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Mabel’s: New to Covent Garden

New to Maiden Lane is Mabel’s an all –day dining, drinking and dancing venue. Sat just over the road from the Porterhouse, the first thing to say about Mabel’s that for Covent Garden where restaurants and bars vying for space and attention is that not only is it understated but it’s also pretty darn big. A simple black and white exterior gives way to a bar, restaurant, and a further downstairs bar that becomes a club on Thursdays through to Saturday.  Walls which are various colours are adorned with mirrors,  Victorian –esque images, bookcases and a chandelier hangs from the […]

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6 of the Best Rooftop Bars

We all know that like us you spent the weekend swaggering around in your minimal summer outfit trying to absorb the maximum amount of summer rays after a dreary winter forgetting the purpose of that bright orb in the sky. But the sun is back and we need to make the most of it so here is our guide to the best rooftop bars to keep you golden in 2015. Sanctum Soho If you’re an in house guest at Sanctum Soho then you have access to 24 hour bar service on the roof terrace. So you can quaff Champagne under […]

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6 of the Best Rooftop Bars

We all know that like us you spent the weekend swaggering around in your minimal summer outfit trying to absorb the maximum amount of summer rays after a dreary winter forgetting the purpose of that bright orb in the sky. But the sun is back and we need to make the most of it so here is our guide to the best rooftop bars to keep you golden in 2015.

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Ametsa Afternoon Tea

Everyday, we at The Handbook, long for lunch. We munch through our Sainsbury’s sandwiches with great haste in order to get back to our brilliant blog writing. Our post lunch tummies are usually satisfied. But today we just know we’re going to feel a little lacklustre as we’ve heard that the Ametsa with Arzak Instruction have launched their Michelin-starred afternoon tea menu at The Halkin by COMO. Ametsa with Arzak Instruction features Elena Arzak – voted Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef in 2012. High five to girl power! Arzak collaborates with her father Juan Mari Arzak, Mikel Sorazu, Igor […]

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Battersea Arts Centre Phoenix Fundraiser

Every time we go to the Southbank Centre we come home amazed, a little bit tiddly and with dreams of ditching our editorial jobs for a life of music and performance. Then we catch ourselves on and realise we can’t sing…or dance. The next best thing is writing about it. On the 18th of April the Southbank Centre is honourably holding a fundraiser for the Battersea Arts Centre’s Phoenix Fund. This event is headlined by Bridget Christie and Stewart Lee and includes an evening of live entertainment with some of the UK’s leading comedians, musicians and performers. Stewart was the brains […]

Openings & Launches

M by Montcalm: eat & sleep tech

Shoreditch’s Silicon Roundabout is fast becoming quite the destination. And no destination is quite complete without its own hotel. Welcome to M by Montcalm – a three minute hop away on City Road set within an 18 storey building complete with futuristic façade taking design cues from the work of ‘Op-Art’ pioneer Bridget Riley. Step inside and you’ll find 269 rooms and suites boasting luxe amenities from Elemis and Hermès, rain showers and Bose speakers. Guests can even select an aroma to suit their mood via a tablet which also allows them to control the lights, sound and temperature. And […]

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Share The Love With The Arch Hotel

For all you love birds out there The Arch Hotel London have whipped up a beautifulllll treat. They are introducing The London Unlocked package. This includes an overnight stay in one of the hotel’s luxurious guest rooms and a continental breakfast in the morning. Oooo romantic! Also included is the free ‘London Pass.’ The London Pass includes privileges such as skipping long queues, discounts on entry prices and complimentary drinks. They have also thrown in an array of activities and attractions such as Windsor Castle, London Zoo and The Royal Albert Hall. They are extremely considerate at The Arch London […]

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5 of the Best Mobile Bars

If you’re planning a party outside of a bar and still want to serve up the best cocktails, but don’t really trust your own mixology skills, then the perfect solution is to a hire a mobile bar. Whether you want to set up shop (well bar) in a marquee, a field, beach or your own home these guys will make sure the drinks are flowing and more often than not tailor them to your event.  From botanical bars to cocktails served out of a Land Rover Defender, here are five of the best mobile bars you can hire to make […]

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5 of the Best Mobile Bars

If you’re planning a party outside of a bar and still want to serve up the best cocktails, but don’t really trust your own mixology skills, then the perfect solution is to a hire a mobile bar. Whether you want to set up shop (well bar) in a marquee, a field, beach or your own home these guys will make sure the drinks are flowing and more often than not tailor them to your event.  From botanical bars to cocktails served out of a Land Rover Defender, here are five of the best mobile bars you can hire to make […]

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Bruno Loubet to open Grain Store Unleashed at The Zetter

One door closes and another one opens so the saying goes…  The Easter Bank Holiday saw the last day of service for Bistrot Bruno Loubet in Clerkenwell’s Zetter Hotel but all is not lost. As of next Monday, Loubet will open Grain Store Unleashed – an exciting new pop-up venture in the same location. The new concept shares the same DNA as The Grain Store with its international flavours and veggie focus, however, dishes promise to be even more adventurous and experimental with menus pushing the boundaries set by the King’s Cross favourite. So what can we expect? Well, just to whet your appetite, […]

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No Winter Blues At The Blues Kitchen Shoreditch

These boots are made for walking and thats just what they’ll do…. Howdy parters! The Blues Kitchen Shoreditch have got us into a wild mood. They are collaborating with children’s charity, Kids Company, to host the ‘Rodeo Rumble.’ This involves a night of drinking, dancing and a live rodeo competition, on the bucking bronco. All proceeds will go directly to Kids Company. Kids Company was founded in 1996 and they provide emotional and educational support to vulnerable inner-city children, young people and families. From 6pm there is an invitation only drinks reception but the best part starts at 8pm where The Blues Kitchen are putting on […]

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Sake Launch At Bar 45

With the London weather looking dim we’re hoping our boss will book us a trip to Japan, because why not. She’s never hinted so the odds seem low. The next best thing is the new sake experience that The London Dorchester Collection currently offer at BAR 45 and American steak restaurant ,CUT, at 45 Park Lane.  The new sake offering is inspired by, 45 Park Lane’s entertaining head sommelier, Vanessa Cinti’s recent qualification as a sake sommelier. This certificate is recognised across the globe and has been awarded by The Sake Sommelier Association.  A ‘Sake Flight’ of three oriental flavours […]

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