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Colonial Common designer speakeasy

In celebration of its recent launch in the UK market, US design incubator Teroforma is launching  Colonial Common at London Design Festival (14th-23rd September), a nine day American whiskey and bourbon bar experience, combining whiskey tastings and cocktails with bluegrass music, low-country cooking and high design. The bar, tasting room, and design shop in Shoreditch invites show-goers to celebrate the American small-batch bourbon and sipping whisky culture.  Founded in 2006 by American-Swedish husband and wife team Anna and Andrew Hellman, Teroforma’s business model is all about connecting people through the products they make.  The evolving space set in the heart […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Buddha Bar’s LFW cocktails

Mixologist Kester Thomas has unveiled a bespoke cocktail collection to mark London Fashion Week – inspired by the favourite tipples of key fashionistas. The French 76, a blend of Babicka vodka, St Germaine elderflower and Champagne, is an homage to Kate Moss, while the Macha Miuccia needs no introduction. This heady hybrid of macha green tea, Koco Kanu rum and white chocolate is a (Prada) bag-ful of delight. Matthew Williamson’s bohemian chic is encapsulated in The Ernesto, a combo of silver tequila, maraschino, lime and pink grapefruit juice and Marc Jacobs is represented by The Thurston Howell – Captain Morgan’s […]

Openings & Launches

London Edition

Tomorrow marks Ian Schrager’s return to London for the first time in 15 years since he introduced Sanderson and St. Martins Lane to the capital. The London EDITION, is the latest from EDITION Hotels, the brand he conceived in a partnership with Marriott International. The former Berners Hotel has been reinvented inspired by the traditional English country manor and the quintessential London private gentleman’s club. Behind the refined Georgian exterior and majestic public spaces, are a dance club, two bars, a 24-hour fitness facility and 173 wood panelled rooms and suites. Originally built in 1835 as five luxurious townhouses, the […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Leave the Tex Mex Behind

Mestizo, which means a mix of everything, is a Mexican restaurant that lives by its namesake drawing inspiration for their food with a mix of 10 Mexican states. Leave behind your idea of tex mex as this is authentic Mexican food, made by people who have clearly grown up eating and creating these dishes. The food here is really traditional, which is never more apparent once the starter of Tamales Costenos had arrived. The tamales comprise of corn maize filled with your choice of pork with morita chile, pollo pibil or beans & cheese wrapped in a banana leaf, and […]

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Reviews

Love Brunch at Kensington Roof Gardens

Up until now I had always thought of brunch as a post party affair, normally slightly hung over from the night before, we would go in search of eggs royale, strong cups of coffee, bacon and maple syrup pancakes and sometimes a bloody Mary or two. Or if not the night before, post gym/early morning catch up with friends. That was until I went to LoveBrunch. It started when a group of friends who met every weekend for brunch, slowly expanded until they reached almost twenty and realised they were on to something. As more friends joined them they started […]

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Reviews

Love Brunch at Kensington Roof Gardens

Up until now I had always thought of brunch as a post party affair, normally slightly hung over from the night before, we would go in search of eggs royale, strong cups of coffee, bacon and maple syrup pancakes and sometimes a bloody Mary or two. Or if not the night before, post gym/early morning catch up with friends. That was until I went to LoveBrunch. It started when a group of friends who met every weekend for brunch, slowly expanded until they reached almost twenty and realised they were on to something. As more friends joined them they started […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

Bunga Bunga’s 2nd birthday

It’s hard to imagine Battersea without the much loved Bunga Bunga, but it is in fact just about have its second birthday. We have had two years filled with brunches, pizza, dancing, karaoke, and good old shiny, camp European fun. To make Berlusconi even more proud, they will be celebrating turning two with the biggest and best Buon Compleanno Party that Battersea has seen. Preparations have already started with Uncle Berlusconi wanting Bunga Bunga to look her absolute sparkly, flashy European self. With a new lick of paint, the stage extended, a new sound system put in and even more […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

JING Twilight Tea at Sketch

Sketch is launching a tea with a difference this month. The JING Twilight Tea, promises an evening alternative to the traditional afternoon affair. Served from 6-11pm in the Parlour and the Glade, the special tea will work well as a light dinner, alongside evening drinks or as part of a celebratory night on the town. On arrival, guests will enjoy a palate cleanser of JING Silver Needle White Tea cold-infusion followed by a set menu, created by Pierre Gagnaire including  Paris mushroom croque monsieur, Italian mortadella with figs, aubergine and apricot marmalade, and a Smoked salmon millefeuille with salmon roe […]

Culture

Daphne’s Drawings to support Great Ormond Street Hospital

South Kensington favourite, Daphne’s have teamed up with some of Britain’s most loved celebrities to create 13 unique works which will go on sale to raise money for a new four bay ward on the cardiac ward at Great Ormond Street Hospital and The Handbook went down to check them out. The celebrities who include Bill Nighy, Jessie J, Helena Bonham Carter and Jade Jagger were all given a simple pen and ink sketch of several heart balloons created by East London illustrator Emiloumakes and were let loose to interpret it in any way they wanted.  The result, 13 completely […]

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Openings & Launches

Pont St.

Next Wednesday, Belgraves, the boutique Thompson Hotel, will launch Pont St, a contemporary seafood restaurant with chef and author, 31-year-old Sophie Michell (The Greenhouse and The Lanesborough). She is currently one of the youngest female Executive Chefs in Britain. Her menu will showcase Sophie’s distinct style of seafood, as inspired by her time spent in California and Australia, and her time living in the Mediterranean. Says Belgraves owner, Aron Harilela,“Sophie’s experience and passion inform her cooking, with her dishes succeeding in being healthy yet delicious. Pont St will be the perfect platform for Sophie to showcase her fresh approach to […]

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