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Whisky Lovers: Head To Bird Of Smithfield

Whisky lovers: head straight to the Birdcage at Bird of Smithfield! The winter lodges have arrived and they’ve teamed up with progressive Hebridean distiller, Bruichladdich to offer the perfect whisky escape for Londoners. Making whiskey with 100% Scottish barley, the Bruichladdich distillery has sat on the Isle of Islay since 1881. Having finally closed in 1994 the distillery was given a new lease of life in 2001 when it was bought by enthusiastic private investors keen to see whisky made the proper old fashioned way and as such Bruichladdich is now both highly regarded but also able to place the highest […]

Openings & Launches

DND: The City’s New Speakeasy

Ziegfeld Follies: a series of Broadway and Vaudeville shows in early twentieth century New York. The follies were famous for their troupe of beautiful, slightly risque, chorus girls, known as Ziegfeld girls. Wearing elaborate costumes they “paraded up and down flights of stairs as anything from birds to battleships”. It’s this inspiration that the new bar, DND, hidden under the Vintry & Mercer hotel will take to bring the speakeasy style bar to life when it opens its doors in spring. With pictures of iconic Ziegfeld girls on the walls, the century-old images will look kindly on the retro glamour […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

6 Of The Best December Pop-Ups

December is the month to be festive and jolly, to get out and about with your friends, and there are venues and activities popping up all over London. With so much choice however it can be difficult to choose where to go or simply where to begin. So how about we offer a little helping hand. Here are the Handbook’s suggestions for the first six pop-ups to put on your merry hit list.  Bubble Bros Bubble Bros, Ben Broad and Joe Bruce will be taking their beloved Prosecco van off-road, hosting a three-day Christmas pop up on Columbia Road.  Guests will […]

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Guides

9 Alternative Christmas Feasts

As it is now December we can officially say it is not too early to start planning your Christmas. Mission number one, the turkey. Who’s cooking it, who’s bringing it? Do we even want turkey? No, tired of the big bird?  Don’t worry, there are plenty of alternatives, from Christmas meals made entirely of crisps, to festive takes on KFC…

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Christmas Workshops at Mondrian London

Amongst all the mince pies, carols and mulled wine, Christmas is actually rather a good time to get creative. Have a go at creating a wreath, bake a yule log, get fancy with your decorations; it’s not all about eating and drinking. With this is mind Mondrian London are hosting a series of Christmas workshops. Make the most of your Monday (4th December) with skincare brand Soveral who will be providing a masterclass in how to use essential oils for your health and immune system, the perfect rescue remedy for the party season and cold weather. You’ll then get to […]

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Guides

What to do This Weekend: 1st – 3rd December

Now it seems that the countdown to the weekend is running alongside the countdown to Christmas, 1 day and 25 respectively! Which also means that our weekend ideas are getting increasingly Christmas-led, great news if you’re as excited as we are about Christmas, but if you’re bored of the whole thing don’t worry, there’s bottomless brunches and burgers on offer here to go with your bah humbugs! Either way, make the most of London this weekend. Brixton Rooftop What: Cheese Town Why: In those roundups of the best towns to live surely Cheese Town would come first. Sure, your house […]

Reviews

We Review: Vegan Street Food in Camden

What: So it turns out that Camden Market is much more than a thriving metropolis for overpriced goth wear, dubious looking drug alternatives and cheap fast food. Not only have their food stalls improved overall, from which they are part of 1000 plus stalls, but the vegan offerings are plentiful and varied. New? Hardly, Inverness Street in Camden Town started selling local foodstuffs from the beginning of the 20th century. It expanded in 1974 to include a small weekly crafts market that operated every Sunday near Camden Lock which then developed into a large complex of markets that over a […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Hong Kong Hotspot Arrives Here

‘Failed In London? Try Hong Kong…’ goes the old addage, explaining why the acronymn F.I.L.T.H. is so often applied to expat Brits working in the former colony. Well the restaurant Duddells is the exact opposite of FILTH, it’s been wildly successful in Hong Kong and now it’s arrived in London. In Hong Kong Duddell’s was awarded its Michelin star within months of opening and in four years has cemented itself at the very pinnacle of the Hong Kong dining circuit. Having now taken over St Thomas Church at London Bridge, a team of designers from Michaelis Boyd (responsible for fantastic Groucho […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

New McCain Roastaurant

If there is one place in the world that is mad about their roasts it’s England. I thought it was a British thing, but no, turns out the Scots aren’t too bothered, (not sure about Wales), but we in England are just potty about them. Every Sunday, it is a tradition for the family to sit down together and devour a Sunday roast. It is only when you visit other families however that you realise everyone has their own version and traditions, concerning how they like their roasts. There I was glibly thinking that everyone was sitting down to the […]

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Openings & Launches

New Soho Club Packs A Punch

What do Mike Tyson, Ricky Hatton or Amir Khan have in common with Soho’s latest sophisticated cocktail bar opening this week? Not much, but the tenuous link is that Jack Solomons, is both the inspiration for this new bar and also the father of modern boxing. Built on the site of a former boxing gym, Jack Solomons found fame and fortune in British boxing’s golden years following the Second World War. His tactic of bringing big fighters from the US and Britain together to maximise audience, publicity and takings was a stroke of genius that continues today. Jack Solomons Club […]

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