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Critics’ Choices: Where We Reviewed In July

July zipped by in a haze of Love Island and intolerable heat. So how do we deal with office temperatures that peaked at 32 degrees (with the AC on!) here at The Handbook? Go out and eat in some of London’s best restaurants, of course, oh and travel. Here’s all the places we enjoyed in July. Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa What: Just very sly… Why: Okay, so I’ve wanted to go to the Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa since I was about 11 years old. Genuinely, proper bucket list stuff. Couldn’t afford it for my honeymoon but would have […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Olé! Get Your Fiesta On at 34 Mexico

34 Mayfair is about to be transformed into 34 Mexico. Get ready for a fiesta as legendary Mexican bar Licoreria Limantour takes over the Emin Room at 34 Mayfair, the Tracey Emin decorated private dining room. For a wild five nights, enjoy contemporary and classic cocktails from the other side of the Atlantic, with drinks highlighting Mexico City’s distinct flavours; think pink grapefruit, angostura bitters, smoked pineapple and LOTS of limes. Some special sips include the Mr Pink – Plymouth gin, pink grapefruit, rosemary, lime and orange bitters, and the Ascuas – Monkey 47, amontillado sherry, roasted watermelon, togarashi, lime […]

Openings & Launches

Belsize Park Gets a New Local

As the 1st of August lands today, office chats have been peppered with comments inclusive of “where’s the year gone?”, “time has flown by” and, brace yourselves, “it’ll be Christmas soon”. However, with the advent of a new month comes exciting things too and not just a sour attitude towards time flying the older we get! Introducing The Belrose, a pub providing an eclectic drinks range to help you celebrate the coming of August. Yes, that’s right, open today is Belsize Park’s latest pub addition which will also serve up Italian-inspired food through the use of its big ol’ clay […]

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Openings & Launches

Top Venues That Opened in July

July, it’s been a scorcher and not just because of the weather, there’s been a whole host of new restaurants and bars opening, from new sky high bars in the Gherkin and bakeries in Marylebone to Indian restaurants in Kingston. Here are the best new openings to check out this month. Manifesto What: Seasonal Pizzeria Why: Clapham saw the opening of Manifesto this month, a new seasonal pizzeria with pizzas starting at just £6. Using the best ingredients, flour will be sourced from Molino Pasini who have been producing flour for over eighty years under the same family whilst mozzarella […]

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Culture

The Influential Women in London You Need to Know About

2018 is the Year of the Woman, so let’s get after it. London is a diverse town, full of culture, business, government, charity, athletics and so much more. Women have shaped the city in every sector, and it is time to fully celebrate the impact females have every single day. We are here with a list of some of the most badass, influential women in London this summer who are encouraging others to seize the day. They are out here with art exhibits, talks, books, presentations, government campaigns, national campaigns and so much more- proving that girls DO, in fact, […]

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Openings & Launches

Grab a Kebab at the New BabaBoom Islington

Your favourite kebabs are coming to Islington! BabaBoom is expanding to make their charcoal-grilled creations available to even more people. Made-from-scratch, Middle Eastern meats are still the focus of the new shop, but there are some new stars on the menu. Think Baba’s beer (their own special draught by Belville Brewing Co.) and weekly #poweredbykebab special events. There will even be £5 kebabs during the weekdays – power lunch, anyone? The new location will obviously carry on their famed weekend brunch, including dishes like their Good Morning Kebab- date-glazed bacon, harissa labneh and sumac fried eggs. Get excited to enjoy even […]

Openings & Launches

The Return of the Swinging Sixties at Old Compton Brasserie

From gloom and war emerged baby booms, ‘mod’ fashions and mini-skirts, and it’s without a doubt that the 60s are worthy of a recap, which is why Old Compton Brasserie, opening in the heart of Soho in September, is sure to stir up the nostalgia. The artsy drinking and dining space seeks to relight the sixties Soho fire, equipped with pop paintings of Twiggy and Kate Moss, and in true houndstooth and mod style, there will be an abundance of colour throughout the space. Holding hands with the theme will be a curated cocktail list, by The Talented Mr Fox, which […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

London to be host to the Biggest Singles’ Event in England

Remember the last singles’ event you went to? The awkward silences, the dull small talk and the feeling that you back at a school party standing at the edge of the room? It’s enough to make you want to give up and live the solo life for life. Or are you fed up of going to the park and seeing a load of smug (albeit sweaty in this weather) couples? Of course, if you were to go Inner Circle’s Summer Polo Festival it wouldn’t be like that at all… Now in its fourth year, the event which is hosted by […]

Things to do With Kids

Off With Their Heads: Take Your Kids To One Of These Castles This Summer

An Englishman’s home may be his castle, but you don’t need to travel too far to find some Englishmen for who this is literally true! And the great thing about Britain is that there are no shortage of examples to visit, ideal for any little apprentice knights or princesses you might have in tow. From hauntings to adventures, return to ages past as you explore these monuments, enjoy their grounds and shop in their giftshops. Here are a few to visit this summer. Dover Castle, Dover What: The Key to England Why: Go big or go home clearly applies at […]

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Openings & Launches

Tish Opens: A Celebration of Feasting, Food and Family

David S Levin has always dreamed of opening his own restaurant, over the years he has perfected his skills cooking for family and friends and now the time has come for him to open the doors to Tish, a contemporary kosher restaurant and bar serving up Jewish heritage family favourites. Opening in Belsize Park, the restaurant will be serving up a dairy-free menu of both classic and modern dishes. Heading up the kitchen will be John Ellison, formerly Head Chef of Bob Bob Ricard. He’ll be starting the day with a menu of Challah French toast with pear compote and […]

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