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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

All Fawn And Games: London’s Narnia Terraces Are Out Of Control!

What’s that lion doing in my wardrobe? Narnia business! Geddit? Because if you’re heading out in London this winter, you’ll definitely get it. This Christmas expect to walk through so many wardrobes that you’ll be on passing terms with Mr Tumnus come January. But the...

Openings & Launches

Right Back Matcha: There’s A New Matcha Joint Coming To Chelsea

Does your daily routine include popping into a high street coffee store to grab a corporate-branded cup of brown liquid? If so, then think again, because there’s a new matcha coffee bar opening and it’s going to beat any Costa Coffee skinny latte hands down. Matcha And Beyond has just opened on The King’s Road and is one of only a small handful of matcha bars in London. Situated next to Chelsea Town Hall this is the place for all your matcha needs. Matcha, which is made from a finely ground powder made from green tea leaves, is a Japanese delicacy […]

Seasonal & Celebrations

Delicious Dishes To Down This Diwali

It goes without saying that the Hindu festival of lights, more commonly known as Diwali, brings beauty in so many forms. From the mesmeric colours to the abundance of food enjoyed by families around circular tables, it’s a time where life is celebrated, against all odds. The festival...

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

The Immersive Pirate Experience That’ll Get You Peg-Legless

AHOY, me hearties. How about walking the boards of The Hidden Spirit; a pirate ship docking up in London to get you peg-legless with its treasure trove of tipples? This November, Jack Sparrow will be replaced with a new man of the seas – a Captain Jack Cassidy – who’ll bring a real pirate ship alongside St Mary Overie Dock for an immersive and theatrical cocktail experience. The ship is sailing in courtesy of Inventive Productions (the group behind Alcotraz and Moonshine Saloon) and will see guests taken on a mischievous journey through treasured-laden rooms, drinking cocktails along the way. […]

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Best Brunches

7 Top New Brunches to Try This Winter

London’s never ending story of gin, afternoon teas and brunches seems to have no end, and now there’s a whole host of new brunches coming our way. From brunches where you can win real diamonds, to unlimited espresso martinis and Venetian twists, here’s where you need to be...


5 Reasons You Need To Visit Hakkasan This Weekend

Sunday doesn’t have to be the day that you spend recovering from the party, curled up in front of Netflix; Sunday can be the party! #SundayFunday. And one restaurant that has the Sunday vibes spot-on is Hakkasan. The Michelin-starred restaurant is already known for its Dim Sum Sundays, a feast of cocktails, Champagne and dim sum and now they are taking things up a notch with the introduction of a new ‘luxe version’, featuring a bottle of 2008 Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne. Here are five reasons you need to check it out… The Champagne and Cocktails Dim Sum Sunday embodies […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

For Fawkes Sake, Try These Smokin’ Bonfire Night Cocktails!

Remember, remember, the fifth of November, long drink, cocktail or shot. Or something like that. Because today is not only a time to celebrate the fact that parliament wasn’t blown to smithereens in an audacious terrorist plot, but also a chance for bars to flog loosely Guy Fawkes night...

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

There’s a Bottomless Halloumi Brunch in Town

Las Banderas, we love you! Why, you ask? Well just because they’re serving up a halloumi-themed bottomless brunch and our prayers have been answered. Seriously, we called out for a brunch like this and were answered with Hallou, is it mi you’re looking for? And yes, that is my worst pun yet. Anyway, I’ll stop being cheesy; onto the serious stuff. The halloumi brunch will be available at Soho’s Las Banderas from Saturday 20 October until Sunday 18 November. So, you’ve already missed out on a week if you’re reading this: get your skates on, cheezus! It appears we’ve got Cyprus Tourism […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

45 Restaurants That Have Just Won A Michelin Star

Yesterday was one of the most important days in the restaurant industry, the day that the results of the UK and Ireland Michelin Guide were announced, a day that Gordon Ramsay labelled “the Oscars of the food industry,” and a very exciting one for us at The Handbook. The term Michelin Guides comes from  a series of guide books published by the French tyre company Michelin , the first Michelin star came to London in 1977. The term normally refers to the annually published Michelin Red Guide which is one of the oldest European hotel and restaurant reference guides, which awards up […]

Seasonal & Celebrations

Instagram This! These Loos Will Scare The Crap Out Of You

If you’ve read our piece on London’s Most Instagrammable Loos, or if you’ve ever typed in #bathroom on insta, the likelihood is you’ve got an eyeful of Sketch’s renowned egg laden loos. Awash with vibrant multi-colour, and pod-shaped futuristic crappers make this the ultimate bathroom-selfie spot. They’re almost as worth a visit as the dining rooms below. And now, as the spookiest time of year is now upon us, Sketch have jumped ahead of the game with a ravishing Halloween makeover of their bogs. The Mayfair restaurant has stylishly installed a pumpkin patch, clad with pumpkins galore and matching up […]

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Awesome Afternoon Teas

The Japanese Afternoon Tea You Need To Try

Ready to try your next afternoon tea? Yes, obviously. In which case let us introduce you to the rather fancy Japanese restaurant, Ginza Onodera because they have partnered with Tsujiri Matcha House to launch Onodera Ochakai, an afternoon tea but different. Gone are the sandwiches with dried edges and the scones and instead you’ll find sushi spider rolls, filled with deep fried soft shell crab and wasabi sauce; mini sliders of premium Wagyu beef and pots of lightly seared salmon tataki. You’ll also find Ginza Onodera’s signature chicken karaage, lightly battered and served with lemon and sundried chillies. Rather than […]

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The Indian Restaurant Vegans Should Know About

What: An Indian restaurant serving vegetarian food isn’t particularly ground-breaking but one with its own vegan menu is a small but important leap that caught my attention enough to get me down there. First Impression: A short walk from the main high street, the restaurant was much smaller than I expected with only around 7 tables, once you walked through the door you were in the middle of the room. Our table was by the entrance to the bar so not the best view, with a constant stream of waiting staff bustling by, but the better window tables were occupied. […]

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