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Festive Treats At Fortnum’s Lodge Somerset House

Fortnum and Mason has partnered up with Somerset House and together they have curated the perfect winter experience. Whether you’re looking for a cosy evening in the company of a special someone, or a place to celebrate the festive yule tide with your friends and family, this is it. Ice skating at Somerset House is a fantastic experience in itself, with the gorgeous backdrop of the old public building with the rink open to the stars and the crisp night air. Now you can collapse and gorge yourselves silly on the most fantastic menu put on by Fortnum and Mason. […]

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We Review Manetta’s Bar at Flemings Mayfair

What? Your latest haunt for drinks when  you need a little luxury. New? Yes and no…The bar was opened in the 1930’s as Manetta’s but after a while the bar lost its name and it rather faded into the background. However, with the refurbishment of Flemings and with the introduction of restaurant, Ormer Mayfair by Shaun Rankin, Manetta’s was brought back to life and even given its own entrance on Clarges Street. Where? Hidden away beneath Flemings Mayfair, this is your new secret ‘in-the-know’ bar in Mayfair: 39 Clarges Street, Mayfair, W1J 7EW, www.flemings-mayfair.co.uk On the Menu: Having drawn in a […]

Openings & Launches

DND: The City’s New Speakeasy

Ziegfeld Follies: a series of Broadway and Vaudeville shows in early twentieth century New York. The follies were famous for their troupe of beautiful, slightly risque, chorus girls, known as Ziegfeld girls. Wearing elaborate costumes they “paraded up and down flights of stairs as anything from birds to battleships”. It’s this inspiration that the new bar, DND, hidden under the Vintry & Mercer hotel will take to bring the speakeasy style bar to life when it opens its doors in spring. With pictures of iconic Ziegfeld girls on the walls, the century-old images will look kindly on the retro glamour […]

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6 Of The Best December Pop-Ups

December is the month to be festive and jolly, to get out and about with your friends, and there are venues and activities popping up all over London. With so much choice however it can be difficult to choose where to go or simply where to begin. So how about we offer a little helping hand. Here are the Handbook’s suggestions for the first six pop-ups to put on your merry hit list.  Bubble Bros Bubble Bros, Ben Broad and Joe Bruce will be taking their beloved Prosecco van off-road, hosting a three-day Christmas pop up on Columbia Road.  Guests will […]

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Openings & Launches

The Grande Dame Of Bloomsbury

‘Grande Dame’ is a title used only for a handful of hotels, suggesting a certain scale, longevity and luxury, you never hear Travel Lodge referred to as ‘the grande dame of Charnock Richard Service Station’. The Principal London, however, has achieved Grande Dame status even before it opens in early 2018. Originally the Frederick Hotels Company, the Bloomsbury hotel opened in 1898 and the terracotta building dominates the eastern side of Russell Square. It lived up to the grande dame title throughout the twentieth century, the dining room was famously a near identical copy of the one on the Titanic […]

Guides

9 Alternative Christmas Feasts

As it is now December we can officially say it is not too early to start planning your Christmas. Mission number one, the turkey. Who’s cooking it, who’s bringing it? Do we even want turkey? No, tired of the big bird?  Don’t worry, there are plenty of alternatives, from Christmas meals made entirely of crisps, to festive takes on KFC…

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Christmas Workshops at Mondrian London

Amongst all the mince pies, carols and mulled wine, Christmas is actually rather a good time to get creative. Have a go at creating a wreath, bake a yule log, get fancy with your decorations; it’s not all about eating and drinking. With this is mind Mondrian London are hosting a series of Christmas workshops. Make the most of your Monday (4th December) with skincare brand Soveral who will be providing a masterclass in how to use essential oils for your health and immune system, the perfect rescue remedy for the party season and cold weather. You’ll then get to […]

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What to do This Weekend: 1st – 3rd December

Now it seems that the countdown to the weekend is running alongside the countdown to Christmas, 1 day and 25 respectively! Which also means that our weekend ideas are getting increasingly Christmas-led, great news if you’re as excited as we are about Christmas, but if you’re bored of the whole thing don’t worry, there’s bottomless brunches and burgers on offer here to go with your bah humbugs! Either way, make the most of London this weekend. Brixton Rooftop What: Cheese Town Why: In those roundups of the best towns to live surely Cheese Town would come first. Sure, your house […]

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We Review: Vegan Street Food in Camden

What: So it turns out that Camden Market is much more than a thriving metropolis for overpriced goth wear, dubious looking drug alternatives and cheap fast food. Not only have their food stalls improved overall, from which they are part of 1000 plus stalls, but the vegan offerings are plentiful and varied. New? Hardly, Inverness Street in Camden Town started selling local foodstuffs from the beginning of the 20th century. It expanded in 1974 to include a small weekly crafts market that operated every Sunday near Camden Lock which then developed into a large complex of markets that over a […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

There’s Another Ivy, But This One’s Different

The Ivy genie is well and truly out of the bottle, those guys can’t go a month or two without launching another restaurant, and long may it continue because they’ve all been fabulous! This time around, though, it’s not another Ivy branded grill and brasserie but something a bit different. Welcome the Granary Square Brasserie. During the day the brasserie will seek to ‘redefine all-day dining’ as a comfortable place to eat, drink and hang out; but by night the DJ will settle in and provide a beat to go along with an evening of cocktails and dining. The menu […]

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Kultured: New Soho Bar

A pop-up bar serving its own naturally carbonated tonics and kombuchas with the best of English spirits, as well a perfectly complementing sharing plates menu of the finest fermented food.

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Guides

8 of the Most Impressive Christmas Trees

London is never a city to do things by halves, if we’re doing something we’re doing it properly and that includes Christmas trees. This year, London has Christmas trees made from glass, decorated by designers, created by fashion legends and built from paper – anything but ordinary. Here are eight of the most impressive. One Aldwych What: Showtime Christmas Tree Why: One Aldwych hotel has unveiled its Christmas tree, a sparkling, 25-foot tree inspired by the West End. The tree, designed by the hotel’s resident Mark Siredzuk, features eight miniature stages including The Lion King and Matilda along with a […]

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