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The Ultimate Guide to New Year’s Eve in London

2016 has been, if nothing else, eventful. A bit of a roller coaster one might say. Whether you’ve been at the top or the bottom of that roller coaster, there is only one thing for it, pick up a glass of Champagne, get your party hat on and say goodbye 2016, hello 2017…. Menus: Bronte  Bronte will be offering two sittings for their New Year’s Eve menu – one at 6pm which is ideal if you have children and one starting at 9pm which is just for the adults and is when the DJ will be taking to the decks. Dishes […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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…

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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Chai Ki’s Festive Recovery Brunch

When it comes to the festive season, we all find ourselves reaching for that extra mince pie, or that extra slab of cheese or that extra glass of wine…yep, it’s a common tendency to indulge, or should we say overindulge at the end of the year. While the indulgence is excusable (or so we keep telling ourselves), we can understand if you crave a break from it. Lucky for you, Indian restaurant Chai Ki are serving up a recovery brunch; using vitamin/antioxidant-packed ingredients, the new menu does exactly what it says on the tin. Try the curry leaf turmeric scrambled eggs […]

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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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Ping Pong Festive Menu Review: What We Thought

New? The Southbank venue reopened on 28th September after a big refurbishment. There are 9 Ping Pong venues all over London including Soho, Covent Garden and Wembley. Where? Festival Terrace Southbank Centre, Lambeth, SE1 8XX www.pingpongdimsum.com On the Menu: Ping Pong has launched a limited edition ‘Kitschmas’ menu featuring roast venison puff lightly topped with sesame seeds, lobster and prawn dumpling, Brussels sprout spring rolls, chicken and foie gras dumpling and hazelnut finger cake. First Impressions: The Christmas market has just opened on Southbank so the area was busier than usual, mostly with tourists, meaning the restaurant was also busy; buzzing with activity and chatter. […]

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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 […]

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Radio Alice Pizzeria Opens

This is the story of a radio station, two bored brothers, the police and a whole lot of pizza. Welcome to the story of Radio Alice. Our story starts in the 1970s in Bologna, where a radio station, Radio Alice was set up; it was the voice of the counterculture in Bologna, rebellious, Italian and unconventional. Except it wasn’t long lived, little over a year later it was shut down by the police. Shame. We now jump to 2010 and meet brothers Salvatore and Matteo Aloe, having finished university they were after a project and bored of the usual red-checked tablecloths […]

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Enfant Terrible: Hackney’s Smallest Wine Bar

Following on from the Michelin-starred Pidgin, James Ramsden and Sam Herlihy have just opened Hackney’s smallest wine bar, Enfant Terrible. By day it’s a barbershop and by night it’ll be the sort of place where you can snack on tins of smoked oysters; mutton tartare with roasted rice, brown butter and fish sauce and cognac and kampot pepper caramel brownie. With just twelve metal stools, the bar will be a nod to the new Parisian wine bars as well as echoing Pidgin’s look (which is just a two minute walk away). A wooden top bar and shelves will be stocked […]

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