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Experiences & Pop-Ups

TONIGHT: The Saké Event Not To Miss

For goodness saké, did you miss the start of world saké season again? The season officially opened on October 1st, on what’s officially called Nihonshu, but don’t worry, you can still get involved. And thanks to Japanese restaurant and saké bar Sakagura, located on Mayfair’s Heddon Street, we can all be involved via their saké tasting journey. Saké is a Japanese rice wine, a sort of cross between beer and wine and a delicacy in the land of the rising sun. And here too, if you know where to get it. So why not attend Sakagura’s own mini saké and spirit […]

Travel

The Madrid Hotel Giving Us Interior Envy

A sucker for jetsetting to a place that hasn’t yet been scratched off the world map hanging on my wall, I was delighted to hola, gracias and Dóndemy way to Madrid upon being asked. One Iberia plane ride later (which I kept calling Iberico by mistake, much to my embarrassment), I hopped into a taxi and Arriba, Arriba! Ándale, Ándale-ed! My way into the capital. First Impressions: It’s often hard to formulate an opinion of a city from the outset, and most, until you really get under their skin, have the tendency to appear similar in the ways of hustle […]

Travel

Vineyard Vacations

Does it really get much better than staying in a location surrounded by wine? Likely not! And there are some exquisite locations positioned around our globe, from Cali to Tasmania, ideal for lifting a glass to the lips and whiling away the hours amongst grapevines and overlooking sunsets. Vineyards, you had us at merlot… Moorilla Estate, Tasmania, Australia Moorilla definitely isn’t your stereotypical vineyard, nor is it what you’d imagine when thinking of a traditional vineyard clad in old stone and grapevines. Located on the southeast corner of Tasmania – an island off the southern coast of mainland Australia, most […]

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Fashion & Beauty

Fanny Steaming And 5 Other Reasons To Hate Gwyneth Paltrow’s Notting Hill Pop-Up

There’s a new pop-up that’s somehow made its way across the Atlantic and onto Westbourne Grove without anyone batting an eyelid. Welcome Goop, Gwyneth Paltrow’s oh-so-nutty shop. If you’re looking for ground-zero of vaginal steaming, 24 karat gold dildos and endless goats milk then here it is. The physical outworking of Gwynnie’s blog ‘Goop’, the pop-up has just opened and we can only hope it’s going to be as dotty as it should be. So before we check out the opening in person, here  are six times that Goop has made us want to slam our fingers in the car door… […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Get Up Close and Personal With a Porn Star…Martini

Created in 2002 by Douglas Ankrah at Townhouse in Knightsbridge, the Porn Star Martini is the cocktail we order when we know we’re going out out, rather than just out. There’s a big difference. And now there’s going to be a whole house dedicated to the cocktail as part of London Cocktail Week. Running from the 3rd October until the 6th October Absolut will be taking over a townhouse on Greek Street in Soho to create an immersive porn star martini experience filled with games, tastes and sensations across four floors. Your first stop is a mist-filled forest where you’ll […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Is This The Sexiest Chinese Food In Town?

What: So while most of us might be used to eating Chinese food on our laps in front of the telly, high-end Chinese restaurant Park Chinois has a more luxurious idea of dinner and entertainment. Replace Chinese from your local take-away with Mayfair standard Asian cuisine and replace watching Gogglebox with top-quality cabaret. New? Park Chinois is at the forefront of London’s fast-growing cabaret scene, so while they’re dab hands at putting on a show, their latest offering is brand new. First Impression: The opulence at Park Chinois is palpable, as soon as I put my pauper foot through the door […]

What to do This Weekend

Don’t Miss These Weekend Belters: Friday 28th – Sunday 30th

It’s only the bloody weekend again! Yes, time has elapsed meaning that we’re staring down the barrel of two whole days (and an evening, if you count Friday) of time to fill with fun, food and flights of fancy. Which is where The Handbook comes in. Viva la weekend. Bubblewrap Waffle What: Cat lady It would seem that the appetite for creepy Japanese cat-person Hello Kitty remains unabated. So much so that there’s now a Hello Kitty Pop-up, popping up at Bubblewrap Waffle. We are now mid-way through quite a heated office debate about whether Hello Kitty is actually a […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Dante NYC Cocktail Bar Shakes up an Inferno

Quite a few noteworthy things have popped out from New York; from the Waldorf salad and teddy bears to the Tom Collins and pneumatic railway. It’s an innovative city and whenever anything New York City related steps in to any walk of life, we kinda know it’s going to be grandiose, big and probably done pretty darn well! Which is why the news of Dante NYC popping up in Quaglino’s bar is something to shout about. The menu on offer will consist of 10 drinks which can be enjoyed over the space of the week-long residency. This sumptuous list will […]

Reviews

The NYC Inspired Boozy Brunch That’s Just Landed in Soho

What: There’s something rather disappointing about going back to your usual night out haunt during the day, the appeal is lost, the floors are normally sticky with last night’s drinks and the atmosphere is understandably dead. Not at Spuntino though, the Soho restaurant known for their raucous nights are giving us a reason to return the next day, they’re throwing their cards on the table with the launch of a bottomless brunch and take it from us, it’s a good one. New? Relatively, the brunch launched back in August, Spuntino itself though has been around since 2011, which for a […]

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Hotels

London Hotels Hitting The Big Screen

Normally when the lights go up in a cinema you’re left smelling of stale popcorn and looking at the dilapidated surroundings of a fading multiplex. Not at these places. We’ve had a scour around to see where in London has half-decent screening rooms and come up trumps. Whether it’s Little Miss Sunshine in Shoreditch or Psycho in Soho these hotel screening rooms will have you covered. And if you’re not looking to rent one out wholesale, most do film nights.   Mondrian London London Waterloo East (0.3 miles) Ever been to Odeon and paid extra for a “director’s” chair? Well […]

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