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Edge Cycle Review – what we thought

The classics are good but sometimes they need a little revamp, to move with the times and keep us interested. Edge Cycle is a spinning studio near Chancery Lane that has taken the classic cycling class and incorporated it with various extra activities for a more varied spinning experience. For their latest combination the spinning whizzes have integrated the popular fitness movements of yoga with spinning so we headed down to check it out. The class lasts a total of 1 hour and is split between half an hour of spinning, followed by half an hour of yoga where you […]

Openings & Launches

Kensington’s New Bar

Ah, Wednesday; hump day, the day in the week where we start to free wheel towards the weekend. And what better way to celebrate this day than with the opening of a new bar?  Exactly. So it’s good news then that you have just two days to wait until The Kensington Hotel opens the K Bar. Found between Old Brompton Road and Queen’s Gate, the bar will be taking inspiration from a gentlemen’s club. The bar features deep oak bookcases and panelling, polished brass detailing, dark green hues, blue velvet seating and sparkling chandeliers. It’s the sort of place that […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Love Potions at the London Eye

‘I feel it in my fingers. I feel it in my toes. Love is all around me. And so the feeling grows’. Ah those timeless lyrics by Wet Wet Wet. And to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year the Coca – Cola London Eye will be playing that song on repeat from the 12th – 14th February… only joking, that would be probably be classed as torture. They do however have a cocktail called Love is All Around which is much more enjoyable. As part of the Valentine’s day experiences, they’ve teamed up with cocktail aficionados, The Cocktail Trading Co. to create […]

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Darbaar Review – what we thought

With critically acclaimed Chef Abdul Yaseen at the helm I knew I would be in safe hands, as after spending over a decade spent at the iconic Cinnamon Club and Cinnamon Kitchen, he has launched his first solo project in the form of Darbaar. I love the slick yet exotic feel to the venue as soon as I arrive which has a sharing dining experience layout, inspired by the banquets of the Indian Royal Court. The main dining area also boasts an open kitchen, providing a clear view of all the hustle and bustle of the food being created. The […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

8 Ways to Spend Valentine’s Day If You’re Single

Here at The Handbook HQ we’re all about balance, we’ll have our green juice in the morning and our burgers in the evening. We’ll attend Body Pump three times in a week and then not move from our sofa all weekend. And so, since we’ve told you about what to do if you’re loved up this Valentine’s Day, we’re now going to tell you about what to do if you’re single. And it’s not re-enacting the opening scenes of Bridget Jones, it’s not giving all couples death stares or eating yourself into a food coma with too much ice-cream. It’s […]

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Seven Park Place Review – What We Thought

William Drabble can cook, there is no denying that, I mean really cook, but as an interior designer, perhaps not so much. We’re talking about our recent trip to Seven Park Place when we were staying at St James’s Hotel and Club. A year after its launch in 2009, the restaurant was awarded a Michelin star and 4 AA Rosettes, last October it was awarded a Michelin star for the sixth time, so we were expecting big things. The restaurant itself seats just 26 covers across 9 tables. It’s rather like a boudoir, all rich, jewel colours, embossed walls, different […]

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Seven Park Place Review – What We Thought

William Drabble can cook, there is no denying that, I mean really cook, but as an interior designer, perhaps not so much. We’re talking about our recent trip to Seven Park Place when we were staying at St James’s Hotel and Club. A year after its launch in 2009, the restaurant was awarded a Michelin star and 4 AA Rosettes, last October it was awarded a Michelin star for the sixth time, so we were expecting big things. The restaurant itself seats just 26 covers across 9 tables. It’s rather like a boudoir, all rich, jewel colours, embossed walls, different […]

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Openings & Launches

The InterContinental’s New Hotel

Pre-Millennium, Greenwich was barely given a second thought by Londoners. Enter the Millennium Dome (now the O2 Arena) and on any given weeknight you’ll find thousands of euphoric fans still singing as they pile onto the Jubilee line, long after the concert has ended. Wanting to avoid the crowded tube? The InterContinental O2 has just opened its doors, and it is just metres from the Arena. As suited to leisure as it is to corporate guests, the vast hotel boasts 453 rooms, 59 swanky suites, 20 meeting rooms, a 3,100sq ft ballroom and 5 in-house bars and restaurants, all spread over […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The Periodic Table Of Cocktails

Making cocktails is a science. It involves a lot of experimentation, combination of elements and knowledge of your art. I can confirm that I was abysmal at all forms of science at school and now that I’m older I even struggle to make a decent glass of orange squash. However, if like us here at Handbook HQ you’re a scientific catastrophe, there is hope yet. Bourne & Hollingsworth’s latest ‘Last Libations’ event, The Periodic Table of Cocktails is a sure-fire way to ensure even the most amateur mixologists leave with the ability to throw together a magnificent mojito or stir […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Maxwell’s Bar and Grill Launches Freakshakes

They came, we saw, we drooled – the latest food craze on everyone’s lips is Freakshakes and they are finally in our pudgy grasp. The calorific abominations are now a regular at Maxwell’s Bar and Grill, whose normal expertise lay in over-sized American portions but they had so many requests for Freakshakes that they expanded to this soon-to-be Australian national drink. The restaurant has monthly specials like Salted Caramel and Pretzels, Pecan Triple Chocolate Brownie, Banana Fudge and Strawberry Cheesecake, plus if you’re feeling creative just tweet suggestions directly to them and you never know; you might see it on […]

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Fashion’s Biggest Pop-up: London Fashion Weekend

Fashion week is almost upon us which means you’re going to be bombarded with #OOTD posts on Instagram, the sartorial standard of the streets will go up and there’ll be more sunglasses then you can swing a stick at. It also means that fashion’s biggest pop-up is returning to the Saatchi Gallery. Running on the 25th – 28th February, London Fashion Weekend will be a chance to see upcoming collections, find new ways to style your clothes, how to work latest trends and sit in on talks from leading experts in the industry. Take your seat at one of the […]

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Best Brunches

Bottomless Bluesy Brunch at Bluebird

We did it. We made it out of the bleak, baron, alcohol-free wasteland which is the month of January. We’re very proud of you for resisting the temptations, and now it’s time we help you to celebrate… and what better way to do so than by drinking all the alcohol you avoided through January in one sitting.* As luck would have it, there’s an amazing bottomless brunch coming up at Bluebird Chelsea to help you do just that. It’s almost as though they planned it… On February 6th from 12pm, get yourself to Bluebird Chelsea and indulge in 4 hours of bottomless […]

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