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Christmas Unwrapped Afternoon Tea Review – What We Thought

I might be one of the only people to say this, but I’m not such a fan of Winter Wonderland. Too many people, the older I get the worse I seem to get at ice-skating and I’m not a fan of enforced fun, in short, it brings out the Grinch in me, I go from Tiny Tim to Ebenezer Scrooge before he sees all the Christmas ghosts. However, what I do like, are Christmas afternoon teas, even when they are right next to Winter Wonderland. So as I joined the crowds piling out of Hyde Park Corner tube, they trooped […]

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5 Top Winter Cinemas

One of things we love about Christmas is the fact that you can sit and watch films all day and no one can judge you, it’s pretty much in the Christmas guidebook – ‘watch an inordinate amount of films’ . If you can manage to peel yourself off the sofa then head to one of these top winter pop-up cinemas, with gourmet pop-corn, mulled wine, Canada Goose coats and Moncler blankets – these cinemas are truly special and will leave you full of  festive cheer. 

Experiences & Pop-Ups

Night Shrine Christmas Pop-Up

Tucked away in the streets behind Covent Garden, The Black Penny coffee house is all exposed brick walls, floor boards and dangling light bulbs. A good place to add to your virtual ‘Christmas shopping refuel pit-stop’ list, it’s cosy and welcoming and the food is just what you fancy (french toast, chorizo baked beans, bubble ‘n’ squeak). Named after the Penny Universities/coffee houses that existed back in the 17th century offering thirsty passers by a dose of discussion with their caffeine, The Black Penny’s basement doubles as a seminar pit, bringing true meaning to the term ‘food for thought’.  On Thursday […]

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Prize-a-day Advent Calendar at Village East

December is here! With just 4 Fridays until the big day, one of our daily highlights away from the stress of bulging bags for life and trying to decide an appropriate Secret Santa present for Dodgy Dave in accounts is punching open a little cardboard door each morning to find a mouthful of chocolate waiting for us. Even though, more often than not, the shape can’t be identified (is it a penguin? Is it a present?) and unless you can justify spending a tenner on an advent calendar then the chances are high that the chocolate leaves a powdery aftertaste […]

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Ma Petite Jamaica Review – What We Thought

They say they are London’s first Caribbean diner and weirdly, after trying to think how I would sum it up, they are exactly the words I was trying to find – no frills, just Jamaican food in colourful, relaxed surroundings. The portions are huge but even so I’d say this is more of a lunch place than dinner – I can imagine it’s popular with nearby workers and market shoppers to get their jerk fix and perk up their afternoons with wraps and roti. Brightly coloured chairs and a palm leaf umbrella in the main dining area let you know […]

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Free Steak at Flat Iron

Hold the press and don’t even think about not reading this post because we are here to inject a little bit of happiness into your gloomy Monday. Free steak. Yes, that is right. Although that doesn’t seem grand enough, so let’s try this: YOU CAN GET FREE STEAK AT FLAT IRON FOR THE NEXT THREE DAYS! Much better. To celebrate the launch of their third and largest site on the 3rd December, Flat Iron will be giving away one free steak and one side to everyone who gets there after 6pm 30th November -2nd December. So be quick because it’s […]

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9 of the Best Christmas Party Venues in Central London

You may have seen our previous guides to Christmas party in venues across North, South, East and West London. The final in this series, here we have rounded up 10 of the best bars, restaurants, private rooms and blank spaces to host your Christmas party in. Whether a civilised dinner fits the bill or you need somewhere that will keep up with the dancing and debauchery that has become the norm, read on for some suggestions…

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

9 of the Best Christmas Party Venues in Central London

You may have seen our previous guides to Christmas party in venues across North, South, East and West London. The final in this series, here we have rounded up 10 of the best bars, restaurants, private rooms and blank spaces to host your Christmas party in. Whether a civilised dinner fits the bill or you need somewhere that will keep up with the dancing and debauchery that has become the norm, read on for some suggestions… Bar Américain and The Crazy Coqs, Brasserie Zédel What: Cabaret and jazz Why: For something a little different, Brasserie Zedel is a great choice. […]

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Top 25 Most searched Male Celebrities

From Justin Bieber and his impossibly good new album to Charlie Sheen‘s questionable antics, here is our list For a full roster of any celebrities full contact details, please click here or to sign up and get full contact details of any celebrities agent, manager and publicist please click here! If you want to check if any of these celebrities are in town this week, or want to follow in their footsteps and check out some great celebrity events, click here! For tips on how to contact celebrities please click here

Openings & Launches

House of Ho Opens

Next Tuesday we are in official count down to Christmas…25 days until the big day. The day when it’s acceptable to get your Christmas music on, we wouldn’t even judge you for putting your Christmas jumper on. It’s not just the start of the countdown though it’s also the opening of House of Ho’s new flagship restaurant in a four storey townhouse on Percy Street. Chef Director Ian Pengelly will be at the helm creating a menu that is inspired by his travels around Vietnam and puts a contemporary Vietnamese twist on a bygone era. Dishes are set to include […]

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Top 12 Places to Celebrate Thanksgiving

What’s not to love about a pre-Christmas feast? And to The Handbook, that’s just what Thanksgiving is – a fantastic Christmas rehearsal dinner filled to the brim with our favourite American foods. But when we don’t fancy prepping, cooking and clearing away a whole turkey plus all the trimmings (and we usually don’t!) we venture elsewhere to fill our bellies and celebrate. Here’s our round-up of where to go and be thankful (and full) this Thanksgiving:

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Mr Fogg’s at Winter Wonderland

If you’ve not yet made it to Mr Fogg’s Residence or the new Mr Fogg’s Tavern on St Martin’s Lane then don’t worry, they are coming to you. OK not exactly to you, but chances are you are one of the 2.5 million people heading to Hyde Park over the next few weeks for Winter Wonderland. If so, Mr Fogg will be waiting for you there. Since it’s first year in 2007, Winter Wonderland has come to epitomise Christmas in London so it seems the perfect place for quintessentially British bar Mr Fogg’s to settle in too. In a festive […]

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