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Love is in the air at the London Eye

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and it seems love really is in the air amongst us Londoners. On 10th February Natasha Palmer and Jagan Rao got engaged on the London Eye, and it seems that Jagan is not the only one to choose the London Eye with its stunning views as the perfect place to ask that all important question, in fact 4999 other couples have also got engaged against the backdrop of the London skyline. The capsules in the air have seen 512 weddings, 22 civil partnerships and an impressive 1.5 million glasses of champagne have been drunk. But as […]

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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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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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La Dolce Domenica

Knightsbridge's luxurious The Bulgari Hotel & Residences is launching an Italian-themed Sunday brunch and movie experience, commencing Sunday 24 February. The brunch buffet and á la carte menu will be available in Il Ristorante between noon and 2.30pm, after which guests will be invited to kick back with one of two complimentary movie screenings in the hotel’s state-of-the-art, 47-seat Cinema. Following a signature Bloody Mary, Mimosa or glass of Prosecco, guests can get stuck into a buffet fresh fruits, smoothies and juices, artisan breads and pastries, Italian cheeses and hams and decadent desserts from Amedei Chocolate Mousse to Tiramisu, Baba […]

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Je t’aime Bella Freud candles

Slogo sweaters may be having another fashion moment (Brian Lichtenberg, les plus dorés, Cara Delevigne for DKNY) but Freud dynasty scion Bella Freud has been ahead of the game for years with her famous sweaters bearing the legends Ginsberg is God and Je t’aime Jane. And now she’s turned them into slogo candles. Collaborating with perfumier, Azzi Glasser, there are three to choose from: the signature Bella in Incense Wood  & Oud inspired by “glamorous hippies in the ‘60s and my childhood in Morocco”, the more cerebral Ginsberg is God in Fig Leaf and Tomato and the pretty Je t’aime […]

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Bluebird’s Wedding Showcase

Brides-to-be start getting excited – Bluebird Chelsea is soon to play host to its third dazzling bridal showcase! All those with upcoming weddings are invited to come on 13th March and view the venue’s four exquisite rooms styled in the latest bridal trends. Attending will representatives from designer teams such as Sassi Holford, Maids to Measure, Hermione Harbutt and Lulu Kacho. Don’t be afraid to bring your fiancé – he can admire the distinguished wedding cars on the Bluebird courtyard, while you browse bespoke hair designs by Lockonego. Make a day of it with a glass of bubbly on arrival, […]

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Pop-up PING pong

For one night only, the Earls Court institution PING is packing up the paddles and moving east. On February 16th, the team behind the ping pong bar will be setting up at Village Underground, Shoreditch. Joining forces with Big Apple Hot Dogs, the idea is to create a pop-up haven of ping pong tournaments, DJs, and tasty snacks! Big Apple Hot Dogs will be dishing out cheeky creations such as ‘The Huge Pole’ – a giant Polish sausage with large chunks of pork, seasoned with paprika – and ‘The Big Dog’ – made with coarsely ground beef seasoned with majoram […]

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The British Are Coming!

Awards season is well underway and the UKs big weekend is upon us with the Orange British Academy Film Awards this Sunday. Hosted by the ever magnificent Stephen Fry we can expect self-deprecating jokes and a lot of digs at Anne Hathaway’s dedication to her art. British stars a plenty are nominated including the ever present Helen Mirren and Daniel Day-Lewis. Anna Karenina – starring Keira Knightley, Jude Law and Aaron Taylor-Johnson – also has a couple of nods; fighting the British corner. The Americans hold a strong position though with Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper, Helen Hunt and Jennifer Lawrence […]

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The Narrow Boat

Perched on a North London street corner overlooking the canal, the newly refurbished pub, The Narrow Boat, is a small gem amongst the deserted streets of Islington. Seated by the window, with a view of the old barges along the water, we sunk into our snug armchairs. For starters, I ordered the salmon fishcakes with a béarnaise sauce and spinach. I have to say, it was hard to fault. The portion size was perfect, the taste was melt-in-the-mouth and the dish as a whole, was amazing. Following on from our starter, I had the rump steak. Again, beautifully cooked, beautifully […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Narrow Boat

Perched on a North London street corner overlooking the canal, the newly refurbished pub, The Narrow Boat, is a small gem amongst the deserted streets of Islington. Seated by the window, with a view of the old barges along the water, we sunk into our snug armchairs. For starters, I ordered the salmon fishcakes with a béarnaise sauce and spinach. I have to say, it was hard to fault. The portion size was perfect, the taste was melt-in-the-mouth and the dish as a whole, was amazing. Following on from our starter, I had the rump steak. Again, beautifully cooked, beautifully […]

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The Rooftop Café – Rising Above Our Expectations

Last Friday night The Handbook headed to The Exchange, and The Rooftop Café which lay within. Ironic that a rooftop café should nestle but nestle nevertheless it did given that it lay bang at the foot of the newly erected Shard. As with so many restaurants now the theme was clearly simplicity. Nothing wrong with this; though when ‘simple’ borderlines on ‘unfinished’ you need to be careful. This just about came on the right side of the line, though maybe the toilets could have done with a lick or two more of paint. The food carried similar connotations. Fundamentally great […]

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Tom Ford Store Opening

The American fashion designer Tom Ford, famous for turning around the Gucci fashion house and reviving Yves Saint Laurent, is set to open his first standalone flagship store in the UK on Sloane Street. The large store, measuring 8,000 square foot, will showcase the complete male (currently only available in Selfridges) and female clothing range (available in Harrods) as well as signature jewellery, accessories collections and his modern classic fragrances. Tom Ford has recently been quoted as saying: “Our British customers are among the most discerning and stylish in the world. Opening our first directly operated Flagship in the UK is an […]

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