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The Handbook Meets: Marylebone’s King of Cocktails

The Handbook caught up with Daniele Bresciani, the Head Barman at The Churchill Bar at the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill to find out his favourite cocktail, the drink he creates when he wants to impress someone and where he goes on his night off. What was your first encounter with alcohol? I was fortunate enough to grow up in a small village close to Lake Garda, where making wine and distilling grappa was an annual ritual for my family at the end of every summer. I still remember waiting for my father to leave the cellar so I […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Caramel London Launches In Knightsbridge

The contemporary American restaurant heading to Knightsbridge

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

K West Live Launches In Shepherds Bush

The world is always crying out for new music, new talent and fresh faces on the music scene. Radio 1 doesn’t half get dull when you’ve heard the same three songs on repeat when you’re at work for eight hours a day. Is it any surprise, then, that luxury hotel K West in Shepherds Bush is launching K West Live? A night dedicated to live music and discovering new talent. The evenings will be held on the third Thursday of every month producing an eclectic mix of new acts and established artists, and the very first of these events is […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Win A Whole Cow With Smith & Wollensky

  Alright folks listen up, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity (okay, maybe a once a month opportunity)! Do you know someone totally Moo Mad? Someone, who hasn’t succumbed to the latest Vegan trend, and doesn’t faint or curl their lip in disgust at the sight of meat? If the answer is yes, then things are about to get very exciting for you. Come the end of March you could be the proud winner of a cow. Yes, a whole cow. Before you start panicking as to whether it will fit in your box room or deliberating whether […]

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Is This The Finest Indian Restaurant In London?

What? The ancient Indian city of Benares is the holiest of holy cities, so it’s wholly appropriate that its London namesake should be one of the best Indian restaurants in the country. And one I had to make a pilgrimage to. New? Mark Twain once wrote that “Benares is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend”, but Benares the restaurant is actually a mere 16 years old. Where? Sitting on the Eastern edge of Berkeley Square, the restaurant commands possibly one of the most prime locations in London. The look: A friendly doorman holds open the door […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

5 of London’s Top Restaurant Spin Offs

You may or may not have noticed, that a lot of top restaurants are opening smaller and often less expensive versions. More restaurants means there is more opportunity for people to sample and experience some of these wonderful places. Here the Handbook has picked out its top 5 that we think are worth checking out.

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Scientists Develop a New Way to Combat Air Pollution

We all know that London has a problem with air pollution. Our streets aren’t exactly clean and we all know how much it is affecting our health, but before we all up sticks and head for the countryside, it’s not all doom and gloom. This is 2018 remember, we aren’t going to revert back to the pea soupers of the 19th century. We are more advance in science now, thankfully. And Lewis Hornby, Claudia Arnold and Nick Hooton, (three master’s students at Imperial College London and Royal College of Art) have designed glass towers, known as Pluvo, that would work […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Ravinder Bhogal Launches Vegan Dining at The Perception at W London

You might know chef Ravinder Bhogal from when she won the competition to find Britain’s new Fanny Cradock on Gordon Ramsay’s The F Word in 2007; you might know her from her Marylebone restaurant Jikoni or you might have her recipe book Cook in Boots. Or if you don’t know her at all, you can head to The Perception at W London for their new dining series as they are collaborating with Bhogal to create her first entirely vegan menu. Available until the end of June, the menu will include the likes of besan fritters with coconut yoghurt and curry […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Polpo Celebrate Inspirational Women

Last week we celebrated International Women’s day, and the Polpo restaurants see no reason why the celebrations shouldn’t continue. The company has partnered up with Refuge, a charity that supports women and children whose lives have been affected by domestic violence. In support, they are hosting a two special dinners with the focus on celebrating inspirational women. Each dinner will be an elaborate affair, the first being a Venetian feast with a talk from Kimberley Thomas from Refuge Charity. The next will be a wine tasting dinner in collaboration with Passione Vino, the Italian wine bar in Shoreditch. Since these […]

What to do This Weekend

Dancing to End the Stigma Around Mental Health

If you had a broken leg you probably wouldn’t be embarrassed about telling your housemates; if you had to take some time off work to treat a kidney infection it’s unlikely you’d think twice and if your friend told you she had just been diagnosed with cancer there’s no way you’d tell her to ‘act like she didn’t have it and maybe it’ll go.’ Funny then how when it comes to our most complex organ being ill, the brain, we do all these things. There is still a stigma around mental health. We might be scared to discuss it, we […]

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Health & Wellness

DEFINE.London: Fitzrovia’s New Fitness Studio

This weekend sees the launch of DEFINE.London’s Fitzrovia studio. It’s mission? To help sculpt a stronger, healthier and more inspired version of you. Located on Great Portland Street, the studio couldn’t be further from the garishly coloured gyms, with worn mats and shouty slogans on the walls. Instead it’s fresh, light tranquil and calm, providing the ideal place to work out in peace. We’re hoping it also means you won’t have the weightlifters who grunt so loudly that you’re either put off or you’re having to suppress your laughter as you watch them from your bike. Just because the space […]

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Health & Wellness

The Handbook Meets The Women Behind Be:Fit

Rachel Chatham is one of the co-organisers of Be:Fit, the health and fitness festival that’s coming back to London this May. Along with colleague Chelsea Cox she’s built an organisation to inspire and empower women. We meet Rachel, and find out how they did it. What is Be:Fit? Be:FIT is the UK’s original and biggest health and fitness festival for women, providing women with the knowledge and inspiration to lead a happier and healthier lifestyle. The festival is a three-day celebration of total health and wellbeing jam-packed with motivational talks from the UK’s top fitness experts, six studios of unlimited free classes, […]

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