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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Soho’s Irish Pop-Up

Next Thursday will see the opening  of The Soho Shebeen, the  six day, Irish pop-up on Greek Street that will celebrate the launch of three new Irish spirits.  First of all if you don’t know what a shebeen is then let us tell you, it’s a bar or club where alcohol was sold without a license (although we’re pretty sure this pop-up has a license, not wanting to be shut down and all that.) The ground floor will be home to the Feeney’s experience, which will celebrate Feeney’s Irish Cream liqueur, said to be the world’s most luxurious Irish cream […]

Openings & Launches

The Ivy Café Opens

Following on from the opening of The Ivy Chelsea Garden earlier this year, next Tuesday will see the opening of The Ivy Café in Marylebone. The new venue will be open from breakfast through to dinner and serving everything in between Pippin’s line in Lord of the Rings comes to mind, ‘What about elevenses? Luncheon? Afternoon tea? Dinner?’ Well our little Hobbit friend, you’ll find that all here as well as brunch and snacks… Highlights from the menu include, crumpets served with marmite, the Ivy Café HLT which is a BLT but with grilled haloumi and avocado, lobster risotto with […]

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7 Different Stag Do Ideas

Forget everything you’ve heard about Berlin’s beer halls, Vegas’ super casinos and Magaluf’s mega clubs – if you’re looking for a city to host the best stag do since Phil, Stu and Alan woke up to a tiger in their bathroom, London is the obvious choice. From indoor golf to comedy clubs to pubs that open at the crack of dawn, our capital has everything a best man needs to plan the ultimate pre-marriage send off.

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7 Different Stag Do Ideas

Forget everything you’ve heard about Berlin’s beer halls, Vegas’ super casinos and Magaluf’s mega clubs – if you’re looking for a city to host the best stag do since Phil, Stu and Alan woke up to a tiger in their bathroom, London is the obvious choice. From indoor golf to comedy clubs to pubs that open at the crack of dawn, our capital has everything a best man needs to plan the ultimate pre-marriage send off.

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Reviews

Halva Bakery Review – What We Thought

As much as we love our raw juices and porridge for breakfast, when the weather is cold, it’s Friday and you have a day off from the office, we yearn for something a little more indulgent. And finding myself in just this situation I dropped into the Halva Bakery on Fulham Road for breakfast. We told you about it back in May when it first opened, but here’s a recap, owned by the professionally trained baker Lila Sarhang Zadeh, Halva means ‘something sweet’ because alongside their fresh breads and croissants they serve up tarts, cakes, pastries and macarons.      […]

Openings & Launches

Big Easy Bar.B.Q and Lobster Shack

Back in 1991 the first Big Easy Bar.B.Q and Lobster Shack opened on the King’s Road, last year saw the second open in Covent Garden and the 4th November will see the third venue open in Canary Wharf and it’s going to be big, all-American, larger than life big. The 400 cover restaurant will feature an 150 cover terrace, a rum bar and lounge with over 100 rums, a takeaway shop and grab and go menu, 500 bottles of whisky and bourbon, live music and entertainment for eighteen hours a day, a 14 m open kitchen and one of the largest […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Halloween bottomless brunch at Crab Tavern

Brunch is as much a chance to cure your hangover as it is an instagram opportunity. Scroll down your homepage on a Sunday and guaranteed you’ll see a dozen photos of artfully positioned coffee cups and green juices next to perfectly poached eggs on a nice rustic wooden tabletop. Bonus points for sunglasses in view and any cute vases/bowls of sugar cubes/vintage crockery. Crab Tavern are giving you a very unique instagram opportunity, this Halloween only. From 1-3pm revamp your brunch and enjoy unlimited cocktails with your meal, all spookily named. Glass Eyeball: gin, limoncello, grenadine and crushed ice with […]

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7 of the Best Christmas Party Venues in North London

It has the potential to go down in office history, being mentioned over the coffee machine for years to come. Reasons for this can vary (insert classic photocopier joke here) but if you’d prefer your office Christmas party to be remembered for simply being one helluva good night then here are some suggestions of where this can happen, all in North London…

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7 of the Best Christmas Party Venues in North London

It has the potential to go down in office history, being mentioned over the coffee machine for years to come. Reasons for this can vary (insert classic photocopier joke here) but if you’d prefer your office Christmas party to be remembered for simply being one helluva good night then here are some suggestions of where this can happen, all in North London…

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11 of the Most Haunting Events This Halloween

This year, Halloween falls on a Saturday for the first time since 2009 which means you have plenty of time to organise your outfit and get that pumpkin carved. The tricky bit is deciding where to go which is why  we’ve rounded up our pick of the most haunting things to do in town this Halloween, from the civilised to the debaucherous and pumpkins aplenty.

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8 of the Best West End Christmas Shows

Few places are more magical than London at Christmas. The twinkly lights on Oxford Street, the Norwegian Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square, ice skating, shopping and nursing winter warmers in outdoor markets. Outings to the theatre are as much a part of this list – come in from the cold and be wowed by jazz hands, pirouettes and award-winning set design. When booking through The Handbook you can benefit from special ticket offers and meal packages. Just an early little Christmas present from us, to you.

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Reviews

Boulestin review – what we thought

Located in the affluent area of St James’s, the recently opened Boulestin has already done itself a service by choosing such an enviable home to set up shop. The French restaurant has several other reasons to count itself smug including a hidden courtyard, large private dining space and high quality cuisine served morning till evening. Kicking things off with the starters we opted for the Seared Scallops served with Rainbow Cauliflowers, Truffles and, most interestingly, a White Chocolate & Vanilla Sauce. The sauce sounds more like it belongs in the dessert section but is actually well placed in the savoury […]

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