Lifestyle

Openings & Launches

Le Baron London

For as many decades as the capital can remember, it has been a long-standing mainstay of the city's after-hours entertainment. Nonetheless, the Embassy Club, a locale much loved by a wide range of Londoners and celebrities alike (Robbie Williams, Madonna, Rihanna being some its most frequent visitors), is being refurbished. But all won't be lost, the club will reopen shortly with an exciting facelift. Enter Le Baron, the popular 'trendy' nightclub 'with a sexy red velour interior' that has single-handedly put Paris firmly back on the nightclub scene. When Le Baron settles in London at The Embassy, the club, whose […]

Culture

The Pink Runway

Are you sad that all the sartorially-wise have moved their sashaying dresses and bouffant hair to Milan? Don’t be. The capital is still very much dancing to the London Fashion Week tune. For example, at Covent Garden’s Circus, the party is most definitely ongoing. Head to it in the next few days, and waiting for you will be a ‘Pink Runway’: a delicious rum cocktail with flavours of pomegranate and pineapple with a dash of ginger beer. Made with Pink Pigeon vanilla rum – the spiced rumis named after the rare and endangered bird which originates on the island of Mauritius […]

Openings & Launches

The Dorsia

Since it takes its name from the ever-full fictional restaurant featured in Hollywood's American Psycho, one can only assume that South Kensington will be abuzz with nosy nocturnal revellers when The Dorsia finally swings opens its doors next week. Large swathes of interest won't be entirely unexpected. After all, anticipation surrounding the launch of this new private members' restaurant, bar and nightclub has mounted steadily throughout the summer – though curious chatter is most likely to have been what Nick Andreen and Fraser Carruthers, the men behind the venture, had always wanted. Ploughing a reported £2.4 million into what was […]

Read more

WIN!

It's free to enter our competitions + you can win amazing prizes!

Win Karaoke + Bubbles at Lucky Voice Holborn

Open until 2nd March 2020

Did you know that January has been scientifically proven to be the most depressing month of the year? Fortunately for those fearing January blues in 2020, The Handbook has teamed up with Lucky Voice to offer one of our readers the chance to win a free night of karaoke with a bottle of bubbles to boot! The prize is for eight people at Lucky Voice Holborn, to be in with a chance of winning simply answer the question below.

Click to read for answer

Where was karaoke invented?

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
By entering your email you agree that you are happy for us to email you with other competitions, offers and Handbook news
News

The Timber Wave

Normally, it’s the contents of the V&A which sees its historic premises stacked full of returning perennial visitors. But this week, you may just find your jaw drops even before you cross its threshold.   If you head South Kensington way this week, you’ll be hard pressed to miss The Timber Wave, a three dimensional latticework spiral – a self-supporting structure made of American red oak by Cowley Timberwork, designed by award-winning architects AL_A and engineered by Arup – adorning the Cromwell Road entrance of the museum. Reaching 12 metres, the Wave – which is hoping to bring an interesting ‘walk through’ experience […]

Read more

Openings & Launches

Novikov

Arkady Novikov, has unveiled the first images of his new Novikov Restaurant & Bar and the first project outside of Russia for the legendary restaurateur is due to open in November in the heart of Mayfair. As guests enter through revolving doors off Berkeley Street, they will see cool granite walls, a striking lacquered ebony bar-counter decorated with a jade stone (belonging to Arkady himself). Set across three floors, the concept takes in three distinctive spaces – the Asian Restaurant, the Italian Restaurant (pictured) and the Novikov Bar. The adjacent Asian Restaurant is a striking 130 seater in contemporary-style created […]

Openings & Launches

DECADES of Proud

Enter the autumn with a bang with Proud Cabaret's new theatrical sensation, DECADES, the only floor show in London to take you through a timeline of the art of the burlesque. Launching tomorrow 21 September, DECADES co-incides with the completion of the venue's renovations – think an extended stage with runway, expanded seating islands for 275 guests and a new raised ceiling for aerial performances. The show's 10 week run promises a whirlwind journey from the 20's right up to the present day. We're talking glamour, swing, jive and rock culminating in the experimentational contemporary scene of neo-burlesque and sensational […]

Read more

Become An Insider

Want free instant access to secret locations, exclusive parties, the latest openings and much more!

