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Our Guide to… The Best Christmas Cocktails

There is one thing that never disappoints each Christmas season and that is the festive cocktail concoctions that make their way onto every drinks menu in the city. Forget the festive cups at Costa and Starbucks, here at The Handbook, it is the slightly more alcoholic delights that have caught our fancy, and to help you distinguish the candy canes from the chestnuts, we have rounded up a list of our favourite Christmas cocktails. We now pronounce the festive drinking season open! Enjoy! The Dorchester Since visiting the Gingerbread Museum in Prague, we are just a little bit obsessed with […]

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Happy Birthday to the Marquee Club

What do The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix and David Bowie all have in common? For those who are not rock geniuses, the answer is The Marquee Club, which throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s witnessed the birth and rise of these now major artists. And having given birth to such iconic British figures, it is only apt that on 1st December we celebrate their 50 years of existence, with an anniversary party at Floridita London. Whilst we doubt there will be any guitar smashing going on, the evening does promise exclusive performances from bands such as Ten Years […]

Openings & Launches

M in the City

This week has seen the launch of M in the City situated on Threadneedles Street, the first solo project from Martin Williams the former Managing Director of Gaucho Restaurants and it’s pretty impressive.  Set over 15,000 square feet it’s home to 2 restaurants , a wine tasting bar, a destination cocktail bar, private dining room, events space and a secret den.  Designed by Rene Dekker Design Team, the inside is playful let luxurious with the different spaces running into each other, blending seamlessly. So the cool blues and ebony hues of the Grill restaurant will merge with the greys and […]

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Cheese, Glorious Cheese at Verden

Cheese, glorious cheese…here at The Handbook we cannot get enough of the stuff which is we were delighted to hear about Verden, a new restaurant led by Head Chef Tom Fraser (ex-Scott’s) in Clapton. The restaurant, which has its very own cold-room vaults in the basement, specialises in three of our favourite things: cheese, wine and charcuterie. Make sure to wrap up warm as customers are more than welcome to enjoy the vaults themselves, selecting homemade cheeses, to either eat-in or take-away.   Whilst the cheese is definitely something that we are going to be checking out, we were intrigued […]

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The Lancaster’s Afternoon Tea

When it’s this sort of weather there is nothing better than to get out of the cold and set yourself up with good company and better food. With this in mind we headed over to The Lancaster who have recently launched their new afternoon tea. Served in the lounge – which is the perfect setting with dark wooden panels, an open fire and sofas you can just sink into- the tea is classic yet with little contemporary twists and nostalgic sweet inspired cakes. First we were brought Novus loose teas and a mini sand timer so that each type could […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Lancaster’s Afternoon Tea

When it’s this sort of weather there is nothing better than to get out of the cold and set yourself up with good company and better food. With this in mind we headed over to The Lancaster who have recently launched their new afternoon tea. Served in the lounge – which is the perfect setting with dark wooden panels, an open fire and sofas you can just sink into- the tea is classic yet with little contemporary twists and nostalgic sweet inspired cakes. First we were brought Novus loose teas and a mini sand timer so that each type could […]

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Oh My Cod at Randall & Aubin

You are all probably well aware that it is Christmas soon, and that the festive season is almost upon us as you have to check that your ears aren’t playing tricks on you as the first Christmas song starts blaring from supermarket speakers. But did you know that a much more important season is also taking place? I am of course talking about cod season! Well someone that is well aware is iconic seafood restaurant Randall & Aubin who has launched their Oh My Cod menu. Lunchtime visitors can treat themselves to Large Premium In-Shore Cod & Chips with House […]

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Hunting Without the Gathering with York & Albany

Grab your shooting jacket and head to York & Albany’s winter cabin this week, where you will be treated to a hunting lodge complete with wild game and plenty of fun. Set in the cosy courtyard of the restaurant and inspired by the age of hunting grounds of the surrounding Regent’s Park, you will be in for a rural retreat with the added bonus of not having to leave the confines of London. Combine this with outdoor heaters, scented candles and live music and this whole hunting thing suddenly became a whole load more enticing. Tweed, tartan and taxidermy will […]

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Openings & Launches

Tulse Hill Hotel

Boutique hotels are branching out! Into South East London to be precise. Welcome to Tulse Hill Hotel officially open this week in a former 19 century public house. The new venue features a nine bedroom hotel plus a destination restaurant and bar and landscaped garden and terrace out back. We see this place coming into its own on the weekend for those South West Londoners who can’t face schlepping all the way into town when they don’t actually have to go to work but still fancy themselves a bit too hip for the local Wetherspoons. Yup, they’ll like the Art […]

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Kouzu Review

Kouzu the recently opened Japanese restaurant in Belgravia, is headed in the kitchen by the former founding chef of Zuma, and is truly something special. How special? So special that head chef Kyoichi Kai has carefully selected the all-Japanese kitchen team which feature some of London’s most talented and celebrated Japanese chefs. As soon you walk through the imposing doors to the refurbished bank you are instantly welcomed by the dramatic light feature above your head which illuminates the spiralling staircase to the first floor. The service at a restaurant can really make or break an experience and we were […]

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