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A Little French Idyll in The Churchill

You won’t need ‘A Year in Provence’, an afternoon will do in The Churchill Bar at London’s Hyatt Regency. The Winter Terrace has been transformed into a French idyll for summer opening 1st June. Taking inspiration from Provence, one of Winston Churchill’s favourite holiday destinations, the elegant space is the perfect spot to soak up some rays and enjoy a glass of wine or two. The drinks list is a creative amalgamation of British cocktails mixed with a French flair. Examples include the Bloody-Marie Niçoise, a Bloody Mary with a dash of tequila, a splash of balsamic olive oil, garnished […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The best of London’s pubs

It can’t be denied that London loves its pubs, it always has and most likely always will. Nor cannot it be denied that there are plenty of them, it’s estimated that there are approximately 7000 in London. But with so much choice and so little time, The Handbook have rounded up the ultimate pubs for you to visit: the best places to stay, eat and drink. The best for ales and beers… The infamous White Horse aka The Sloany Pony in Parsons Green has one of the best selections of beers and ales around. They regularly change their selection so […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The best of London’s pubs

It can’t be denied that London loves its pubs, it always has and most likely always will. Nor cannot it be denied that there are plenty of them, it’s estimated that there are approximately 7000 in London. But with so much choice and so little time, The Handbook have rounded up the ultimate pubs for you to visit: the best places to stay, eat and drink. The best for ales and beers… The infamous White Horse aka The Sloany Pony in Parsons Green has one of the best selections of beers and ales around. They regularly change their selection so […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Three Friday Nights: Goodwood

Combining two of the most quintessential parts of an English summer – music and racing, Goodwood, just outside of London, sees the return of Three Friday Nights next week. Now in its fourth year, the event sees the picturesque Parade Ring being transformed into an open-air dance floor, so that revellers can dance the night away to three DJ sets. Starting things off will be multi award-winning duo, Chase & Status on Friday 6th June, before one of the most sought after newcomers, Naughty Boy takes to the decks on Friday 13th June. Finishing things off will be legendary Radio […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Artist Residence Hotel Review

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside…we like it even more when we are staying in a trendy hotel. Located on the imposing Grand Regency Square, only 10 minutes' walk from the centre of town, is the Artist Residence offering an authentic taste of Brighton's offbeat, artistic character. This boutique hotel's real selling point is its cool, quirky vibe perfect for cool, quirky individuals like myself. The bare floorboards and exposed brickwork, teamed with stylish designer furniture and reclaimed wood, create a fun yet surprisingly homely feel. Despite the hotel's origin as converted townhouses, the rooms are spacious, […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Artist Residence Hotel Review

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside…we like it even more when we are staying in a trendy hotel. Located on the imposing Grand Regency Square, only 10 minutes' walk from the centre of town, is the Artist Residence offering an authentic taste of Brighton's offbeat, artistic character. This boutique hotel's real selling point is its cool, quirky vibe perfect for cool, quirky individuals like myself. The bare floorboards and exposed brickwork, teamed with stylish designer furniture and reclaimed wood, create a fun yet surprisingly homely feel. Despite the hotel's origin as converted townhouses, the rooms are spacious, […]

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Openings & Launches

After the wedding ceremony, comes the party…

Summer is just around the corner, which means along with the Pimms, the stifling tubes, the dodgy sandals and endless BBQs, wedding season is almost upon us. If this year you are starting to plan your own wedding (hurrah!) or you have been given the nerve- wracking task of planning a Hen party or Stag do, then Crowne Plaza London –The City, have just launched their new wedding packages which has everything covered – so you can focus on sorting the dress and whether you do have to invite that long lost aunt. Their Grade II listed property is steeped […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Soho Food Feast Returns

Raising money for Soho Parish Primary School, the Soho Food Feast will be returning to St Anne’s Church Garden on the 7th and 8th June for its fourth year. It’s a good thing it’s on for two days because there is a lot of food to work through; alongside familiar faces such as Quo Vadis, Bocca di Lupo and The Ivy, there will be newcomers such as Blanchette, Copita, Pizza Pilgrims and Jackson Boxer.  Check out their website for the full list, it’s pretty extensive!  So don’t torture yourself making the difficult decision of choosing just one, we say try […]

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Openings & Launches

Opso

Take a trip to Greece this week, via Marylebone, with the launch of modern Greek all-day restaurant, Opso – hand-laid mosaic flooring, terracotta serving dishes and all – set over two floors and an outdoor terrace for when the London temperatures get a bit more Greek. Breakfast on Tsoureki (brioche-style bread flavoured with aromatic Greek spices, served with clotted cream and sour cherries), Moustokouloura (soft cookie dough with grape molasses from Crete), Earl Grey infused rice porridge and soft poached egg with caramelized bacon and leeks. Then, come 12 noon, the all-day menu kicks in with its mildly disturbing offering […]

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Mock Duck Menu at Gilgamesh

As a teenager I spent many a weekend trawling the streets of Camden, donned in the latest studded belt ensemble but somehow in my intense search for for the next piece of Nightmare Before Christmas paraphernalia to add to my collection, I missed out on Gilgamesh. Luckily, as an adult, I’ve had the fortune of visiting the Pan-Asian restaurant, in a much less sombre outfit I may add. The reason for my overdue visit is the ‘Mock Duck’ menu which was created in honour of National Vegetarian Week 2014. The menu consists of Duck Spring Rolls, Duck and Watermelon Salad […]

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