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Victorious Voltaire

What was once a palace? Once a prison? And now a unique and nonchalantly cool destination venue? The answer? Voltaire, champagne and cigar bar. Named after the infamous French philosopher and writer who spent six years in exile in London, Voltaire is situated in a grade II listed building in the historic Square Mile. Below street level the stone vaults which once housed the treasure from the bank above have now been turned into private, spacious little alcoves, where you can be served by private waiters, The Vaults at Voltaire are set to be one of the exclusive London society […]

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Balthazar London

Mark your diaries for this Saturday 16 February as that is when the reservation lines open for Balthazar London, the long awaited and much-storied London outpost of Keith McNally’s New York original. The restaurateur and native Brit opened Balthazar in New York’s Spring Street back in the spring of 1997 and his empire now takes in Pastis, Cafe Luxembourg, Lucky Strike, Odeon, Schiller's Liquor Bar and a Balthazar Bakery too. The London edition, opening in the spring, is located on the corner of Russell Street and Wellington Street in the heart of Covent Garden, in the old Theatre Museum, within […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Fashion Food at Wolf & Badger

London Fashion Week is almost upon us and one of the best places to indulge in your fashion addiction is boutique Wolf & Badger but it’s not just the clothes we are getting excited about. Moving Venue have just announced that they are providing the canapés for the Wolf & Badger showcase on the opening day of London Fashion Week. If the journalists, bloggers and style icons weren’t already running over in their Christian Louboutins to see  the collection they are now, faster than you can see Manolo Blahnik. The kitchen team at Moving Venue have created canapés which sound as […]

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Films in the attic at Beach Blanket Babylon

How many times have you been to the cinema and just come back a little disappointed? The film was great but that couple next you were talking all the way through, you were sat behind the world’s tallest man and couldn’t see the screen completely, the child behind you was kicking the back of your chair and the incessant crunching was not a great soundtrack for the film…Hopefully your cinema experiences are not all like this, but as Dominic Davies, creator and founder of Backyard Cinema says, “After one too many unfulfilling trips to the cinema, I wanted to create […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Clove Club to open in Shoreditch

Exciting news for fans of Upstairs at The Ten Bells! The team behind the celebrated Spitalfields restaurant are set to open a new venue in Shoreditch Town Hall, spreading their winning combination of great music and finely crafted cuisine. The Clove Club originated as a popular supperclub in Dalston – we couldn’t be happier to hear it is to become a permanent restaurant. The new dining destination will be part of the regeneration of the Grade II listed town hall into an arts space and creative hub – The Clove Club is surely set to continue the success of creators […]

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Burning Bright at Hyatt Regency London, The Churchill

Hyatt Regency London, The Churchill is hosting a series of art exhibitions – the third will see the hotel joining forces with the Saatchi Gallery, to celebrate works from emerging artists. The Burning Bright exhibition will run from the 20th February, showcasing art from Saatchi Online; a concept launched by the gallery to provide an international platform for new artists to share, show and sell their work – it’s now the largest online gallery in the world. Burning Bright features stunning works from rising stars such as Daisy Clarke and Geoff Diego Litherland, winner of the prestigious Warden’s Purchase Prize. […]

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Celebrities & Influencers

The Worst Hollywood has to Offer

In the wake of the BAFTAs (brilliantly hosted by Stephen Fry), and in anticipation of the Oscars (sure to be brilliantly hosted by Seth Macfarlane) The Handbook thought it would be interesting to have a look at some the *ahem* slightly less respected films coming out. Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis face off, with a typically eye rolling display of testosterone.  A Good Day to Die Hard and Bullet to the Head – both appropriately macho titles – are sure to be as uncomfortable to watch as Willis’s recent One Show interview with Matt Baker and Alex Jones. On the […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Fashionably Gluten-Free Tea

Two days to go before London Fashion Week and we all know that we can’t possibly be fashionable unless we’re cutting gluten from our diets – whether for medical or vanity reasons. So Michelin-starred chef William Drabble of the five star St James’ Hotel & Club has devised a gluten-free afternoon tea launching on Friday. We’re talking airy macaroons layered with fresh raspberries; delicate fancies embellished with seasonal berries; corset-friendly chocolate mousse cake; light lemon drizzle cake; and even scones dressed with clotted cream and a rich homemade strawberry preserve. there's also gluten-free bread in the wafer thin sandwiches. £19pp […]

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Uptown Oil

What do Marco Pierre White, Nick House, Piers Adam, Jacob Kenedy and Victor Hugo have in common? They’re all fans of Uptown Oil of course and its influence is being felt from celebrity favourite Mahiki to gastronomic destination Bocca di Lupo. The pioneering London company is dedicated to collecting and recycling used cooking oil and turning it into the biodiesel that is increasingly fuelling the capital and making a real impact on C02 levels in the air we breathe. Uptown converts used cooking oil (UCO) to biodiesel at commercially profitable levels in a low impact and environmentally responsible manner. It promotes the commercial […]

Culture

Pugs Might Fly

Brainchild of TV producer Margaret Meenaghan, ‘Pugs Might Fly’ is a quirky collection of pug-inspired items – featuring wall hangings, cushions and even soap! The winged pug design, inspired by Margaret’s own brave pet ‘Mutley’, has recently become unbelievably popular – coveting love from all spheres. Jonathan Ross tweeted a picture of one of the wall hangings (modelled on the iconic flying ducks of the 1960’s and 70’s) at Christmas, describing the flying pug design as ‘awesome’. Saturdays singer and fellow pug-lover Frankie Sandford has also shown appreciation, mentioning her intention to buy the whole collection. ‘Pugs Might Fly’ is […]

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Selvedge Launches Pop-up Shop at Anthropologie

Anthroplogie is collaborating with Selvedge, the fine textiles magazine, and opening it's doors for a combination of skilled craftspeople and a collection of sewing supplies. Between the 14th February to 29th March The Gallery at Anthropologie will be transformed into a traditional haberdashery with a twist, filled with Selvedge dry goods. At the Launch on Valentine's day guests are invited to shop and socialise with a chance to meet the Selvidge team and create a butterfly corsage to take home. A couple of weeks later, on the 22th-23rd March, the Selvedge Spring Fair takes place in Chelsea Old Town Hall. The two-day event […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Fashion Paradise

With London Fashion Week kicking off this Friday, Paradise by way of Kensal Green, has created a tongue-in-cheek cocktail list celebrating the best of our home-grown talent and sure to quench your love for both fashion and booze. Fizz fans can opt for The Daphne Guinness – served in a Champagne glass half Guinness with a Champagne and raspberry top – or if you’re feeling fruity, The Rose Huntington Whiteley should do nicely. It’s made from Sipsmith Gin, dry Vermouth, lemon juice, apricot jam, Grenadine, and garnished with a cherry. There’s also The Stella (Artois) McCartney and The Laura (Baileys). […]

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