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Galvin At Windows Skyline Bar Gets A Chic Refurb

Golden hour. The period of daytime, shortly after sunrise and sunset, where the sky is redder, softer and as the selfie lovers call it, prime Insta time. There’s one bar across the city, when the sun strikes the earth at ten degrees and magical things begin to happen, and it’s just had a chic refurb! That’s right, following 13 wonderful years at the top of their game, Galvin at Windows, the Michelin-starred restaurant and bar is evolving with a total transformed bar, now aptly named 10º. Known for being the home of First Dates host, Fred Sirieix who is proudly general manager, […]

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24 Of The Best Places To Host Your Birthday

Hurrah! It’s your birthday! You’ve made it through another year but that does mean you’ll get the recurring question for the next month – you’re how old?! But that’s not the only issue. Where the frick do you have your birthday bash? That’s where The Handbook comes in. From brunch to afternoon tea, cocktails to live music, here is your new go-to guide for birthday celebrations in London – they’re no stranger to group bookings either so this year, you can really nail it. Otherworld Haggerston (0.1 miles) Take your friends on a sensory adventure as you step inside OTHERWORLD. You’ll enter an enchanting island […]

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Ice, Ice, (Coffee), Baby: 8 Of The Best London Ice Coffees

After temperatures whizzed up to record temperatures last week and office fans went into overdrive, iced coffee very quickly became our best friend (f*ck off Sandra, I don’t care about your break up now I’ve got iced cappuccino). And so, seeking respite from the sun, not to mention a caffeine hit the size of the Walkie Talkie, the decision was made to seek out some of the best serves of the city, from independent bean grinders to chains. Better latte than never, here’s where we’re buzzing about… Nude Espresso It’d be pretty rude not to go to Rude as temperatures […]

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Bellissimo! Where To Enjoy An Italian Aperitivo

Ah, la dolce vita! ‘Tis the season for orange drinks to be lapped up like they’re going out of fashion. Haven’t had an Aperol Spritz yet this summer? Whatcha playing at! Yet, if you can’t quite jet to the trappings of Tuscany, or perhaps sinking a Campari in Capri is off the cards then don’t worry yourselves. London, too, plays host to a smorgasbord of famed Italian aperitivos, from Campari and Aperol Spritz to Negronis and bubbly… Plus, it’s actually the 100th birthday of the Aperol Spritz this year so even more of a reason to celebrate, hey? Quaglino’s We […]

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One Tequila, Two Tequila, Three Tequila, Floor…

It’s National Tequila Day on Wednesday, 24th of July. Yep, apparently that’s a thing. And, whilst it sounds like an outlandish excuse for Brits to get mid-week wasted, we’re here in a desperate attempt to disassociate your thoughts on tequila with sweaty nightclubs and...

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Dance The Night Away At London’s Best Nightclubs

It’s time to partaaaaay! Long gone are our student days of partying it up until the early hours on a Tuesday night without a care in the world (except maybe a luring uni deadline). And, I’m sure some of us are still guilty of having one to many, then waking up with a stamp splattered on our wrist and a squashed kebab sprawled across your floor wondering how the night went so wrong… But if you’re wondering where to head out, no matter the day of the week (students we envy you), we plucked out a few of our ol’ favourite […]

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8 Courtyards To Cool Down In This Summer

There’s little more magical than a courtyard, a private space hidden deep within a building only accessible to an exclusive few. Think Oxbridge Colleges, Roman villas, Royal Palaces; that kind of thing. Plus, thankfully, lots of our favourite hotels and restaurants. And in the summer months, there’s little better way to enjoy the summer sun than in a hidden courtyard away from the bustling crowds. St Martins Lane Leicester Square (0.2 miles) If lions sleep in dens then St Martins Lane hotel are letting Veuve Clicquot do the roaring. The Den has teamed up with the famous Champagne house and […]

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The Berkeley Opens A Dreamy New Bar And Terrace

Oh yes, The Berkeley has been up to its old tricks again and this time it’s with the brand new launch of The Berkeley Bar and Terrace. You’re soon to be feeling like a bougie wine connoisseur, indulging in a fine selection of rare wines, Champagne and dark spirits, yippee! From July 15th, we’ll be engulfed in the rich design story conceived by Irish interior designer Bryan O’Sullivan thanks to the opening of The Berkeley Bar and Terrace. It’s the second bar to open at this landmark five star hotel joining the notorious Blue Bar which opened back in 2000. There’s a […]

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Spring Into Summer With This New Poké And Spritz Menu

Now the warm weather has finally graced the city, we’re itching to find new foodie menus that won’t leave us feeling too full and drowsy. And we’re in luck! The Connaught Bar will be fuelling us Londoner’s through the summer with their new poké and spritz menu, yippee! Set in the beating heart of Mayfair, The Connaught Bar is tucked away in the luxurious hotel, The Connaught. And they’ve certainly been busy building themselves a reputation, now known worldwide for their signature martinis. So you betcha the new menu defo has some living up to do, and oh does it! Their new light poké […]

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Where To Drink Rum On World Rum Day

Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum (quick sidebar, that ‘yo ho ho’ business sounds familiar, do you think that Father Christmas was a pirate before he started santa-ing? Answers on a postcard…). But if, like me, you think rum is one of the best inventions ever (up there with the jet engine and the toaster) then you’ll be glad to know that we’re in Rum Month, the brainchild of rum makers Bacardi! So what better way to celebrate than a list of rummy places to head.   Trader Vic’s London Hyde Park Corner (0.3 miles) Why: I’m not […]

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