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Openings & Launches

Launch of UK/US Coffee Shop Hybrid LOAF

A hybrid between the New York coffee shop and the British ‘caff’, central London’s new LOAF embraces coffee culture from both sides of the pond. Home cooking, retro décor and great service make LOAF a destination with edge and a far cry from the average chain-shop offering. LOAF is the brainchild of three food industry experts, inspired by great coffee and a visit to New York. Alongside its signature Allpress coffees, a selection of grilled cheese toasties, freshly rolled wraps and hand-tossed salads are also available for the ideal lunchtime bite. What’s more, in celebration of National Sandwich Week, LOAF […]

Openings & Launches

Harry Gordon’s

Wine and cigar lovers should head over to Selfridges' new lower ground floor Wine and Cigar shop pronto as now, you don’t even have to wait til you get home to get stuck into liquid purchases because it’s got its own bar as well! Harry Gordon’s Cocktail and Wine Bar lies at the heart of the shop. With a focus on boutique London producers, the cocktails have been created by drinks guru Ryan Chetiyawardana. The menu features signature serves like the 1909 Smash – Sipsmith gin, peach, mint and Selfridges 1909 IPA – along with lots of other seasonal cocktails […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Gin Garden at The Hoxton Hotel

For one week only, Bombay Sapphire is teaming up with The Gin Garden at The Hoxton Hotel in pursuit of the perfect Gin and Tonic. From Friday 24th – Friday 31st May, the Shoreditch hotel’s courtyard will be transformed into The Gin Garden’s Bombay Sapphire Botanical Experience, a must-visit for any G&T aficionado. Attractions include daily Gin Botanical Perfume sessions with Sarah McCartney and Ultimate G&T masterclasses with Bombay Sapphire chief mixologist Sam Carter. Guests will receive full access to the Ultimate G&T Cabinet plus the unique opportunity to mix and sample their own creations. Tickets can be purchased from […]

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Hotels

Secret Garden Afternoon Tea at the Corinthia

Why do we love Chelsea Flower Show? Yes we love the flowers and gardens but we also love how many of London’s most beloved hotels are celebrating this truly British event with another, afternoon tea. None more so than the Corinthia. Running from 21st May until the 25th their Secret Garden Afternoon tea can be taken under the Baccarat Full Moon chandelier in the Lobby Lounge or al fresco in the courtyard. Taking inspiration from different gardens and gardening terms the tea includes cakes inspired by English rose gardens, herb gardens and Chinese gardens, which is a chocolate bamboo cane […]

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Reviews

Back to the 1920s at Hyatt Regency London The Churchill

To celebrate the release of Great Gatsby, The Montagu restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Churchill are hosting Great Gatsby nights each Thursday throughout May, inviting guests to dress up in their best 1920s attire and to enjoy a three course meal and last week The Handbook went down to check it out. We arrived to the sounds of Hot Dog Corn Dogs, the hotel’s resident band, who immediately set the tone with their 1920s jazz and were greeted by the waitresses who wore white silk blouses, pearls and ‘1920s-eqsue’ head bands and were immediately served Pommery champagne, off to a […]

Reviews

Back to the 1920s at Hyatt Regency London The Churchill

To celebrate the release of Great Gatsby, The Montagu restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Churchill are hosting Great Gatsby nights each Thursday throughout May, inviting guests to dress up in their best 1920s attire and to enjoy a three course meal and last week The Handbook went down to check it out. We arrived to the sounds of Hot Dog Corn Dogs, the hotel’s resident band, who immediately set the tone with their 1920s jazz and were greeted by the waitresses who wore white silk blouses, pearls and ‘1920s-eqsue’ head bands and were immediately served Pommery champagne, off to a […]

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Openings & Launches

Mr Fogg’s

Launching in Mayfair next week is swanky new venue, Mr Fogg’s, a reimagining of the home of Jules Verne’s most famous adventurer, Phileas Fogg. This will mark the first West End project from Inception Group, founded by Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling – brains behind Barts, 80’s themed Maggie’s and Battersea’s Bunga Bunga. The bar will be refined yet off-the-wall and guests will encounter all the wonders of an eighty day world trip without setting foot outside of Mayfair. Mr Fogg’s home is well hidden in an alley off Berkeley Square. The door, flanked by Victorian lanterns, is marked by a […]

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Hotels

MOËT, CHANDON & GATSBY AT THE SAVOY

Great Gatsby and Champagne fans may be interested to learn that Moët & Chandon is actually the official fizz of the film and keen eyed viewers will even spot house created Champagne pyramids and reproduction artwork from Moët’s 1921 vintage. Production and costume designer, Catherine Martin discovered that said vintage was the standout of the decade. “The exceptional quality of the 1921 vintage would have made it the drink of choice for a man with epicurean tastes and connections like Gatsby,” she explained, contining, “ Baz and I felt it was not only a credible fit for the film both […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Bunga Bunga gets ready for Eurovision

Whether you love or loathe the Eurovision Song Contest, it can’t be denied that the Eurovision Room at Bunga Bunga is the ultimate in all things Euro, and we can’t get enough of it! With the walls covered in memorabilia including gold discs, photos of Jedward and Terry Wogan, and oversized blinds embossed with Euro Hall of Fame legends and a Eurotrash-inspired fancy dress box complete with flares, spandex and lamé to keep revellers entertained and dancing until dawn. And this Thursday just days before the final on Sunday, winner of the 1997 song contest, Katrina (Ex Katrina and the […]

News

Barts’ Cuban garden reopens

Whilst everyone may be talking about the Chelsea Flower Show there is another garden just around the corner that is definitely worth a visit. Barts on Sloane Avenue is reopening their Cuban Garden just in time for the show and the start of summer. Hidden away, and filled with beautiful, exotic plants and foliage it is the perfect retreat for those looking for a little respite after the business of the show, and another reason to love it? The Chelsea Flower show cocktail of course. Lavender infused Grey Goose vodka is mixed with peach liquor, jasmine essence and topped with […]

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