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Enter The Forbidden Passage

We’re going to let you in on a little secret, (we’re so good to you)  because right now we expect everyone is feeling pretty darn good,  because not only is it Friday but also it’s the start of the Bank Holiday weekend, three luxurious days stretch ahead of us: no work, no commute, just...

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Nantucket Beach Club Opens

We love Fridays but this Friday is extra special, it’s the start of May which means we are ever close to summer, it’s the start of the Bank Holiday weekend, so no work on Monday and it sees the opening of the Nantucket Beach Club at Skylounge, Double Tree Hilton. So really the way only to...

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Polpo Chef Opens 1st Solo Restaurant

Tom Oldroyd has announced that he will be opening his first solo restaurant, Oldroyd this June in Upper Islington.  If his name sounds familiar then it’s because he was the Chef Director at Polpo, who along with Russell Norman set up the original Polpo in Soho, so as fans of the Polpo group...

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Everything’s Changing in Paradise

West London gastropub, Paradise, has appointed Cat Ashton as its new Head Chef to mark the beginning of spring. Ashton was previously Head Chef at Petersham Nurseries, so you know the pub is in good hands. A new chef is not the restaurant’s only recent change, as they have recently debuted a...

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Montezuma: Kensington’s New Club

‘It’s not like walking on to the set of Indiana Jones, don’t worry’ we were reassured when we heard that the latest club to open in Kensington, Montezuma, had an Aztec-esque interior. In fact it is far from it, picture a modern interior with lots of black, gold and marble, it’s sleek...

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Hakkasan Group Opens Yauatcha City

Dim sum favourites, the Hakkasan Group is expanding its empire with the launch of the second Yauatcha next month. Opening in the City’s latest culinary venture, Broadgate Circle, Yauatcha City will be an all-day dining experience based on a Chinese dim sum teahouse. Open Monday to Saturday for...

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Turn Up The Heat With The London Capital Club

We, at The Handbook, love a bit of spice in our lives no matter what form it comes in. We loved posh spice back in the nineties and we loved chinese five spice back in the noughties – which turned our suppers from zero to hero. But now that we are a more sophisticated bunch of babes we have a...

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St Pancras Competition: The Year of Beer!

Whether it be beer or ale, traditional alcohol is definitely the current hipster tipple of choice. So if you want to get ahead on the social scene, you need to become a beer connoisseur, and quickly. What better way to impress your new, bearded friends, then by being the proud owner of a years’...

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Asia De Cuba Launch New Menu

Last night, The Handbook was treated to a preview of the new Asia de Cuba menu at the St Martin’s Lane Hotel. Headed by Chef Luis, this innovative menu fuses the unlikely pairing of Asian and Cuban cuisine, with some very tasty results! The evening began with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres...

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Dirty Martini Comes To Clapham

Dirty Martini is expanding its empire with the arrival of their 6th bar on the 1st May. They’ve been hard at work as this is the 4th new venue they’ve opened in the last 18 months, a testament to their cocktails and London’s post work drinking habits… This time they’re heading south...

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