If there is one place in the world that is mad about their roasts it’s England. I thought it was a British thing, but no, turns out the Scots aren’t too bothered, (not sure about Wales), but we in England are just potty about them. Every Sunday, it is a tradition for the family to sit down together and devour a Sunday roast. It is only when you visit other families however that you realise everyone has their own version and traditions, concerning how they like their roasts. There I was glibly thinking that everyone was sitting down to the […]
Just when you thought there wasn’t enough places to get a drink in Soho; bars are now just popping up. Yes, that’s right a new pop-up bar is set to take up residence in Soho from the 29th November, aka tomorrow. So get your glad rags on, your purse handy and I’ll meet you down there. The pop-up is called Kultured, spelt with a K because it’s obviously new and “kool” and doesn’t care for the rules. So, what sets this establishment apart from the rest that reside along Great Windmill street? Well I’ll tell you, it’s the fermenting. Now […]
Get the bunting out, let’s deck the house with union jacks and plan a street party. It’s official: Harry and Meghan are getting married! Everyone knows that getting married is one of the most stressful events in anyone’s life, spare a thought for poor Meghan writing all those save-the-dates, setting up the decorations and planning which of the corgis will sit next to who. Okay, maybe she’ll have a little bit of help, but either way the royal couple are going to want to put their feet up afterwards so The Handbook has put together some honeymoon potentials (and yes, […]
Hamper: the very word is magical, brimming with posibilty; from Billy Bunter or the Famous Five to the royal family, hampers evoke all the best sorts of excess. And if a traditional British Christmas is about one thing then it’s excess (Justin Welby may have a thing or two to say about this, granted). So here’s a selection of our favourite Christmas Hampers, the pinacle of all things good encased in wicker. Selfridges What: A Hamper For Everyone Why: Selfridges’ has a whole host of hampers, whatever you like they have it. Cheese and wine your thing? They’ve got the […]
Gather round and we’ll tell you a story, or, rather, the Bluebird will. E.T.A.Hoffman’s classic Christmas tale, The Nutcracker, comes to life at the Chelsea restaurant this festive season with various scenes from the book writ large across different parts of the venue. Enter the courtyard and immediately you’re immersed, with toys, trees and trinkets courtesey of partners Belvedere Vodka with the space teeming with pine garlands, lights, nutcracker soldiers (of course), roasting chestnuts and hanging stockings filled with gifts and candy canes. Visit the present wrapping shack (sunglassiers Taylor Morris’s hut, clearly using the down-season cleverly) and sip on […]
Bringing one of the biggest online markets to life. This Christmas, Instagram is hosting its first ever Gift Market. Bringing together 50 of Instagram’s small businesses in order to celebrate the UK’s most inspiring independent traders. Whether you lust over, or ignore those marketing adverts on Instagram this is a chance to go browse the latest products and suss out for yourself whether they are as good, or as awesome as they look online. Effort is never something we like to exert and Christmas markets are an easy way of ensuring you don’t lose faith or spiral into despair while […]
First it was Palomar and The Barbary, two of London’s most sought-after restaurants, then earlier this year Zoë and Layo Paskin launched Jacob the Angel, the hit coffee spot in Seven Dials, and now the brother and sister duo are back with their latest offering. Before there was Uber there were blue posts. The painted posts in the street acted as a symbol to passers-by that sedan chairs operated from that spot, all you had to do was hail a chair and be carried aloft to your desired destination, which was probably one of the reputable-or-not pubs around Soho. Today […]
A winter spectacular is heading our way. Dancing limbs, flying ribbons, acrobatics, and a whole lot more. The London Cabaret is setting up camp in the Bloomsbury Ballroom, and you can join them. Venture into the immersive world of the Candy Cane Forrest. Tip and twirl between the fir trees clutching a Christmas cocktail in one hand and the arm of a companion in the other. On 1st December the fun begins, nights of decadent dining and performances that will have your tummies jumping and your hands grasping the underside of your chairs. The event boasts of three separate spaces […]
Passo: the new contemporary Italian restaurant will be opening later this month. The menu is oozing with true Italian verve and flavour. Though the dishes are technically executed they remain simple in composition, in order to cater for a more casual dining experience. Massimiliano Iaquinto will be heading up the kitchen, having left his previous job as Head Chef at Shoreditch House to take up this new and exciting position. Working alongside Massimiliano will be Joe Hill the group executive chef. The restaurant caters for 40 covers and fashions itself after the deli style, common in piazzas round Italy. To […]
Here’s a chance to up your #WineWednesday game – Wines of Germany will be back at Winerama, ready to take guests on a wine tour of Germany. Grab a glass, then travel through the Rhine valley and along the banks of the Mosel, by sipping Riesling and Pinot Noir. Keep an eye on our social channels for the chance to win more bottles of wine too!
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