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The Bar Where Honesty’s The Best Policy

Fancy frequenting a bar with no fixed price list? Well enter London’s first ever honesty bar, courtesy of The Glenrothes. Let’s be honest, most of the time once we’ve had a tipple or two, the truth comes flying out – drunk hearts speak sober minds, and all that. So, surely a visit to the Honesty Bar won’t be too far removed from your typical escapades. Opening up in TT Liquor, Shoreditch, Honesty Bar is the perfect stool-grabbing, whisky swigging experience for those who love the Scottish-born beverage. Whilst there’s no fixed price on any of the listed drinks there is […]

Openings & Launches

Hotel Café Royal Open a David Bowie Inspired Bar

When David Bowie came to throw a retirement party for his alter ego, Ziggy Stardust, in the 1970 he chose the notorious Café Royal, the central London haunt of celebrities and creatives and now in honour of both Bowie and Ziggy Stardust, Hotel Café Royal is opening a new bar, Ziggy’s. Opening on the 20th September, the new bar will be a playful tribute to the singer with cocktails inspired by both Bowie’s life and his famous album ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’ with each drink named after a lyric from the record. […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Relive The Summer Of Love Island (In Fulham)

We’re not that sad to see the end of summer, the searing heat that kept us up into the small hours, made the tube unbearable and an un-airconditioned office a work environment something like being receptionist in Hades. But there’s one aspect of summer we are already missing terribly. Yes, it’s Love Island. The ITV2 hit reality show dominated our summer, our thoughts and certainly our office chat. So whether you’re pining for Jack and Dani or you’re longing for 10pm sunsets and the smell of suncream Fulham Beach Club has the ultimate party to send off the hottest summer […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Top Michelin-Starred Restaurants Outside London

With London eternally stealing the gastronomic spotlight, it’s easy to miss the array of foodie gems that are scattered across the UK. So just in case you’re lucky enough to escape the capital and taste the clean air of the provinces, we have compiled a list of our top ten Michelin-starred restaurants outside of London. Whether you’re as far south as Cornwall’s Port Isaac, or as northerly as Perth and Kinross, there’s no need to lower your fine-dining standards – The Handbook has found the best of Britain’s culinary offerings, nationwide. The Waterside Inn What: The Top Pick Why: As […]

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Ginspiration comes to Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf, a let-down in many ways, not least the fact that I’ve never seen a single canary there, even on the DLR. Perhaps they’ve got a cat problem. But finally there’s a reason for cheer in the in the land of drab skyscrapers, a sweetshop inspired gin terrace is coming. Plateau Restaurant, in Canada Place, have partnered with ginoisseurs Sipsmith to come up with a gin terrace guaranteed to bring a smile to the face of even the most hardened emerging markets trader. Located on the 4th floor, the terrace sees The Sipsmith Team infusing six unique gins, using their classic […]

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Kahani, The Restaurant Set To Be The Talk Of Chelsea

Chelsea is set to get a new restaurant this month, Kahani, from chef Peter Joseph. Having been the executive chef at Tamarind for ten years where he helped the restaurant maintain its Michelin star, Peter is now venturing out on his own with his first solo venture and he’s secured a rather nice spot in Chelsea to start. Opening opposite Cadogan Hall, Kahani which means ‘story’ in Hindi will be inspired by Peter’s upbringing in Tamil Nadu, the southernmost state of India but will use seasonal and sustainable British ingredients as a nod to his other home. Bringing a sense […]

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Awesome Afternoon Teas

Botanical Inspired Afternoon Tea Launches at Award-Winning Bar

That tricky second album, that come back appearance, the we made it to the second date and now the second chapter of the Wyld Tea at Dandelyan, at Mondrian London, which if the first chapter is anything to go by, is set to be a great success. Known for being experimental, Dandelyan has taken inspiration from its recently launched ‘Modern Life of Plants’ cocktail menu which looks at the role that global large-scale production has had on plant life and the ingredients that are used every day in the food and drink industry, all served with dose of seventies kitsch, […]

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The Cocktail Menu Inspired By Ali G, Prince Harry and JK Rowling

What: As much I love summer, nothing beats a crisp, cold London winter day which you spend, after a brief walk along the Thames, setting the world to rights, cocktail in hand, cosied up in a bar decked out with books. It’s not all glamourous though, afterwards I’ll have to return to my house which is still like a student digs (someone stole our bathroom plug the other day). The other night there was a slight chill in the air and so I headed straight to Scarfes Bar at Rosewood London to start setting the world to rights. Named after […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The Hottest August Openings

London is always quieter in August and it seems as if the restaurant openings have taken a bit of a back seat too as there have only been a handful of openings this month. That said it’s quality over quantity and this month we have seen the opening of Leicester Square’s first rooftop terrace, a new Pergola in Olympia of all places and a 24 hour club in East London. Hotel Indigo London – 1 Leicester Square What: Leicester Square’s 1st Rooftop Bar Why: Hotel Indigo can now say it is home to the only rooftop terrace in Leicester Square. […]

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The World’s Largest Saké Festival is Coming to London

If you’ve ever had Sake before, you’ll know it’s one of those slow burners on the alcohol front. You kinda think things are going well as you tuck into your second sushi of the night when wham! Your head’s in the ramen. In other words, some sake has the tendency to really kick a man whilst he’s down, which is why it’s probably best enjoyed alongside a big helping of Japanese food to help batten down the hatches. We completely adore sake however, as do a whole host of you, which is why the largest sake festival in the world, […]

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