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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 […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Leave the Tex Mex Behind

Mestizo, which means a mix of everything, is a Mexican restaurant that lives by its namesake drawing inspiration for their food with a mix of 10 Mexican states. Leave behind your idea of tex mex as this is authentic Mexican food, made by people who have clearly grown up eating and creating these dishes. The food here is really traditional, which is never more apparent once the starter of Tamales Costenos had arrived. The tamales comprise of corn maize filled with your choice of pork with morita chile, pollo pibil or beans & cheese wrapped in a banana leaf, and […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Leave the Tex Mex Behind

Mestizo, which means a mix of everything, is a Mexican restaurant that lives by its namesake drawing inspiration for their food with a mix of 10 Mexican states. Leave behind your idea of tex mex as this is authentic Mexican food, made by people who have clearly grown up eating and creating these dishes. The food here is really traditional, which is never more apparent once the starter of Tamales Costenos had arrived. The tamales comprise of corn maize filled with your choice of pork with morita chile, pollo pibil or beans & cheese wrapped in a banana leaf, and […]

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Love Brunch at Kensington Roof Gardens

Up until now I had always thought of brunch as a post party affair, normally slightly hung over from the night before, we would go in search of eggs royale, strong cups of coffee, bacon and maple syrup pancakes and sometimes a bloody Mary or two. Or if not the night before, post gym/early morning catch up with friends. That was until I went to LoveBrunch. It started when a group of friends who met every weekend for brunch, slowly expanded until they reached almost twenty and realised they were on to something. As more friends joined them they started […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Cutty Cargo

Cutty Sark blended Scotch whisky is launching Cutty Cargo, a tour of the world’s major cities including London and New York to discover some of the best home-grown creative culture and talents. First stop is London on Thursday September 12, where the hottest talent from across the city will be brought together inside a giant reproduction of a wooden cargo crate, used to smuggle Cutty Sark whisky into America 90 years ago. We’re talking music from Jessie Ware, burgers from MEAT Liquor creator Yianni Papoutsis, 1920s cocktails from 69 Colebrooke Row, performances from burlesque sensation Miss Polly Rae, photography from […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Olivogelo Gelateria

Sardinian restaurateur Mauro Sanna launches new gelateria, Olivogelo in Chelsea’s Elizabeth Street this week and his homemade ice creams, yoghurts and sorbets will have a decidedly Sardinian influence. Created using traditional ingredients, delivered in weekly shipments from Cagliari, these will feature irresistible concoctions such as nougat, saffron, bitter honey and dates and grappa. Complementing these delicacies will be more familiar flavours of chocolate, coffee and pistachio ice cream; orange, lemon and mango sorbets and blueberry frozen yoghurt. Restaurant interiors have been designed by ceramist and designer Lubna Chowdhary who was commissioned to create a range of individually designed white ceramic […]

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Openings & Launches

Gin Joint

Gin Joint is a new brasserie and bar owned and operated by Searcys and opening in the Barbican Centre today. The 88-seat dining room also features a 30-seat bar and a private dining room for up to 16. The L-shaped space overlooks the Barbican Lakeside and has been refurbished with an earthy colour palette, new natural sisal flooring, relaxed leather sofa seating and bespoke copper light fittings. In the late 18th century, the Barbican area was widely regarded as the gin capital of the world – hence the local street named Gin Lane, and William Hogarth’s famous satirical engraving of […]

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Openings & Launches

London’s Caterers

Last month it was all about event planners, and this week we turn to London’s caterers. From dealing with manic brides, to having to organise hundreds of  flaming puddings to be served at once, caterers seem to have the superpower of taking our requests, however strange they may be and creating some of the best food around. Here is a pick of some of our favourites: By Word of Mouth You have to throw a party for 500 and the host has expressed their love of soufflé, you panic, 500 soufflés all to be served at the same time? Is […]

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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 […]

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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Openings & Launches

London’s New Venues

London never needs an excuse or reason to go out for dinner or indulge in cocktails at a hotel bar at the end of day, but with autumn just around the corner and the evenings drawing in, at least we can argue that the fading lights mean we have to be inside and if we just happen to be in the latest restaurant who can blame us? This September sees a whole bunch of brilliant restaurants and hotels launching, so here is a little selection of what will be opening up on our streets this month. Ace Hotels, Shoreditch Arguably […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Top West End Bars

The West End of London, was once favoured by the rich elite as a place of residence because it was usually upwind of the smoke drifting in from the crowded City. Nowadays it’s better known for being a tourist friendly playground due to the plethora of theatres, swanky Mayfair hotels, grand parade of shops at Regent’s Park, Soho restaurants and last but not least, the best bars in London. We’ve compiled a few of our favourite London bars that the West End has to offer. Tonteria Located in Sloane Square, Tonteria is a Mexican themed restaurant and bar where you […]

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