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Weekend Guide: 22nd-24th December 2017

It’s the last weekend before Christmas. If you are feeling far too organised and pretty relaxed, with some spare time on your hands, then read on. We have compiled a little guide to help you get out and about, by yourself or with loved ones. Take a look at some of our inspired ways to pass the time and ease the frustrated anticipation brewing in us all. The Edible City What: Experience the ginger bread city at the Museum of Architecture Why: The Museum of Architecture (MoA) is a charity that creates pop-up exhibitions and programming to help the public […]

Seasonal & Celebrations

How To Make The Most Of New Year’s Day

Let’s face it, New Year’s Eve is always a bit of an anti-climax. The clock strikes and then, like Cinderella, you’re on the night tube home with a stranger puking on your shoes. New Year’s Day, though, is something far more hopeful: the very first bank holiday of the year, a time to put 2017 behind you and enjoy days of innocence before you break all of your New Year’s resolutions. So here’s some ideas for how to spend the first day of 2018… Ceilidh in the New Year Want a ‘reely’ good idea? How about seeing in the New […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Fairytale Cocktails At Sofitel

If it is the season to be jolly then it is absolutely the season where one should be imbibing copious amounts of drink, and festive ones at that. Any excuse to give our favourite liquors and cocktails a makeover and the bars are jumping at the chance. Why, because a) they can somehow charge a lot more if they somehow manage to put a mini Christmas tree in our gin and tonics, and b) who wouldn’t want a mini Christmas tree in their gin and tonic? Not only can we feel the festive spirit tickling our noses with every sip, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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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

All You Can Eat Tacos at Club Mexicana

This month Club Mexicana is throwing a month long taco party to mark the end of their year long residency at Dalston’s Pamela. The winter blowout will be featuring all the delicious dishes and favourite recipes that have been such a success over the last year. And to round it all off, in true Christmas spirit on the 20th December they will be hosting an all you can eat taco soiree so bring some empty tummies and prepare to fill the tank. The menu will include the Baja to-fish with pickled cabbage & salsa verde, and the Jackfruit Carnita, with […]

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Reviews

We Review: Sunday Brunch at Henrietta Hotel

What? New this year to Covent Garden, Henrietta Hotel has just launched a Sunday brunch, so you can fuel your morning before pottering around the market or for the ultimate Sunday, brunch before heading to a matinee at one of the nearby theatres. New? One of the new hotels to open in 2017, the Henrietta Hotel then joined the brunch game at the start of November. Where? 14-15 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, Wc2E 8QH, www.henriettahotel.com On the Menu: There are a couple of classic brunch dishes like crushed avocado on toast with spring onion and lovage, but you’ll also find the […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

11 of the Best Christmas Cocktails

December, a month we spend all mildly tipsy, the last hurrah before we go cold turkey in January. If you’re looking for a festive drink then let us introduce you to these cocktails, which are sure to get you into a jolly mood – you’ll quite literally be filled with the Christmas spirit. Ginger Spice at The Perception Patron Silver tequila, Cointreau and ginger makes up the Ginger Spice cocktail at Leicester Square’s new bar: The Perception. Think of it like an alcoholic ginger bread man. www.theperceptionbar.com Vanilla Brandy Alexander at 108 Bar 108 Bar has teamed up with Courvoisier® […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

London’s 1st Bloody Mary Cafe

Have we got some Bloody good news for you! Yes that’s right it’s so good, it’s bloody, and not the “let’s take a trip to A&E” type bloody either. Nope, this is the type of bloody you can’t wait to taste, to let trickle down your pipes. Are you ready? It’s here. The first Bloody Mary Cafe. We say it’s here, but only for two days, the most important two days of the year however. The weekend where every man and woman is sporting some sort of festive get up. From fairy lights, and gordy jumpers, to slutty Santa’s, we’ll […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Espresso Martini Pop-Up

For the coffee lovers. For the alcohol lovers. Well, that’s basically everyone. The Belvedere Espresso Martini Lounge sets up shop at the Gaucho Broadgate this December. Nestled below the glass bar of Gaucho Broadgate, guests will have the chance to pop into the bar after their dinner, or are invited to simply try the delicious cocktails in their own right. Choose from the classic Belvedere espresso martini, with the famous Belvedere vodka and Mr. Black coffee liqueur. If you fancy something a little spicier and perhaps a little more festive, treat your palette to the orange martini with Belvedere vodka, […]

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