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Get Drunk Like A Vegan

One thing that strikes fear into the heart of any vegan: ordering food in a non-vegan restaurant. The mix of having to scrutinise the menu and interrogating the waiter on the exact ingredients used can be a stressful affair, but at least the drinks menu is a safe space, right? Wrong. Cocktail menus have all sorts of sneaky animal-derided products in them like egg whites, honey and cream-based liqueurs – enter Dead Dolls House. All of the cocktails at Dead Dolls House are totally vegan-friendly, that’s right, vegans can booze it up guilt free. This means you can drink away […]

Seasonal & Celebrations

Happy July 4th at Mondrian London

Celebrate American Independence Day on this side of the pond? Normally, we wouldn’t dare, but an exception can be made for Mondrian London’s July 4th celebration. To honour their heritage in the states and the holiday, the Mondrian will be having several events in early July with an American emphasis. The hotel’s restaurant Sea Containers will kick off the fun with a special menu on the US holiday. There will be all kinds of delicious American food to be had, with Londoners getting a chance to sample ‘Maryland Crab Cakes,’ ‘All American Barbecue Ribs,’ ‘Strawberries and Cream Donuts’ and more. […]

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Laurent: Hotel Café Royal’s New Restaurant

What: With restaurants in New York, Hong Kong, and the Caribbean, internationally renowned chef, Laurent Tourondel has chosen London, the best foodie city in the world, (we’re allowed to be bias) as the home for his first European restaurant. Taking over the first floor of the Hotel Café Royal, the restaurant replaces the slightly soulless restaurant that sat on the ground floor which, in turn, now takes on the role as an impressive lobby. New? Yes, the restaurant has only just launched, we however snuck in and managed to get a preview. I say snuck in, I mean not literally […]

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Rooftops and Terraces

English Sparkling Wine, DJs and Instagram Views at Florentine

Champagne might have been at the top of the sparkling wine game for a long time, partly because the name sounds fancy and it makes us think we’ll all be that little bit more sophisticated if we drink it, but actually we should be championing all things homegrown and English sparkling wine is definitely giving it a run for its money, especially the award-winning Chapel Down.  And this summer you the English winemaker has teamed up with Florentine Restaurant & Bar to host a series of pop-up rooftop bar nights. A Curious Corner by Florentine will give you everything you […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The Boutique Hotel Inspired by Gin

Love gin? Love gin so much you want to dream in gin? The Princess Victoria one of the earliest and notable gin palaces dating back to 1829 opened five luxury boutique bedrooms Back in the 19th century, too much gin and you’d be crawling out to some questionable lodging house. Too much gin in the 21st century and you can head upstairs to one of the bespoke bedrooms, each named after a famous gin cocktail: the Negroni, Bramble, Vesper, Gibson and Bronx. Inspired by gin botanicals and the beauty of the original 1820s gin palaces, each rom will feature artwork […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Where To Watch The World Cup (If You’re Not In Russia…)

Lads-lads-lads, play-up Pompey, REFEREE. Um, that’s about my limit. Football is a closed book, a bunch of millionaires running round a stadium, and if that’s what you’re after then do it properly and let’s feed Sir Philip Green to the lions or something else funny. But while the offside rule may as well be written in Sanskrit, I do understand sipping rosé on a rooftop terrace, downing canapés and socialising, so maybe the World Cup won’t be all that bad… If you’re a sports nutter, or you’re a normal, reasonable, person, there’s something for everyone this World Cup, here’s a […]

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Rooftops and Terraces

Have a Forage at Rosewood’s Summer Terrace

It’s around that time of the year where a trip down Oxford Street, or any busy shopping street for that matter in the hot sun and bustling crowds, causes family fall-outs, a bled dry bank card, and foot ache that causes the whole excursion to centre around buying a new pair of shoes. In other words, most people need some respite during city escapades, so how does a summer greenhouse in the middle of Rosewood hotel’s Edwardian courtyard sound? Rosewood have introduced their Botanist Greenhouse, with a brand new cocktail menu ready to peruse. You’ll have to do a little more […]

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Rooftops and Terraces

Brosé: The Rosé Rooftop Terrace For Men (And Women)

Let the brosémance commence, Brosé is a thing now. Someone clever and marketing-y at Veuve Clicquot has decided that rosé Champagne has a bad rep among men. Clearly blokey blokes are put off sipping pink bubbly drinks from flutes, the whole thing needs to be re-thought through. Their solution: just add football… Brosé On The Roof (bros + rosé, geddit?) launches next week at Selfridges and markets itself as ‘the ultimate terrace for ‘bbros and gals’ alike’. Set on the roof of the iconic Oxford Street store, the luxury experience will include the World Cup on big screens, table football […]

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Travel

The 10 Best Places to Drink in Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s Bramble Bar has just been named the best in the UK at the recent Top 50 Cocktail Bar awards, a title that follows a long list of other accolades including being amongst the worlds top 50 bars in 2013. So as a nod to this, we thought it only fair to round-up the best bars in Edinburgh to give you a choice of tipples, aside from whisky. Copper Blossom What: Copper Blossom Why: The interior of Copper Blossom is simply stunning, set against exposed brickwork and brimming with artwork by Edinburgh artist Lynsey Jean Henderson. Enjoy a drink, or two, […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The Best Places to Drink Gin in London

Gin. Three letters, a single word, and one very powerful meaning. It’s the drink we sip on in Summer, the tipple we taste pre-dinner, and the spirit we always want more of, in all its weird and wonderful forms. So, without further ado ahead of World Gin Day, we’ve rounded up some of the best places to enjoy the drink across the capital.     London Gin Club What: London Gin Club Why: Perhaps an obvious choice given the name – London Gin Club has over 350 gins on offer, and with a selection like that its definitely peruse-worthy. Housed […]

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Openings & Launches

A New Wimbledon Champion

Wimbledon! You read it here first, the very first mention of the world famous tennis venue on The Handbook this year. Expect to see the word many more times over the coming month, but this isn’t a guide to the best places to stock up on strawberries and cream, tactics for queuing or a list of afterparties, in fact it’s nothing to do with the championships at all. It is, though, an exciting new opening coming to the home of English tennis. 601 Queen’s Rd has just opened in the heart of Wimbledon, down the hill from the village and […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Rake’s Café Bar Makes for the Perfect Pit Stop

If you’ve had to make do with the train food cart’s selection of basic crisp flavours and overly strong coffee, and you’re desperate to indulge in something a little more flavourful, Rake’s have got your back. The new café bar have hit the location nail on the head, positioned right next to Liverpool Street Station, offering comfort food, coffee and cocktails, much needed after the hustle and bustle of Liverpool Street Station, alongside a cocktail menu of classic concoctions. In historical context, a Rake was someone who habitually wasted his fortune on wine, amongst other things, and we can’t say […]

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