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The Courthouse Hotel’s Private Cinema Club

A few hundred metres from the huge cinema in Leicester Square lies a cinema much more low-key… and much more luxurious. Battle your way through the tourists and up the regal steps of The Courthouse Hotel. You may have heard of their calming Sanook Spa (we reviewed it back in October) and their wintery Soho Ski Terrace but we’ll be impressed if you know about their state of the art cinema room. Newly refurbished, the cinema boasts leather seats and tactile suede walls and cult classics shown every Saturday evening – Chicago, The Breakfast Club and Breakfast at Tiffany’s are […]

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A Very Scandalous Afternoon Tea

For those of you unfamiliar with scandal water, just to quickly stop you from jumping to all sorts of questionable theories, it’s merely 19th Century slang for tea – and is being used as a focal part of the London EDITION’s afternoon tea. Now this may seem like an obvious concept, it is afternoon tea after all but London EDITION has decided to turn their back on the endless stream of sugary treats that normally fill our afternoon teas to focus more on the drink that began the mid-afternoon pick me up. Five teas will be served alongside five dishes […]

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Champagne with Leonardo DiCaprio

Going to the cinema it’s a classic date, albeit a little clichéd, unless that is you’re going to the cinema in a hotel and you’re drinking Champagne at the same time.  The popular Film & Fizz series is returning to One Aldwych on Fridays and Saturdays, this time in partnership with Curzon Cinema meaning that guests can expect to watch films, some still on general release, from the comfort of the hotel’s 30-seat screening room and with a glass of Lallier Grande Réserve Champagne – beats the supersized Diet Coke.  Films include Joy, Leonardo DiCaprio’s latest, The Revenant  and Youth […]

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The Savoy’s New London-Inspired Cocktails

The Savoy is as quintessentially British as Charles Dickens, Harry Potter and our beloved Marks & Spencer. The first luxury hotel in Britain, it has paved the way for the highest standard of service since it first opened way back in 1889. Despite this British-ness we speak of, the name of one of their most iconic bars is slightly contradictory. The American Bar, equally as renowned for its innovative cocktails as it is for its live jazz and bartenders in crisp white jackets, is digging its roots a little deeper into British soil with a new menu inspired by the […]

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Seasonal & Celebrations

10 of the Best Christmas Trees

Ever since Prince Albert popularised Christmas trees in the Victorian period (Queen Caroline had in fact been having Christmas trees in England from the 1790s); they  have been the pinnacle of Christmas decorations. We’ve rounded up 10 of our favourite Christmas trees that can be found in London this year, from traditional spruces to metallic gold and silver umbrellas programmed to moved! 

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Top 5 Christmas afternoon teas

We love afternoon tea, we love Christmas and now for a brief period of time we will be able to enjoy both at the same time. You might have seen our last piece, on festive afternoon teas, well now, we’re back with our guide to the top 5 Christmas afternoon teas in London… Corinthia Hotel London What: Laurent-Perrier festivi-teaWhy: Enjoy a hand-made Corinthia Christmas with their festive themed tea, or should we say festivi-tea (see what they did there?) in The Lobby Lounge which offers a selection of sandwiches, warm scones and then to finishes, a selection of festive themed fancies.Where: Whitehall Place, […]

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Relax this Christmas at So Spa

It’s around about now that we all start waning isn’t it? Our schedules are full of nights out, drinks with friends, Christmas parties, manically trying to tie up loose ends up work before the end of the year and doing our Christmas shopping. Suddenly everything feels a little too much and that’s when we succumb to the flu we’ve been holding back all year. What you need then is a little break from it all, a little time for yourself, because we all need to look after numero uno before we can think about spreading the Christmas cheer to others. […]

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Christmas Slow Food and Living Market

We’ve waved goodbye to Halloween, seen as many fireworks as we could possibly cram into the weekend, and now seen our first of the ‘major’ Christmas adverts, which means it’s official – the countdown to Christmas is in full swing. However reluctant we may have been at the start of October, you can’t really argue with the festive spirit when you realise that Christmas Day is exactly 6 weeks today. Rosewood London is launching their Christmas festivities at the end of November (so if you can’t think Christmas until December this is for you) with a Christmassy spin on their weekly […]

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Royal Marines Boxing Bout at Café Royal

If our birthday falls midweek we can justify going for dinner with close friends on the night and then, come the weekend, drinks and a night out with the extended friendship group. If you’re the Queen you also have two celebrations; her actual birthday on 21st April and her official birthday in June. They have royalty in their name so it comes at no surprise that Café Royal are celebrating their 150th anniversary with a whole series of glitzy events. For one night only, specially selected members of the Royal Marines will jump in a specially built ring for a […]

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Le Bun at Le Zetter

Bon appétit, excusez-moi, faux pas… We are all guilty of embedding phrases en français into our dialect now and again to make us sound a little bit chic and now The Zetter Hotel are getting in on the action, becoming Le Zetter for five weeks only. Pourquoi, you may ask? Well, street food burger favourites Le Bun have got themselves a slightly more permanent home and a five month residency at The Zetter in Clerkenwell. Le Bun are adding a touch of neon to the eclectic interiors of the quirky boutique hotel. Vintage televisions and video players will be artfully […]

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Seasonal & Celebrations

K – West’s Chocolate Spa

This week promises all things chocolatey at The Handbook. In honour of National Chocolate Week hitting the capital there is a huge range of one-off events, pop-ups and special menus on offer, from the more standard chocolate tastings to the more unusual including chocolate sausage rolls. If we didn’t love chocolate so much we’d probably be a bit freaked out. If you really love chocolate, and I mean really love it and eating it just isn’t enough then how about being wrapped in it? Sounds a bit sticky but K Spa are promising a smooth experience with their Chocolate Spa […]

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W London ‘Goes Dutch’

They gave us Edam cheese, tulips and clogs – for which we are forever grateful and therefore we can’t think of a country more deserving of a themed takeover than the Netherlands. From 9th to 23rd October, the public areas of W London in Leicester Square, will be restyled into an ‘Ode to Amsterdam’ where guests will be able to try out a Dutch menu, Dutch-inspired cocktails, film screenings plus get the opportunity to win a Dutch bike. All this is for a reason though as it celebrates the opening of W Amsterdam, as part of an empire expansion from […]

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