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Finishing Touches at W London

As London Fashion Week takes over the capital, W Hotel in Soho will be transformed to your one stop shop for looking preened, poised and ready to take the FROW by storm. Aptly named Finishing Touches, the pop-up will run from the 19th to the 21st February and is packed with talks, classes and treatments. Adam Bennett aka the professional Pony Tailor will be making sure your hair is coiffed to perfection, NailsInc will be performing super-fast manicures with spray technology, Girl Meets Dress will be offering styling advice and In Your Dreams will host their lavish eye bar to […]

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8 Great Cocktail Bars in Soho

When it comes to nightlife, Londoners are spoilt for choice. There have never been so many great bars to enjoy a drink. Yet despite the rise of places like Dalston and Brixton, central hotspot Soho can still serve up a top night. There might be less of the old smut Soho was famous for, but there’s still so much character, quirkiness and full-on fun to be had. Here are eight of Soho’s best bars:

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

8 Great Cocktail Bars in Soho

When it comes to nightlife, Londoners are spoilt for choice. There have never been so many great bars to enjoy a drink. Yet despite the rise of places like Dalston and Brixton, central hotspot Soho can still serve up a top night. There might be less of the old smut Soho was famous for, but there’s still so much character, quirkiness and full-on fun to be had. Here are eight of Soho’s best bars:

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Reviews

Le Garrick Review – What We Thought

Let me tell you about my very real French love affair. It all started in Covent Garden; I was wined, I was dined and I left feeling like I had experienced a true slice of France. I wasn’t in love with a Monsieur Darcy, no, much better, the thing that had left me all a flutter? Le Garrick. The family run bistro and brasserie sits unassumingly and humbly between Garrick Street and Floral Street. It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but that’s what’s great about it; red gingham tables line the pavements and inside the small ground floor […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Fashionably Late Lunch at Le Caprice

By now you’re probably aware that British Vogue is this year celebrating its centenary; 100 years of bringing Brits the latest fashions, from the covetable to the curious, with an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. Responding to such a cultural milestone, many of London’s best-known hotels and restaurants are offering packages combining a dose of fashion with a glamorous dining experience. Le Caprice are celebrating the occasion, whilst also celebrating their own 35th anniversary – double whammy. With tomorrow marking the first day of London Fashion Week, fashion will be hard to avoid so reward a full day of fashion […]

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5 Top Fuss-Free Restaurants

Sometimes, you book a table at a specific restaurant for the luxurious pull-your-chair-out, fold-your-napkin and intricate sommelier service that’s on offer. You want to work your way through a Bible of a wine list and try to decipher the list of ingredients that make up the complex, texture-testing, scientific dishes on offer. But sometimes, just sometimes, you simply want to eat. To pull up a chair, catch up with a friend and tuck into genuinely good, fuss-free grub and friendly service. Here’s where The Handbook recommends you go:

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5 Top Fuss-Free Restaurants

Sometimes, you book a table at a specific restaurant for the luxurious pull-your-chair-out, fold-your-napkin and intricate sommelier service that’s on offer. You want to work your way through a Bible of a wine list and try to decipher the list of ingredients that make up the complex, texture-testing, scientific dishes on offer. But sometimes, just sometimes, you simply want to eat. To pull up a chair, catch up with a friend and tuck into genuinely good, fuss-free grub and friendly service. Here’s where The Handbook recommends you go:

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Openings & Launches

Barrio Opens in Brixton

One day Ferdie Ahmed decided to take the leap and quit his job in IT while he figured out what to do he went travelling around Latin America. It was here that he fell in love with their passion for food, drink and music and decided to bring it back to London in the form of Barrio. Following on from Angel, Soho and Shoreditch, the next Barrio offering will be opening in Brixton next month. Taking inspiration from the local markets, arcades, brewers and distillers of Brixton, the bar will be serving up tequila, mezcal, piscos, cachacas as well as brewery-fresh […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

EGGBREAK: The Second Coming

The humble egg, the star of brunch, the saviour of quick suppers, the superfood that we can actually afford to eat every day and the very reason that Notting Hill restaurant, EGGBREAK exists. Focussing on free-range chicken and the eggs (but unfortunately not answering the which came first chicken or egg question), rare-breed meat and fish caught on day boats; EGGBREAK is having a second coming with a new menu, fresh interiors and a new weekend brunch. Opening on the 9th March, the menu will feature the likes of House shakshuka with spinach and kale, Gloucester Old Spot McMuffins and […]

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Kova Patisserie Review: What We Thought

What? A Japanese inspired patisserie with a penchant for matcha – it’s the work of owners and friends, Ben Zhang and Jon Cai, who have brought their love of Asian bakeries to London. New? Yes, brand new – Kova only opened last month. Where? Unit 5, 9-12 St Anne’s Court, Soho, W1F 0BB, www.kovapatisserie.com On the Menu: Focusing on Japanese and Asian cakes, the menu focuses on Mille crepes, strawberry shortcake and roll cake as well as the likes of matcha tiramisu, soufflé cheesecake and tarts. On the drinks side there are matcha lattes, coffee and Japanese teas. First Impressions: We knew Kova was […]

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