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The Game Bird to Open at The Stafford

A new year, a new beginning, a phrase we’re all sure to be bored of by the end of the first week of January. There is one new beginning that we are definitely interested in though, The Stafford’s. In early 2017 they will be relaunching their restaurant under Executive Chef James Durrant. Recently appointed at The Stafford, James has over 20 years’ experience at Michelin-starred restaurants including Gordon Ramsay’s Royal Hospital Road and Claridge’s. He opened The Plough Inn in Longparish in 2010 and then having been awarded a coveted Michelin Bib Gourmand, his main course was chosen for the […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Winter on the Green

It’s the weekend before Christmas, festive spirits are high, as are stress levels for last minute Christmas shoppers! Popping up in Parsons Green this weekend is Winter on the Green. With its ice rink, Santa’s grotto, outdoor cinema and classic Christmas market food, it’s not dissimilar to your Winter Wonderlands and other such events however, queues will be minimal and the beauty of Parsons Green is beyond compare! After a skate around the rink, take the kids to visit Santa in his grotto, with gifts for all the best behaved children of course. Dance like nobody’s watching at the family […]

Openings & Launches

The Ivy Soho Brasserie Opens

It seems as if there is no stopping The Ivy Brasseries, they just keep on coming. Next year will see the opening of The Ivy Soho Brasserie – a 200-cover restaurant and bar situated on Broadwick Street, Soho. Following on from its sister restaurants, the British menu will be made up of breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner – it’s all-day dining so anytime you might be peckish, they’ll have just the thing. Start the day with The Ivy Collection’s classics like avocado, tomato and sesame on granary toast or eggs Benedict. Come 11:30am the menu will feature […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Cult Christmas Movies Debut at Boxpark

Christmas = family, food and films. There really is nothing more joyous than settling down to a classic Christmas film with a plate piled high full of good food, surrounded by your loved ones. This festive season, Big Screen Beach Events are taking over Boxpark Croydon, hosting a 3 day indoor film screening event. They’ll be kicking off the event with a screening of Polar Express, a heartwarming tale detailing a young boy’s adventurous journey to the North Pole. The following day will see the screening of old time classic Home Alone – a synopsis is hardly necessary. Finally, the […]

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Reviews

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 […]

What to do This Weekend

What To Do This Weekend: 16th-18th December

This is it! The last weekend before Christmas, also known somewhat officially as ‘Super Saturday’ – basically, one big manic rush to Oxford Street. If you want to avoid the lingering tourists and prove that you are indeed a local you’ll want to take part in supper clubs, pop-ups and booze-free fitness crawls but because it’s Christmas there is also the chance to meet Santa, take part in an all singing all dancing karaoke carol concert and drink your way through an immersive gin den. Have fun!

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The World’s Most Expensive Mulled Wine

Nowadays, Alpine retreats aren’t as far away as the Alps; the courtyard at Hush Mayfair has been transformed into an après lodge – perfect for those who enjoy the après but can’t ski to save their lives! The courtyard has been decorated with vintage skis and sleds, fairy lights and temperatures are kept high with the blankets and hot water bottles. No Alpine lodge is complete without food in abundance so feast on mountainside favourites like onion soup with gruyere croutons or chicken schnitzel with spaghetti tomato. There’ll also be ‘petit plates’ available like croque monsieur served with Aspen fries, […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Seedlip Dry January Takeover

Oh January, that month full of promise. With our best intentions we head to the gym, clutching our green smoothies, but sooner or later, temptation wins – it’s an all too familiar cycle. Enter Seedlip, masters of distilled non-alcoholic spirits. They’ll be taking over The Bloomsbury Club Bar for three days in January, hosting a dry January event, keeping that temptation at bay. Guests will be treated to a dry January cocktail menu, which boasts drinks such as the Espreseedlip Martini, composed of Seedlip-infused coffee, almond milk, cocoa nibs and gomme syrup; and the signature Seedlip and Tonic, composed of […]

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Reviews

Mr Pig at Kurobuta Review: What We Thought

Every so often we hear about a pop-up that trumps all the others. Be it cooler, more secretive or more innovative, it’s not long before the whole of London finds out about it, and then all of a sudden it’s just not as cool any more. Mr Pig quietly popped-up (or should we say down) underneath Kurobuta on King’s Road last weekend, born out of an urge to cook food even more playful than Kurobuta itself. We headed over to check it out. New? Brand new. Mr Pig began last weekend and, as it stands, is only around for one […]

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 […]

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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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