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Backyard Cinema kicks off Awards Season

Most of us working in the city are busy bees and things can seem to fly past like the latest films and trends (looms bands?) without us noticing, but then London is the land of creative pop ups so step up Backyard Cinema. Feature length films once on your ‘must see’ list are available to see again on the big screen thanks to this high quality, roaming pop-up cinema. This weekend pays homage to Awards Season where award winning blockbusters are screened in cinematic style at Altitude in Milbank Tower. Prepare to feel like an A-list celeb as the red […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Gin and Jam Afternoon Tea

If there are two things that London loves then it is afternoon tea and gin, so chances are if you pair them then you are going to be on to a real winner. And it just so happens that Hush in Mayfair are launching their Gin and Jam Tea this weekend – so if you’re fan of tea, gin or need a Mother’s Day present then read on. If you didn’t know Hush has its own brand of gin (fancy eh?) exclusively created by Hush’s own Bar Director, Pedro Solorzano and they’ve curated cocktails that reflect the more unusual flavours […]

Reviews

PUSH Mind and Body Review

Spring is almost upon us and the layers are coming off and with them the realisation that the Christmas paunch, heard-earned over the festive period, has now turned into Easter paunch. But help is at hand, PUSH Mind and Body is a wellness camp based in New Forest that offers to arm you with the tools to live a better life. Don’t worry, it is not some sort of hippy commune or cult, they just use simple steps to do the obvious, giving guests a kick start in the right direction with an intense week of working out and getting […]

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Reviews

PUSH Mind and Body Review

Spring is almost upon us and the layers are coming off and with them the realisation that the Christmas paunch, heard-earned over the festive period, has now turned into Easter paunch. But help is at hand, PUSH Mind and Body is a wellness camp based in New Forest that offers to arm you with the tools to live a better life. Don’t worry, it is not some sort of hippy commune or cult, they just use simple steps to do the obvious, giving guests a kick start in the right direction with an intense week of working out and getting […]

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Culture

The Handbag Clinic comes to Chelsea

If you indulge in some idle people watching you will no doubt notice that wherever you see a woman she will be hand in strap with the ultimate accessory; a handbag. Containing anything from necessities like money and a phone to concealing long lost beauty products we didn’t know still existed, is that a Lipsmackers I spy? And with all that rushing around basically living your life with you, it’s no wonder that it can start looking a bit worse for wear and in need of some TLC. You need pampering and so does your trusty shoulder companion. Step forward, […]

News

12 of the Best Mother’s Day Ideas

Following on from International Women’s Day last Sunday, this weekend we’re celebrating the leading ladies in our lives, our favourite women, (no this is not a day dedicated to T-Swift although we could also live with that) with Mother’s Day. If you’re stuck for ideas on how to treat your mother, then look no further here are 12 of the best things to do in London this weekend: Brunch Newman Street Tavern What better way to treat your mother then get her slightly drunk on Prosecco and then for her to go home with freshly-baked Madeleines? Exactly. So head to Newman […]

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12 of the Best Mother’s Day Ideas

Following on from International Women’s Day last Sunday, this weekend we’re celebrating the leading ladies in our lives, our favourite women, (no this is not a day dedicated to T-Swift although we could also live with that) with Mother’s Day. If you’re stuck for ideas on how to treat your mother, then look no further here are 12 of the best things to do in London this weekend: Brunch Newman Street Tavern What better way to treat your mother then get her slightly drunk on Prosecco and then for her to go home with freshly-baked Madeleines? Exactly. So head to Newman […]

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Openings & Launches

Joe’s Southern Kitchen Launches 2nd Restaurant

Fans of mac n’cheese, fried chicken and American cocktails listen up: Joe’s Southern Kitchen and Bar is spreading its wings and heading up to Kentish Town for the launch of their second restaurant. You can expect to find the Covent Garden favourites on their menu – we’re talking devilled eggs, gooey corn spoon bread and beef short ribs, but they’ll also have their own signature dish; sweet tea brined fried chicken with lemon salt and Tabasco honey. As you can imagine this isn’t the sort of place that you go if you’re after small portions and silver service, nope this […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Mark Hix to host intimate dining experience

Foodies move quickly, as for one night only, celebrated restauranteur Mark Hix will be hosting an intimate dinner for 12 people with his former colleague Anton Edelmann. Anton was a former inspiration to Mark when they worked together and now they are going to be reunited, nearly 20 years later, to cook and discuss how their cooking has evolved. Those of you already familiar with the London food scene will recognise Mark Hix as the chef behind restaurants such as HIX Oyster & Chop House, HIX Soho and HIX at Browns Hotel to name but a few. Anton Edelmann is […]

Openings & Launches

Shot launches a Bistrò

Following on from the opening of Ice & Slice in Fulham,  Shot  is expanding its SW6 empire with the launch of Bistrò by Shot which launches today. As the name suggests it’s French/Italian , seasonal, home-cooking with a twist. At lunch you’ll find dishes such as quail leg with orzo pasta and parmesan, whilst come the evening dishes such as cucumber cannelloni of Dorset Crab, avocado mousse and soy gel will be served or beef tartare and duck fat chips. To finish, as there is always room for pudding then you can get stuck into, pickled ginger panacotta with cardamom […]

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Vinoteca Launches Fifth Restaurant

After 10 years of working together and having opened four Vinoteca venues , Brett Woonton and Charlie Young are set to open their largest venue yet in One Pancras Square, Kings Cross. It’s the first Vinoteca to have its own dedicated wine shop and tasting space with over 250 wines from around the world available to test and buy and drink in the restaurant. Two will also be available fresh on tap. The restaurant and bar which is opened seven days a week will be serving up breakfast, lunch, afternoon drinks and dinner and arguably our favourite meal of the […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Fresh Italian food straight to your door

Over at The Handbook we like to write about the best restaurants and bars and generally the best places to eat in the city but then sometimes its winter, and when the icy winds strike staying at home can become a tempting option. But when hunger comes knocking, keep it at bay with the online Italian food delivery service, Nifeislife.com. Nifeislife.com aims at servicing an extensive selection of fresh, authentic and seasonal Italian deli products which won’t break the bank. The website is based in London and delivers tempting items like ham, breads, salami, wine and cheese straight to your […]

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