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Catch This Three Michelin Star Chef As He Visits London

It’s not often that you get to taste the creations of a three Michelin star chef, and even if you’re lucky enough to be a regular in the three London restaurants to have achieved this accolade then surely the chance to sup at the table of Thomas Bühner from Germany’s ‘La Vie’ is a chance to jump at? Thankfully you won’t have to traipse to Osnabrück, but just to Greenwich and the InterContinental London – The O2 where he has teamed up with the very talented Tomas Lidakevicius, Head Chef at Peninsula Restaurant for a collaboration spanning three days only. The menu sounds suitably incredible, […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

Get Exclusive Tickets to The Great Masked Ball: London’s Ultimate Immersive Party

This summer, London’s ultimate immersive adventure is back, and you’re invited. Your presence is requested at The Great Masked Ball, an enchanting Swan Lake masquerade set within a fairytale palace, hidden somewhere in London. The tickets are only being sold through secret drops and The Handbook has just got you exclusive access to one. Because, let’s face it, you’re not going to want to miss out on this. Following on from the hugely successful In Night’s Darkling Glory, The Great Masked Ball will be returning to London from the 12th -29th July. It will fuse together dance, live orchestra, feasting […]

Travel

The Best Places To Stay In… Mexico

Mexico, everyone’s going; whether it’s honeymooners heading for the beach or gangsters heading for the border in every US crime thriller. But where to stash your fiancé or swag, depending which group you fall into, once you arrive? Well here’s some suggestions of places to stay in this wondrous country, a melting pot of cultures, history and, our favourite, cuisine…

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Openings & Launches

Mark Wahlberg’s Burgers Come To London

If you thought that sibling rivalry was getting out of hand when you handmade your mum’s birthday card to top-trump your sister’s Hallmark offering, then step aside and see how it’s really done. What do you do if one of your brothers was a star of boy band New Kids On The Block and the other is none other than international Hollywood A-Lister Mark Wahlberg? Well the answer, it seems, is launch a highly successful chain of top-end burger joints. Led by Paul Wahlberg, alongside his brothers, Wahlburgers will open its first branch outside North America when it comes to Covent […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Aperol Spritz Pop-Up to Open Complete With Aperol Canal

The biggest drink to come out of Italy? Could be Prosecco or…is it Aperol? Sure, there might be a whole restaurant dedicated to one, but the bright orange, bittersweet aperitif is getting ready for its summer pop-up, The Aperol Big Spritz Social and it looks mega. Setting up shop at the Shoreditch Electric Light Station (just off Hoxton Square) from the 31st May until the 2nd June and then from the 6th to  9th June, the pop-up will be home to an ‘Aperol orange’ canal which you can row down – all very Willy Wonka-esque, a slide, a Vespa carousel […]

Rooftops and Terraces

Savage Garden: The New City Rooftop Bar

Savage Garden, not just that Australian duo who sang classic 90s hits like Truly Madly Deeply and To the Moon & Back, but also now a new sky-high bar opening in the City. Who knows whether the founders are mega fans of the pop duo or are inspired by author Anne Rice’s quote, ‘beauty is a savage garden’, but what we do know is that it is going to be a study in experimentation and temptation, a twist, botanical world set 12 storeys above the streets of London. Sitting on top of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London – Tower […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Europe’s Longest Bar Hosts Champagne Masterclasses

“That’s what I go to school for, Even though it is a real bore” sang Busted in their Ofsted-nightmare-scenario hit song (sidebar: we actually had a Miss Mackenzie at our school and this song was wholly inaccurate). But what I definitely would go to school for is Searcys Champagne School, which has just arrived at St Pancras Brasserie and Champagne Bar by Searcys. Famously the longest Champagne bar in Europe, the new Champagne school will offer masterclasses so that guests can learn all about Champagne and English sparkling wines, either as part of ticketed events or as a private party and making best use […]

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Reviews

We Review: Sartoria’s Saturday Brunch

What? Standing on the corner of Savile Row, Sartoria (meaning ‘tailor’ in Italian) is part of restaurant super group D&D London who now have over 30 restaurants across London, Leeds, Paris, New York and Tokyo. It’s also arguably my favourite D&D restaurant with Francesco Mazzei as Chef Patron, so when they announced that they were starting a new Saturday brunch I knew that I had to visit. New? Sartoria isn’t but the new brunch launched in the middle of March.  Where? Sat on the corner of Savile Row, you’ll find Sartoria at: 20 Savile Row, Mayfair, W1S, www.sartoria-restaurant.co.uk The Look: […]

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Reviews

We Review: Simpson’s in the Strand

What? A landmark restaurant on an iconic road. Open for 190 years. Synonymous with Churchill. Restaurants don’t get much more traditional than Simpson’s in the Strand. Or is it so set in its ways? Like an old aunt suddenly getting a face lift, last year it was given a new lease of life, with a refurbishment and updated menu. So, we headed over to see what had kept the restaurant going for so long and how it is faring its second wind. New? In a city where restaurants open and close faster than the doors on the tube, it often […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

London Wine Week is Back

There are so many ‘national’ days now that we take most of them with a pinch of cynicism, sorry but we’re not going to celebrate national pear day, one that we are ready to celebrate isn’t just a day, but a whole week and it starts on Monday: London Wine Week. Over 125 of the best wine bars and restaurants across the city will be serving over 500 different wines as part of tasting flights and ‘Sip & Snack’ food pairings as part of the seven -day adventure. There’ll be a new Hub in the garden of Flat Iron Square […]

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Travel

Is This The Most Amazing Hotel Suite In The World?

Want to sleep with the fishes? No, we’ve not gone all The Godfather on you, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has unveiled plans to allow you to do exactly that, sleep underwater. Sixteen and a half feet below the surface, the glass pods will see guests surrounded by the stunning sealife of the Indian Ocean. The luxury suites will exist on top and below the waves, with nine guests sleeping upstairs, along with a gym, butler’s quarters and, of course, room for your detail of body guards. But below deck the concrete, steel and acrylic structure gives way to a domed suite […]

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Reviews

We Review: The Basque Menu at Bar Boulud

What? Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud’s most recent trip saw him head to Savoie and onto the neighbouring Basque Country. On his travels he filled up on fresh fish, pinxtos and bacalao, his new spring menu brings together these classic dishes and flavours. New? No, Bar Boulud was Daniel Boulud’s first UK venture, opening back in 2010 and it remains his only London restaurant, his Basque-inspired spring menu, however, launched at the end of April.   Where? Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London 66 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LA, www.mandarinoriental.com The Look: Based on the feel of a wine cellar, Bar Boulud isn’t opulent […]

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