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Crown and Sceptre Review

Having heard about long standing Fitzrovia favourite, The Crown and Sceptre’s recent refurbishment, The Handbook were keen to check it out. So last Thursday we headed down pushing through grey streets, stepping into the pub, before realizing what seemed to be the majority of London had had the same idea.  Packed floor to ceiling with young professionals from the various surrounding media companies, you could tell this is a much loved drinking hole. Despite being the only diners in the pub at the time and drinkers cornering us on every side, there was a distinct buzz and a boisterous energy […]

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Write a Review and Win a £500 Voucher

Stop the press, for an important announcement. The Handbook has a new review section!  Here at The Handbook we always try our very hardest to bring you the latest and greatest in London venues. Whether it is a new review of a quiet town pub, our thoughts on the latest club opening or having you reach for the credit card with an account of a luxurious London getaway, we pretty much have it covered. However, with the launch of our brand spanking new review section this month we cannot wait to hear from you instead. Use our venue finder to […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Write a Review and Win a £500 Voucher

Stop the press, for an important announcement. The Handbook has a new review section!  Here at The Handbook we always try our very hardest to bring you the latest and greatest in London venues. Whether it is a new review of a quiet town pub, our thoughts on the latest club opening or having you reach for the credit card with an account of a luxurious London getaway, we pretty much have it covered. However, with the launch of our brand spanking new review section this month we cannot wait to hear from you instead. Use our venue finder to […]

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Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday – you have your frying pan ready, you've stocked up on lemon and sugar, all ready with your batter-  you go to flip that first pancake and bam, it lands on the floor. The second one falls apart and the third one, well you're just about ready to eat the batter raw. if that sounds like you (and even if it doesn't), then fear not because London has plenty of pancakes to offer this Shrove Tuesday. From pancake eating competitions at Coq d'argent to healthy pancakes over at The Good Life Eatery, to carnival parties! Here are some […]

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New Wine Pairing Nights at Hush

Whether you are a wine connoisseur or you’ve always blinked blankly at the waiter and gone for the ‘safe’ option of the second cheapest bottle, you will love Hush’s new venture.  Throughout the whole of 2014, Hush Brasseries have partnered with WineChap to bring a series of monthly food and wine pairings to London. These ticketed events are set to be a complete tour of Europe starting with a Burgundy evening of ‘Mercurey to Meursalt’ before progressing onto Northern Italy, ‘La Dolce Vita’ via Germany and Austria's ‘Teutonic Tipples’.    Hosted at Hush St Pauls and Hush Holborn, each evening’s […]

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Ping Pong

Ping Pong, the restaurant group famed for its dim sum, gourmet Chinese teas and artesian cocktails, is set to open a new venue on 3rd March in East London’s Westfield Shopping Centre – its first branch in a Westfield. Referencing the urban side of Shanghai chic, both modern and 1930s, the décor features splashes of paprika red, jade green and charcoal grey. The furniture has been designed by Andy Martin Architects with artwork within the space comprising both images from Getty and bespoke illustrations hand-painted onto furnishings by Wayne Chisnall. The dim sum counter has been brought forward and there […]

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M&S ‘Shwop’ Boutique

It’s always at the beginning of the year where words like ‘declutter’ and ‘streamline’ are thrown about leaving you feeling more than guilty staring at your fit to burst wardrobes. However, never fear as M&S and Oxfam have you more than covered this March with the latest addition to their Shwopping campaign.  On the 6th of March, the two will join forces to launch the Kids Shwop Boutique at the M&S on Marble Arch, London. The pop-up charity shop will showcase and sell childrenswear items donated from top UK style icons and celebrity mums, as well as the best items Shwopped […]

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Venice Carnival Celebrations at Novikov

The Venice Carnival runs between February 15th and March 4th and is one of the highlights in Italy’s yearly calendar. If you're scared of missing out, let the carnival come to you this year at Italian restaurant Novikov, where a celebration of the hedonistic event is set to take place.  With a nod to the truly unexpected, join in  with staff and don an elaborate mask  and traditional Italian dress before enjoying a  specially prepared Venetian menu in front of an evening of live entertainment.   The event will take place on March 4th from 7.30pm onwards. There is a […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Venice Carnival Celebrations at Novikov

The Venice Carnival runs between February 15th and March 4th and is one of the highlights of Italy’s yearly calendar. If you're scared of missing out, let the carnival come to you this year at Italian restaurant Novikov, where a celebration of the hedonistic event is set to take place.  With a nod to the truly unexpected join in  with staff and don an elaborate mask  and traditional Italian dress before enjoying a  specially prepared Venetian menu in front of an evening of live entertainment.   The event will take place on March 4th from 7.30pm onwards. There is a […]

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Noble House

Noble House Events is a dynamic caterer with a great reputation for both its food and its perfectionism. The company specialises in high-end bespoke events of all sizes and for all occasions and even boasts its own delivery service. With an exceptionally personal service guaranteed, Noble House will plan everything from corporate functions, weddings, Champagne, cocktail and canapé parties to product launches, sumptuous banquets and even private dinner parties hosted in your own home. A passion for food lies at the heart of all events. Its executive chef has extensive Michelin-starred restaurant experience and has worked at the highest level […]

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