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Get a taxi ride for free!

The Handbook are offering a £10 voucher for all Handbook members with a new minicab app! Bounce, has been designed, ensuring that Londoners get the cheapest fares possible from licensed TfL drivers. With just two clicks away from summoning a minicab straight to your location, it is great value for getting around London at whatever time you want. When booking with Bounce, you will receive a photo of your driver and their car, so you know exactly who will be coming to pick you up, prioritising you in having a safe and pleasant journey. With the added safety function of ‘On […]

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Hey Presto, it’s Vegusto!

Calling all vegetarians and vegans, the holy grail of animal free products is here in the form of the award winning brand Vegusto! Originating in Switzerland, they create delicious, healthy food, free from damaging products like Cholesterol, Phosphate, Palm Oil, Sugar, Soya, and GMO. If you are a meat eater and the idea of eating vegan food has your taste buds recoiling in horror then fear not, Vegusto has cast their magic wand over their products to have them tasting as delicious as possible. They have even won awards for their flavourful food including the Great Taste Gold Star Award […]

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Werewolf Opens Its Doors

Setting a new standard for nightlife in the West End, Werewolf has just opened its doors, transforming the former jazz spot, Pigalle, known for its historic performances from The Beatles and Frank Sinatra, into a wild and exotic top nightlife hot spot. With the design aspect featuring quirky 80’s design and classical art deco architecture, retaining some of the infamous features of the original building, the designers have encapsulated the soul of the venue perfectly. With homage to cult 80’s films throughout, mixed with art and culture features, the nightclub illuminates a new vibe to others already out there, and […]

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Open until 6th March 2020

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The Churchill Bar Summer Terrace

Ever dreamt of holidaying in the South of France but can never find the time to get away? Look no further than the elegant Churchill Bar, which has been transformed into a Provençal idyll to celebrate the summer season on the 1st of June, set to make you feel as though you have been instantly transported to that idyllic place with its alfresco space in the heart of London. A terrace has been designed to completely relax and surround you with the scent of fresh herbs and citrus fruits whilst the wonderful British sun beams down on you. The bar […]

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Cheese and Wine at The InterContinental: Review

Not wanting to stop indulging after the long weekend, we decided to go to Theo Randall at the InterContinental Park Lane on a Tuesday evening to work our way through their recently launched cheese and wine menu – because who can think of a better way to spend a Tuesday evening? Having won numerous awards including best Italian restaurant in the Sunday Times Food List 2013, the restaurant is simple, elegant with dark colours and low lighting it may look like many other luxury hotel restaurants but simple touches such as the large bowl of runner beans on the table […]

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Dog Pampering at The Arch London

Spend the day being pampered in the spa before having a chef cook your favourite meal and then end your day in a luxurious bed, sound like something you’d be interested in? Well this isn’t about you. It’s about your dog. London hotel, The Arch London, is welcoming man’s best friend to experience the indulgence of the boutique for themselves with delicious doggy food cooked to order by the chef and luxury dog beds. Guests can also leave their canine chums with trained dog walkers, to frolic in the 350 acres of nearby Hyde Park, before getting pampered in Chelsea’s luxurious […]

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May Openings

May is set to be a great month, not only do we have two  Bank Holidays (hurrah!) we will also welcome to London, Western Europe’s tallest hotel and a restaurant based on a Pullman coach. We’ll be feasting on cuisine from Greece and Jerusalem, drinking cocktails made with marmite vodka and a Michelin-starred chef will make his return to the capital! So here are some of our favourite new venues opening this month. May, let’s go!  City Social Jason Atherton is expanding his empire as he takes to the London skyline with City Social, his 5th venue. Opening on the […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Carnaby Shopping Party

They say Thursday is the new Friday and everyone knows shopping is good for the soul (someone definitely said that once, we’re sure…) so make the most of tonight by heading to the Carnaby Shopping Party. Why? Because not only do they have 20% off at over 100 shops – yes that’s right, they also have talks from Grazia Magazine’s Editor at Large Angela Buttolph as well as Grazia’s style hunter team looking to take photos of the best style around to appear on their website. There will be sets from new rock-n-roll band The Struts, free drinks from Little […]

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Lima Floral

As of July, you can enjoy Peruvian cuisine in a former monastery in Covent Garden. Following on from the original in Fitzrovia (first Peruvian restaurant in Europe to be awarded a Michelin star), LIMA Floral is the second venue from Peruvian chef Virgilio Martinez. The new site is split in two spaces – the main restaurant and a basement tapas bar serving variations on the classic Pisco Sour alongside a bar menu of small piqueo dishes (Peruvian tapas) featuring Grouper with rocoto tiger's milk ceviche and Tuna and seared aubergine tiradito. The main menu will showcase LIMA signatures plus new […]

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The Clerkenwell Cabana

Due to the celebrations set to commence in Brazil later this year, The Well on St John Street is opening up its very own Clerkenwell Cabana, having the cocktail lounge transformed into an exotic cabana! Complete with beach vibe decorations, such as flowing white drapes that adorn the walls throughout and some Latin beats playing to give us a hit of that South American energy, it's set to be a very popular hang out. They'll be serving Brazilian bar snacks, such as the traditional pork and bean stew, or simple mini english beef burgers for those who aren't so daring […]

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Bodo’s Schloss Summer Restaurant

Bodo’s Schloss, our skiing home away from the slopes, has some news which we’re going to shout from the metaphorical ski mountains, this summer they are launching a new separate dedicated restaurant area. Yup that’s right, Head Chef Jordan Sempler, has created a menu with lighter dishes for summer including Crab, Orange and Shaved Fennel Salad with Toasted Sesame Seeds and a Green Herb Dressing, and Asparagus, Pea and Mascarpone Risotto with Basil and Aged Parmesan. Oh those picnics you’ve had on the Alps – recreate the feeling, just minus the snow and skis…with their picnic hampers which are available […]

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Top 5 Terraces in London

Whether rain or shine there’s nothing we love more than sitting outside, heated by the rare sighted summer sun or by toasty heating lamps in the cooler months. The Handbook took on the arduous task of checking out London’s top terraces. Paradise by way of Kensal Green This gastro pub has a quirky interior which originally held a terrace but due to the tragic weather we endure in the UK it was converted into a conservatory so it could be enjoyed all year round. In the summer months the sun will fill this pretty space with light where guests can enjoy the […]

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