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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Keep Them Coming… London’s Best Pornstar Martinis

You filthy lot! The most popular cocktail in the nation isn’t a Pina Colada, or even a Sex On The Beach, no, it’s the Pornstar Martini. An incredible (if unlikely) one in seven cocktails sold in the UK is now of the pornstar variety. Take some passion fruit pureé, Absolut Vanilla, orange...

Openings & Launches

14 Restaurants That Have Opened Just In Time For Christmas

As George Bernard Shaw once said: “There is no sincere love than the love of food,” and as Handbookers you’ll most surely agree? Which is why, as the dawn of a new month brings Christmas cheer in all of its glorious forms, we pay homage to November by taking a peak at all of our...

Best Brunches

Diamonds and Dom Pérignon at The Gherkin: Is This The Most Decadent Brunch Yet?

Searcys at The Gherkin has seen the other brunches around and told them all to hold its glass as it raises the stakes and the level, quite literally, by serving up a brunch on the 40th level of The Gherkin which not only has buckets of Dom Pérignon but also gives you a chance to win a genuine diamond worth £1000. Taking place every Sunday throughout December until the 23rd, the brunch will be head in the Iris Bar, right at the top of The Gherkin, giving you 360° panoramic views across London…Instagram at the ready. To eat you’ll find […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

London’s Sexiest Private Members’ Clubs

Behind many an unmarked door in London lie the secret havens of the capital’s most exclusive crowd. Home to celebrities, royalty and millionaires alike, there are over 50 private members’ clubs in London, so the question is – which is the club for you? Luckily, The Handbook has already done the legwork; so whether you’re looking for glamour in Mayfair or culture in Chelsea, here’s our handy list of 15 of the best private members’ clubs that London has to offer. Quo Vadis What: Sophistication and Fine-Dining in the heart of Soho Soho’s Quo Vadis is housed in a former […]

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Have A Slice Of This: The 12 Sweetest Spots In London

Sweets and cakes are a staple favourite of everyone’s ‘treat’ diet, as they remind us of our childhood, a much simpler time when ugly words like ‘taxes’ and ‘wrinkles’ didn’t exist. So it’s no surprise that sweets excite adults, just as much as they do a sugar-craving five year old. Plus, let it be known that we would happily push said five year old out of the way if they were about to get their hands on the last fizzy cola bottle (don’t judge, you know you would do the same). And cakes? Well, alongside their appeal heightening as a result of Paul Hollywood handshakes […]


The Biggest Sticks ‘n’ Sushi Has Opened… And It’s Soy Good

The weather outside might be frightful, but what better place to hide than the brand new Sticks ‘n’ Sushi on the King’s Road? This trip to the Danish groups’ latest venue, which opened up in October, was literally a “come rain or shine” ordeal. Scarf wrapped around my eyes, posing as a really rather awful umbrella, I ran, sodden, into the restaurant, somewhat taken aback by the sheer luxe of it all. Did someone say sushi o’clock? Well, even if they hadn’t I was having my full endorsement of it, no questions asked. Despite having an abundance of restaurants in their […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Turkey Not Your Thing? Check Out These Alternative Christmas Feasts

Tired of turkey? Starting to feel like a pig in a blanket? Finally had enough of stuffing? Then it’s time for a change and London’s restaurants are here to deliver. From Indian twists on Christmas classics to vegetarian banquets and platters of sushi, here are some of the best alternative feasts this Christmas: Indian Accent Having opened at the end of last year, Indian Accent has survived its first twelve months and is back with a Christmas menu that puts Executive Chef Manis Mehrotra’s spin on the classics. Dishes include turkey tikka meatballs and cumin maple Brussels sprouts, as well […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The 17 Hottest New Restaurant Openings

As always, an abundance of restos have opened up this month, proving October isn’t all about Halloween but also about idyllic food spots of all shapes and sizes. From a buzzing Italian in Redchurch Townhouse which charms families for candlelit gatherings, to The Wright Brother’s with their seafood offerings, oh…a nd finally we welcome a Mrs. Fogg’s (better late than never, eh?!). Whatever your food fancy, there’s something for everyone!

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

8 of the Best Pasta Restos

Today is the day we celebrate one of the things we love the most: pasta. It’s the savoury staple food of Italian cuisine that we come home to after a Daniel Powter “bad day”, and the food we huddle around tables for with groups of friends over candle light, red wine and DOLMIO! With the first reference dating to 1154 in Sicily, it’s without a doubt pasta is part of our lives in a big way (whether you love it or you hate it!). So, from spaghetti to tagliatelle here are some of the best places to enjoy the much-adored […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The Winter Terraces We’re Obsessed With Right Now

We admit it – drinking in the daytime has a bad reputation. But if brunch has taught us anything, it’s that a drink is actually pretty welcome around lunchtime. In the summer, day drinking means lounging in a sunny beer garden with an ice-cold pitcher, while in the winter it’s an...

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