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8 of the Best Summer Pop-Ups in London

Pop-ups are perfect for summer. Since the weather’s good, you want to be out as much as possible, so it makes sense that we suddenly need more bars, hang-outs and socials in which to while the long days and sultry nights away. Luckily London has an amazing selection of pop-ups – here are eight of the best: ‘Blooming Brilliance’ at The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant What: Botanical-themed bar Where: Jumeirah Carlton Tower, Knightsbridge Why: Thanks to flowers, Britain in the summer looks more than just grey mulch. But living in the city, the whole season can go by without you […]

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Thali review

What: North Indian cuisine Where: 166 Old Brompton Road, London, SW5 0BA Why you should go there: They have a nice space downstairs for private dining Favourite Thing We Ate: Gajar Ka Halwa – a sweet concoction of carrot, almonds, milk and other magic ingredients Thali is a North Indian restaurant (which means no onion bhajis unfortunately) is only a short walk from Beatrix Potter’s old house. They have outdoor seating but as the seats are on the pavement and the view is of the road, unless you are desperate to be outside, it’s nicer to head indoors. The restaurant is long […]

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Thali review

What: North Indian cuisine Where: 166 Old Brompton Road, London, SW5 0BA Why you should go there: They have a nice space downstairs for private dining Favourite Thing We Ate: Gajar Ka Halwa – a sweet concoction of carrot, almonds, milk and other magic ingredients Thali is a North Indian restaurant (which means no onion bhajis unfortunately) is only a short walk from Beatrix Potter’s old house. They have outdoor seating but as the seats are on the pavement and the view is of the road, unless you are desperate to be outside, it’s nicer to head indoors. The restaurant is long […]

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South Kensington’s New Members’ Club Opens

Home to Ronnie Wood’s notorious Harrington Club and the former, original Pineapple Dance Studios, the historic Georgian music hall in South Kensington has now taken on a new lease of life as a members’ club which is now open. The club has moved on from its past, now with an elegant, unpretentious, homely feel and yet still blends it’s heritage into the design and the aesthetics. The ethos of the club focuses on discovery, wellbeing and sociability and to look after the members’ every need whether that is culinary, cultural, philosophical or physical and we must admit each week we say that […]

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The Handbook’s Ultimate Guide to Polo

If we were to write a check list for the quintessential British summer it would include the following: strawberries and cream, picnics, Pimms, tennis, iced g & Ts, alfresco drinking and polo (we’re leaving out the rainy bbqs, wasps and sweaty tube) and this weekend it’s all about the Polo in the Park at the Hurlingham Club.  Taking place in Putney and spread across three days, it will see teams from six cities around the world take part, including the first England International match at Hurlingham in 76 years. But it isn’t just about the polo – sorry guys – […]

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The Handbook’s Ultimate Guide to Polo

If we were to write a check list for the quintessential British summer it would include the following: strawberries and cream, picnics, Pimms, tennis, iced g & Ts, alfresco drinking and polo (we’re leaving out the rainy bbqs, wasps and sweaty tube) and this weekend it’s all about the Polo in the Park at the Hurlingham Club.  Taking place in Putney and spread across three days, it will see teams from six cities around the world take part, including the first England International match at Hurlingham in 76 years. But it isn’t just about the polo – sorry guys – […]

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Covent Garden’s New Pasta Factory

Following on from the success of the first Café Murano, Angela Hartnett is opening restaurant number two, complete with pasta factory in Covent Garden at the end of the month. It’ll be similar to the first in the sense that it has the same name and will follow the same simple, seasonal approach to Italian cooking, but it will still have its own distinctive personality. Providing 140 covers the restaurant (which has been designed by Russell Sage Studios)  will be split over three floors; downstairs will feature warm terracotta leather banquette seating, a signature Carrera marble dining counter and antipasti […]

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Le Meridien’s Patisserie Party

Forget alcohol fuelled parties, Le Meridien Piccadilly are championing the cake fuelled parties, it’s all about the sugar highs not the hangovers. Inspired by the French regal decadence of years gone by, each Sunday will see a lavish patisserie party held in The Oak Room Lounge. Things get started with a glass of sparkling wine (ok so alcohol fuels it a bit) before unlimited (yes unlimited) sandwiches, cakes and lashings of tea.  Sandwiches include the classics such as Scottish smoked salmon and roast beef and rocket but it’s the cakes that have grabbed our attention (as ever). There is nothing […]

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Boulangerie François Terrasse Opens At Harvey Nichols

In our childhood days we grew up with the innocence of Mother Goose and all the nursery rhymes that accompanied her. But twenty years later our innocence has been tainted with our love for Grey Goose vodka. That is why we are happy to announce that Grey Goose and Harvey Nichols are collaborating, from June 4th – September 6th, to introduce the Launch of the Boulangerie François Terrasse. Woohoo! Grey Goose are introducing their summer martini collection that has been crafted using each of the Grey Goose vodkas – their aim here is to complement the balmy summer evenings that […]

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CAU Review

What: Argentinian steakhouseWhere: St Katherine Docks, 1 Commodity Quay, E1W 1AZWhy you should go there: All the indulgence of London’s finest Steakhouses with twice the fun and half the chequeFavourite Thing We Ate: 380g of Ribeye, medium rare and lifted with chipotle dip Set amidst a backdrop of sailboats, floating in the glistening harbour of the St Katherine Docks, it is hard to envisage CAU as a smoky steakhouse. This, however, is not the only thing that sets it apart from London’s long established red meat chains; where Hawksmoor, Gaucho and Goodmans revel in traditional cuts and sides, there is a […]

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Chinatown’s Boutique Hotel Opens

When you think of Chinatown chances are you think of Chinese food, paper lanterns and mystery meats hanging in the windows, you probably don’t think about a boutique hotel.  Well, it’s about time you did, as Leicester House, a boutique hotel on Leicester Street is now officially open after its soft launch and it promises to be the perfect fusion between Georgian townhouse and French Vietnamese cuisine. Co-owners Elliott Blum and Mark Cutler have put together a dream team of chef Bruce Wilson, David Mason of Driedee International and Nigel Sutcliffe founder of Truffle Hunting to relaunch the hotel. Bruce Wilson, […]

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5 of London’s Most Luxurious Hotel Suites

Let’s face it: sometimes we all want to get away from London. But if you’re anything like The Handbook, you’ve barely reached Heathrow before you start frantically checking your social media to find out what’s going on in the city. Wouldn’t it be great if you could enjoy a luxury getaway without actually leaving? Totes. Here’s our roundup of the most lavish hotel suites in London: all the comfort of a getaway – all within zone one. 

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