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Chelsea Sunday Lupper Club

Oscars season is just around the corner and, as a result, our list of ‘must-see films’ has just trebled. Luckily these cold, dark nights justify taking a couple of hours out of our day to cross a couple off. Sacrifice a couple more hours on a Sunday and make an evening of it. The Curzon cinema King’s Road boasts the largest screen outside of the West End and as well as the big names (The Danish Girl, Joy and The Revenant, we’re looking at you) they show a selection of independent arthouse films. For the whole of January, Curzon Chelsea […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Hakkasan Celebrates Chinese New Year

2016 is the Year of the Monkey and with Chinese New Year landing on 8th February, Cantonese restaurant Hakkasan is celebrating in our favourite way, with food and gifts. Available in both their Mayfair and Hanway Place restaurants, Executive Head Chef Tong Chee Hwee has created a limited edition menu alongside a dessert and cocktail.  Designed to showcase dishes which will bring joy and prosperity, you’ll find double boiled fresh ginseng and chicken soup; diced wagyu beef and pine nut golden cups; wok-fried lobster in spicy truffle sauce and dried scallop with crab meat fried rice. To finish there’ll be […]

Openings & Launches

The Cocktail Trading Company Moves East

One question that we often get asked is ‘Where should I go if I want a more unusual cocktail bar?’ and one of the first places that springs to mind is the Cocktail Trading Company. Run by three friends, Andy Mil, Olly Brading and Elliot Ball, the bar first opened in Soho and served up unique cocktails in equally unique ways such as serving cocktails alongside plastic toys hidden in tins.  Since then they have had success with their second Cocktail Trading Company in Smithfields and Her Majesty’s Secret Service in Bristol. Now they are moving from their Soho base and […]

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Open until 11th October 2019

Following the success of their annual, sell-out summer event, FriendsFest, Comedy Central UK is returning, in partnership with The Luna Cinema, to launch FriendsFestive, an event celebrating all the best seasonal moments from the world’s favourite TV show, Friends.

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Workshop Coffee Review – What We Thought

It’s pretty much a given that any self-respecting artisanal coffee bar features a healthy dose of exposed brick, bearded baristas and Mac-tapping freelancers working away in the corner. Workshop Coffee is no different and on an abnormally quiet day in surrounding Clerkenwell, once we located the benches at the front of the cafe we stepped inside to the buzz of relaxed chatting and the coffee machine hard at work. A new lunch and dinner menu has recently been introduced but when presented with a brunch menu, who can resist? A measured decision led us to go for one sweet plate […]

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Openings & Launches

The Victorian Bath House Opens

In 1895, architect G Harold Elphick designed an opulent bath house in Bishopsgates and housed a Turkish bath, for the discerning gentleman about town. After it closed in 1954 it went on to be a Turkish restaurant, pizzeria, bar and even a night club. Having survived the trials and tribulations of the last 121 years, the now Grade II listed building, stands proudly as a gem of Middle Eastern design amongst the modern, towering glass blocks. It now belongs to the event connoisseurs, Camm & Hooper and they’ve joined forces with Russell Sage Studios to refurbish and reopen the Victorian Bath […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

50% Off at New Soho Hot Spot

You might have noticed on The Handbook that we’re trying to make January a better month for everyone with January offers, healthy brunches and indulgent afternoon teas. Well now we have two pieces of good news. At the end of the month 100 Wardour St is opening and you guys get a rather nice 50% off on a la carte dining in the Lounge and Club from the 21st – 27th January. Don’t say we aren’t good to you. Once the site of the Marquee Club where The Rolling Stones performed as well as the likes of Fleetwood Mac and Jimi Hendrix. […]

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50 Days by Albert Adrià at Hotel Cafe Royal

Every few months an event comes along that really makes our ears prick up. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what makes such an event but when a Michelin starred Spanish chef will be hitting the kitchen of one of London’s top hotels for a limited residency, you know it will be something very special. For the first time outside of his home country, elBulli chef Albert Adrià is bringing some of his gastronomical innovation to the UK with a 50 day residency at Hotel Cafe Royal, in the hotel’s 150th year. London is now considered to be at the forefront […]

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Kanada-Ya Review – What We Thought

I’m no ramen expert but I do love Asian food so a trip to the new(ish) Kanada-Ya ramen bar in Piccadilly was an exciting one. The second site to open, after the success of nearby Giles Street, Kanada-Ya have only upped the hype surrounding their much-loved signature dish. The evening we went was particularly wet and cold but even this wasn’t enough to put off a queue waiting on the street for a table. This is an in’n’out kind of place so the turnover rate for tables is fairly quick, making it an ideal pre-theatre destination. I had moyashi ramen, moyashi […]

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Reviews

Kanada-Ya Review – What We Thought

I’m no ramen expert but I do love Asian food so a trip to the new(ish) Kanada-Ya ramen bar in Piccadilly was an exciting one. The second site to open, after the success of nearby Giles Street, Kanada-Ya have only upped the hype surrounding their much-loved signature dish. The evening we went was particularly wet and cold but even this wasn’t enough to put off a queue waiting on the street for a table. This is an in’n’out kind of place so the turnover rate for tables is fairly quick, making it an ideal pre-theatre destination. I had moyashi ramen, moyashi […]

News

5 of the Best January Fitness Classes

We don’t mean to draw attention to the fact the new trainers you got for Christmas are still box fresh or that, despite your best intentions, for one reason or another you never actually signed on the dotted line for gym membership. If this sounds familiar, check out our pick of 5 of the best exercise classes. Better late than never…

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Openings & Launches

The Railway Tavern’s New Look

New Year, New Me those dreaded words that litter our Instagram and Facebook feeds, normally accompanied by someone holding a protein shake or a picture of feet in trainers as they head off the to the gym at some unearthly hour.  But this time we think we have one that you will like, because Clapham favourite, The Railway Tavern has gone under a refurbishment to start 2016 with a new look. Downstairs will have contemporary décor mixed with vintage and industrial elements, you’ll find mismatched leather sofas alongside reclaimed church pews and wooden stooling; whilst the colours are warm and […]

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Matthew Williamson Afternoon Tea review – what we thought

Renowned British fashion designer Matthew Williamson has once again created an afternoon tea for Balthazar, inspired by his Autumn Winter 2015 collection. His designs take inspiration from the twelve signs of the zodiac, with birthstones such as amethyst and sapphire influencing the rich jewel colour palette which is brought over to the tea created by Balthazar’s Head Pastry Chef, Régis Beauregard. On arrival at Balthazar we were welcomed by a friendly host who saw us to our table, meandering our way there I observed that it was busy but not too hectic. Jazz music played softly in the background as we […]

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