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19 Of The Best Christmas Afternoon Teas

The only thing better than afternoon tea? A Christmas afternoon tea! Escaping from the cold, curling up on a sofa with a pot of tea (I mean, a glass of Champagne), turkey sandwiches, mince pies, snowman profiteroles and yule logs. We’ve rounded up the best Christmas teas, or as we like to call them… festivi-teas…

Openings & Launches

The New Sky-High Club Opening in Green Park

The View, it’s in the name. The new club atop The Athenaeum is all about the cityscape that it looks over. Formerly the hotel’s penthouse where the likes of Kim and Kanye have stayed, the new club features floor to ceiling windows that give uninterrupted views out across Green Park, St James’s Park, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and the London Eye. Expect to see #viewfromtheview on a feed near you coming soon. Open to guests of the hotel only the club will serve complimentary tipples along with nibbles from Galvin at The Athenaeum as well as hosting a series of […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The 7 Places To Stick Your Snout This Truffle Season

There’s something oh, so luxurious about truffles. As Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin once said: “In fine, the truffle is the very diamond of gastronomy,” something that we can’t help but agree with here at The Handbook. And, as truffle season runs from October until early...

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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...

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Seasonal & Celebrations

The Top 13 Places For Christmas Time Day Drinking

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 excuse to get cosy with a warming bottle of red wine. And since you’re not drinking before bedtime, you probably won’t get a hangover either. Here are some of London’s best bars and pubs for day drinking:

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The 18 Most Instagrammable Festive Restaurants

Instagrammers, get your fingers at the ready, hold down your camera button and get snap happy at these marvellous London locations that look even better than usual as they’re spruced up by Santa’s elves and given some wow-worthy festive makeovers.

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British Chefs Collaborate To Open Live-Fire Grill in Mayfair

In the 90s, COMO Metropolitan London was home to the iconic nightspot, The Met Bar. Now, because bars are out and restaurants are in as we are a city of foodies, the space has been transformed into Gridiron by COMO, a modern live-fire grill restaurant from British chefs Richard H. Turner and Colin McSherry. Paying homage to the ancient art of grilling and the fact that we all have a fascination with fire, the modern British menu will include the likes of: wood roast scallops with bone marrow XO; smoked eel with braised shin of highland beef; Ash baked turnip […]

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Culture

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 […]

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Reviews

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 […]

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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Culture

6 Reasons Why This Dating App Will Make You Delete Tinder… Forever

It’s getting to that time again where singletons feel somewhat like Mark in Love Actually’s Mark, desperately holding up declarations of love on a young Keira Knightley’s doorstep. Christmas. A time where those without a better half wretch at the sight of mistletoe and matching Santa onesies. This year however, naughty or nice, there’s a gift that keeps on giving in the form of dating app The Inner Circle. The miracle dating app makes connecting super easy by skilfully selecting from the dating pond those most likely to be your Prince (or Princess) Charming. Plus, it’s more than just dating, […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

17 Michelin Restaurants You Need To Check Out Within Three Hours Of London

A few weeks ago we published our list of the London restaurants that have just won Michelin stars and you foodies lapped it up. So now we’ve put our wellies on and braved the wilderness outside of the M25, to bring you an up-to-date list of the restaurants outside of London that have been awarded...

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