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Phileas Fogg Opens Tavern

It’s with very sad news that we have to tell you that Phileas Fogg’s auntie, actress Gertrude Fogg has passed away. Let’s all take a moment to reflect on what a great actress she was, albeit fictional. Now that we have shown our respect, let’s move on to some happier news, having returned from his worldly adventures, Phileas has discovered that he is the sole beneficiary of his aunt and has inherited her property on St Martin’s Lane. He was left a note that the downstairs of the building had to be turned into a tavern for Gertrude’s housekeeper, Fanny […]

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Bourne & Hollingsworth Review – What We Thought

Passing through the silent cobbled streets of Farringdon you turn the corner to find a cosy fairy-lit pub on one side and a wine bar on the other. The best surprise of all was stumbling upon Bourne & Hollingsworth with the huge painted front and enormous swaying Union Jack, confirmation that we had indeed been heading in the right direction. In honour of new executive chef, Adam Gray, and his new winter menu, a press dinner was held at a huge marble-topped table in the greenhouse area. Part jungle, part luxurious garden nursery, the greenhouse was the perfect area for […]

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Bourne & Hollingsworth Review – What We Thought

Passing through the silent cobbled streets of Farringdon you turn the corner to find a cosy fairy-lit pub on one side and a wine bar on the other. The best surprise of all was stumbling upon Bourne & Hollingsworth with the huge painted front and enormous swaying Union Jack, confirmation that we had indeed been heading in the right direction. In honour of new executive chef, Adam Gray, and his new winter menu, a press dinner was held at a huge marble-topped table in the greenhouse area. Part jungle, part luxurious garden nursery, the greenhouse was the perfect area for […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Rugby Legends Lunch

With their recent win against England being described as one of the finest hours in Welsh rugby, their World Cup campaign is still looking hopeful. Another historical moment at Twickenham was Sir Gareth Edwards’ try for the Barbarians against the All Blacks, back in 1973. Sophisticated American steakhouse Smith & Wollensky are holding a timely celebration for true Welsh rugby legend, Sir Gareth Edwards, with a 3-course lunch at their Strand restaurant on Tuesday 27th October. A hearty menu fit for any scrum-half consists of Ham Hock and Foie Gras Terrine, 14oz Sirloin Steak with triple cooked chips and a […]

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London Cabaret Club Review – What We Thought

To mark the release of Spectre and the fact that they have acquired a new home, The London Cabaret Club has been hosting a series of James Bond inspired evenings, London Never Dies, at the Bloomsbury Ballroom which will soon be their fixed address. So in want of something a little more refined than the pub on a Friday night, we headed over to Holborn to check it out. Stepping into the art-deco building you leave London behind and enter a world of mesmerising acts, glittering costumes and spellbinding performances. The evening starts in the Rose Lounge with Bond themed […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Scandinavian Winter Wonderland Pop-Up

They’ve hosted feasts at Guys & Thomas’s, Truman Brewery, Tobacco Dock, The Sorting Office and now they are doing a Scandinavian Winter Wonderland at Shepherds Bush. OK, this isn’t the first time at this venue, but any event bold enough to return for a second run usually means the inaugural event was pretty good. Converting unassuming venues into magical woodlands and wonderlands is what Feast do. On 5th November when summer is well and truly a distant memory, the Mediterranean garden will have been fully transformed into a Scandinavian forest. Surrounded by fir-trees, holly-covered pergolas and an 8 foot high […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The Little Yellow Door Closes

A wise philosopher once said “all good things come to an end” – or Nelly Furtado, definitely one of the two, but either way truer words could be not be the case for the closing of Little Yellow Door. The popular bar will be closing its doors after 14 successful months which saw countless house parties, retro gaming nights, kitchen suppers, Thursday takeovers, supper clubs and much more. They will be going out in typical LYD style with 3 more months of old fashioned partying before they actually close up shop plus they will see the eccentric addition of Maximillian […]

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Openings & Launches

Arbutus Opens New Bar

Today sees the launch of Michelin-starred restaurant Arbutus’ new bar – the cheekily titled Les Couilles du Chien – if you don’t know your French then Google it. Leather topped hairpin stools will stand at the polished white stone bar which will stretch across the length of the bar. French Gray walls will be adorned with Keith Coventry artwork and a red neon sign of the bar’s name will rest against Dutch tile-patterned wallpaper. The new bar menu is designed by Chef Patron Anthony Demetre and Will Smith, no not that one, will be matching each dish with a wine.  So […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

BL-NK: Shoreditch’s latest venue

Shoreditch has just seen the arrival of BL-NK, a three storey, 4,500 square foot event space on Curtain Road and as we head into the party season, we think you need to know about it. The venue’s aim is to support local businesses, from providing spaces to work or hold meetings to hosting product launches, press days, parties, live music and plays – they’ve got pretty much everything covered. There are a number of different sized spaces for your events including a gallery and roof terrace and through their partners they can get their hands on a limitless supply of […]

News

London’s Latest Pop Ups

Pop-ups, residencies and one-night-only events are all the rage in the capital at the moment. And what’s not to love about that once-in-a-lifetime feeling you get when you bag yourself a ticket or reservation at one of them!? More often than not, these events offer an exciting, superstar chef collaboration or the opportunity to try a new kid on the block, who’s testing the water before taking the leap and opening their own place. Either way, they’re all in good fun, so we thought we’d round up out pick of the best this Autumn:

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Seasonal & Celebrations

K – West’s Chocolate Spa

This week promises all things chocolatey at The Handbook. In honour of National Chocolate Week hitting the capital there is a huge range of one-off events, pop-ups and special menus on offer, from the more standard chocolate tastings to the more unusual including chocolate sausage rolls. If we didn’t love chocolate so much we’d probably be a bit freaked out. If you really love chocolate, and I mean really love it and eating it just isn’t enough then how about being wrapped in it? Sounds a bit sticky but K Spa are promising a smooth experience with their Chocolate Spa […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Georgian’s Festive Afternoon Tea

Here at The Handbook we’re not even ashamed that we’re already excited about Christmas and yes we are aware that there is still over two months to go… Harrods are also getting to the Christmas spirit with the news that they are launching a festive tea in the Georgian restaurant at the start of November. Step off the chilly streets of London (we are meant to be having the coldest winter in fifty years, apparently) and into the elegant Georgian. Spend the afternoon eating scones and sandwiches including turkey, rocket leaves and spiced pear chutney, maple glazed Wiltshire ham with […]

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