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Harry and Meghan to Wed at the Sheraton Grand Park Lane. Sort Of…

BIG update on the wedding of the year: Harry and Meghan aren’t getting married in Windsor Castle, instead they’re going to have their big day a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace at the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane. Before this gets all over Fleet Street’s diary pages I have to clarify, this isn’t Prince Harry, the ginger helicopter-flying royal, or indeed Suits star Meghan Markle, but a couple who coincidentally have The. Exact. Same. Names! So this is a genius marketing ploy, basically any couple called Harry and Meghan (they are accepting Meghan spelt the correct way – Megan – […]

News

Grow a Pear: Go to the Plant Based Festival Coming to The Roundhouse

Have you picked an apple in the wild? Ever dug up a potato or wrung the neck of a chicken? Probably not. In 2018 we are, as a species, the most advanced than mankind has ever been (I know, I know, ‘but Donald Trump…’) and yet, at no time throughout history have we been so removed from the food we eat as we are today. Plant Life is the solution to all that. Coming to The Roundhouse, Plant Life is a festival that puts veg front and foremost. Going by Michael Pollan’s mantra “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants” […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Junipalooza: The Gin Connoisseurs’ Festival

The 9th and 10th June, get the dates in your diary. They’re more important than August Bank Holiday, more important than Christmas and definitely more important than Valentine’s Day. Why? Because it’s the fifth Junipalooza London, the connoisseurs gin festival and you know us Londoners can’t get enough of the stuff. Taking place at Tobacco Docks, over World Gin Day (Saturday 9th June) they’ll have 60 different distilleries representing over 150 gins to 3,500 thirsty gin fans. Their unique policy of having either the master distiller or the owner of the gin of the company present and pouring the samples […]

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Openings & Launches

The New Cocktail Sensation Coming To East London

Any parents-to-be considering children’s names must alight upon ‘Horatio’ and for more than a split second ponder if it’s a viable name. Often as not it slips onto the ‘let’s remember it if we get a dog’ pile, along with Rufus and Jasper, but occasionally, just occasionally, it gets it’s rightful place in the sun and so we’re glad that the founders of East London’s Horatio Street Social Club ‘went there’. Located on the eponymous Horatio Street, beneath The Nelson’s Head (see what they did?) the Horatio Street Social Club launches today and promises to be something a little special. […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Studio 88: London’s New Live Music Club

Where do you go when you want to listen to live music, have a few drinks and find yourself singing everything from Justin Bieber to Whitney Houston? The Piano Works, West End…obviously. Or is it obvious? The House of Song (the team behind The Piano Works, West End) is opening its next venue, Studio 88, and it’s going to be another which is all about the late nights, the requests and the singing. There’s no set playlist, no set band, just a six-piece house band made up of over 50 musicians taking in turns, waiting to play all your requests. […]

News

Never Made A Haggis? Take a Masterclass, it’s Offaly Good…

Be transported to the highlands, not on the Caledonian Sleeper or through the dulcet tones of Proclaimers’ 500 Miles but at Mac & Wild’s Devonshire Square restaurant this February. The restaurant, champions of everything Scottish, is putting on a series of free masterclasses, experiences and tasters, so grab your best sporran and head on over. Each day of the week will play host to a different experience, kicking off on Tuesdays with the one that we’re especially excited about, haggis making! The taster masterclasses will be hosted by Mac & Wild’s founder, Andy Waugh, and will show us softy southerners […]

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Reviews

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 […]

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Culture

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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Reviews

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 […]

Travel

Family-Friendly Hotels Near London

Why suffer the hassle (and expense) of travelling abroad with small children when there is such a fantastic selection of family-friendly hotels closer to home? The good places in the UK don’t just keep the kids happy with all their activities, soft plays and adventure playgrounds; they also cater for the weary parent, looking for a bit of R and R. We have selected the very best within a few hours’ drive of London; the only thing we can’t guarantee, I’m afraid, is the weather.

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Reviews

We Review: Royal Valentine’s Afternoon Tea at Royal Lancaster London

What: Want to woo your boo with the most romantic of meals: the afternoon tea? For what is more seductive than eating dainty sandwiches and miniature cakes? Royal Lancaster London has you covered with their new Valentine’s afternoon tea. New? The Royal Valentine’s Afternoon Tea will be available from 7-20th February 2018. Where? Royal Lancaster London, Lancaster Terrace W2 2TY www.royallancaster.com On the menu: Enjoy a plate of savoury options to yourself that include wild mushroom and truffle Arancini balls and sesame seeded choux buns filled with blushing tomato and fragrant basil. Some afternoon teas only serve one sweet option so […]

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Openings & Launches

The New Restaurant About To Hit Somerset House

Somerset House, that grand stately home that dominates the corner of Waterloo Bridge and the river has always had been an impressive sort of a place. Inigo Jones designed the facade and the building has been linked to the likes of Admiral Lord Nelson, Oliver Cromwell and HMRC. For a location with such pedigree, it’s only right that Bryn Williams should choose Somerset House as the base for his first London restaurant in a decade, Bryn Williams at Somerset House. The new restaurant, ‘a creative exploration of seasonal produce with a strong focus on sustainability and provenance’, will be located […]

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