London's Premier Venue, Celebrity and Events Guide

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Cheese and Wine Pairing at Orrery

With an award winning cheese trolley and extensive wine list, you know that Orrery’s cheese and wine pairing evening this Thursday is going to be a great event and a perfect start to their series of monthly tastings.  Head sommelier Kathrine Larsen and cheese expert Anthony Schepper will be giving an insight to their favourite cheese and wine pairings such as the wonderful match of the ever popular Comté cheese paired with Blanc de Blanc champagne. With 10% off the a la carte menu afterwards there is no reason not to enjoy dinner in the main restaurant after the event.  […]

Openings & Launches

Les Misérables – a triumph from stage to screen

If you haven’t already been make sure you go see Les Misérables before its cinema run is finished. It seems to be the marmite of films at the moment – with most critics praising it to the heavens and the small majority loathing it. Ignore the latter – it’s hard to not love Les Misérables. It’s not only worth it for Anne Hathaway’s infamous version of ‘I Dreamed A Dream’ which could – and indeed has – made grown men cry, but for other emotional numbers from Eddie Redmayne and Samantha Barks. Hugh Jackman is worthy of his Oscar nomination […]

Openings & Launches

Les Misérables – a triumph from stage to screen

If you haven’t already been make sure you go see Les Misérables before its cinema run is finished. It seems to be the marmite of films at the moment – with most critics praising it to the heavens and the small majority loathing it. Ignore the latter – it’s hard to not love Les Misérables. It’s not only worth it for Anne Hathaway’s infamous version of ‘I Dreamed A Dream’ which could – and indeed has – made grown men cry, but for other emotional numbers from Eddie Redmayne and Samantha Barks. Hugh Jackman is worthy of his Oscar nomination […]

Read more

Become An Insider

Want free instant access to secret locations, exclusive parties, the latest openings and much more!

Celebrities & Influencers

Britain’s Got Talent is Back

Another year, another series of Britain’s Got Talent where thousands of people come from far and wide to impress the judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams. Auditions began last month in the Oval and controversy is already surrounding the popular TV show. Labrinth’s older brother, DJ and drummer Joshua McKenzie – known by his stage name MckNasty, auditioned in London which will no doubt cause hassle for Simon Cowell down the line as Labrinth is already signed to his label Syco, leading some to believe he may be given favourable treatment. Popular presenters Ant & Dec […]

Read more

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Social Eating House

Exciting news for April which sees the launch of Social Eating House, Jason Atherton’s new hotly anticipated venture opening on Poland Street. Expect an informal take on his Pollen Street Social original of 2011 with sharing plates, a hip upstairs cocktail bar and then a New York style ‘employees only’ downstairs area. Joining Atherton is Paul Hood, who is heading up the kitchen and who has worked with Atherton for six years. "I am really excited to be going into partnership with Paul Hood who is one of the most talented chefs I have ever come across,” he enthures.The premises, […]

Read more

Experiences & Pop-Ups

85th Academy Awards with Seth McFarlene

The 85th Academy Awards will soon be upon us with Seth McFarlene leading the celebrations for the first time. The producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have revealed that the show will be paying tribute to the 50th anniversary of the James Bond film series so expect a suave, thrilling night to remember. Yet again Steven Spielberg, the director and co-producer of Lincoln, has used his Midas touch after the film received the most nominations with an impressive total of 12. Life of Pi was a close second with 11 nominations including a Best Director award nomination for director Ang […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Perfect pizzas with Franco Manca

Ever puzzled at how to bake your own authentic pizza? Franco Manca is here to help, with the Chiswick restaurant running an additional pizza masterclass due to overwhelming demand. Head down to Franco Manca on the 11th February and enjoy expert tuition on making the best sour dough pizza this side of Naples! To top it off (the pizza, as well as the experience) you’ll get the opportunity of using some of the fabulous ingredients that epitomise the Franco Manca cuisine: organic tomatoes from Italy; pizza flour from the renowned Molino Caputo in Naples and the freshest mozzarella courtesy of […]

Read more

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Wellbeing Guide to London

Pledged to be healthier, happier and fitter this year? Well, yoga bunny Sally Lovett figured we could do with a bit of help so she’s just published The Wellbeing Guide to London. The little book is packed full of reviews of wellbeing hotspots plus expert advice from some of the capital’s leading wellbeing practitioners. The Guide aims to encourage readers to slow down and savour the city with a tour of eateries serving organic, vegetarian, vegan and raw food; yoga and meditation centres of calm-inducing tranquillity; and studios, gyms, pools and clubs to practice endorphin and heart-rate raising pursuits. “The […]

Openings & Launches

Welcoming back The Spaniards Inn

If you’re a fan of history, pubs, or both – you’ll be excited by the re-opening of one of the oldest pubs in the city: The Spaniards Inn, Hampstead. Built in 1585, this ancient venue is perhaps one of the most myth-soaked buildings in London, reputedly hosting legendary figures Dick Turpin, John Keats, Charles Dickens and Lord Byron, amongst others. After all those years, no wonder the place was in need of a lick of paint or two – it has now been sensitively restored, meeting the new year with a new look and a re-vamped menu. Old English leather banquettes […]

Read more

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Fornata on Kingly Street

Last night The Handbook visited Fornata on Kingly Street for some classic Italian food. If you are looking to have a three course meal in the usual, starter, main course, pudding order then this isn’t the place to come, Fornata is more informal and is all about bringing the food out in the order that it is ready, it does make it slightly awkward if one person’s dish is brought out first and the other is waiting or if two bowls of salad are sat on your table waiting for the main plates to arrive. But it is perfect if you […]

Read more

  • * a company email is required to download this file
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.