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The Start-Up Giving You Access To London’s Top Clubs

One of the best feelings in life is walking briskly through a door labelled ‘private’, sweeping past a doorman and being welcomed like you really belong. That can often come with a hefty price tag though and for the young guns of London the exclusive perks, invitations and access that come with a membership like that might seem better suited for their boss. Well, welcome to Sesame London, a new way to enjoy the city’s top bars, clubs and venues, designed for young professionals.  Sesame has partnered with some of London’s best hot spots (eight already with more on the […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

7 Reasons to Join This Soho Member’s Club

If you’re in the market for a new members club, then listen up, there’s a new kid in town, The Court. Founded by entrepreneur Harry Mead alongside a team of specialists in interior design, food and drink, The Court is ready to do things differently. Here’s why you need to join. The Ethos First of all, this isn’t going to be a club full of debauchery, yes, it’s going to be lively and fun, but they’re not going to let standards slip just because you’ve flashed your cash. Speaking to The Week Portfolio, Mead said ‘we’ll operate a simple “no […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Search For Young Chef Of The Year Is On

Just when you thought that chefs were getting ever younger and younger (the UK’s youngest Michelin Starred chefs were born in the late ’90s, there’s probably yoghurt in my fridge that’s older than that), they go and remind you of your advancing years by running the Young Chef of the Year Award. And if that wasn’t galling enough, this year they’ve named it a Brexit special! Young is loosely translated as ‘under 30’, pleasing at least half The Handbook office, at least, and the nominations are now open to any of them to submit a four-course menu that costs under £45 per […]

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Awesome Afternoon Teas

Here’s Where To Go For Tea in Chelsea

When I first came to London, I remember walking through the terracotta streets around Cadogan Gardens and thinking ‘yes, this will do nicely, I’ll move here’. Cute. How naïve I was. Fast forward another 19 years and my ten year old dreams may have been dashed (I live in a box room) but I can still walk through Cadogan Gardens and lust over the buildings and the pretty blossomed streets. I can also head to boutique hotel, 11 Cadogan Gardens for afternoon tea and pretend like I’m in my own sitting room and I have chefs at my beck and […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

20 Best Wine Bars In London

When it comes to a more sophisticated night on the town, you still can’t beat a good wine bar. It’s hard to feel guilty when you just feel so classy. Whether it’s for that long-awaited catch-up or for that first date you’ve been looking forward to, here are some of London’s finest vino destinations:   BOTTLES What: New Italian Spot Why: A new Italian wine bar is coming to London from the founders of Bottles & Battles and pop-up restaurant SOOD Family. BOTTLES will be a place dedicated to the unpretentious enjoyment of food and wine, encouraging visitors to try […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

There’s An Aperol Splash Pool Coming To London

Yes, the orange tinged rumours are indeed true. There’s an Aperol Lido coming to London in celebration of the punchy favourite, Aperol Spritz, reaching a whopping 100 years old. Despite “getting on a bit” the Aperol Spritz still tastes flipping good, but what’s even better is a whole lido of the stuff. Orange you glad you clicked on this article? For just eight days only, Londoners can quench their thirsts by splashing about in an Aperol pool. The orange-hued extravaganza arrives in Shoreditch in May for eight nights only – so think fast! The initiative comes as part of Aperol Spritz Big […]

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Health & Wellness

In Conversation With Melissa Hemsley For Mental Health Mates

Maintaining good mental health is so incredibly important for everyone, no matter who you are and your circumstances, and striving to raise awareness surrounding mental health is just as important. In support of the remarkable work of Mental Health Mates, Francesco Mazzei’s Islington trattoria, Radici, will host a dinner on May 16th with Melissa Hemsley and Mika Simmons.  Mental Health Mates was set up by Bryony Gordan in 2016, who set up a regular meet up for people struggling with mental issues to get out and talk without the fear of judgment. Bryony believes one of the key ways mental illness […]

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Best Brunches

Did Someone Say Bottomless Frosé Brunch?

Bottomless frosé brunch? Oh, go on then you cheeky devils! Tipples just a whole lot more sexy for summer as W London launch a brunch so pink Barbie would be jealous. Frosé – or frozen rosé, for those who dabble in pints, pies and have no idea what on earth frosé is, will be found in pretty pink abundance at the Leicester Square-based hotel this summer, welcoming guests to grab a drink and a brain freeze just in time for summer. The newly launched brunch will be available every Saturday and as all good things come in sixes – or […]

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Culture

Food For Thought: 10 Fab Foodie Podcasts

Looking for something to listen to on your commute, want to learn something about the food we eat or are you after some recipe inspiration? We’ve rounded up ten of our favourite foodie podcasts that will satisfy all those cravings. We don’t recommend you listen to them when your hungry though, snacks will be required. Cook The Perfect… Cook The Perfect is a podcast hosted by Woman’s Hour Jenni Murray and Jane Garvey. They’re joined by food writers and chefs to discuss how to make the perfect home-cooked dishes. Guests include Nigel Slater and his dark chocolate spiced cake, Rick […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Land’s End: The Super Yacht That Floats Our Boat

When it comes to London we’re oh so accustomed to eclectic eateries in far-flung spaces, and Sunborn London certainly nuzzled into the latter. The Land’s End restaurant, housed on a dazzling moored ship located in Royal Victoria Dock, comes equipped with romantic city views, with Emirates Air Line cable car, Canary Wharf and the O2 Arena etched into the sultry skyline. Entry into the venue itself is somewhat spy-like; journeying into an elevator from an unsuspecting doorway takes you up to a reception area that boasts a centrepiece chandelier and curling carpeted stairways. The floating sanctuary, despite being spellbinding, was […]

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Seasonal & Celebrations

Are These The Best Steaks In London?

If tonight’s the night you’re looking for something succulent to put in your mouth and get your juices flowing, then have we got a line-up to suit? London has some of the world’s best steak restaurants, so here’s a selection of our absolute favourites.  

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Rooftops and Terraces

Casa de Cuba Terrace, Jamaican Me Crazy!

Living among busy commuters, especially around the hustle and bustle of Oxford Circus, it’s not every day that we can enjoy soaking in the Cuban sun from across the other side of the globe. However, this is due to change, at least for the next few summer months. The Churchill Bar is transforming its award-winning terrace into a Cuban paradise so you too can step into Sir Winston Churchill’s adventurous shoes and enjoy a Cuban haven a little closer to home. From May 15th, The Churchill Bar unlocks its launch of ‘Casa de Cuba’ along with their transformed seasonal summer […]

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