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Openings & Launches

Disrepute: Soho’s New Members’ Bar

If you were a discerning gentleman or lady about town in the 60s and you were up for a night of debauchery, hedonism and perhaps a little scandal, then you’d have headed to The Pinstripe Club – but now the infamous 60s haunt has been sold and in its place, opens a new Soho members’ bar: Disrepute. The team behind it are the guys from Sovereign Loss (Chris Dennis and Joe St Clair-Ford) and the Barrio family (Ferdie Ahmed and Ani Kyriacou) so embracing London’s current cocktail culture is going to be the order of the day. The drinks menu […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack Opens in Soho

Soho, it’s full of places where you can’t book and funnily only have a handful of covers. And it’s just got another- but before you roll your eyes and wearily add it to the list of places you’ll be queuing for, hear us out. It’s the second Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack and it’s going to be worth the wait. Taking inspiration from the British coast and nostalgic days at the seaside, the shack has been designed by Coriander Buildings (Riding House Café, Blixen) and features an open plan kitchen where you can see your food served directly from the charcoal […]

Reviews

The InterContinental Park Lane Festive Afternoon Tea Review: What We Thought

New? The festive afternoon tea is brand new and on the menu for a limited time only, following on from the success of the Paul A Young-designed chocolate tea in October and November. Where? The InterContinental London Park Lane, One Hamilton Place, Park Lane, W1J 7QY www.parklane.intercontinental.com On the Menu: The traditional afternoon tea has had a festive makeover with spiced scones, turkey sandwiches and Christmas tea blends but is one for chocoholics too thanks to a plate of expertly crafted chocolate creations – the work of world-renowned chocolatier Paul A Young. First Impressions: The hotel’s entrance is undeniably grand and decked […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

London’s Take on the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Following the joyous time that is the festive season, January can feel, well, a bit dry, a bit of a slump. Rescuing you from that slump is VAULT Festival. It’s been branded as the ‘smaller, cooler version of the Edinburgh Fringe’ so expect performances, club nights, pop-up bars…basically everything the Fringe has and more. The Flanagan Collective will be taking over multiple spaces in the venue, with their immersive version of The Great Gatsby. Each audience is set to have a unique experience, while being encouraged to explore the world of Jay Gatsby. Returning to the festival will be Superbolt […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Homeslice’s New Year’s Day Slice & Spritz Party

New Years Day always tends to live in the shadow of New Years Eve. Perhaps for good reason though, since the majority of us are usually nursing debilitating hangovers… The start of 2017 doesn’t have to be this way! Homeslice, loved purveyors of those 20 inch pizzas, are running their Slice & Spritz Party at their Shoreditch branch on 1st January. Whereas normally only a few pizzas on their menu are available by the slice if there’s a flavour you fancy you’d have to go the whole hog, but not this time! Homeslice are beginning 2017 generously as all their pizzas […]

Seasonal & Celebrations

9 Festive Date Ideas

No one really likes dates on Valentine’s Day, but when it comes to Christmas and festive dates, well that’s a whole other story. There’s ice skating, snuggling under blankets at outdoor cinemas, eating fondue and getting tipsy on mulled wine. Whether you’re taking your S.O, that person you just matched with on Tinder or just your best pals, here are 9 festive date ideas…

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

25 of the Most Festive Christmas Cocktails

The Christmas party season is here, it’s a continuous blur of mulled wine, Champagne, mince pies and chocolate. Break it up with a festive cocktail instead. From cocktails made with clotted cream, to decadent takes on mulled wine and glasses covered in snow, here are 25 Christmas cocktails to work through this December. See you on the other side for Dry January… Meatup Meatup in Wandsworth Town (home of The Handbook HQ) have seven winter cocktails to choose from, keep it safe with the mulled wine or go all out with the Peanutini: Absolut vodka, peanut butter, Mozart, milk and […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Join Frank & Dean’s New Year Party… For Free

Near Year’s Eve in London should always come with a warning that you may end up stuck in Waterloo station as the clock strikes 12 (yes, I’ve been there). But if 2017 is the year of civilised celebrations then what better way to spend it than close enough to see the fireworks but far enough away that you don’t have to spend all day on the 31st reserving your spot? Enter Smith & Wollensky, and their Frank and Dean’s New Year’s Eve party; 3-courses, flowing Champagne, live music and fireworks – a winning combination. Music is courtesy of an 8-piece band, […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The 12 Cocktails of Christmas at The Balcon

This festive season, celebrate the 12 days of Christmas in cocktail form. The Balcon at Sofitel St James, plus 11 other hotels, have collaborated with FAIR spirits to bring you festive FAIR cocktails, to be enjoyed at some of the most luxurious hotels in London. The Balcon at Sofitel St James will be inviting guests to indulge in the Five Golden Rings cocktail, made from FAIR gin, roots mastic spirit, bulgare tea spirit, lime juice, orange bitters and egg white – festive flavours aplenty. Each participating hotel has been assigned a day of the countdown period so for example the […]

Openings & Launches

Jimmy’s Diner at Queens Skate, Dine, Bowl: A Very British Diner

Jimmy. Carr? Fallon? Kimmel? Ok, ok, enough of the brunette comedians (although thinking about it, they all do look weirdly similar) and on to another Jimmy who makes us very happy: Jimmy Garcia, pop-up legend. Fresh from The Lodge in Clapham, Jimmy is taking charge of all things edible at the newly renovated Queens: Skate – Dine – Bowl in Queensway, West London, settling in to his first permanent central London home. Jimmy’s Diner, as it will be known, will provide respite to bowlers and skaters who are making the most of the 9,000ft2 indoor ice rink, 12 state of […]

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