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 […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The New Asian Cuban Fusion Menu

Now to St Martin’s Lane, one of London’s coolest streets and one of London’s coolest hotels, the St Martin’s Lane Hotel. The hotel’s restaurant, Asia de Cuba, has put together a cocktail and ceviche pairing menu. Whisking guests off to the tropics, the pairing menu is a combination of carefully curated signature ceviche dishes and Bacardi cocktails, all designed to be drunk side-by-side in this latest of Cuban and Asian fusion. Emphasising quirky fusion style the lineup includes The Cobia Ceviche, incorporating Asia with a Thai mango salad and rocoto miso vinaigrette, but paired with a Coctel A La Frambuesa cocktail, made of Bacardi Carta […]

Openings & Launches

Another Posh Indian Opens In Central London

It’s the nation’s favourite dish, an institution and an art, so it’s only right that it should be found on very the doorstep of Buckingham Palace. The Rubens At The Palace has just opened a curry restaurant. The Curry Room is a new and exciting opening at this Victoria hotel, and will bring a unique blend of Indian and South African flavours to bear under the expert eye of Chef Arun Kumar. Working alongside The Rubens’ Executive Chef Ben Kelliher as well as Kevin Joseph, who is Executive Chef at The Rubens’ sister property The Oyster Box Hotel in South Africa, Kumar has […]

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Awesome Afternoon Teas

The New Gin Themed Afternoon Tea to Land in Soho

Gin, it’s our favourite spirit (that’s a plural Londoners our, we don’t take sides here), it’s the epitome of the British summer drink, yep even Pimms is gin-based, a fact we should all know if we want to consider ourselves true Brits, so what could be both more summery and British than a gin themed afternoon tea? Perhaps the Royal Family eating it at a cricket match, but let’s not be pedantic here. Recently launched at The Soho Hotel, the Gin Mare G & Tea, the tea brings together the classic English afternoon tea with the Mediterranean flavours found in […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

We Review: Rudy’s Dirty Vegan Diner

What: London’s first 100% vegan diner. New? As any vegan worth their salt will know, Camden is the place to go for vegan food with more and more vegan eateries popping up by the week. Rudy’s Dirty Vegan Diner is the newest addition as of April 2018, joining neighbours like Young Vegans and V Burger. Where? It took us no less than 20 minutes to find this place even with Google Maps and asking several other stalls and staff; so you don’t struggle like we did it’s about 10 seconds from The Cheese Bar. North Yard, Camden Market, NW1 8AH […]

Rooftops and Terraces

London’s Coolest Terrace Gets A Makeover

The igloos have melted! We all went wild over the plastic pods lining The Thames back in winter, and the Eskimos In Chief had to be Coppa Club who had the original (and, we thought, the best) igloos of the lot. Well now they’ve transformed their pods into ‘Paradise Pods’. The pods (which are basically igloos without the perspex coverings) have been decorated in their new Tulum (Mayan) theme, so plenty of bold colour and foliage thanks to luscious palms and cacti. Lounge away on a beanbag in private pod while admiring the stunning skyline and river (Coppa Club is by Tower […]

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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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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, The Look: Based on the feel of a wine cellar, Bar Boulud isn’t opulent […]

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Best Brunches

There’s an All You Can Pug Brunch Coming to London

We know how much Londoners love their dogs and brunch, so it’s not surprising that when Three (yep that’s the service provider guys not a new events company) announced they would be hosting an ‘All You Can Pug’ brunch in London and Liverpool that it sold out within 24 hours. However, they have just announced a new sitting, so you need to be quick to get your tickets. The All You Can Pug Brunch will take place on Saturday 12th May and will be your chance to indulge in bottomless brunch dishes and pet pugs. There’ll be prosecco, pastries and […]

Openings & Launches

Something Fishy’s Going On In Bloomsbury

NEPTUNE! The eighth and farthest planet, orbiting the sun every 165 years – wait, scrub that. NEPTUNE! The London-based investment management firm specialising in – no, no, wrong again. NEPTUNE! The intemperate Roman god of the waves, brother of Jupiter – okay, getting warmer. NEPTUNE! The latest restauarant from Brett Redman and Margaret Crow, the the duo behind Hackney’s The Richmond, comes to The Principal – bingo, the only Neptune worth hearing about (apologies to Nasa, the FT and the Roman Empire). The Principal is already one of the most interesting openings this year, a major London hotel right in the heart of Bloomsbury […]

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Critics’ Choices: Everywhere We Reviewed in April

In now time honoured style, here’s all the places that we went to in April, and what we thought! You’ll also note that we’re putting more travel reviews out, which is because we’re now covering travel as well as food and drink. So double whammy for you all!

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Celebrities & Influencers

How To Contact Influencers And Get A Positive Response

People always ask me “What does it take to get an influencer raving about my product or business?” My answer is that it takes a lot of determination, perseverance, a plan of action and making use of The Handbook’s celebrity and influencer resource. I constantly have to remind my members and subscribers that celebrity association should not be merely an option, it should be part of every company’s marketing plan. In today’s world, celebrities and influencers dominate social media, news headlines, TV channels and people’s conversations. Celebrities grace the cover of every magazine and they’re achieving an ever stronger online presence […]

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