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Opium Den opens at Nam Long

In 1985 a certain Mr Thai Dang opened Nam Long Le Shaker, a haunt that quickly became renown for its celebrity diners, Flaming Ferrais cocktails, pan-Asian dining as well as its strict door policy, with Prince William and Mick Jagger both being turned away. Well now Thai’s daughter, Dzuyen is in charge and this summer she is opening the downstairs to the public with the launch of The Opium Den. They’re going for the Subterranean house party feel so a wrought iron staircase will take you downstairs to an elegant, sultry-lit lounge. Boxer and Brown are in charge of the […]

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Pop-Up Picnic Bar Launches

The worst part of the summer? Being stuck in the office, with the air con on so cold you need at least two jumpers and a pair of gloves just to feel your fingers. So it’s no surprise that when it comes to lunch time, there is a rush to bask in the sun. If you work near the Grosvenor Square, then we have just the thing, as London Marriott Grosvenor Square Hotel is launching a quintessentially British pop-up picnic bar as part of Summer in the Square. Recline on a deck chair, soak up the sun and enjoy the food […]

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London’s First Poached Egg Bar

That age old question. How do you like your eggs in the morning?  Well if poached is your way forward Dalston is exactly the place you need to be. Award wining bakers Foxcroft and Ginger will be feeding the health conscious hipsters of the East with their specialist poached egg bar located in Beyond Retro on Stoke Newington Road…and as far bars go this is pretty out there.  The egg-ceptional new bar will be launching on Thursday 18th June. If you want a cereal killer cafe-esque experience without the sugar rush  they will be serving up combinations such as poached […]

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The Latest Rooftop Bar ‘Playground & Proof’ opens

If we were to write a list of things all Londoners love, top of the list would probably be the magical words ‘There is a good service on all lines’, quickly following that would be markets and of course everyone’s favourite rooftop bars. As you might have guessed we can’t promise you that your commute home tonight won’t be delayed but what we can tell you is that London Fields is about to see the opening of Playground & Proof, a venue that combines the traditional market with the modern rooftop bar sensation.   Playground, the market half of the new venture, […]

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Saloon-style ‘The Piano Works’ opens

Sometimes the best part of a night out isn’t the cocktails, it isn’t the food and it isn’t talking to that person you’ve had your eye on, it’s the music. When someone has the music on key the night can be made and Alan Lorrimer, is taking this as well as inspiration from the legendary saloon concerts that preceded the Victorian Music Halls to open The Piano Works, this July.  Located in Farringdon, The Piano Works will fill its Victorian warehouse setting with music each night from two live pianists and their back up a band, Oh and they’ll only play songs which […]

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Beaufort House: More than meets the eye

Now we all know Beaufort House, the renowned brasserie and bar located in Chelsea, but did you know that it is so much more than appears at first glance? Spread across 4 floors, Beaufort boasts a member’s lounge, meeting rooms, The Club Room, a Champagne bar and much more! Non-members are welcomed to the brasserie which serves an all-day menu from breakfast and smoothies to afternoon tea and bar snacks with the obvious meals of lunch and dinner also covered. They can also make full use of the meeting rooms and Champagne bar although once it has closed any parties […]

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City’s first real time Stock Exchange Bar opens

Another corporate, monotonous and over-priced bar opening in the Square Mile you hear? Wrong. The Reserve Bar Stock Exchange changes the perception of the typical city clubbing experience entirely. Alan Grant, co-creator of other London hotspot, Notting Hill Arts Club and Cherry Jam, is offering sleek city-workers the chance to let their hair down in an utterly novel way. Drinks can be purchased and brought directly to your table via the app available on smartphones or get a mixologist to your booth to create your own cocktail concoction in front of your eyes. Pay what the stock market indicates, prices […]

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Dog’s Disco and Brunch

Our animal obsessed nation has taken a step further into total mania. In keeping with the rise of animal-themed restaurants including Owl Café, Fox Restaurant and Pig-Nic, M Restaurants are opening their doors to canine lovers all over London. Already a monthly instalment in many dog’s diaries, June’s #poochparty will be ramped up a further level offering food and activities for pet owners and their furry friends. A brunch offering two courses will be available for the humans with mini treats and homemade biscuits for their canine companions. A Doggy Disco will also take place in the M Bar with […]

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Mint Leaf’s Cocktail Masterclasses

When it comes to Friday you can forget the gym, forget the chores and forget your boxsets because Friday night is the night for drinks, ok so most nights are the nights for drinks, but Friday in particular. And if you’re looking for a place to go, then we say Mint Leaf, Haymarket. Firstly they have a happy hour from 5pm – 7pm – because who doesn’t want to drink and save money? Secondly, DJ Jon Henry of House of Henry Records will be on the decks playing from 7pm until late, so you can dance off the cocktails. And […]

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Swine Dining: The Launch of Oink

A life without pork is unthinkable. Well it was for James Purdie whilst living in Dubai and on his return to the UK vowed never again go without his pig necessity. Hence, his creation of the pop-up restaurant, Oink. Located in the heart of Shoreditch, Oink pays homage to our pot-bellied friends. So, how versatile can pork really be? Well Oink’s Swine Dining menu offers dozens of varieties including pig’s cheek, black pudding nuggets, crispy shredded pig’s ear, pulled pork shoulder and sour glazed chilli ribs. With obvious inspirations from both home and abroad, Oink offers a new range of […]

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Krug and Chips

Fish and chips is a classic English dish that is loved by pretty much everyone and is also weirdly versatile – seriously, this staple food can be enjoyed at almost every occasion. Fish and chips on the pier at the seaside, at family dinner, or at your friend’s wedding served in tiny metallic buckets and wrapped in faux newspaper (not cliché at all). Let’s be honest though, battered cod isn’t exactly the height of sophistication and class. However, Maison Krug and Tom Sellers are hoping to change this, through their new culinary collaboration, a temporary gourmet chip shop. Krug & […]

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The Cavendish review – what we thought

What: Modern European-style cuisine with a 1940’s gentleman’s style interiorWhere: 81 Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6JFWhy you should go there: If you don’t want to have to change venue for post work drinks and dinnerFavourite thing we ate: Beef tartar Headed up by chef Alfonso Lillo Fas, who came over from Spain to set it up, The Cavendish is a bar/restaurant serving up modern European-style cuisine with a 1940’s gentleman’s style interior. So naturally The Handbook went to check it out. On arriving we stepped into the pub that was heaving, with music blaring, in fact it was so loud that they hadn’t […]

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