Espresso Martini
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The Pop-Up Dedicated to Espresso Martinis

Back in the 80’s something beautiful happened, something that would change our Friday nights for ever, something that would ensure that when we wanted a legal way to perk up on a night out we could, something that would end the dilemma of caffeine or alcohol on a night out…the espresso martini was created. That’s a lot of responsibility for one drink. Something beautiful is happening in 2018, Belvedere vodka is opening Café Belvedere as part of LFW, a pop-up that is running from Thursday 15th February until Sunday 18th February. They’ll be previewing the new Belvedere Espress, the fastest […]


We Review: The Coal Shed

What: The Coal Shed; dedicated to cooking the finest meat and seafood… over fire. New: The restaurant itself is well established, but the menu we were sampling is part of the restaurant’s new series of chef collaborations. Throughout the year the restaurant will be opening its kitchen to an array of celebrated chefs. On the night of our visit we were at the mercy (and supreme talents) of Michael Bremner, owner and Head Chef at the award winning 64 Degrees in Brighton. Where: On the bank of the river Thames and in the heart of The City of London and […]


Best Boxsets: What We’re Watching This Month

The problem with ‘Netflix and chill’ is that sometimes you really do just want to watch Netflix. And chill. But with so much choice, it’s easy to be stumped as to what to watch next. If you’ve binge-watched to the end of Breaking Bad, what do you do next (rhetorical question – Better Call Saul is what you do next)? Or what happens when you realise it’s another two years until the final season of Game Of Thrones? That’s a lot of time to fill. Well we hear you, and so we’ve asked around The Handbook office and put together […]

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We Review: Brunch at Coal Rooms

What? Winning over my heart last year as one of my favourite restaurants, I returned to Peckham to visit Coal Rooms again and this time it was to stuff myself silly with bacon sandwiches and eggs. New? It opened last summer, but the brunch is new and as we know everyone loves brunch, especially a new brunch so I had to check it out. Served on a Saturday from 11am, this is a brunch for those who like a lie in.  Where? Right next to Peckham Station, Coal Room has made its home in the Grade II former ticket office which was […]

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Seasonal & Celebrations

This Isn’t One For the Lovers: Anti-Valentine’s Day

Bounce Put your mates before dates, at Bounce’s sixth anti-valentine’s day party (although it is in association with Bumble…). There’ll be unlimited ping pong and wonderball, love police patrolling the area and you can take your anger out on the latest match to ghost you, by smashing apart giant love piñatas. The Alfred Tennyson This year it’s The Year of the Woman, so all the more reason to celebrate Galentine’s Day and our sisters rather than any misters. As part of their craft series, The Alfred Tennyson is hosting a night with Jar & Fern the terrarium specialists where […]

Openings & Launches

Strictly No Nipples: Everything You Need To Know About The New Annabel’s

I’ve got a soft spot for Annabel’s, after all I had my stag party there and, from what I’ve been able to piece together, it was jolly fine too. Perfectly decadent, reassuringly exclusive and packed full of wonderful people, Annabel’s was the quintessential nightclub. Old Annabel’s was always, and is, a magnet for magnates, brimming with fascinating people; a place where Royals rubbed metaphoric shoulders with financiers, politicians got drunk with crooks and film stars wafted their Hollywood magic. But, like a little too many of their members, the club needed a facelift. And so it has spent the last […]

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We Review: Hankies Marble Arch

What: Hankies is a culture clash of Indian street food meets high-end luxury; the street food is created by chef and Hankies founder Anirudh Arora while the luxury is provided by the surroundings of Montcalm Hotel in Marble Arch. New? Hankies, who gets its name from the roomali roti they serve folded into ‘hankies’, is brand new after opening in January 2018. Where? 61 Upper Berkeley Street, Marylebone W1H 7PP On the menu: This is not your typical Indian restaurant, the only dishes I recognise at first glance are chicken tikka and dhal. The menu features dishes like crispy ‘gold’ cod […]

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Openings & Launches

Do The Maths: The South London Pizza Joint You’ll Want To Check Out

If your maths teacher was anything like ours then he probably attempted to make finding the area of a circle fractionally more accessible by talking about pizza, the amount of pizza topping required being π r2. But it turns out that one Winchester restaurant has taken the same approach, and while GCSE maths remained deeply dully, Pi Pizzeria made it work so well that it’s now coming to London! Pi was founded in 2014 by fashion designer Rosie Whaley, it’s her work on the interior of the original Pi that has made it such a hit down in Hampshire. Along […]

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Flip Me! The 10 Best Places To Get Battered This Pancake Day

We like every type of cake, from Red Velvet to Jaffa, but this Tuesday we’ll be stuffing our faces with the best of all the cakes: Pan. Here’s a list of the flipping best places to spend yours. Thomas’s Cafe There may be nothing more quintessentially British than pancake day, except perhaps a Burberry coat. Or, in fact, anything from Burbery, which actually includes pancakes anyway, this Shrove Tuesday. Thomas’s Café, located within Burberry, will be serving up classic pancakes of both the sweet and savoury variety. MeatUP MeatUP, in Wandsworth, have, perhaps unsurprisingly, gone with a meaty approach […]


We Review: Four Degree

What? For some the draw to Four Degree will be the fact that it is the UK’s first Macallan Whisky lounge, for others it will be its Japanese/modern European cuisine and for others, the art exhibits. New? Yes, it opened at the end of last year  Where? With views out on to the Thames, you’ll find Four Degree at 2C St George Wharf, SW8 2LE, The Look: The bar takes centre stage at Four Degree, with striking glass pendants hanging over it and Japanese statues adorning it. Mink grey, velvet chairs and muted grey walls let the bright modern art do the […]

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