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We Review: Tea at Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square

What? The 1920s, a time of frivolity post-war, a time when England was recovering from First World War, a time when the likes of Cecil Beaton and Nancy Mitford were at the centre of London’s raucous party scene. It was also the time that the building that the Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square now resides in, was the headquarters for the Port of London Authority. Looking back at its history, the hotel team have now launched an afternoon tea and cocktail menu inspired ‘The Bright Young Things’ (the name given to the It crowd of the day). […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

My London: The Rum Runner’s Top 5 Notting Hill Bars

Sam Paget Steavenson is The Rum Runner, a man on a mission to prove that bar-quality drinks can be served at any event or pop-up, they’ve even got their own Airsteam. Whilst he might not have his own bar, he certainly knows a thing or two about where to go for a drink. Until you can catch him at an event, then check out his favourite bars in Notting Hill: The Ginstitute What: G&Ts Why: This used to be a tiny museum above The Portobello Star that hosted tastings and masterclasses. The new bigger offering is just across the road […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Bespoke Hampers From London’s Iconic Deli

Happiness for The Handbook is, not surprisingly, food. When it comes to Christmas if you don’t know what to get us, then hampers get us giddy. Not that we’re hinting…of course not. If, however, you were looking to buy someone a hamper than let us introduce you to Panzer’s Deli. If you live in St John’s Wood then chances are you know it, it’s been open since 1944 after all. In that time, it’s grown a loyal following with many celebrities dropping in (Yotam Ottolenghi and Nigella Lawson are said to be regulars) for their smoked salmon and bagels which […]

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Hotels

The Hottest Hotel Openings of 2017

2017 has been a fantastic year for hotels, from the humungous to the little boutiques, there has been a variety popping up all over London. With 2018 just round the corner it’s time that The Handbook takes you on a little trip down memory lane of all the best hotel openings this year. In time for you to start thinking bout all the fabulous nights you might wish to spend hold up in a glamorous establishment somewhere in London.

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Culture

10 Ted Talks To Inspire Your 2018

Every year we say to ourselves, this is our year. Well, to make sure your 2018 gets off to the best possible start, The Handbook is giving you all a little homework in preparation. We urge you all to have a listen to our top ten inspiring TED Talks. Hopefully they will enlighten you a little at the very least, and inspire you to make some impressive changes in 2018. Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are In this talk Amy Cuddy unlocks the secrets behind our body language the messages we are exposing and telling the world, often […]

Guides

The Most Popular Foodie Things That Happened in 2017

With a record breaking number of articles on The Handbook this year, we’ve had a look back over the past 12 months to see the top ten things that you’ve been reading and sharing the most this year! London’s Most Instagrammable Restaurants  Everyone loves restaurants, everyone loves Instagram, so when we brought you London’s best #NoFilter restaurants, we knew you’d be loving it. A Night Market Announced For London Food Month  In April you couldn’t get enough about the Night Market that launched for London Food Month that took place in June this year, good news is, it’s back for […]

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Openings & Launches

Soho House Reopens Kettner’s Townhouse

2018 marks the return of an iconic London restaurant: Kettner’s Townhouse. One of the first restaurants to serve French food in London, the restaurant was opened in 1867 by a certain Monsieur Auguste Kettner, said to be chef to Napolean III. Of course, in its 150-year history, it’s welcomed some pretty famous faces, being popular with both historical figures and creatives such as Agatha Christie, Oscar Wilde, Bing Crosby, Margaret Thatcher and Winston Churchill. King Edward VII is even meant to have conducted his affair with actress Lillie Langtry there via a tunnel which ran from the restaurant to The […]

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Reviews

We Review: Le Petit Chef

What: Dinner Time Story is a quirky dining concept where a humorous, animated chef, brought to life by several projectors, takes guests on a multi-sensorial food experience called Le Petit Chef – In The Footsteps Of Marco Polo. New? Dinner Time Story had a hugely successful launch in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates before making it to London in October where it will run until the end of February, it is also in Berlin and Belgium, with expansion plans for China and Scandinavia. Where? From street view TT Liquor looks like a liquor store…and once inside this thinking does not […]

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Reviews

We Review: Bhendi Bazaar at Cinnamon Bazaar

What: Cinnamon Bazaar (whose famous siblings are Cinnamon Kitchen and Cinnamon Club) has created a dining den serving a thali menu. The pop-up, Bhendi Bazaar, is a sexy hideaway suitable for no more than 12 people. New? With the mantra ‘always leave them wanting more’ in mind, Bhendi Bazaar is only available during December with its last day on NYE so move quickly if you want a piece of the (thali) pie. Where? Bhendi Bazaar can be found on Cinnamon Bazaar’s top floor. Cinnamon Bazaar, 28 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden WC2E 7JS www.cinnamon-bazaar.com On the menu: Thali is an Indian-style meal made […]

Guides

8 Brilliant Christmas Burgers

In the words of Sir Cliff: ‘Christmas time, mistletoe and hamburgers’. There’s nothing more seasonal or more evocative of the Christmas spirit than a brioche stuffed with meat; forget fairy lights, yards and yards of tinsel, choirs singing Good King Wenceslas, it’s all about meat patties and lashings of sides. So to get you in the Christmas spirit, step away from the cracker jokes, the eggnog and Slade, go and eat these burgers now… Haché What: Set Your Christmas On Fire Why: No Christmas is complete without an amateur pyromania display. Normally this comes in the form of singed eyebrows […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Meet You At MeatUp: Chelsea Burger Pop-Up

MeatUp, the popular Wandsworth BBQ restaurant, has just launched its burger pop-up in Chelsea. A place where you can build your perfect burger of choice. Toppings as outrageous as mac’n’cheese or as classic as bacon are all on the menu. The patties are a deliciously secret blend of short-rib, brisket, sirloin, and ribeye just to name a few. The buns themselves can come in a variety of hues. For this festive season the Christmas burger features roast turkey, pigs in blankets, stuffing, sliced brussel sprouts, and brie all sandwiched between two halves of a red bun, pinned together with a […]

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Travel

10 Reasons to Visit Lausanne, Switzerland

While England likes to throw its name in the hat for a decent winter experience we normally end up with grey slush and a transport system that weeps and collapses at the first sign of frost. For a true winter wonderland where inches of snow settle prettily while 90% of trains are never more than 3 minutes late (tell us your secret), the new winter destination you should know about is Lausanne, Switzerland and here’s why. The Mountains One of the strongest draws of Switzerland is its natural beauty; Lausanne is one of the towns that borders Lake Geneva and […]

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