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PISTE
Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Get PISTE At Archer Street Cocktail Bar

Archer Street Cocktail Bar is once again the best place in London to get PISTE. After a long day spent on the nursery slopes of Regent Street, slaloming up and down St Martin’s Lane or battling the black run that is Picadilly Circus then the perfect place to peel off the layers and relax is PISTE, the ski lodge popup at Archer Street Cocktail Bar. Given we’ve spent the summer months luxuriating in Archer Street Cocktail Bar’s Antigua and Barbuda Shack sipping cocktails and imagining ourselves by the white island sands, the transformation from Carribean beach shack to apres ski […]

Aqua Nueva
Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Film And Food At Aqua Nueva

Spanish film director Pedro Almodóvar is a legend in the industry, having directed classics like Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Volver and Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! And now he’s a legend at Aqua Nueva where he’s going to be immortalised in a special menu in his honour. Coinciding with the BFI London Film Festival, Head Chef Yahir Gonzalez will be presenting his new menu to bring to life the most iconic scenes and characters from Almodóvar’s films. For instance, guests will be able to enjoy dishes like a palate cleansing gazpacho inspired by Women on […]

Reviews

We Review The Diner’s New Vegan and Vegetarian Menu

What: American-themed diner chain, The Diner, has launched a purely vegan and vegetarian menu. New? The menu launched at The Diner Strand on 4th October and The Diner Islington October 10th, keep an eye out across the other sites as there are plans to launch the new menu over the coming months. Where? 21 Essex Road, Islington N1 2SA www.goodlifediner.com On the Menu: Keeping in theme with the rest of the menu you can expect all day breakfast options except with a meat free twist like Vegan Benedict made with mushrooms, baby falafels, avocado, beef tomato, spinach and sesame sauce on a […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

London’s First Guacamole and Tequila Bar

We need to taco bout Cantina Laredo, because just when we thought we couldn’t love Mexican cuisine more, the modern Mexican restaurant in Covent Garden hit us with the most mexcellent news we’ve had all week. This winter sees London’s first dedicated guacamole and tequila bar open within the restaurant, where the in-house ‘Guacamaestro’ (are they still taking applications..?) will theatrically prepare ‘The Great Eight Guacamoles’ right in front of you, as you sip on margaritas from the certified ‘Tequilistas’. Either way, if they were looking for a way to brighten up our winter, they’ve guacked it. Cantina Laredo only […]

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Cheese
Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Immersive Bottomless Cheese Festival

We literally can’t think of anything that we’d rather be immersed in more than cheese. We love cheese. Everyone loves cheese. If the idea of being a human fondue sets you off, then you’re going to love what’s coming to Greenwich this Christmas. A giant, immersive cheeseboard.  You gauda believe it! Greenwich events space Studio 338 is gearing up to host a huge cheese festival in the run up to Christmas and it sounds delicious. The main attraction: a great big cheeseboard with towering blocks of cheeses. Scuttle round the cheeseboard like mice in a seriously infested kitchen (or, if […]

Reviews

We Review the New Breddos Tacos

What? The modern Mexican restaurant is the second Breddos to open (you’ll find the first in Clerkenwell) and follows on from makeshift taco shacks in Hackney carparks and residencies at The Player and Soho bar. Now they’ve made it to the centre of London to open up on Kingly Street, complete with basement mezcal and margarita bar. New? Yes, the new restaurant only opened at the start of this month. Where? Part of the foodie haven that is Kingly Street and Kingly Court, Breddos Tacos can be found on 26 Kingly Street, Carnaby, Soho, W1B, 5QD, www.breddostacos.com On the Menu: Inspiration […]

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20 Great Christmas Party Venues

Sorry to break it to you but it’s time to face the truth… it’s nearly Christmas. Even though you’ve not started buying presents for your nearest and dearest or heard Slade on the radio that doesn’t mean that you should put off planning your office Christmas party. With venues booking up fast celebrating with friends or colleagues simply won’t be feasible unless you get your skates on. So The Handbook’s put together some suggestions to get you started. The Arch London What: Marylebone Christmas dining Why: Hunter 486 is the restaurant set within boutique hotel The Arch London in Marylebone […]

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Reviews

Royal Lancaster London’s Halloween Afternoon Tea

What: Royal Lancaster London has created a special Halloween afternoon tea inspired by cult horror and thriller films from the 1960s, the decade in which the hotel was built and opened for business. New? It is brand new and available only from 17th to 31st October 2017. Where? Royal Lancaster London (formerly Lancaster London) Lancaster Terrace,  W2 2TY www.lancasterlondon.com On the Menu: Terrifying titles describe the food with options like Axe-Carved Beef with Horseradish; Ominous Crab Sushi and the Pitch Black Pudding Scotch Egg for savoury. The sweet section has the likes of a Cursed Blackbird Macaroon; Psycho Marbled Lollipops; Black Sunday […]

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The Racketeer
Openings & Launches

Racketeer Opens In King’s Cross

The Saffron Hill mob were an infamous pickpocket gang who terrorised East London. Their tactic of choice was to create a commotion, or a racket, to distract would-be victims, then rob them blind. Hence the word: racketeer. Thankfully the newly opened Victorian cocktail bar The Racketeer, named in reference to the group, gives far more than it takes and we can’t wait to head down to check it out. The Clerkenwell boozer of a pub has been painstakingly restored to its Victorian glory, with original tiling on the floors and walls throughout and an elegant and historical bar has emerged. The […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Club Gascon Returns

We need constants in life, like The Archers, or gravity (famously two very similar scientific concepts), we like to know that things are always going to be there. So when Club Gascon closed its doors the other month our world rocked, until we realised it was just undergoing a refurb. And now it’s back, the Michelin starred stalwart of the London restaurant scene, going strong since 1999 and with a new and fabulous look, opened again last night. The restaurant was originally launched by Pascal Aussignac and business partner and chef Vincent Labeyrie nearly 20 years ago and occupies a […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Immersive Afternoon Tea Experience

Afternoon tea with a serving of scandal! Scandal Water at The London EDITION, the afternoon tea concept reminiscent of the gossipy afternoon teas of 19th century high society, is getting another twist. To celebrate the new Portraits Collection from luxury perfume house Penhaligon’s, comprising a series of scents inspired by the secrets of the British aristocracy, Punch Room is pairing scents from the collection with its food and drink offerings to enrich the tastes and create a truly multisensory experience. This godscent is just what we’ve been waiting for. First up on the Portraits Collection is Monsieur Beauregard: based on […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Harry Potter Checks Into The St Pancras Renaissance Hotel

If you don’t like to be reminded of how old you’ve gotten, look away now. It’s 20 years since the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone, was published. Given there’s no effective spell to reverse 20 years of ageing, St Pancras Rennaisance Hotel has come up with something equally effective: alcohol. Expelliarmus your inhibitions with such creations as The Camoflage Coupette, Tee-Hee and Exlixir of Love, all within the gothic confines of one of London’s greatest artitectural marvels at St Pancras Station. A stone’s throw from platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross, the hotel will be […]

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