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The Truscott Cellar Opens

They’ve already won the title of the Best Roast in Great Britain and The Sustainable Pub of the Year Award in 2015 with The Truscott Arms and now Andrew and Mary Jane Fishwick are opening a wine bar, The Truscott Cellar, in Belsize Park. Set over two floors, the pair have called in Michel Schranz Design and Architecture, to develop the site,  they’ve gone for sustainable British wood and plenty of dark marble throughout the sixty-cover restaurant, it’s all very sleek. Of course being a wine bar, it’s the wine that does the talking here and they have over 300 […]

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Experience The Flavours of Mexico

Let’s not get it twisted, Tex-Mex and real Mexican cuisine are very different things and InterContinental London Park Lane is about to school you on how with a little help from the Mexican embassy and Aeromexico. Two top chefs have been flown over from award-winning foodie hot spot, Frida in Grand Velas Riviera Maya, especially to give London diners an authentic taste of Mexico. The week-long Mexican pop up will be a celebration of the creativity of Mexican cuisine, focusing on a delicate balance of traditional ingredients with modern techniques. Treats on the menu will include ‘shredded venison, crunchy corn […]

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5 of the Best Jazz Bars

Jazz is one of those subjects like wine, we like it, we feel sophisticated listening to it but we also like to pretend that we are far more knowledgeable about it than we really are – can you your Bebop from your Cubop? Can you?  What we do know though is that London is definitely not short of jazz bars where you can get your musical fix and here are 5 of our favourites. 

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Courthouse Hotel Launches Cosy Soho Ski Terrace

Summer is sadly and obviously over and headlines about an Indian summer are cruel and misleading, so let’s just accept our fate and look forward to things that make winter our real favourite season anyway. The historical Courthouse Hotel is on the same brainwave as us as they have announced their new Soho Ski Terrace (formerly the Soho Sky Terrace) will launch in October in their summer rooftop space. The theme will be iconic retro ski chalets of the 1950’s filled with snuggly blankets and plush furniture to keep the winter chills at bay whilst soaking up the skyline view […]

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6 Of The Best Fish and Chips Hangouts

Fish & chips is a classic British dish; it’s what custard tarts are to Portugal and lamb tagine is to Morocco. And you don’t have to venture to coastal towns to get some of the best that England has to offer – London has a selection of lip-smackingly good fish & chips right on its doorstep, and we’ve rounded up the top six to get your hands on  

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6 Of The Best Fish and Chips Hangouts

Fish & chips is a classic British dish; it’s what custard tarts are to Portugal and lamb tagine is to Morocco. And you don’t have to venture to coastal towns to get some of the best that England has to offer – London has a selection of lip-smackingly good fish & chips right on its doorstep, and we’ve rounded up the top six to get your hands on  

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Silent Cinema At St Martin’s Courtyard

In the last few years, the British film industry has been doing rather well and has churned a number of cracking films. We all know the British love any excuse for a party (just look at the amount of bank holidays we have) so why not use this success as an excuse to celebrate? That’s exactly what is happening at St Martin’s Courtyard are doing with their new open air Silent Cinema showcasing classic British films! For just three wonderful nights in September, the courtyard will be transformed into an open-air movie theatre to showcase a series of British films, […]

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Model Inspired Éclairs

Supermodels and pastries are not a combination that springs to mind for most people. While the ‘supers’ might not be able to indulge in tasty baked goods too often, luckily for us, we can eat as many cakes as we want…until we regret it at our next gym class with Fitness Fiona. In celebration of London Fashion Week, Jumeirah Carlton Tower has unveiled its much anticipated autumn éclair line. Located off Sloane Street, the epicentre of London’s chic design fashion houses, Chinoiserie has taken inspiration from the world’s leading fashion icons, to create four limited edition éclairs. The first sweet […]

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Mushroom Tasting Menu at Plateau

One member of The Handbook team has already decided that their new year’s resolution will be to celebrate every ‘national whatever day’ of the year and so far we’ve stumbled across days celebrating donuts, kissing and friendship in preparation for her mammoth task. We’ve now got one more to add to the list, with the launch of a marvellous Mushroom tasting menu at Plateau, in celebration of mushroom month! The mushroom tasting menu will run throughout September as part of Plateau’s monthly changing ‘gourmand’ tasting menu series. It will include five courses as well as wine pairing options – try […]

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Brides the Show 2015

So they’ve finally popped the big question and whether you have been dreaming of this since you were little or this is all a bit of a surprise, you’ve got a wedding to plan. Here to save the day and provide bucket loads of advice and options is Brides the Show which returns 2-4th October in Islington. Brides the Show has got every aspect of a wedding covered from the obvious like dresses, caterers and cakes to things that may have slipped your mind like stationers, florists and jewellers. With over 130 luxury suppliers you will be spoilt for choice and […]

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Dining in the Sky

Warning – if you don’t like heights, then stop reading now. Do like heights? Let’s continue, arguably the most extreme pop-up, London in the Sky is returning this month for a two week feast in the sky. And when we say in the sky we don’t just mean on a roof terrace, oh no, we mean suspended in the air a whopping 25 metres high. Taking place at South Bank, diners can go for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Champagne Taittinger flights, with the menu created by top British chefs including Dan Doherty of Duck and Waffle, Mark Sargeant of Morden […]

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The Turner Twins At Mr Fogg’s

Do you consider a morning on the underground in rush-hour an epic odyssey? Is going without WiFi for four hours on a cross country train something you consider a life and death matter? Well, if we’re honest, you’re not alone. However, it’s time for us great big pansies to learn what real adventure is, by going along to an evening with the risk-taking (read: insane) Turner Twins, at Mr Foggs. As part of Mr Fogg’s explorers’ series, the Mayfair bar will welcome Hugo and Ross Turner, the twins who have dedicated their lives enduring physically and mentally challenging expeditions around […]

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