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Plough Clapham Junction

The Plough, just opened on St. John’s Hill a few minutes walk from Clapham Junction station, is a stylish Anglo American bar and kitchen which satisfies our craving for grazing and insatiable appetite for sliders, miniature mains and sharing dishes. Open all day, The Plough is a relaxed neighbourhood bar and a welcome addition to Clapham Junction area. Serving food from both sides of the pond, and an unrivalled range of drinks; from craft beers and cask ales, to spirits, sparklers and shakes, there’s something for everyone. Head chef Josh Garner leads his brigade from the open plan kitchen located […]

Read more

Openings & Launches

Bread Street Kitchen

Representing a new direction for Gordon Ramsay comes Bread Street Kitchen at One New Change, London. The restaurant and bar promises a relaxed dining experience set over a large warehouse-style location inspired by its East London environs. Informal in its approach, it’s open all day and in addition to the regular kitchen, the menu takes in dishes from a raw bar and a wood-burning oven too. The dramatic space has been designed by Russell Sage – in keeping with its industrial roots. We’re talking striking lighting displays, an exposed lift shaft and viewing platforms through the centre of the restaurant. […]

Read more

News

Culinary Carnival at Fortnum & Mason

Not wishing to be ousted from the fun and excitement of the London Restaurant Festival, Fortnum & Mason is getting in on the act. For the two weeks over which the Festival takes place, the iconic Mayfair store will be hosting a ‘Culinary Carnival’. Some of the UK’s best loved Michelin-starred chefs will be working away in The Gallery Restaurant preparing special, seasonal menus for both lunch and dinner. They are already promising that their menus will represent the talent, expertise and spontatenous flair for which they are all known. Who might be involved?  Oh, only Nathan Outlaw (St Enodoc Hotel), Brian […]

News

In the House (of Dereon) with Beyonce

To the top secret Beyonce House of Dereon fashion show in Selfridges carpark space on Saturday night –  JGE (just getto enough as opposed to just gay enough) as whilst still retaining an under-G vibe it had style cred in spades. Ellie Goulding. Check. Eliza Doolittle. Check. Dionne Bromfield. Check. Jamie Winstone. Check. OK, you’re getting the picture. It was a celeb fest. And they kept coming. So much so that the FROW criteria kept shifting so no one was safe from being ignominiously ousted to make way for someone a few rungs higher on the circuit’s pecking order. Ouch. […]

Read more

View in full-screen
Restaurants, Pubs & Food

THIRTY SIX at Dukes London

At no. 36 Little St James Street, there’s a special new addition to London’s restaurant world. Aptly, its name is Thirty Six. But that’s where the unoriginality stops. Michelin-starred Nigel Mendham is in charge of this new restaurant, where the culinary focus is on the classic and the modern. It is normal to expect, for example, carrot cake served with liquid carrots and Salt Marsh lamb sticky ribs at one of the 36 (geddit?) chairs Thirty-Six owns. (Is it getting confusing yet?) As stylish as the quintessential hotel in which it is located, Mendham may have trouble accommodating everyone in at […]

Read more

News

Secret Sensory Suppers at Andaz Hotel

For three nights only, Andaz Hotel’s Masonic Temple is back in business. From 20 – 22 September during this year’s London Design Festival, FranklinTill will be curating Secret Sensory Suppers which see the Temple transformed into an experimental space for exclusive evenings of fantastical banqueting where food, sound, light and touch collide in a feast for all the senses – not to mention Hendrick’s Gin cocktails and fragrancing by Cire Trudon and Fornasetti Profum. Kicking things off on 20 September are culinary alchemists Bompas & Parr with their Visionary Feast For the Senses. The menu is inspired by grand hotel […]

Read more

  • * a company email is required to download this file
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.