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A Dog Opens A Restaurant

We follow them on Twitter, look at their photos on Instagram, like them more than most of our friends, get overly emotional when they do something adorable/funny/brave and now we drink at their bars.  No we’re not talking about celebrities, we’re talking about dogs. That’s right, a bar with a dog at its helm. Well ok maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, he isn’t actually pouring the drinks – we hear it’s the lack of opposable thumbs, but he has given his name to the venture and his seal of approval. Meet Teddy the Chow Chow and his new cocktail bar […]

Reviews

The Cocktail Trading Company’s New Bar

The first thing I thought when I stepped into The Cocktail Trading Co’s Development Bar and Table is that it reminded me of an old library mixed with a gentlemen’s club just with a good dose of cocktails and a soundtrack of Prince and Cyndi Lauper- if only libraries really were like that I’m sure they’d be an increase in attendance…government take not, but I digress. Dark wooden-panelled walls were decorated with black and white photos and prints of cocktails; shelves were stacked with books and bottles, whilst Winston Churchill looked down from his large portrait overseeing the bar. They seem […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

A Valentine’s Pop Up to Mend Your Broken Heart

Whether it’s about mates or dates this year, impress them with your knowledge of secret London pop ups by bagging yourself tickets to Meredith Bespoke’s latest venture, which promises to be an evening overflowing with laughter, cocktails, disco and love. This V-Day bash at the beautiful Bloomsbury House invites revellers to run wild through themed rooms packed with all things love-ly, including a Love Confessions Wall, heart-shaped piñatas, a Lulu Guinness Kissing Booth and a Broken Hearts cinema screening Tarantino’s True Romance. All that loving will probably have made you hungry. There’ll be mountains of cheese and jalapeño toasties followed […]

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The Handbook Meets… Sharky and George

Ever wanted to get into events or just need help throwing the best party? Let us introduce you to event planners, Sharky and George and they sure know how to throw a party.  We caught up with them to find out about how they set up their business, the treehouse in the office (yes we super jealous) and that time the police showed up at their party…. How did the idea come about for your business? At the age of 17, we, Charlie (Sharky) Astor and George Whitefield played a particularly mischievous prank on our housemaster whilst at school together.  […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

What They Didn’t Teach You at School…

Romance School. Bit sad, isn’t it? But what about this. Over 9 million of us Brits flirt from behind a screen. Tinder, Happn, Grindr, whatevr. We’re so busy/lazy/shy that romance is pretty much dead. And we killed it. We don’t know about you, but with Valentine’s Day around the corner we think that’s a bit more sad. So, on a rainy Thursday evening off we trotted to Kettner’s to discover the truth about modern day flirting and hopefully pick up some top tips to bring old school romance back into our lives, whether single or attached. The evening was hosted […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Start (Chinese) New Year on a High at The Shard

Chinese New Year. Hmm. What to do, what to do? You want an authentic experience but that doesn’t mean you want to be rattling around Chinatown eating cold dim sum and getting squished by snap happy tourists. Good thing that the Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard is putting on an authentic but indulgent experience then, isn’t it? The festivities will take place between 18th and 22nd February and will include an awesome combination of Asian heritage, food and, of course, breathtaking views from the TING Lounge. Tuck into a veritable Chinese feast, with traditional dumplings and sweetened lotus nuts symbolic […]

Openings & Launches

Blixen, a new venue you can bank on

This month get set for a new and exciting addition to Spitalfields’ restaurant scene in the shape of Blixen, an informal take on a grand European brasserie from co-owners Clive Watson and Justin Gilbert. The venue, a former bank, boasts a ground floor dining room and bar – all terrazzo-tiled floor and leather banquettes – with open kitchen and covered terrace garden accessed via a plant-filled pergola, plus a lower ground cocktail bar and private dining room housed on the former site of the bank’s safe. The seasonal menu gets the ball rolling with breakfast dishes such as Toasted Banana […]

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Health & Wellness

The Hangover Cure

For all of you who are doing Dry January there is light at the end of the tunnel just three days to go. We doubt, however, your fresh new liver will be pleased at the inevitable torrent of abuse that is coming its way and we reckon you’re in for one hell of a hangover come Monday morning. The good news is that we have a cure – yes we have discovered the hangover cure and not a bacon roll in sight!  A fabulous new clinic in Knightsbridge called IV-ME (read God send) is providing a vitamin drip that pumps […]

News

Our Guide To…February Pop-Ups

Marco’s Meatballs at Forza Win Always extraordinarily successful with their pop-ups, the latest installment from the guys at Forza Win is Marco and his marvellous meatballs. Get yourself down to the Vaults Festival in Waterloo to sample these authentic Sicilian balls of love alongside your best pals. Tickets can be bought online. Open now until 8th March www.forzawin.com Pillow Cinema in Shoreditch Underground After a sell-out month in January, Pillow Cinema have decided to pop up for the first two weeks of February, too. Yep, the thoughtful guys down at the old Shoreditch Underground Station will continue to deliver “the cosiest […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Our Guide To…February Pop-Ups

Marco’s Meatballs at Forza Win Always extraordinarily successful with their pop-ups, the latest installment from the guys at Forza Win is Marco and his marvellous meatballs. Get yourself down to the Vaults Festival in Waterloo to sample these authentic Sicilian balls of love alongside your best pals. Tickets can be bought online. Open now until 8th March www.forzawin.com Pillow Cinema in Shoreditch Underground After a sell-out month in January, Pillow Cinema have decided to pop up for the first two weeks of February, too. Yep, the thoughtful guys down at the old Shoreditch Underground Station will continue to deliver “the cosiest […]

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