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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Secret Shoreditch Bar Set to Relaunch

We might have grown up being aware of the Jubjub bird and shunning the frumious Bandersnatch, but for some of us next month will be frabjous as Richard Wynne, the founder of Callooh Callay has announced that the secret upstairs bar JubJub will be reopening as a members’ space following a dramatic transformation. Members (who will either be invited to join or chosen my application) will being given a special JubJub key to unlock the door to the bar. Don’t worry though it’s not going to be stuffy, rather, it’ll be exclusive but inclusive. You won’t find yourself having to […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Martini Monday Masterclass

Mondays don’t to always be gym and washing night, they can be Martini night. Yep, Brasserie Max at Covent Garden Hotel have teamed up with Chase Distillery (Britain’s first Single – Estate distillery) to launch Martini Mondays, a night to celebrate the much-loved classic cocktail. The classes will be hosted by Fred Barton or James Chase from Chase Distillery who will give a history lesson about the martini and will tell you the story about the family-run Chase Distillery, of course it’ll be over a cocktail or two, this isn’t school. Six martinis have been especially created for the martini […]

Features

My London: Tom Aikens’ Top 5 Restaurants

Where does someone who was awarded two Michelin stars by the age of 26 and has restaurants in Dubai, Hong Kong and London, like to eat? We caught up with Tom Aikens to find out the top five places he recommends in London…

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Openings & Launches

London’s Next Hotel The Principal Opens

Back in 1898, Charles Fitzroy Doll (what a name) designed a hotel at 1-8 Russell Square and now 120 years later it is reopening at The Principal. The 334 bedrooms and suites have been designed by Tara Bernerd & Partners and The Principal in-house team, with each one featuring custom-made beds and furniture and ceramic and marble bathrooms. Adding a further touch of luxury each room will have specially commissioned artwork, Penguin clothbound classics, Ruark music systems and The Perfumer’s Story toiletries. When it comes to eating there’s Neptune, an all-day restaurant that focuses on seafood, although there will also […]

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Travel

19 of the Best Hotels Near London

Here at The Handbook we spend most of our time focusing on all the best hotels London has to offer (that’s pretty much a full time job in itself) but what if you want to escape London for a weekend? We have rounded up 15 stylish/historical/grand (delete as applicable) hotels all within about 2.5 hours of London, so dig out your car keys, pack your overnight bag and get ready to fill your lungs with fresh air…  

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Culture

The Pop-Up Dedicated to Reading…and Baileys

Reading, it’s one of life’s simplest pleasures. And whether you’re a Kindle user or paperback purist, there’s nothing better than a good book. Which is why we’re rather excited that this month the Baileys Book Bar is back, it’s five days of celebrating reading and women’s voices. Taking place at Waterstones Gower Street, the Book Bar will host a series of events dedicated women’s writing and to the six novels on the 2018 Women’s Prize shortlist (which will be announced on the 23rd April). There’ll be lunch time readings hosted by bestselling author Kate Mosse and performed by actors Tori […]

Awesome Afternoon Teas

FlaminGO To This Alice In Wonderland Tea

I received my first invite to a Christmas event from a PR this week. It’s not that I’m not already in a Christmassy mood, given the weather sitch right now I feel I may as well be about to don bobblehat and mittens and head out ‘a-wassailing’, but still it’s a bit premature, right? I’m starting to feel the same way about all the summer emails popping into my inbox right now, ‘Celebrate the start of summer this’ and ‘Spring has sprung that’ when I’m still sat here, hugging the radiator by my desk and congratulating myself for wearing my […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

10 of the Most Instagrammable Cocktails

We’re not ashamed to say that our Instagram posts are still full of cocktails and what we eat – if it looks good, it looks good and seeing as many of London’s mixologists aren’t just creating cocktails but also mini works of art, we can’t help it. So we’ve rounded up 10 of London’s most Instagrammable cocktails.

Openings & Launches

The New French Joint Opening In Primrose Hill

Ferme the front door! There’s a new restaurant coming to Primrose Hill and we’re kinda excited about it. Step forward La Ferme (the farm)! Opened initially as a market stall and then a Farringdon restaurant by a precociously young 20-year-old François Guerin in 2012, La Ferme is a medley of French seasonal cooking and ingredients. The young chef has teamed up with his step brother Guillaume Dunos who will Head Chef the new venture. Dunos has worked in restaurants including Paris’s Gouquets, Prince de Galles and Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme so should be well suited to this new venture. And what […]

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Openings & Launches

Don’t Miss White City House, It Looks Amazing

Not a week seems to go by without another Soho House opening, so eyebrows remained entirely un-raised at the news that White City House is coming in just a fortnight’s time. Which is probably unfair, because it looks like it’s going to be a stunner and deserves way more attention than no doubt it’ll receive. And what’s more, it’s literally on the set of Blue Peter, Panorama and, um, Jim’ll’fixit. Well, nothing’s perfect, but White City House comes close… The West London outpost of the group will boast 45 bedrooms within the original TV Centre ‘doughnut’, a members’ space including […]

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