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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 […]

Reviews

The Gate Seymour Place Review: What We Thought

New? We covered the opening of The Gate’s restaurant on the 1st December here; it joins venues in Hammersmith and Islington. Where? 22-24 Seymour Place, Marylebone, W1H 7NL www.thegaterestaurants.com On the Menu: Like the other restaurants, The Gate Seymour Place showcases vegetarian food at its best with an innovative menu putting vegetables centre stage. Diners can expect established favourites such as aubergine teriyaki and a tofu-based salad alongside new additions to the menu including: three-way filled globe artichoke, aubergine schnitzel, and wild mushroom rotolo. First Impressions: Vegetarian restaurants (and vegan ones especially) sometimes have reputations of being hippy havens but The Gate Seymour Place […]

What to do This Weekend

What To Do This Weekend: 9th-11th December

With only two weekends to go until Christmas, our weekend guide is actually not that festive. Of course if you want to check out all the Christmas things going on you’ll want to head to our Christmas page, if however you want a break before we go all-out in the next couple of weeks then we have Mexican brunches, Malaysian breakfasts and classic pub grub. Of course there is the 17th annual SantaCon taking place on Saturday – well, we had to throw in a few hundred Santas somewhere…

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Openings & Launches

Pomona’s: California Comes to Notting Hill

What do Notting Hill and L.A have in common? You might have said yoga, you might think pressed juices and whilst you’re right, in this case you’re wrong, because the answer we were looking for is Pomona’s. A city in L.A and now an all-day restaurant and bar coming to Hereford Road on Monday. Executive Chef Gareth Sanderson (The Thomas Lord, Druskos Namai Sallt House and Le Butcher Group) has created a menu based on his travels around America’s West Coast. Dishes will include steak tartare, shredded kimchi and lardo toast; sweet potato toast, avocado, labneh, lime and cilantro gremolata, […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Tower of London Gets an Ice House

When winter comes around, we find an abundance of heated bars/terraces etc. etc. cropping up all over the city. What if you fancy doing something a little cooler? Popping up by the Tower of London is the Eis Haus, which, if you already hadn’t figured out, translates directly as ice house. It is a bar, made of ice. Yes, real ice, in fact, ten tonnes of it. Guests will be treated to a complimentary shot, served in an ice glass, or a non-alcoholic ice pop, after which you can take in the magnificence of the bar whilst enjoying more drinks (still […]

Celeb News

New Celebrity Mums & Dads

Celebrities get a lot of flack when pregnant, there’s months of denial and hiding any trace of a baby bump followed by the announcement and guesses over the baby daddy. Then finally breaking the news to the public and then of course speculation over which bizarre baby name they are going to inflict, Apple, Pilot or Destry? Here is our list of top celebrity mums and dads who embrace pregnancy in style. For a full roster of any celebrities full contact details, please click here or to sign up and get full contact details of any celebrities agent, manager and publicist please click here! […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Baked Camembert and Hot Cocktails at the Roof Gardens

Generally, there really aren’t many better things than a big wheel of molten cheese. Combine that wheel of cheese with sweeping views across London and you’ve got yourself a winner. Tuck into baked Camembert and Stinking Bishop on Babylon’s heated Winter Terrace and choose from a number of carefully selected wines – carefully selected to complement the cheeses. If you’ve been outside lately, you’ll know that you need all the warmth you can get so follow cheese/wine indulgence with more indulgence: a hot chocolate or hot cocktail. Or combine the two and spike your hot chocolate with your choice of liqueur. […]

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Openings & Launches

The Bar With No Name: Untitled

So, you like your cocktails? Do you know who Tony Conigliaro is? If you don’t, it’s time for a cocktail education. He is the internationally renowned drinks innovator behind bars such as 69 Colebrooke Row and Bar Termini, as well as the acclaimed Drink Factory. Why are we telling you this? Because this month he will open his third bar concept: Untitled. The name suggests no name, it could have been called Nemo then (it means nobody…) but it doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, does it? Inspired by Andy Warhol’s iconic Silver Factory, polished concrete and are […]

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Hotels

8 of London’s Most Impressive Christmas Trees

It’s the most wonderful time of year, and what makes it so wonderful (other than mince pies, endless parties and the fact it’s socially acceptable to drink as early as you like) are the decorations. We’re not just talking about the lights on Oxford Street and the competitive displays in shop windows – although we mean those too – but the humble Christmas tree. Here we have rounded up 8 of London’s best, from Claridge’s techie take on nature, to a modern work of art at Aqua Shard, with equally as impressive – if slightly more traditional – versions at hotels […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Soul Music and Christmas Shopping

We all love Christmas, and we all love getting presents. But what about buying presents? Admittedly, sometimes this can get a little stressful. A bottle of bubbly or a box of chocolates may suffice at the best of times but why not mix it up this year? Festival and event curators Marbles and Ware Collective host a ‘bizarre bazaar’ every year, and this year is no different. Every weekend, until 17th December, The Vaults will be home to the bazaar. Independent artists, traders and makers will be showcasing and selling their unique vendibles. Treat your loved ones to handcrafted jewellery, […]

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