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10 Reasons to Visit Lausanne, Switzerland

While England likes to throw its name in the hat for a decent winter experience we normally end up with grey slush and a transport system that weeps and collapses at the first sign of frost. For a true winter wonderland where inches of snow settle prettily while 90% of trains are never more than 3 minutes late (tell us your secret), the new winter destination you should know about is Lausanne, Switzerland and here’s why. The Mountains One of the strongest draws of Switzerland is its natural beauty; Lausanne is one of the towns that borders Lake Geneva and […]

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Break The Bank Dinner At Heliot Steak House

Are you busy rolling around in your Christmas bonus, struggling to find something really fantastic to spend it on? Don’t have enough people to buy presents for this Christmas, or frankly think that you yourself are the bee’s knees and should probably just go spend £1000 on yourself? Well, look no further, The Handbook has the perfect solution for your swollen pockets. Fancy spending £1000 on a six-course dinner? Yes we thought so. Now buckle in, and listen up. On second thoughts lose the belt altogether, you won’t want it. Put your caftan on and prepare to gorge yourself. The […]

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Christmas Carols at The Ned

With its high ceiling which is perfect for towering, sparkling Christmas trees, twinkling lights and emerald green columns, The Ned was built for Christmas. And to mark their first festive season, they are hosting carols with Gareth Malone in the grand banking hall, which is sure to defrost even the coldest of London hearts. Millie’s Lounge and Cecconi’s will both be serving set three-course dinner menus or you can just go for drinks and nibbles at The Nickel Bar. When we visited, we headed to Cecconi’s, there was an excellent mulled Negroni to start with and stand out dishes of […]

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It’s Grimm Up North London

There’s something Grimm going on down at German Gymnasium in Kings Cross. Drawing inspiration from the classic collection of German folklore tales collected by the Brothers Grimm, the restaurant is bringing them to life, in partnership with airline Lufthansa and drinks partners Monkey 47 and Fever-Tree mixers. Grimm’s Fairy Tales, include classics like Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Rumpelstiltskin, The Golden Goose, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Hansel and Gretel. Each of these stories will be told on German Gymnasium’s mystical World of Tales terrace, which will be adorned with winter foliage, twinkling lights, throws and decorative detailing that […]

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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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Korean Market Opens in Soho

The other day we overheard a conversation between two guys on the bus about how there weren’t enough Korean restaurants in London. Let’s hope they are Handbook readers then, because there’s a new ‘table and market; concept opening in Soho today, from Korean restaurateur and entrepreneur, Linda Lee (owner of Koba and On The Bab). Mee Market will open on Archer Street and will be split across two levels, offering Korean and Asian-inspired dishes. There’ll be a Korean poke rice and salad bar, Asian-stews, hot pots and side dishes and Korean and Asian-inspired dry foods including a customised Mee Market […]

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The New Wimbledon Champion

What’s the betting that during next Wimbledon Championships the place to catch sight of the tennis stars won’t be somewhere shishy in Wimbledon Village, but down the hill at Darwin & Wallace’s latest opening? Upmarket pub chain Darwin & Wallace specialise in quintessential village pubs and already have a presence Chelsea, Clapham, Richmond, Chiswick and Battersea with successes like No 1a Duke Street and No 197 Chiswick Fire Station which have both won accolades as ‘Best Pub’ at the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards. Their latest opening, in Battersea Power Station’s Circus West Village, dubbed with the utilitarian No 29 […]

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There’s Another Ivy, But This One’s Different

The Ivy genie is well and truly out of the bottle, those guys can’t go a month or two without launching another restaurant, and long may it continue because they’ve all been fabulous! This time around, though, it’s not another Ivy branded grill and brasserie but something a bit different. Welcome the Granary Square Brasserie. During the day the brasserie will seek to ‘redefine all-day dining’ as a comfortable place to eat, drink and hang out; but by night the DJ will settle in and provide a beat to go along with an evening of cocktails and dining. The menu […]

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Perfect Winter Dates

Traditionally Christmas is a time for getting together, magical walks beneath fairy lights, meeting under the clock at Waterloo or strolling round the stalls in a Christmas market hand in hand. Of course Christmas, and the immediate aftermath, are also classic break-up territory too, meaning that your dating choices have to be especially en pointe. So with the pressure piling on, we asked our editorial team, Fenella, Phil and Emily, for dating ideas – with the slight caveat that two are single (applications within) and one’s married, here’s our expert opinion, please remember us in the wedding speeches. Editor Emily’s […]

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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 […]

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Liberty’s Gets A New Restaurant

Along with messers Harrod and Selfridge, Arthur Liberty is one of retail’s towering figures. His is a legacy that extends from changing the very face of Regent Street to being responsible for James May’s camera-offending warderobe. And while his surname has long been associated with the department store he founded at Liberty’s, now his christian name will get a glimmer of recognition too with the opening of Arthur’s. This second floor restaurant marks the final stage in a year-long renovation at the iconic shop and promises to marry the heritage of the mock-Tudor building we know and love with the […]

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The Poisoned Garden: Immersive Rooftop Theatre

There’s something very British about curling up on a dark, cold winter’s night and solving a classic crime with the help of Sherlock or Miss Marple; there’s an amateur sleuth in all of us. Well now, we can see just how well our little grey cells work at The Gardening Society. As darkness falls, the rooftop transforms into an eerie 19th century garden, a garden which belongs to the Winter family who has fallen under a poisonous curse. An ethereal Victorian butler will welcome guests, handing out Elixir Punch and a Winter family tree and then it’s up to you […]

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