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Openings & Launches

Harrods and Disney Launch New Fairytale Retail Experience

On 25 November, Harrods and will open the world’s first Disney boutique experience outside of a Disney Park & Resort: a Cinderella-inspired ‘Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique’. It will be the centrepiece of the new ‘Disney at Harrods’ venture, which also includes a bespoke Disney Store, which opened on 1 November, and the Disney Café which will be refreshed over the coming months. The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique experience will create the ultimate magical storytelling experience. Children will enter a sparkling fairytale castle within Harrods, where their very own fairy godmother-in-training will greet them and teach them how to become the perfect princesses […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Emin Room Launch

Recently launched on the first floor of popular Mayfair haunt ‘34’ on South Audley Street, ‘The Emin Room’ is perfect for all sorts of events – from wedding receptions, to birthday celebrations, to corporate presentations and networking events. The oak-panelled walls, marble bar and deep vermillion leather chairs create a relaxed but ultimately luxurious atmosphere, ideal for impressing guests, colleagues and clients. But what really sets this room apart is its impressive Tracey Emin collection: the room is home to specially commissioned artwork by the widely celebrated artist, including tapestries, bronzes, upholstery, painting and neons. So if you’re looking to […]

Openings & Launches

Café Murano

Angela Hartnett’s newest Café Murano – offshoot of the original Michelin-starred Murano in Mayfair – opens today in St James’s Street with staff wearing some rather smart uniforms by royal warrant shirt makers, Turnbull & Asser. The 75 cover restaurant focuses on the regions of Northern Italy, with Head Chef Sam Williams creating signature dishes such as Culatella pasta fritti , Fettuccine with wild boar, Roasted monkfish tail, brown shrimps and golden raisins, and Sausage stew with tomato and sage. The dessert menu will feature Vin Santo and Cantucci biscuits, Roasted fig zabaglione, and traditional highlights such as Panna Cotta […]

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Seasonal & Celebrations

Christmas at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge

To celebrate the festive season, Ichi Sushi & Sashimi Bar at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge will be offering a limited edition Christmas Sushi Sharing Platter, created by Chef Okamoto. This special 35-piece platter will be available for the month of December, and will feature a selection of Uramaki and Hosomaki rolls and Nigri, arranged into the shape of a Christmas tree. There will be a yummy mixture of seafood and vegetarian offerings, including tuna, salmon, tempura prawns, fresh avocado, carrots and cucumber. Over at Brasserie Joel at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, Chef Walter Ishizuka has created a number of […]

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Openings & Launches

Purple Panther Events

Christmas party season is practically here; don’t tell us you haven’t secured your venue yet?! Well, for once, it may not be the early bird that catches the worm… Let us introduce one of London’s leading event management companies, Purple Panther Events. Founder, David Harriott has over 20 years’ experience arranging upwards of 5,000 corporate and private events worldwide for blue chip companies to ultra-high net worth individuals. However, what makes these big cats rather unique is their insanely large portfolio of venues and off market properties – accessible neither to the public or agencies. If you’re really out to […]

Openings & Launches

Sixtyone Restaurant

Launching today in Upper Berkeley Street is Sixtyone, a partnership between chef/patron Arnaud Stevens (St Mary Axe, Maze, Le Jardin des Sens, La Tante Claire, City Rhodes) and Searcys. He will introduce a modern British menu that will feature dishes such as Mussels with bread soup and crispy suckling pork belly, Rabbit confit with parsnips, mustard and pistachio, Jerusalem artichokes with with Scottish girolles and hazelnuts, Fillet of venison with salsify, celeriac and  blackberries. Desserts include Banoffee parfait and Braeburn apple tarte tatin. General manager is Artan Mesedrani (Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s) and the sommelier is Jonathan Cellier (Sercys Club […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

SeriousFun Children’s Network London Gala

In celebration of Paul Newman’s Global Family of Camps and Programmes designed to help children with serious illnesses, SeriousFun will be hosting a London gala at The Roundhouse. The evening will begin at 7pm with a champagne reception and silent auction, which will be followed by a seated dinner, live auction and show at 8pm. The lineup is quite something, with musical performances by Roger Daltrey, Van Morrison and Kate Nash, and special appearances by Sir Michael Caine and Topol (who are both co-chairs of the SeriousFun gala committee), as well as Keira Knightley, Ewan McGregor and extraordinary SeriousFun campers. […]

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Hotels

Gin & Jazz 2nd Birthday Celebration

Do you think of the Jazz Age and conclude that you were born in the wrong era? Or are you a gin fanatic? On 21st November, Gin & Jazz, the InterContinental London Park Lane’s twice monthly theatrical tribute to classic gin cocktails and Golden Age Jazz, will celebrate its 2nd birthday. As such, Gin & Jazz will be hosting top vintage jazz band The Shirt Tail Stompers. Guests will receive a complimentary ‘Mayfair Hop’ cocktail to celebrate the occasion, which is the InterContinental’s own twist on the classic French 75 cocktail, blending Martin Miller’s Gin, fresh mint, gum syrup, Martini […]

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News

Charm School comes to The Cadogan Hotel

Christmas is fast approaching and that means attending numerous parties, whether it is eating mince pies with long last relatives, making awkward conversation with your company director at the office party or drinking one too many mulled wines and making a move on that guy under the mistletoe. It’s a social maze out there, but fear not Mien Magazine’s modern day Charm School is coming to the charming Cadogan Hotel in Knightsbridge to teach you the art of etiquette, culture, style and stop you committing any social faux pas!   Starting on the 19th November the four sessions will cover […]

Openings & Launches

House of St Barnabas

The House of St Barnabas, London’s first not-for-profit members club is now officially open for business and is celebrating today with the inauguration of its exhibition and permanent art collection, The Collective showcasing works all donated, consigned or loaned by artists, galleries and curators. HOSB has been a charity since 1846 and now supports London’s homeless back into work through its Employment Academy. The new club features a restaurant and bar, meeting rooms and event spaces and secluded courtyard garden complete with wood-fire oven for pizza and artisan flat breads while the actual restaurant offers dining in the style of […]

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Reviews

Muriel’s Kitchen Leicester Square Review

This week, The Handbook headed down to Leicester Square to try out the new(ish) branch of Muriel’s Kitchen. Situated on Leicester Square, next to the Empire cinema, it is in prime location for tourists, theatre-goers and commuters on their way home from work. On entering, we were amazed at how big the restaurant is. The floor space is vast, but because of cleverly positioned pillars, mirrors and walls, it doesn’t feel cantine-like – instead, each table feels private and cosy. The colour scheme is muted pastels, and the atmosphere was very comfortable, unpretentious and welcoming with pretty little plants on […]

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Culture

Press Play Cinema

On Sunday night we braved the elements, forgot about the impending storm that was meant to be hitting us that night and headed over to Broadway House in Fulham where the Press Play cinema (they’ve had a bit of a rebrand and change from the WhyNot Cinema) has taken up residency on Sunday nights. Showing a different film every Sunday, we were there for the Halloween edition to see the horribly scary ‘The Strangers’. Starting at 7pm we turned up suitably wrapped up against the cold night to find the roof terrace at Broadway House had been turned into a […]

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