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52°North Bar & Kitchen

New Soho eatery 52°North Bar & Kitchen prides itself on serving up the best of British cuisine with all ingredients sourced right here in the UK, a wine list selected from the best English grapes and draught artisan beers from the Harviestoun Brewery in Scotland. Set over two floors, on ground level there’s a large bar, lounge area with fireplace and big sharing tables while the speakeasy style lower ground features another bar and fireplace. Brains behind the outfit are entrepreneurs Tim Lalic and Vahram Papazyan who appointed the team behind Chelsea’s The Penny Black Restaurant to create their new […]

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Market Café

Broadway Market has long been an East London secret but like Hoxton and Shoreditch before it, it was bound to get out sooner or later.  Which brings us to the March opening of Market Café – new project from Hugo Warner of benugo fame – and set right at the market’s heart. It’s been inspired by those classic Italian Formica cafés of the 1950s and promises rustic Ital-Lon fare: steak and kidney pudd, jam donuts and honey ice cream homemade on the Hackney Downs  sit alongside hand cut tagliatelles and truffled rabbit. Divided between a 60 seat dining room and […]

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Hot Stuff at Mint Leaf

Mint Leaf is getting all loved up for Valentine’s Day and the team has devised a truly heart-warming Valentine Indian Feast plus a few love potions of their own. We’re talking four courses of the finest contemporary Indian food, an enchanted subterranean setting of black polished marble and did we mention the libations of love? We were just checking you were listening! But what’s also stolen our hearts is that it costs just £75 per couple. (Yes that’s PER COUPLE and not per head) which includes a glass of fizz and a lingerie voucher to spend at your leisure at […]

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London’s Natural History Museum Ice Rink will return for the 2019 festive season and to celebrate The Handbook will be offering one lucky family of 4 an overnight stay in one family room at Radisson Blu Edwardian, Vanderbilt with breakfast plus an extended skate session at National History Museum which includes a 30 minute exclusive skate followed by a 50 minute public skate session thereafter.

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The Rivington at Madinat Jumeirah

Aspects of British culture don’t always cultivate compliments. Blue blood may run deep but regal behaviour doesn’t always flow in the Kingdom. Where we excel in some areas there are some British folk who have a habit of letting the side down. ‘Brits abroad’ is the dreaded phrase associated with the drunken drabs who invade foreign shores with distasteful behaviour. Those who witness it face an assault to the eyes, ears and let’s not forget the whiff. Despite this and our weather it’s not all doom and gloom. Sometimes us Brits do do it best and it doesn’t stop at […]

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Melt into Chocolate

If this Valentine's Day you're looking to say something special (whether that's a compliment or a grovelling apology), you could do a lot than investing in some seriously good chocolate. And here's your chance: at Selfridges this weekend (until Tuesday), the Melt concession store will be holding 'interactive afternoons' for those eager to learn how master chocolatiers, Melt Chocolates, make their beautiful Valentine's Golden Hearts. They're worth sticking around for … after all, the milk chocolate hearts (which come in two sizes and are topped in glistening gold leaf) are available for purchase in pretty box packaging after the mouth-drooling […]

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Beverly Hills Hotel Oscar Menu

Hollywood is hotting up for awards season – and whilst all of the stars are fussing over red carpet couture and penning the perfect acceptance speech, film fans are relaxing – not only at the cinema, but at the luxurious Polo Lounge, where an Oscar Cocktail Menu is making a timely appearance! The Polo Lounge has long been the haunt of the Hills' hallowed residents; located within The Beverly Hills Hotel, it is the epitome of Los Angeles glamour. The Oscar Cocktail Menu features carefully thought out drinks inspired by this year's nine nominees for Best Picture. Enjoyed the silent […]

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Message on a (Moët ) bottle…

If handcuffs and blindfolds aren’t quite your style you can still buy into a little Valentine’s Day naughtiness with Moët & Chandon Rosé. Now although we wouldn’t usually advocate wanton tagging, the label has teamed up with a graffiti artist to tag you – or your loved one – your own personalized bottle of fizz. From tomorrow til 14 Feb you can feel the love at the Moët & Chandon pop-up shop in Covent Garden’s Piazza, play with iPads proffered by Rosé usherettes, experiment customizing your own bottle or just leave it to Moët’s resident pro as let’s face it, […]

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Bissé‘s BAFTA Bubble at The Sanderson

Although many actors might nominate its Red Carpet Facials for the Special Effects category, Natura Bissé is not in line for a BAFTA itself – however, in the run up to Sunday’s ceremony, it’s hosting an exclusive BAFTA suite at The Sanderson Hotel’s Agua Spa to beautify attending celebs and VIPs. Bissé’s Diamond Iced Crystal Facial will be performed from the 99.995% pure air confines of a unique Natura Bissé BUBBLE which serves to maximise the effects of the treatment – not to mention a range of auxiliary actions from hastening physical recovery to improving concentration. Tennis ace Rafael Nadal […]

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Gillray’s Steakhouse

Come March, steak fans will be in their element with the launch of quintessentially English dining experience Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar set in London’s 100 year old County Hall, celebrating the best of British – from interior design to each cut of beef – and boasting outstanding views of Big Ben and The Houses of Parliament. Namesake, James Gillray, was a famed 18th-century caricaturist and the association reflects the political history of the County Hall’s past alongside the style and humour of the English personality.  His work punctuates the menu and will also be exhibited on the walls. Gillray’s Steakhouse […]

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Massimo and the Bread Campaign

After the strict discipline we put ourselves through in January, wouldn't you agree, February is a time for leniency. Massimo Restaurant & Oyster Bar, in central London, are helping get this message across – and thank heavens they are, too. Throughout this short month, Massimo Ricciolo, the restaurant’s chef patron, will be offering a complimentary ‘take-away’ fresh bread loaf to each lunchtime visitor. This generous move will also highlight the on-going Bread Campaign which Massimo is promoting. Last month, the chef focused in on Pasta and its wonders … but in February, Massimo is shining a spotlight on bread. This […]

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Fortnum & Mason’s Jubilant new look

Fortnum & Mason is flexing its Royal Warrant muscles and celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by decorating that famous Piccadilly facade from the pavement up. The tradition has its roots back in 1836 when the building was illuminated in stars made from lit jets of gas to celebrate the wedding of the future Edward VII. And we’re assured that the 2012 effort, when revealed on Monday 6 February, will be similarly spectacular but without causing a health and safety situation. Inspired by the 10 heraldic creatures of the Queen’s Coronation taken from ancestral coats of arms, a menagerie of brightly […]

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Love is in the air…

Yes, it's coming up to that time of year again but don't worry, The Handbook has it covered with the first installment of our two-part Valentine's Day guide. So check back next week for Valentine's Day, The Sequel, but for now, just sit back and feel the love… Cupid Concierge If you’ve left things til the last minute, book into the The May Fair Hotel and let its Cupid Concierge do the rest. Available as a complimentary service for all guests, May Fair will take  on the task of arranging a decadent dinner, tickets to the theatre, sourcing bottles of […]

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