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Hotel Chantelle Review – What We Thought

Having amassed a crowd of followers in New York already, Hotel Chantelle jumped over the pond to open its first restaurant earlier this year and no, despite its name, it is not a hotel. That said given it’s black exterior and neon sign, had it been another part of town you might be forgiven for thinking it was some sort of hotel. The first thing about Hotel Chantelle is that it’s very unapologetically New York. Music was blaring, cocktails were being shaken and it was full of the most beautiful people all dressed in black. Not the customers, no they […]

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Meet the Makers at Selfridges

Selfridges have an exciting and unusual programme of events on until October focused on bridging the gap between maker and consumer. Because we all love food, but do we know where it comes from? As the name suggests you can ‘Meet the Makers’ – the artisans and foodies who have made their passions into a full time business and are now selling their goodies in the Selfridges Food Hall. Taking things back to basics, Selfridges is also becoming the first retailer to stock beautifully packaged foraged ingredients and wild foods for those who want to become slightly more adventurous cooks […]

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Bottomless Brunch in Chelsea

Everyone loves a bottomless brunch and with cocktails made by a former Chiltern Firehouse bartender we need to be careful this doesn’t lead to being legless too… Chelsea restaurant Mimosa are getting ready to launch Sunday bottomless brunches as Autumn approaches and having had a peak at the menu we love the look of it. All the classics are there as well as some exciting and more original dishes including Lobster Benedict, which we will wash down with a Ginger Pimm’s as we sit back and reminisce over the Summer. If you want to be transported back to Venice or […]

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Fashion’s Biggest Pop-up: London Fashion Weekend

Any fashionista worth their salt will already have London Fashion Weekend highlighted in their diary. The show returns for the autumn/winter 2015 at its new home – one of London’s historic fashion destinations, the prestigious Saatchi Gallery on King’s Road. Over 150 top international brands and heritage British designers will be showcasing their wares, ideal to help you stock up on your new season wardrobe.  Rub shoulders with industry experts, while exploring the life of the fashion insider, with designer catwalk shows from House of Holland, Peter Pilotto and Issa.  Make sure you don’t miss the packed programme of not-to-miss […]

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8 Places to Celebrate Game Season

Apart from our huge population of pigeons being in London means we don’t tend to see many birds let alone grouse or pheasants. Whilst our country counterparts might laugh at our lack of nature, it doesn’t mean we can’t join them to celebrate the start of the game season. As we move into autumn it’s time to ditch the salads and get stuck into pheasant stews, grouse pie and believe it or not squirrel. It’s time to bring your A game to these 8 places: 

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8 Places to Celebrate Game Season

Apart from our huge population of pigeons being in London means we don’t tend to see many birds let alone grouse or pheasants. Whilst our country counterparts might laugh at our lack of nature, it doesn’t mean we can’t join them to celebrate the start of the game season. As we move into autumn it’s time to ditch the salads and get stuck into pheasant stews, grouse pie and believe it or not squirrel. It’s time to bring your A game to these 8 places: 

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Secret Santa: Words of Advice

Dreaded office ‘team building’ generally consists of an organisation of Secret Santa (or ‘oh god, bloody secret santa’), buying a Christmas present for someone you probably don’t know or like, usually with a £5 budget. Great- go wild. Don’t worry, The Handbook are on hand to give you some words of advice:  Money Restrictions  £5 restricts you quite a bit, so rule number 1 is to not get at ALL excited when your Secret Santa hands you their gift. Generally, you will receive something incredibly useful, such as a pen (stolen from the stationary cupboard) or a pot of out-of-date chocolate body paint […]

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How to Save Money Planning Your Christmas Party

Everybody looks forward to the annual Christmas Party…everyone but the person who is funding it, that is. For those drunken sheep whose only responsibility is to ‘just turn up’ they have little idea what sort of organisation skills are involved for this shindig to be a success. Nor any clue about how much it really costs to put it all together. Book Your Venue Early The first piece of advice is to book your venue early. It may seem a little keen to start organising in August, but it is surprising how many offices start early. Get in there quick and […]

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Openings & Launches

The Laslett Hotel Opens in Notting Hill

We all have one of those friends who give us house envy. Everything looks as if it is from Etsy or Pinterest, every corner could be on Instagram. Whilst they manage to make their car boot, charity shop find look like a valuable antique, we make it look like we’re hoarders of junk. Well now rather than trying to move into your friend’s house you can just stay at the Laslett Hotel opening in Notting Hill today. Part of the Living Rooms collection, the hotel is named after Rhaune Laslett, a local community activist and organiser of Notting Hill Festival […]

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7 Best Underwater Hangouts

Something London does and does well, is rooftop bars and dining, what it doesn’t do so well is underwater dining, well you’re not exactly going to see anything in the Thames are you? Unless of course rubbish floats your boat. So we’ve teamed up with Urbanologie to bring you the best international underwater hangouts. Get your passports and scuba gear at the ready: 

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The Best Riverside Venues For Your Christmas Party

Let’s be honest, corporate offices tend to be a little drab and clinical, so it’s important to pull out all the stops on a stunning location for your Christmas party. Somehow, it just seems less tragic getting absolutely gazebo’ed (thanks Mr Mcintyre) in front of your boss at a stunning riverside haunt, than down at your local pub. Check out our guide to the Best Riverside Locations for your Office Christmas Party below and get planning! It’s not long now…

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Salt & Honey Opens

Back in 2012, Joseph Antippa and chef Tyler Martin opened the charming Manuka Kitchen in Fulham and now they have just opened their second venture, Salt & Honey. Situated in Sussex Place just north of Hyde Park and near Lancaster Gate, they want to keep the same bistro, neighbourhood feel that Manuka has so things are kept relatively small, with 50 covers.  The restaurant is separated into three rooms, the largest with 26 covers and the two smaller rooms both sitting up to twelve diners and can also be used for private dining. The menu will showcase the best British […]

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