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Championing New Chefs at Great Guns Social

Lamb lollipops, brioche French toast and caramelise chicken pastilla; the menu is kicking off at new restaurant Great Guns Social. Now while the name may spark off a heated debate in America, the reason this is called Great Guns, is after founder, Laura Gregory’s global content and music video company, Great Guns and just as that company champions up and coming talent, so will this new restaurant. By hosting a roster of exciting chefs, guided by celebrity chef Maria Elia, the menu will always be new and interesting and you have a reason to keep returning. First into the kitchen […]

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11 Incredible Timeless Bars

The Handbook has somehow got lost in space and time, landing in the 1900s. The only way back to the present day is to eat and drink our way through the decades, one at a time. Join us on a century-long bar and club tour and tick off how many decades you’ve visited along with us.

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Grab The Bubbly, The Widow Series Returns

Veuve Clicquot literally translates as Widow Clicquot. Our Tricolore 3 textbooks might not have prepared us for such family tragedy, but Champagne marque Veuve Clicquot certainly doesn’t let us forget the straightened circumstances that mark the international brand’s beginnings. In 1805 the widowed Madame Clicquot, aged 27, took on her husband’s business interests, and unusually for the time, not only took control of the Champagne house but set the wheels in motion to ensure that Veuve became a worldwide success. Which brings us to The Widow Series. To celebrate the remarkable Madam Clicquot, Veuve Clicquot launched The Widow Series, a […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Potions And Potter, Wand-erful Cocktails at The Savoy

He may be too young to order at the bar, but boy wizard Harry Potter is to be immortalised in cocktail form as part of The Beaufort Bar’s ‘Cocktail of the Moment’ series. The Beaufort, itself one of our favourite reasons to visit The Savoy, is launching the magical potion to celebrate the fantastical world of JK Rowling. The concoction, dubbed The Chosen One, is a mix of beetroot cordial, Benedictine, silver and salted butter. It sounds to us like Potions Master Professor Snape would be proud. Other cocktails lined up to feature in the series include a limited edition […]

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Openings & Launches

2nd Wringer & Mangle Opens

Two years ago, a disused building in Hackney that was once a laundrette was given a new lease of life, with less of the clothes and soap suds and more of the food – there’d still be washing, but it would be of plates and pots. It became Wringer & Mangle and is now known for a different kind of bubbles, no longer soap, it serves a rather good bottomless brunch with plenty of prosecco. Anyway, why are we telling you this? Because now they are opening a site over on Middlesex Street – still no laundry though… Set across […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Campari Residency: Bringing Milan to Kings Cross

Campari is taking over King’s Cross this September with their ten day residency, ‘Campari Creates’. Campari will be bringing drinks, art and design, and hopefully the last of the summer sunshine all the way from Milan to London’s Granary Square. Running from 15th to 24th September, ‘Campari Creates’ will showcase two of Milan’s greatest exports: Campari and creativity. The residency will feature a ‘Campari Creates’ masterclass so you can learn how to create your own Campari cocktails, including those iconic classics, the Negroni and the Americano. If the cocktails liven up your inner artist, there will also be the opportunity to design your […]

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Wine and Cheese at Humble Grape Islington

What?  Islington’s latest wine bar and the third Humble Grape specialising in artisan wines, cheese and charcuterie.  New? Yes, it only opened at the start of this summer, it’s the third Humble Grape, the original bar opened in 2015 in Battersea before being joined by the bar in Fleet Street in 2016. Where? 11-13 Theberton Street, Islington, N1 0QY www.humblegrape.co.uk On the Menu: Wine and a lot of it. There are over 400 bottles all of which are organic, biodynamic or sustainably sourced, all have their own story to tell and are available by the glass, carafe or bottle. To […]

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Openings & Launches

Head Across Town To Crosstown

Wake up, smell the coffee and then scoff the doughnut! Independent doughnut coffee bar Crosstown launches today at their new location on Piccadilly and will be offering their perfect combination of caffeine and sugar, keeping you fully fuelled and ready to hit the shops, see the sights or head into that meeting. All Crosstown’s doughnuts are made onsite using a hybrid sough dough which gives them a stronger crumb and breadlke texture. All the jams, compotes and fillings are also made in-house using quality ingredients. Crosstown opened its first shop in Soho in 2015, since then they’ve expanded to three […]

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Openings & Launches

Cocktails At The Palace?

Stately Blenheim Palace is the birthplace of Winston Churchill and home of the Dukes of Marlborough. But while Churchill famously loved knocking back the Pol Roger, his former home would rather mix it up: step forward The Cocktail Service. The drinks agency famous for serving Hollywood A-listers and royalty has teamed up with the Oxfordshire ducal seat and UNESCO World Heritage Site to provide their exciting range of bespoke cocktails at Blenheim events. Offering expertise in bar-tending, cocktails and mixology The Cocktail Service will also be returning to its roots, having been founded and run from nearby Oxford. The Cocktail […]

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Waka up and smell the Nikkei

Waka’s going to be a cracker when it opens on Eastcheap this week. The new grab-and-go brand will bring Nikkei, a fusion of Peruvian and Japanese cuisine, to The City. While the food may have started it’s evolution in Peru in the 1800s as Japanese migrants combined home cooking with local ingredients, the took and feel of Waka is entirely twenty-first century. The menu, prepared daily, will include sea bass ceviche with wasabi leche de tigre, hot chicken teriyaki rice bowls with Peruvian purple potato or try the salmon tiradito with apple and passionfruit sauce. All items are presented in […]

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The Hospital Club Lands in LA

Forget Obamacare, call off Dr House, London’s hit private members club The Hospital Club is coming to Los Angeles. Founded in 2004 by philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in a once-derelict hospital in Covent Garden, the club is a dedicated space for artists, entrepreneurs and innovators to connect, create and collaborate. When it arrives in the home of nip-and-tucks, H.Club LA will evoke the experience of its London inspiration, albeit with a distinctly American flavour. Taking the theme of a Modern Grand Tour of Europe the 36 bedroom club will be set over five floors of spaces designed to […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Fashion and Design On The Street

This September the cat walk meets the drawing board as London Fashion Week coincides with the London Design Festival. To celebrate, Regent Street are going to be celebrating with Fashion and Design Month, a series of events and, for the first time, creative classes, a programme of hands-on workshops and tutorials held in shops up and down the iconic street. The complimentary month-long programme will also include events, talks and activities offering visitors to Regent Street the chance to get to know a little more about the fashion and design industries that dominate the street and how they work. Talks […]

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