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The alps come to London

When you think of winter you think of white snow covered roof tops, children having snowball fights in the streets and roaring fires. When in reality if you’re lucky in London you might get some brown slush on the side of the road, you’re more likely to get a chunk of ice chucked at you and your central heating will probably pack in. Good thing then Home House is here to rectify that and transport you to an Alpine retreat without you having to even leave London, marvellous. A proper winter is coming to Zone 1 in the form of […]

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A Valentine’s Pop Up to Mend Your Broken Heart

Whether it’s about mates or dates this year, impress them with your knowledge of secret London pop ups by bagging yourself tickets to Meredith Bespoke’s latest venture, which promises to be an evening overflowing with laughter, cocktails, disco and love. This V-Day bash at the beautiful Bloomsbury House invites revellers to run wild through themed rooms packed with all things love-ly, including a Love Confessions Wall, heart-shaped piñatas, a Lulu Guinness Kissing Booth and a Broken Hearts cinema screening Tarantino’s True Romance. All that loving will probably have made you hungry. There’ll be mountains of cheese and jalapeño toasties followed […]

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5 of the Best Juice Bars in London

It looks like London’s love affair with smoothies and juices might just stand the test of time. And who can blame us, when the benefits of drinking them include glowing skin, healthy hair and a whole host of other health benefits? Most importantly how else are we going to get our kale/ beetroot fix before 9am? So here are 5 of the best juice bars that we at The Handbook HQ love:    

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Open until 25th October 2019

London’s Natural History Museum Ice Rink will return for the 2019 festive season and to celebrate The Handbook will be offering one lucky family of 4 an overnight stay in one family room at Radisson Blu Edwardian, Vanderbilt with breakfast plus an extended skate session at National History Museum which includes a 30 minute exclusive skate followed by a 50 minute public skate session thereafter.

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Ceru: a Taste of The Levant

It’s cold outside but the new Ceru three-month pop-up in Rathbone Place promises to warm you up a treat with its fierce Middle Eastern flavours. Following a summer tour of music festivals, this is the first bricks and mortar abode for husband and wife founders Patricia and Barry Hilton – the latter was previously a director at the popular Yalla Yalla! Executive chef Tom Kime’s (The River Café, Le Pont de la Tour and Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant) menu features highlights like dips such as Pancar (roast beetroot, yoghurt, garlic and pistachio) and Fadi (fried baby courgette purée with tahini, […]

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Start (Chinese) New Year on a High at The Shard

Chinese New Year. Hmm. What to do, what to do? You want an authentic experience but that doesn’t mean you want to be rattling around Chinatown eating cold dim sum and getting squished by snap happy tourists. Good thing that the Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard is putting on an authentic but indulgent experience then, isn’t it? The festivities will take place between 18th and 22nd February and will include an awesome combination of Asian heritage, food and, of course, breathtaking views from the TING Lounge. Tuck into a veritable Chinese feast, with traditional dumplings and sweetened lotus nuts symbolic […]

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Blixen, a new venue you can bank on

This month get set for a new and exciting addition to Spitalfields’ restaurant scene in the shape of Blixen, an informal take on a grand European brasserie from co-owners Clive Watson and Justin Gilbert. The venue, a former bank, boasts a ground floor dining room and bar – all terrazzo-tiled floor and leather banquettes – with open kitchen and covered terrace garden accessed via a plant-filled pergola, plus a lower ground cocktail bar and private dining room housed on the former site of the bank’s safe. The seasonal menu gets the ball rolling with breakfast dishes such as Toasted Banana […]

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A very big house in the country

Anytime any of the MIC crew traipses outside of the SW3 postcode area someone always inevitably pipes up on how great it is to get out of the City and for once we find ourselves agreeing with our favourite reality posh totties. Our heart belongs to heaving capital but once in a while we like to head out for pastures green and have a brief dalliance with the countryside, and where better than a manor house? Flitwick Manor is a four star Grade ll listed country house in Woburn, part of the Menzies Hotel Group, and only 40 minutes from […]

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Bonnie Gull’s Massive Makeover

Bonnie Gull Seafood Café in Exmouth Market has undergone a new year’s nip ‘n’ tuck and is reopening next month as Bonnie Gull Seafood Bar. Executive chef, Luke Robinson (Fifteen) will continue to head up the kitchen alongside Head Chef Gavin Gordon, who has moved across from the original venue on Foley Street. A new menu will focus on keenly priced small sharing plates and bar snacks with selections from the ‘sea’, ‘shore’ and ‘land’ such as Flame-grilled Newlyn cod collars, Salt n’ Pepper Channel squid with jalapeno mayonnaise; and flamed ox-heart with homemade piccalilli. There will also be a […]

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Our Guide To…February Pop-Ups

Marco’s Meatballs at Forza Win Always extraordinarily successful with their pop-ups, the latest installment from the guys at Forza Win is Marco and his marvellous meatballs. Get yourself down to the Vaults Festival in Waterloo to sample these authentic Sicilian balls of love alongside your best pals. Tickets can be bought online. Open now until 8th March www.forzawin.com Pillow Cinema in Shoreditch Underground After a sell-out month in January, Pillow Cinema have decided to pop up for the first two weeks of February, too. Yep, the thoughtful guys down at the old Shoreditch Underground Station will continue to deliver “the cosiest […]

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West 36: Your new home from home

Welcome to West 36 a new grill house and cocktail lounge opening on Golborne Road this week and it wants to be your new home from home. Which we’re welcoming because let’s be honest, it’s going to be better than your office which feels like home the amount of time you spend there. We have a sneaky suspicion it’s going to be a good’un for several reasons: firstly it’s owned by Robert Newmark who also owns Notting Hill favourite Beach Blanket Babylon, secondly Jon Pollards formerly of Soho House is heading up the kitchen and lastly they’re going to be […]

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Be seduced by this exhibition

South Place Hotel is aiming to seduce you this February. If Valentine’s Day wasn’t enough (yes we are already thinking about it, no you can’t ignore it) then they are also unveiling their latest exhibition from international artist Dara Vandor and it’s got seduction written all over it. Aptly named Lingerie Draw/er the exhibition (which is pen on canvas) will feature sensuous portraits of lingerie, camisoles, frills, lace, feathers and corsets but, and here is the unusual part, all without female models. What emerge are ambiguous pictures which explore both personal and social fantasies.  And on 5th February they’re inviting […]

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Everyone loves a fittie

Let’s be honest, apart from when you get to go home lunch time is the highlight of the office day. If you’re bored of all the places around your office (you know you need to change when they don’t even ask you what you want but just hand it to you) but you just don’t have time to make your own lunch then we have just the ticket for you: fittatas.   Just over a year ago, siblings, Butty and Jake created Fittata – The Healthy Frittata Company in their Brixton kitchen; cooking up fittatas (or as they nickname them […]

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