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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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8 of the Best Hotel Spas

We’re half way through August, so we’re sorry to say that unfortunately most of us will have skin that’s slightly frazzled from the sun, pedicures in need of a serious update and sad, fading tans… And that’s just the physical damage – our emotional well-being is a sorry state of affairs too; stressed that it’ll be Christmas before we know it and downtrodden that we’ll soon be waking up and leaving the office in darkness. Which is why we need to book in that much-needed trip to the spa – whether we’re after a top up on the tan, a […]

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8 of the Best Hotel Spas

We’re half way through August, so we’re sorry to say that unfortunately most of us will have skin that’s slightly frazzled from the sun, pedicures in need of a serious update and sad, fading tans… And that’s just the physical damage – our emotional well-being is a sorry state of affairs too; stressed that it’ll be Christmas before we know it and downtrodden that we’ll soon be waking up and leaving the office in darkness. Which is why we need to book in that much-needed trip to the spa – whether we’re after a top up on the tan, a […]

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Openings & Launches

2nd DF Mexico to Open

A year ago, the team behind Wahaca launched DF Mexico, a modern Mexican diner which was inspired by their travels state side and below the border. It started out as an experiment in Shoreditch (thanks guys for being the guinea pigs) and they obviously made a good impression because next month they are heading west to open their second site on Tottenham Court Road. The 130 cover restaurant’s menu will feature all boldness of America whilst still retaining the spiciness and more delicate flavours of Mexico. Dishes will include the likes of the NYC Torta, a Mexican sandwich served up […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Rivington Grill’s Gin Bop

What better way to celebrate last few summer days than with a night of gin? All summer Rivington have been championing gin with their Beefeater Summer Terrace but Friday 21st August sees the return of Gin Bop, a pop up celebration of the nation’s favourite drink – because it seems like our love affair with gin is not over set to end any time soon. Five pop up bars by Sipsmith, Beefeater, The Botanist, Bathtub and Bombay Sapphire will host guest bartenders showing off their skills. Each brand will be serving their own take on the classic gin and tonic […]

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Oxo Tower’s Cloudy Bay Terrace

The weather might be rather indecisive at the moment, which means you need to make the most of that sunshine when it is shining and soak up the vitamin D because you never know when it might disappear. The best way to do this we think is al fresco eating – bringing two of our favourites together, food and sun.  If you haven’t been yet then the Cloudy Bay Terrace at the Oxo Tower is running throughout August and September. Then terrace features elements of the Cloudy Bay’s award winning garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year including […]

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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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7 Of The Best Afternoon Teas

Afternoon tea is the height of Britishness. There is nothing better than clotted cream and fresh jam on homemade scones, cucumber sandwiches with the crusts cut off and more cake than Mary Berry could handle. This week is National Afternoon Tea week, so naturally, we believe it is our duty to give the great people of London what they want – a guide to the best afternoon teas out there below…better loosen your belt! The Handbook has teamed up with some great venues to offer you exclusive discounts. For some carefully picked offers click here!

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7 Of The Best Afternoon Teas

Afternoon tea is the height of Britishness. There is nothing better than clotted cream and fresh jam on homemade scones, cucumber sandwiches with the crusts cut off and more cake than Mary Berry could handle. This week is National Afternoon Tea week, so naturally, we believe it is our duty to give the great people of London what they want – a guide to the best afternoon teas out there below…better loosen your belt! The Handbook has teamed up with some great venues to offer you exclusive discounts. For some carefully picked offers click here!

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The Union Jag Experience at The Athenaeum Hotel & Apartments – What We Thought

Ask anyone if spending a night at a top London hotel and then driving around in a classic British car sounds like an ideal couple of days and we think you’d be hard pressed to find someone who would disagree. This is why we were super excited to review the Union Jag Experience at The Athenaeum Hotel & Apartments. When we first arrived at the hotel, the staff were very helpful and cheerful – grumpy receptionists are never fun to deal with, so this was a pleasant surprise. The reception area was grand and opulent, yet still managed to feel […]

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Circus Review – What We Thought

When we heard that Circus had been given a refurbishment we were expecting something drastic, however the changes are more subtle than that. Charlotte McCarthy of Lot London (formerly of Tom Dixon) has come back to oversee the design (she’s previously been commissioned for the Dock Kitchen and rooftop bar and spa at the Mondrian Sea Containers Hotel. The room has been completely opened up providing more space and they’ve extended the bar too  along with new cocktails. For a cocktail that is as impressive and dramatic as it is delicious go for the Beast of Byakko which is completely […]

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