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Theo Randall at the InterContinental Turns 10

Oh to be ten again – not a care in the world, you were in Year Five so you had been elevated to the lofty heights of sitting on the benches in assembly but you didn’t have to do your SATS. You had authority in the playground but you didn’t have the imposing threat of Year Sevens waiting for you in September. Most importantly, everyone knew your Laser Quest party was going to be the best. Somewhere that turns ten this year is InterContinental London Park Lane’s restaurant, Theo Randall at the InterContinental, and whilst they aren’t turning it into […]

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The Wine Bar @ York & Albany Review

York & Albany may represent quintessential England with their dining but just a few steps over you find yourself in what feels like the middle of an authentic vineyard with their Wine Bar. Upon entering the intimate space you really feel like you’ve been transported to somewhere much more romantic with cobbled floors, dark wood tables and of course, an abundance of wine. A small kitchen area takes up the corner space of the room and they use it to concoct small plates, akin to tapas except they are made with British ingredients, to quell any hunger as you work through the plethora […]

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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:

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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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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Secret Cinema Returns: Tell No One

The Secret Cinema is exactly what it says on the tin… secret. In fact this new Tell No One experience is so secret and the team are being so coy with us that we can’t tell you that much. However what we can tell you is that the 22nd production which follows the likes of Shawshank Redemption and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, starts tonight and runs until the March 20th and new tickets have been released. This interactive experience will be brought to life with over 35 actors, live music and a spectacular story and whilst we don’t […]

Openings & Launches

The Larder Opens

Fitzrovia is currently having its moment in terms of restaurants and kitchens with the openings of The Detox Kitchen, House of Ho, Dickie Fitz (next week) and soon to be Bao, but today we’re all about the launch of The Larder. Opening in Pearson Square, the 35 cover café and food store will be serving up healthy breakfasts, delicious cakes and pastries, lunch as well as food gifts to take home. Stop by on the way to work for super fruit salad with coconut and chia seed pots with mixed berries, or if it’s going to be one of those […]

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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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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

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:

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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Som Saa: From Pop-up to Permanent

Som saa: It’s the classic modern day rags to riches story, a Dick Whittington tale if you will. Founded by Andy Oliver, Tom George and Mark Dobbie, it started life off as pop-up in Peckham, hosting a year-long residency at Climpson’s Arch in London Fields, crowdfunding £700,000 in three days and now they are topping it off with a permanent home in a former fabric warehouse on Commercial Street. Som saas are a rare Thai citrus fruit and old style Thai cooking and lesser known dishes will be the order of the day at the restaurant. Whereas during their residency […]

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7 Bars to be Seen in During London Fashion Week

In a few days, Soho will be swarming with Stan Smith wearing fashionistas, wafting around the streets in ankle-grazing coats and shielding their tired eyes with oversized Céline sunglasses. Whilst most attendees try to convince us of 6am call times and food on the run, we know it’s not all all work and no play. Before the bloggers start checking in to the coolest bars on Instagram, check them out for yourself, ahead of the trend.

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