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Wine not? The wine brand that wants it to be more than just drinks

All good things come in threes, which must be why there’s going to be three nights of wining and dining, courtesy of Campo Viejo’s, Casa Campo Viejo. If you think we’ve just spouted a tonne of Spanish words, it’s probably because we have. Within reason though, might I add. In essence, Campo Viejo have launched an event that will allow Londoners one-and-all the opportunity to enjoy an evening, or two, filled to the brims with Rioja. I personally, decant even cope with how great this sounds… see what I did there? If not, you need a night at Campo Viejo’s […]

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London’s Best Wine And Cheese Joints

Man may be unable to live by bread alone, but throw in some wine and cheese and he could probably do just fine. Give us a bottle of fermented grapes and a plate of coagulated milk proteins and we are set for life, and where better to do it than at these unmissable London cheese and wine joints. And if you needed more of a reason then today is national cheese and wine day. WC Clapham What: Flush With Options Why: Public toilets and cheeseboards should never Venn. Ever. Except, that is, when you’re at Clapham Common and the public convenience […]

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Corinthia Hotel’s Bassoon New Cocktail Menu

Fall back into the mystical era of New Orleans in the 1920s, the Bassoon of the Corinthia Hotel is launching a new cocktail menu, a partnership between one of London’s most established hotels and the East of London’s trendiest wine bars, created by award-winning bartender Marcis Dzelzainis of Sager + Wilde. Inspired by the cocktails culture of that period in time, each drink is a modern take on the classics. Have a taste of the Meadowsweet Martini, its delicate flavours are countered with frozen vodka and acidic Verjus, commonly known as the juice of unripe grapes. A play on the […]

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Drink Up: It’s National Tequila Day

Tequila, that sweet sweet nectar of the agave plant has got its own national day on 24th July. I’m not sure how they dole out the national days, or why a drink made in Mexico from a plant that doesn’t grow here gets its own national day, but either way let’s just grab a bottle of Patrón and get down to business. Here’s a bunch of places doing National Tequila Day stuff in London… Bar Salsa What: BYOL (Lime) Why: I predict a run on limes (Kaiser Chiefs’ less successful B-side) at the Temple Tescos this afternoon, as Bar Salsa are […]

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44 Berkeley Square: Where to Party in Mayfair

There are three essential things you need to for any party: a great venue, the right sort of music for your guests (and if you’re inviting me, please not mind-numbing trance) and of course enough food and drink. If you’ve got those three then everything else will fall into place. If you’re starting to think about end of year parties (we won’t be saying the C word yet) then there’s a new place in town – 44 Berkeley Square, the former home of the world-famous Annabel’s. Originally designed by Mark Birley in 1963 the new incarnation of the venue retains […]

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The Handbook Meets…Tatiana Petrakova the Vodka Connoisseur

When it comes to jobs, Tatiana Petrakova has a pretty enviable job, brand ambassador for Russian Standard Vodka, and this year the vodka supergroup has launched a new campaign, ‘Raise Your Standards’. We caught up with Tatiana to talk all things vodka, how to pair it with food and where to catch Russian Standard Vodka this summer! How did you become a brand ambassador for Russian Standard Vodka? It happened over 8 years ago, when I was looking for a new move in my career having already worked in alcohol industry for a few years looking after central London on-trade. A […]

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Hoxton’s First On-Site Brewery Opens Today

Hoxton has a new onsite brewery and we’re all ears. Brewhouse & Kitchen has launched its brewpub today of all days, with craft beer galore ready to grace many a lip. A bit of a triple threat, the architecturally ace location is easy on the eye, boasts bountiful amounts of beer and is a place perfect for a chill-out. Mid-Summer in the capital and the streets are paved with passers-by, suitcase pullers, school trip stragglers, wistful window-shoppers and then us, the locals, who really want to get lost in a pub paradise for a while. You’ll therefore be pleased to […]

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Awesome Afternoon Teas

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Afternoon Tea at Swan

Wondering how to spend your afternoons this summer? You might be interested in experiencing an enchanting Midsummer Night’s Dream pop-up at Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe. And rightfully so, because where else would you celebrate Shakespeare? The theme splits between Titania’s Tea Garden for Afternoon Tea and Puck’s Gin Emporium for an evening gin bar. The midsummer’s garden will be decorated with tumbling wisteria, trailing ivy and overflowing florals for a Fairyland in the Balcony Room, right on the river with stunning views to St Paul’s Cathedral. Titania’s Tea Garden will be in service for afternoon tea serving sandwiches, cakes and scones […]

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Things to do Outdoors

How To Have The Perfect London Staycation

There’s never been a summer better suited to the staycation. Like ever. Forget Greece, back-in-your-box Spain, it’s all about London-town this July and August. No Ryanair fine for not printing your ticket, no death-wish taxi ride to your hotel, no getting mugged in Barcelona, no we’re staycating right here in London. And there’s plenty going on to make it half-decent. Slip n Slide Fest What: It’s slippery, it’s wet Why: The Slip and Slide phenomenon is rushing in waves to the UK, drenching everything in its path. Welcome to the UK’s first, and biggest, 1,000 ft Slip and Slide festival, […]

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The TERRAZZA MARTINI We’re Excited About

MARTINI is bringing a certain ‘gioia di vivere’ not to Milan, but to London with its Terrazza in Covent Garden Piazza. The snug spot is ideal for a lazy catch up with friends or for a date-night drink, with cosy lounging areas and mood-setting festoon light. MARTINI will be available in its truck loads, with guests able to enjoy the latest serve of the tipple the Riserva and tonic. The aim? To bring you busy London bees a bit of respite before the 9am e-mail onslaught. To add to the super cool nature of this whole affair, guests can book a Vespa […]

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Tap 13: Tooting’s No Waste Bar Opens

DSC Group the team behind Donostia Social Club, The Tapas Room and DSC Imports has just opened Tap 13, a zero-waste tap bar in Tooting Broadway Market and it sounds right up our street. Making its home in The Cave, a space in the market home to pasta restaurant Mamma Mia! and Ulam, the Filipino sizzling dish concept, Tap 13 has no bottles, no mixers, no disposables, recyclable kegs and no straws. Basically, no waste. If you think that it just means 13 different craft beers you’d be wrong, they’ve got three cocktails, three wines,  one frizzante, two ciders and […]

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We Review: Kaspar’s, The Iconic London Restaurant

What: Kaspar’s At The Savoy, the restaurant synonymous with a cat that stops tables of thirteen having bad luck (by being their fourteenth guest), has launched a new menu. And rather than taking the easy route and saying it is a new seasonal menu they are basing their new menu around the notion of it being ‘not bound by the seasons but inspired by them’ which seems to me rather like they are having their (seasonal) cake and eating it. New: As everyone knows, The Savoy is a stalwart of London society in an ever-changing city. Opening its doors in […]

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