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The Bowler opens

So this weather isn’t exactly ideal is it? The Indian summer has definitely disappeared as quickly as arrived. It’s the sort of weather that makes us want to stay inside with a big bowl of comfort food. Well it seems like our food prayers have been answered because tomorrow sees the opening of The Bowler. Setting up shop on Monmouth Street, The Bowler is a meatball shop run by Jez Felwick, the guy behind who sells meatballs at festivals  from his van The Lawn Ranger and owners of Polpo, Russell Norman and Richard Beatty – you could call them meatball […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Comedy Meets Music at Scarfes Bar

Whether we like to admit it or not, listening to “I Can’t Make You Love Me” after a break up may trigger a little tear. OK, fine, many tears. Music can make you feel many things but we’ve got to say you’d be a little weird to admit it has ever made you laugh. If you think about it, comedy and music would really be quite a good pairing. Throw a glamorous hotel bar into the mix and you have yourself Comedy Notes at Scarfes Bar; the first musical comedy night in the UK hosted and founded by TV comedienne […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Circus Themed Bar at London Cocktail Week

Trapeze artists, flame blowers, dancing elephants, dead parrots… Err, OK, all but the latter conjure up images of the magical world of the circus but bear with us and we can add dead parrots to your train of thought. For the past six months, Scotch whisky brand Monkey Shoulder have been intensively whittling down teams of cocktail experts during a variety of whisky-related (and some not-so-whisky-related) challenges for the title of Ultimate Bartender Champion. As part of their prize the winners, Dead Parrot, are hosting a circus-themed bar at London Cocktail Week, free for all to attend. As with all […]

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6 of the Best Classic Cocktail Bars

We all know that London is famous (or infamous depending on how bad your hangover was the morning after) for its gin and its beer. However, our glorious capital is less well known for being a champion of the cocktail and is, in fact, the birthplace of such classics as the white lady and the collins as well as more modern favourites like the espresso martini and the bramble. So, in the light of this and the fact it’s National Cocktail Week, we’ve compiled a list of six of London’s finest cocktail bars at which you can sample some of […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Company Below Opens

Balls & Company the meatball company over on Greek Street have a little present for us today, just you average  Friday treat…a 25 cover speakeasy cocktail bar; Company Below. Opening today the bar is all dark greens, golds and low lighting, it’s intimate with an after dark atmosphere, the perfect place for after work cocktails. Head Bartender Cyril Alcazar has curated the new cocktail list, which includes his signature Company Iced Tea: red wine, earl grey and orange-infused vodka, raspberry and strawberry purée, agave and orange brûlée. Of course you can head upstairs for meat balls or you can get […]

Openings & Launches

2nd Bounce Opens

Did you know that there are over 1500 different types of authorised table tennis racquet covers* No you probably didn’t and you call yourself a ping pong fan. Jeez. You’re probably the sort of person who likes to play ping pong whilst drinking cocktails and eating pizza aren’t you? Good, so are we. Well we have some good news for a Friday because Monday sees the launch of the second Bounce. Yep the Bounce in Farringdon has proved so popular, that they are now opening in Shoreditch. They’re taking up residence in an old car park, so they’re giving a […]

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Cheyne Walk Brasserie Review – What We Thought

I’m no Champagne expert but when I know that I like something, I know that I like it. On a Monday evening just a little out of the ordinary I headed to the Royal Borough (Chelsea) for a Thiénot Champagne tasting and dinner at Cheyne Walk Brasserie. River views and residential surroundings give this old Victorian pub a neighbourhood feel, albeit with said neighbours being the likes of Keith Richards and Mick Jagger. In anticipation of National Champagne Week, the Brasserie spruced up their usual Wine Club with the more bubbly variety. Perched on a red velvet chaise longue (yes […]

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Reviews

Cheyne Walk Brasserie Review – What We Thought

I’m no Champagne expert but when I know that I like something, I know that I like it. On a Monday evening just a little out of the ordinary I headed to the Royal Borough (Chelsea) for a Thiénot Champagne tasting and dinner at Cheyne Walk Brasserie. River views and residential surroundings give this old Victorian pub a neighbourhood feel, albeit with said neighbours being the likes of Keith Richards and Mick Jagger. In anticipation of National Champagne Week, the Brasserie spruced up their usual Wine Club with the more bubbly variety. Perched on a red velvet chaise longue (yes […]

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5 Great British Menu Restaurants

This year the Great British Menu is in aid of the WI and there’s a wealth of fantastic chefs competing to secure a dish at the banquet. A few of them are from jolly old London, heading up the kitchens at some of The Handbooks favourite restaurants. Here’s our guide to all of them:

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

5 Great British Menu Restaurants

This year the Great British Menu is in aid of the WI and there’s a wealth of fantastic chefs competing to secure a dish at the banquet. A few of them are from jolly old London, heading up the kitchens at some of The Handbooks favourite restaurants. Here’s our guide to all of them:

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Openings & Launches

BIRD Islington Opens

You know how if you have something free-range, organic or gluten free it’s basically healthy, regardless of whether it is fried, dunked in sugar or full of alcohol?* Well it might not be the next superfood, but fried chicken restaurant BIRD is opening in Islington next week, and it’s free-range and gluten free so you can pretty much eat it every day.** Following on from the success of their Shoreditch branch on Kingsland Road, the Islington branch will occupy a corner pub on Holloway road.  They’ll be serving up their signature fried-chicken burgers as well as some new additions to […]

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Reviews

Flemings Mayfair Review – What We Thought

Earlier in the year luxury hotel, Flemings Mayfair had a bit of makeover, you know just the average, a lick of paint here and a £14 million refurbishment there. When they revealed the new look they also uncovered The Drawing Room, a new space, in which guests can enjoy in a drink or have afternoon tea.  We headed there on a Saturday afternoon for their Ruinart Rosé afternoon tea.  Emulating the look of a regency drawing room; the room has high-ceilings, large sash windows and the original 1851 fireplace. The walls features beautiful de Gournay hand-painted wall paper, depicting early […]

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