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The Ampersand Hotel Exclusive Author Evenings

There is no better way to spend a lazy afternoon than with a good book, and when we say book we mean a  good old fashioned paper book not an e-book  and yet it seems that people are borrowing books less and less from libraries.  Step in The Ampersand Hotel in South Kensington, they are going to be championing the humble printed book with a series of exclusive author events throughout October and November in their own private library. With its own collection of curated books and emerald green regal armchairs, the library is  perfect for curling up in on […]

Reviews

The Handbook Reviews Parlour

Having been invited to go and review Parlour in Kensal Rise, I readily accepted and as always checked out the menu before we arrived. I was intrigued by the Cow Pie, it sounded like the sort of meal that would pack a punch both in flavour and size and since I am already heading into the autumn/winter comfort food zone I was hoping it would still be on the menu. Luckily it was on the menu, but if you think that is all we ate you would be very wrong. We were on a culinary journey, all I can say […]

Reviews

The Handbook Reviews Parlour

Having been invited to go and review Parlour in Kensal Rise, I readily accepted and as always checked out the menu before we arrived. I was intrigued by the Cow Pie, it sounded like the sort of meal that would pack a punch both in flavour and size and since I am already heading into the autumn/winter comfort food zone I was hoping it would still be on the menu. Luckily it was on the menu, but if you think that is all we ate you would be very wrong. We were on a culinary journey, all I can say […]

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Culture

Breakfast pop up salon at sketch

London Fashion Week is upon us! The city’s most hectic week, where time is of the essence and looking good is absolute key. Running from one show to a next and then attending the parties at night can mean that when it comes to getting ready you’re pressed for time, you wolf down a cup of coffee, and try and sort your hair out in the taxi. But fear not, before you have a sartorial breakdown, the guys over at sketch are onto something. They have joined forces with salon Josh Wood Atelier to come up with their breakfast pop […]

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Openings & Launches

28-50

28-50 Wine Workshop & Kitchen launches its latest wine bar and restaurant today on Maddox Street. Designed over two floors, the restaurant will feature brand’s very first seafood and Champagne bar, serving 40 – 50 Champagnes, with four by the glass, on the ground floor, whilst the lower ground will host a major wine display plus the open kitchen. B3 Designers are behind the interior which features reclaimed timber as a reference to the wine barrels used in the ageing and fermentation process, whilst soft leather upholstery is countered by industrial finishes on furniture and storage, with marble and bespoke […]

Openings & Launches

Bo Lang

This week stylish 60-cover dim sum restaurant and teahouse Bo Lang opens in Chelsea’s Draycott Avenue. Head Chef and Dim Sum Master Kai Wang has over 10 years’ experience starting his career at Yue Hai Jin Wei Hotel in China before going on to work at the Grand Imperial at Grosvenor House and as Dim Sum Head Chef for Arkady Novikov. The kitchen team has created an extensive menu of traditional and contemporary dim sum, including Snow crab, coriander and water chestnut with balsamic pearls; Sea bass, prawn and Chinese celery; and Lobster with goji berry. The menu also features […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Pacha London launches Pure Pacha

As we move into autumn we say good bye to another summer of partying in Ibiza, but before you get down about leaving the White Isle, Pacha are adding to their calendar by bringing one of Ibiza’s most iconic club nights right here to London. Following on from Pacha London’s massive refurbishment and introduction of the third room earlier in the year, the new Saturday night is the second part of Pacha London’s New Look.  Launching on the Saturday the 21st September, Pure Pacha, is a night which embodies the original Pacha of Ibiza in one wild, outrageous night: fun, […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Buddha Bar’s LFW cocktails

Mixologist Kester Thomas has unveiled a bespoke cocktail collection to mark London Fashion Week – inspired by the favourite tipples of key fashionistas. The French 76, a blend of Babicka vodka, St Germaine elderflower and Champagne, is an homage to Kate Moss, while the Macha Miuccia needs no introduction. This heady hybrid of macha green tea, Koco Kanu rum and white chocolate is a (Prada) bag-ful of delight. Matthew Williamson’s bohemian chic is encapsulated in The Ernesto, a combo of silver tequila, maraschino, lime and pink grapefruit juice and Marc Jacobs is represented by The Thurston Howell – Captain Morgan’s […]

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Openings & Launches

London Edition

Tomorrow marks Ian Schrager’s return to London for the first time in 15 years since he introduced Sanderson and St. Martins Lane to the capital. The London EDITION, is the latest from EDITION Hotels, the brand he conceived in a partnership with Marriott International. The former Berners Hotel has been reinvented inspired by the traditional English country manor and the quintessential London private gentleman’s club. Behind the refined Georgian exterior and majestic public spaces, are a dance club, two bars, a 24-hour fitness facility and 173 wood panelled rooms and suites. Originally built in 1835 as five luxurious townhouses, the […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

2&8 celebrates its first birthday

Last year we welcomed the opulent, 2&8, the club in the basement of Morton’s to London with a spectacular launch party. We’ve now waited almost a whole year but on Thursday 3rd October it will be time to celebrate 2&8’s first birthday, which can only mean one thing, another party! The name is a play on not only its address of 28 Berkeley Square, but for those not in know (and we have to confess we weren’t) 2&8 is also cockney rhyming slang for ‘state’ and ‘late’. So if the name is anything to go by we are very much […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

JING Twilight Tea at Sketch

Sketch is launching a tea with a difference this month. The JING Twilight Tea, promises an evening alternative to the traditional afternoon affair. Served from 6-11pm in the Parlour and the Glade, the special tea will work well as a light dinner, alongside evening drinks or as part of a celebratory night on the town. On arrival, guests will enjoy a palate cleanser of JING Silver Needle White Tea cold-infusion followed by a set menu, created by Pierre Gagnaire including  Paris mushroom croque monsieur, Italian mortadella with figs, aubergine and apricot marmalade, and a Smoked salmon millefeuille with salmon roe […]

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Culture

Daphne’s Drawings to support Great Ormond Street Hospital

South Kensington favourite, Daphne’s have teamed up with some of Britain’s most loved celebrities to create 13 unique works which will go on sale to raise money for a new four bay ward on the cardiac ward at Great Ormond Street Hospital and The Handbook went down to check them out. The celebrities who include Bill Nighy, Jessie J, Helena Bonham Carter and Jade Jagger were all given a simple pen and ink sketch of several heart balloons created by East London illustrator Emiloumakes and were let loose to interpret it in any way they wanted.  The result, 13 completely […]

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