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How to Live Like a Local in: Muswell Hill

Tucked between Highgate and Alexandra Palace, Muswell Hill is a cultural haven in the heart of north London. Its village-like feel married with high street amenities – Marks & Sparks anyone? – makes it one of The Handbooks top destinations for a weekend, not to mention one of our top five places we’d love to live. Here’s where you should go if you want to enjoy what Muswell Hill has to offer like a local: 

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Al Fresco Italian Rooftop Bar Opens for Summer

Summer in the city isn’t complete without whiling away the hours basking in the sun, a few floors above street level. If you are anything like us and head to the nearest rooftop bar as soon as the clock strikes 5.30pm, you’ll want one to stash away for when the snow (!) finally leaves us alone and lets us enjoy Spring. Opening on Sunday for the whole Summer, the rooftop at Bird of Smithfield is being transformed into a Milanese terrazza and the best bit? Complimentary Aperol Spritz’s for one and all. Free drinks aside, there are multiple reasons why the […]

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9 Seriously Decadent Dishes

London might be part of the health revolution but at the same time it is also part of another revolution. The over-the-top, indulgent, decadent food campaign. You know, the sort that should probably come with a health warning, shared with friends or only indulged in when celebrating (or commiserating). From 20″ pizza, to doughnut burgers and beef the same price as a holiday, here are nine seriously decadent dishes.

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Openings & Launches

Map Maison: Late Night Drinks in Haggerston

For the past eleven years, Joseph Arowolo has been running the bars at Sketch but now he has left Mayfair and headed east to open MAP Maison, a new cocktail bar in Haggerston. The bar will see a slice of Mayfair glitz brought to the Kingsland Road, with the aim to give their guests their own private cocktail bar – and how will they do that? With the introduction of personalised liquor lockers for MAP members. Which means if you’re a member, you’ll hold the key and then if you buy a bottle you can drink it over time rather […]

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Savini At Criterion – What We Thought

New?  Yes, Savini at Criterion opened just last month. Where? 224 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HP www.saviniatcriterion.co.ukOn The Menu: A delicious combination of British and Italian dishes.First Impressions: The doorman ushered us in off the busy streets of Piccadilly and helped us through the revolving door. The very helpful staff took our coats swiftly and guided us through the surprisingly empty restaurant to our seats. The whole restaurant did a fantastic job of blocking the noise from outside considering its location in the middle of Piccadilly. The only issue was the glaring electric billboards shining through the front door, but unfortunately that […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Two Big Reasons to Eat at Aqua Shard

If there was one thing that we could never tire of it would be eating at a restaurant with a view – give us a roof top, terrace or sky high dining any day. And arguably our favourite? Aqua Shard. Situated on the 31st and 32nd floor of the tallest building in London, you know it’s going to have spectacular views – it’s 310m if we’re going into details and the next biggest is One Canada Square which is 75m smaller, if you want even more information. Stunning views to one side, there is another reason that you need to […]

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Humble Grape: Fleet Street’s New Wine Bar

In 2009 James Dawson launched Humble Grape, a wine company specialising in handcrafted wines produced from small, independent vineyards, last year they opened their first bar and shop in Battersea and next month wine drinkers in the City (so pretty much everyone) can rejoice as they’re opening their second site on Fleet Street. Not just a wine shop, Humble Grape is also a 200 seat bar, events space, private dining room and wine cellar and you’ll be able to drink at the bar, attend tastings and wine maker dinners or just pick up a bottle to take home. Continuing the […]

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Awesome Afternoon Teas

7 of the Most Unusual Afternoon Teas

Afternoon tea is an English tradition: every day tourists and Londoners alike flock to institutions like Claridge’s, Browns and The Ritz to experience the dainty finger sandwiches, warm, fluffy scones and elegant pastries, all presented on a classic three-tiered tea tray. But a few London restaurants have decided to switch things up a bit and offer an unusual spin on the staple sweet treat. Here are our favourites:

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Reviews

The Royal Oak Paley Street Review – What We Thought

With the double dose of Bank Holiday weekends in May it’s the perfect opportunity to escape the city for a day and swap your usual Sunday pub lunch with somewhere a little more scenic. The Royal Oak Paley Street is just a 30-minute drive from London, in the village of Bray near Maidenhead, only a few hundred metres off the M4. New? The 17th century pub is anything but new but a relatively new lease of life comes in the form of ownership by Nick Parkinson and his father, Sir Michael as well as a well-deserved Michelin star (awarded in […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Bites & Bones Launches at Bluebird

Brunch is a great option no matter what but it’s especially useful after a night out when you’re feeling a bit rough – and ruff. Of course you need your friend there, but we don’t mean any friend, we mean man’s best friend , as this spring, popular Chelsea restaurant, Bluebird is launching ‘Bites and Bones’, a three-course canine brunch every day from 12pm featuring treats that will have your pup wagging his tail with delight. This means you can take your doggy friend with out for healthy and nutritious dishes whilst you dine on some human treats from the […]

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What To Do This Weekend: 22nd – 24th April

This weekend is a patriotic one for sure; today is of course the Queen’s birthday, Saturday is St George’s Day and Shakespeare’s 400th birthday and Sunday sees one of London’s top sporting events take place – we are of course talking about the London marathon – good luck to anyone out there running! So this weekend we have a street party in Trafalgar Square, free theatre performances, a sneak preview of a Parisian cocktail bar and a whole lot of G&Ts.

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Proud Wonderland Opens

It’s been 150 years since Lewis Carrol launched a book that would inspire generations and after all this time Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is still as popular as ever. To help celebrate this classic tale, the former horse hospital and now-bar, Proud will be transforming its newly revamped roof bar into a magical wonderland. Proud Wonderland will be serving up cocktails in teapots which we’re sure the Mad Hatter would have approved of; the chance to interact with living playing cards and even Mr Rabbit himself will be making an appearance to welcome you. Come the weekend you’ll be able to join the […]

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