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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, […]

Reviews

We Review: The Habit

What? A little cosy bistro with a lot to say. New? The Restaurant itself has been open for a while, and in light of their Brunch and Lunch menus doing so well, they are now launching their new dinner menu for Friday and Saturday evenings. Where? 60 Nunhead Lane, SE15 3QE, www.thehabitlondon.co.uk On the Menu: The Habit, has created quite the reputation as a fabulous place to stumble out of bed for some brunch or lunch. Now it is on the verge of breaking in to the dinner market. With a diverse range of dishes, many suitable for vegetarians such […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

5 Gin Schools to Visit Now

Gin, we all like to think we are its ambassador, we drink enough of it so assume we are connoisseurs, but how much do you actually know about it? Really? Do you know what its key ingredient is or how it’s really made? If you need to brush up on your gin knowledge, or just fancy making some of your own gin, here are 5 gin “schools” to visit now… HALF HITCH What: Create Any Type of Gin Why: Ever wondered what mince pie gin tastes like? The Handbook did and so we trotted off to HALF HITCH Gin’s micro-distillery […]

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We Review: Canova Hall

What? Canova Hall has come to Brixton, turning what was once Le Bon Marche, Britiain’s first department store, into a new venue, whilst managing to keep the timeless feel of an old market canteen. New? …ish. It officially opened its doors on the 22nd August 2017. Three months later and it still has that new and excited buzz about it, with its happy crowds and waiters rushed off their feet. Where? 250 Ferndale Road, Brixton, Sw9 8BQ, www.canovahall.com On the Menu: Having imported their authentic wood oven all the way from Modena Italy, you can expect some exceptional pizzas that promise […]

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Seasonal & Celebrations

Christmas Gift Guide 2017

If you haven’t started your Christmas shopping, fear not, The Handbook is here to save the day with gifts for everyone in your life, from the lover of luxury, to the Instagrammer to those who know that adventure is out there! Or if you’ve already done your shopping, have you bought your own Christmas present yet?   The One Who Likes a Drink  The Ivy Kensington Brasserie Hip Flask  Gone are the days (hopefully gone, if not, sort yourself out) when we transported our spirits in plastic bottles on the tube. Now if you’re going to have a tipple on […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Break The Bank Dinner At Heliot Steak House

Are you busy rolling around in your Christmas bonus, struggling to find something really fantastic to spend it on? Don’t have enough people to buy presents for this Christmas, or frankly think that you yourself are the bee’s knees and should probably just go spend £1000 on yourself? Well, look no further, The Handbook has the perfect solution for your swollen pockets. Fancy spending £1000 on a six-course dinner? Yes we thought so. Now buckle in, and listen up. On second thoughts lose the belt altogether, you won’t want it. Put your caftan on and prepare to gorge yourself. The […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

The Handbook Meets Lightning Events

As we’re officially in party season (although all year round is party season in London) we sat down with Tom Foster of Lightning Events, a bespoke event production company, to find out what makes the best party, where they get their inspiration and how to run a business. What prompted you to set up Lightning in the first place? Lightning was set up by me and my business partner Al. We were 18 and thought it would be fun to team up and do a few parties for friends during university holidays. Here we are 10 years later and oh, […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

White Christmas at Sanderson: Let it Snow

Maria Carey might be 23 years into singing all she wants for Christmas is you but all I want is for it to snow at Christmas…and also the lion’s share of the £401 million jackpot waiting to be claimed tomorrow. While the chances of me winning the lottery are uncertain…and according to statistics fairly unlikely too (a 21st century injustice) what is certain is having a white Christmas, as long as we’re a little vague about the definition. The ever-trendy hotel, Sanderson, has turned its Long Bar into a wintery haven complete with real (synthetic) snow! Temporarily renamed to the […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Christmas Carols at The Ned

With its high ceiling which is perfect for towering, sparkling Christmas trees, twinkling lights and emerald green columns, The Ned was built for Christmas. And to mark their first festive season, they are hosting carols with Gareth Malone in the grand banking hall, which is sure to defrost even the coldest of London hearts. Millie’s Lounge and Cecconi’s will both be serving set three-course dinner menus or you can just go for drinks and nibbles at The Nickel Bar. When we visited, we headed to Cecconi’s, there was an excellent mulled Negroni to start with and stand out dishes of […]

Openings & Launches

A Taste Of South Africa In Peckham

Nelson Mandella House might have been the home of Delboy and Rodney, but it’s about the only thing that Peckham and South Africa have in common. Until now, and new restaurant Kudu aims to change all that. The 46-cover restaurant is named after Kudu Bread, which is cooked in a copper pot and served with melted lardon or seafood butter. It will obviously be centre-stage, but will share the limelight with other South African classics including mussel potjie pots, which are served with seaweed gnocchi, pig’s head tortellini with hay bone broth and crispy onions and onion and beer tarte […]

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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 […]

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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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