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INK

Stephen Manderson (that’s Professor Green to you and me) is collaborating with cocktail supremo Gerry Calabrese next month to launch brand new club, INK in Leicester Square. Dubbed as an east end club in the heart of the west end (Leicester Square meets Hoxton Square), it will open a hardcore party monster 6pm to 3am seven days a week with music, food and drink all under one roof.                The Prof’s career has already spawned two top three albums and eight hit singles from ‘Read All About It’ to ‘Just Be Good To Green’ so with the Glasto main stage […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Brunch at Honky Tonk Chelsea

For those looking for an escape from the dancing masses in Notting Hill this bank holiday look no further than Honky Tonk. This New York themed restaurant will be recreating the all-American parties, for which their nation is famous, on our side of the pond for one weekend only. Diners at the appropriately named ‘Beers, Buckets and Bands’ party will be able to feast on buckets of chicken wings and quench their thirst with refreshing beers, all whilst listening to some amazing live music. If you haven’t yet had your fill of Honky Tonk, and we’re betting you wont have, […]

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Grillshack

A technology focussed new restaurant is set to open its doors on Beak Street in September. Grillshack is to be a quick all day counter service grill with both eat in and take out options available til late, seven days a week. In addition to counter service, there will also be touchscreen order and payment points plus a Grillshack app for ordering and payment at the table. This is to be a UK first. Staff dressed in industrial denim aprons will be on hand to ease guests into the technology. The food menu comprises a selection of dishes, mostly prepared […]

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Dirty Martini Summer Nights

Tucked away in a corner of Hanover Square you will find one of London’s two Dirty Martini bars, and last week we made a trip down to Oxford Circus, to spend an evening trying out their new ‘Summer Nights’ Thurdsays! We made ourselves comfortable on the chic leather seats, surrounded by cocktails, and the attractive murmur of chitter-chatter, soaking up a wonderfully relaxed yet up-beat ‘tonight-is-going-to-be-a-good-night’ atmosphere. The evening consisted of, funnily enough, a vibrant summer themed menu of cocktails, and a BBQ platter the perfect size to share with a friend. It was filled with bite sized burgers and […]

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Wimbledon Film Studios

Not just a working film studio, the innovative production hub Wimbledon Film and TV Studios have just announced that they will be launching a new event space, which will be ready just in time for the winter party season and Christmas. Positioned perfectly within the already existing studios, so that guests can explore the other areas, the new space is over 5000ft² and includes a large floor area, and adjacent restaurant with a bar stretching out an impressive 1000ft as well as a  mezzanine level, providing views out across the floor below. Close enough to central London, without the bustle […]

Fashion & Beauty

Nailing it in Boutique Spa

The Boutique Spa, in Bayswater, is a salon specialising in nails, massage and beauty. They offer typical treatments such as manicures, pedicures, massages, waxing and general pampering. When The Handbook was offered the chance to try out a treatment, we excitedly agreed. We were welcomed in by friendly staff and told to sit and relax while the beautician organised her booth in a simply decorated and very nice smelling room. We opted for the ‘Classic manicure’ which included a buffing and shaping of our nails, followed by a relaxing hand massage and then of course, painting our nails. The beauty […]

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Jamaica Jamaica at The Jam Tree

Last week The Handbook went over to the Jam Tree in Clapham Old Town, to get into the Carribean spirit, at their Jamaica Jamaica pop up. The pub was getting into the mood with Jamaican flags and waiters dressed in bright yellow t-shirts, but where was the reggae sound track? Perhaps Bob Marley was having a night off.  After being seated, we ordered a couple of cocktails, the Usain Bolt, a mix of rum, Jamaican Sorrel and champagne and the wonderfully named Shabba Ranks: rum, Koko Kanu, ginger and marmalade. We weren’t in any rush, wanting to spend a lazy […]

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Jamaica Jamaica at The Jam Tree

Last week The Handbook went over to the Jam Tree in Clapham Old Town, to get into the Carribean spirit, at their Jamaica Jamaica pop up. The pub was getting into the mood with Jamaican flags and waiters dressed in bright yellow t-shirts, but where was the reggae sound track? Perhaps Bob Marley was having a night off.  After being seated, we ordered a couple of cocktails, the Usain Bolt, a mix of rum, Jamaican Sorrel and champagne and the wonderfully named Shabba Ranks: rum, Koko Kanu, ginger and marmalade. We weren’t in any rush, wanting to spend a lazy […]

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Tommi’s Burger Joint

Tommi’s Burger Joint, which launched last year in Marylebone as a pop-up has just re-opened in a brand new permanent venue on Thayer Street. The intimate American-style diner from Iceland, is the creation of Icelandic entrepreneur Tomas Tómasson, who has launched nearly 20 restaurants and hotels in his native Iceland. Here in London, head chef is Siggi Gunnlaugsson who relocated to the UK to launch the first site last year. The menu is simple – just a selection of burgers, and a vegetarian option. Produce will be carefully sourced from within the UK, with meat from HG Walter butchers in […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Burger and Oyster Bar at Boisdale of Bishopsgate

Boisdale of Bishopsgate has recently opened its doors to their brand new Burger and Oyster Bar. With an utterly decadent menu showcasing dishes of the highest quality, Boisdale’s have taken the usual burger and given it a first class upgrade.   The burger menu offers an array of options starting with the Classic, which includes lemon tarragon mayonnaise, dill pickles and beef tomatoes, adding an extra oomph to your typical burger and bun. The Inferno provides for the more fiery of diners, with smoked tomato, chilli relish and jalapeno peppers. Boisdale also offers Deluxe choices, meaning that maple glazed bacon […]

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14th World Association Croquet Championship at Roehampton Club

Picture a large garden lawn, glorious sunshine and the beginning of a very British game of croquet. It seems rather quaint does it not? But this is no  lazy Sunday afternoon game in the garden it is in fact the 14th World Association Croquet Championship.   Held at Roehampton Club, the event features 120 players, dignitaries and officers for what is due to be a splendid competition including club member Reg Bamford the Double World Champion. The club promises a barbeque midweek, healthy competition and all within the Roehampton’s magnificent surroundings, what more for a wonderful day out? Pass us the […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

An Evening of 1920s Entertainment at Archer Street

With Gatsby fever still taking over London, Archer Street invites guests to their Soho Bar to unearth their inner starlet for a 1920s based evening this upcoming bank holiday.  Full 1920s attire is encouraged, which not only allows for zoot suits and flapper dresses to be donned, but it also guarantees a jazz themed cocktail on arrival to really set the evening swinging. Further Gatsby-esque drinks include the Cherry Cherry Bang Bang, a concoction of Tanqueray, cherry and lime. Or perhaps Wild Horses is more to your taste, featuring bourbon, raspberries and a fizz of ginger beer. Betty Blue may […]

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