the rock and roll atmosphere. Floridita has also designed a special cocktail list for […]

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Reviews

Le Secret Des Rôtisseurs Review

Last week The Handbook headed over to Canary Wharf to get stuck into some seriously good chicken over at Le Secret Des Rôtisseurs. The restaurant has enviable views out over the river, (want the best view? Ask for table number 61 upstairs) and is made up of booths and small tables downstairs with room for larger groups and private parties upstairs.It’s all very sleek with dark tones and low lights. Some of the chairs have come all the way from the Eiffel Tower –and yet it is still warming and with cheeky photos of chickens with outrageous hair dos. When […]

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Reviews

Le Secret Des Rôtisseurs Review

Last week The Handbook headed over to Canary Wharf to get stuck into some seriously good chicken over at Le Secret Des Rôtisseurs. The restaurant has enviable views out over the river, (want the best view? Ask for table number 61 upstairs) and is made up of booths and small tables downstairs with room for larger groups and private parties upstairs.It’s all very sleek with dark tones and low lights. Some of the chairs have come all the way from the Eiffel Tower –and yet it is still warming and with cheeky photos of chickens with outrageous hair dos. When […]

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Openings & Launches

Purple Panther Events

Christmas party season is practically here; don’t tell us you haven’t secured your venue yet?! Well, for once, it may not be the early bird that catches the worm… Let us introduce one of London’s leading event management companies, Purple Panther Events. Founder, David Harriott has over 20 years’ experience arranging upwards of 5,000 corporate and private events worldwide for blue chip companies to ultra-high net worth individuals. However, what makes these big cats rather unique is their insanely large portfolio of venues and off market properties – accessible neither to the public or agencies. If you’re really out to […]

Openings & Launches

Sixtyone Restaurant

Launching today in Upper Berkeley Street is Sixtyone, a partnership between chef/patron Arnaud Stevens (St Mary Axe, Maze, Le Jardin des Sens, La Tante Claire, City Rhodes) and Searcys. He will introduce a modern British menu that will feature dishes such as Mussels with bread soup and crispy suckling pork belly, Rabbit confit with parsnips, mustard and pistachio, Jerusalem artichokes with with Scottish girolles and hazelnuts, Fillet of venison with salsify, celeriac and  blackberries. Desserts include Banoffee parfait and Braeburn apple tarte tatin. General manager is Artan Mesedrani (Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s) and the sommelier is Jonathan Cellier (Sercys Club […]

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News

Classical Mass: Karl Lutchmayer

Want to try something new on Sundays? Why not try ‘Classical Mass’ hosted by 20th Century Theatre: you’ll see some of the most talented classical musicians perform a selection of their favourite pieces. Sunday 17th November will see Karl Lutchmayer perform his ‘Virtue and Virtuosity’ about which he writes: ‘Curiously, the words virtue and virtuosity come from the same Latin root virtus which signified qualities of valour and manliness. This recital explores Classical, Romantic and early 20th century ideas of pianistic virtuosity, from Haydn who was writing for the most technologically advanced instrument the world had ever known, via Romantic […]

Hotels

Mike Choi wins UK Cigar Sommelier

The Bulgari hotel has reason to celebrate as Mike Choi, Manager at the Edward Sahakian Cigar Shop at The Bulgari Hotel & Residences has just been announced as the UK cigar Sommelier of 2013 at the UK HabanoSommelier competition. Having been Manager of the Edward Sahakian Cigar Shop at the London-based hotel since it opened in May 2012, Mike brings over 18 years of extensive international experience in the hospitality sector on three continents to his position, he is also one of the first people to gain a Master of Habanos Cigar qualification from Hunters & Frankau.  The competition was […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

A special announcement from deWintons

deWintons are pleased to announce a strategic partnership with The Admirable Crichton. All deWintons staff and operations are now based at The Admirable Crichtons offices in Camberwell, London. Anis Asghar, CEO of the Admirable Crichton, comments on deWintons' rich heritage, loyal and dedicated customer base, expansive food offering and strong and passionate team: all of which fuelled the decision to acquire the company. The boutique charm and dynamic team approach of deWintons and The Admirable Crichton's reputation for luxury entertainment and outstanding food combine to make the perfect partnership. The two separate brands will be maintained, enabling them to serve […]

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