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A NYC New Year’s Eve Comes to Brixton

The ball drop in New York’s Times Square is amongst the most iconic NYE countdowns. A romantic city, blanketed in snow, bringing the New Year in with a party you won’t forget, what more could you want? Well we can’t all be splashing the cash so instead, Big Apple Brixton have brought all that to you. Set atop a roof in the heart of Brixton, given it doesn’t rain, you may even forget you’re in London. With a 1970s theme, you’ll be transported to a historic time in New York – a time where a collapsing economy gave way to […]

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Every day we give you a new guide, it could be 10 new dishes you have to drop everything to go and try, it could be places to take your next date to or plans you should be making this weekend. In fact we’ve written over 230 different guides for you in 2016 and here are the 10 you’ve read the most… London’s Most Instagrammable Restaurants 10 Secret Underground Venues 8 London Restaurants That Have Just Won a Michelin Star 13 Hotels to Visit This Christmas 12 of London’s Best Rooftop Venues 9 Festive Date Ideas 13 Festive Pop-Ups 8 […]

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14 Restaurants and Bars That Opened in December

Jamavar Already established in India, Jamavar this month opened their first restaurant outside of their home country. The kitchen is headed up Executive Chef Rohit Ghai, who has already led several Michelin-starred kitchens including Benares, Trishna and Gymkana. The menu showcases the different flavours of India, taking inspiration from the Royal Kitchens of the north and the fragrant spices of the south. www.jamavarrestaurants.com Martello Hall Providing east London with a new cocktail bar, brunch space and work hub, Martello Hall is first in a series of new bars to open from the Albion and East group. Open throughout the day for hot-desking […]

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Miusan: Camden’s New Drinking Den

In January, a month when everything seems a little bleak, one restaurant is asking us to step out of reality and into a timeless decadence. This restaurant is Miusan, it’s opening in Camden Town and anywhere that tell us we can leave our troubles at the door sounds good to us – it also helps that they will be offering 50% off during their soft launch (ideal for our January bank balance). Miusan (a new temple in Catonese) will emulate the opulence of the 1940s opium dens of New York and Paris in the form of a sultry Pan-Asian bar and […]

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Shepherd’s of Westminster Review: What We Thought

What? A seasonal provenance-led menu of British classics, served in an elegant dining room. New? Shepherd’s is a Westminster institution but has had a new lease of life breathed into it by Lionel Zetter, who took over in 2013. Where? Shepherd’s of Westminster, Marsham Court, Marsham Street, Westminster, SW1P 4LA, www.shepherdsresterant.co.uk  On the Menu: Head Chef Karl Goward has worked in London and New York and with over 20 years of experience in the kitchen has created a well-designed and concise British menu, covering all the key bases; 7 starters, 8 mains and 8 puddings. When we visited there was a selection […]

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12 Cocktails of Christmas at Duck & Waffle

Nothing is bound to get you feeling more festive than the 12 Cocktails of Christmas menu at Duck & Waffle. The restaurant’s Head of Spirit and Cocktail Development (what a great job) Rich Woods has delved into the ingredient cupboard, using both familiar and unusual ingredients to capture the essence of Christmas in 12 creative drinks – even the menu is like an advent calendar, open each door to reveal the cocktail underneath. It’s one hundred times better than cheap chocolate. The Handbook headed up to the 40th floor to try the cocktails out for ourselves and can confirm the Winter […]

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London’s New 5* Hotel: The Lalit London

There’s a new kid on the 5* hotel block: The Lalit London. Opening in January, The Lalit London will be the first overseas property from The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group who set new standards of luxury in India with their 11-strong portfolio. The five-star boutique hotel will marry together Victorian architecture with the best of Indian hospitality, cuisine and culture. It’s taking up residence on Queen Elizabeth Street, near Tower Bridge; a Grade II listed property designed by Edward Mountford (he also designed the Old Bailey). It’s also housed St Olave’s Grammar School and Lambeth College and is now being […]

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Big Apple Brixton Review: What We Thought

What? Created by the award-winning team behind Brixton’s South Pole Saloon and the Brixton Beach Boulevard, Big Apple Brixton is their 2016 winter pop-up taking over the Brixton rooftop bringing a slice of New York City circa 1977 to South London. New? Yes, it opened at the end of October following on from their summer Beach Boulevard pop-up. Where? The Brixton Rooftop, Popes Road, Brixton, SW9 8JH, www.bigapplebrixton.com On the Menu: Street food. You’ll find four vendors; Mac to the Future, Burger Bear, Grandmaster Slice and Plucky’s. It’s simple – the sort you want when you’ve had a drink or two so think mac ‘n’ […]

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13 Hotels to Visit This Christmas

When it comes to Christmas, London’s hotels are the place to go. From Christmas afternoon teas and lunch with all the trimmings to spa treatments and overnight stays here are 13 hotels to head to to get into the festive spirit.

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Tired of Christmas Food? Try These…

Yes, Christmas is all about turkey and all the trimmings but if you want to save the main event for the big day or you’ve already been on such a mince pie bender that you need a break, then we’ve rounded up some of the best alternative Christmas dishes on offer in London, from burgers to Goan quail. The turkey can wait… Chi Kitchen Ping Coombes, Masterchef champion of 2014, and founder of Chi Kitchen, has put her Malaysian touch on a Christmas lunch. Dishes from her festive menu include sweet potato with mixed berry mayonnaise; egg fried rice with […]

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The Cheese Bar: The Cheese Truck Goes Permanent

If we had to choose a favourite ice cream van in London (when we would have to make this choice, we aren’t sure, but let’s say we did) we would choose the 1970’s dream Alfie, which in 2014 decided that it was no longer going to be an ice cream van, but was going to be instead The Cheese Truck and with that London street food scene found its game changer. Created by Mathew Carver, The Cheese Truck does what it says on the tin it champions the best British cheese with its food porn – aka grilled cheese sandwiches […]

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Vico Review: What We Thought

New? Vico itself opened in August 2015 and then not long after underwent a transformation from a more casual counter, no bookings experience to its current offering – as they say ‘it’s only failure if you give up then, otherwise it’s just experience’ (might have taken that line of wisdom from Julien Baptiste in The Missing…) Where? It’s just across from the Palace Theatre the home of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (which it’s bound to be benefitting from) at One Cambridge Circus, Seven Dials, WC2H 8PA, www.eatvico.com On the Menu: The menu is typically Italian – comforting and hearty and […]

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