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Asprey Jewellers

Asprey has announced its debut partnership with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, as official jewellery sponsor for the 2009 awards. The renowned British company is a natural choice for the BAFTAs, whose 2009 nominees represent the best of the industry’s writers, actors and directors. Amongst the talent set to grace the red carpet on February 8th are Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Angelina Jolie and our very own twice-nominated Kate Winslet, alongside directors such as Stephen Daldry, Clint Eastwood, and the kooky Coen brothers. Asprey will be hosting the official nominee party to mark the ceremony on February […]

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Crisis in Clubland

In the space of only a few months clubs Dolce London, China White, Paper, Cafe Royal, The End, A.K.A and The Cross have all closed down and a Royal hangout is rumoured to be shutting its doors shortly causing people to question whether Londons club scene really is in trouble. It has been confirmed that plans to redevelop the huge space in Regent Street which housed clubs Dolce London, China White, Paper and Cafe Royal, into a five-star luxury hotel and spa since Israeli property developers Alrov bought it in a 90 million deal from Crown Estates, will go ahead. […]

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The Commander

The Commander Porter house and Oyster Bar will land its digs on Hereford Road in Westbourne Grove planting itself cosily among Daylesford Organic, Urban Turban and Carluccious making this area somewhat of a foodie destination. What sets apart this new eatery is what the publicity experts call the 360-degree dining concept. For those who need a little more elucidation, think of a crisper Villandry with shrill American influences apparently the interiors boast huge window-side leather banquets to lounge around in, bars with solid metallic zinc tops and black lacquer-esque tiling covering the walls. We are promised a champagne and oyster […]

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The Newsletter

It’s not easy staying up-to-date with all that’s going on in the fast-paced world of news and events – with the impossibly quick turnover of designers, clubs and trends, we all need a little assistance keeping up. Let The Handbook help. The Handbook is now offering an even faster fix of updates, news, and reviews, in the form of The Newsletter, launching soon. We will be scanning our critical eye over a full range of happenings in London to source the very best snippets to deliver straight to your inbox, for an instant hit of fashionable news. The Newsletter will […]

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Riot Hyatt

The hotel which was home to some of rock'n'roll's most infamous debauchery is set to be rebranded and glossed over by hotel giant Hyatt. The West Hollywood hotel is set to reopen on January 8th with a luxurious boutique feel under the label Andaz, a sub-brand within the company offering design-driven environments, vibrant social spaces, and friendly yet attentive service. The hotel first opened in 1963 as Gene Autry's Hotel Continental, the first high-rise on the Strip. Its location, close to noted celeb hangouts of the '70s such as Whisky a Go Go and House of Blues, meant that it […]

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Seasonal Treats at the Dorchester

The man who was raised on a French farm surrounded by ducks and geese and who has now made the Dorchester one of the most exciting and innovative places to dine has created two new exclusive menus for the festive season: The Ultimate Christmas menu and the New Year menu. Alain Ducasse, the 15 Michelin-starred chef, once said a great hotel must deliver more than 'starchy service or ostentatious luxury' it must offer 'hospitality to match the region' and 'top-quality cuisine'. He has done just that this Christmas as Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester is putting on a lavish feast […]

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Blue Label

To celebrate the 2008 centenary of one of the world’s most iconic brand images, the Johnnie Walker Striding Man, Johnnie Walker Blue Label Blended Scotch whisky has created a unique release: five collections, including five exclusive bottles, each hand engraved with its trademark slanted label and a Striding Man design from the last 100 years. Featuring versions of the Striding Man created between 1908 and 1999, individually numbered and containing a blend of some of the world’s rarest whiskies, these rare bottles crafted by artisan glassworkers are therefore highly collectable – the ultimate status gift. John Walker established his business […]

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Brazillian Chic

Inspired by two very different cultures, Sushinho is an exciting new destination restaurant that opens on The King’s Road, Chelsea, on 12th December. Sushinho mixes Brazilian chic with the practicality and efficiency of Japan. The opening of Sushinho could not be more timely; for 2008 marks the centenary of the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in Brazil. Numbering an estimated 1.5 million, there are now more people of Japanese descent in Brazil than anywhere in the world outside of Japan itself. The 'usual suspects' of sushi and sashimi are very much in evidence, alongside dishes infused with Brazilian/South American […]

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Beach Blanket Babylon

Some men (lets start on a traditional and somewhat sexist note) choose to take a first date to a flashy, overpriced venue; perhaps a hotel bar, a staggeringly expensive restaurant possibly filled with bankers, their dates and all of their respective pinstriped friends. While impressive this is not always the ideal way to romance your chosen paramour. Beach Blanket Babylon, although ostentatious in dcor, is a fantastical place full of mysterious passages and dark nooks to seduce your date. And it is worth the money. The roaring lions head, as you walk in, is magnificent; the lighting emitted from the […]

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The 25 Club

There’s a new style of gym in town…So say goodbye to your downward facing dogs, your crows and your pigeons, 2009 is bringing you Holistic gyms and 25 Club is pioneering the way. Combining physical workouts with a mental and healthy state of mind, 25 Club manages to give you a hard work out, unlike those gentle yoga stretches most of us are used to, whilst at the same time keeping a nurturing and caring approach to the fitness. With only 200 members, the gym aims for an exclusive hand-tailored approach. The cosiness of the club is heightened further by […]

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Veuve Clicquot

Veuve Clicquot is opening its first Champagne Bar and Boutique at Harrods. With an enviable location on the 1st floor amongst the international luxury fashion labels, the unique venue promises to become a hot spot for champagne lovers and Clicquot admirers. Shoppers can relax while sitting on the contemporary angular leather bar stools and enjoy the “front row view” of the international fashions. For a more private or prolonged stay, the intimate lounge area designed with chic grey and yellow tones and glass topped tables creates a perfect environment to contemplate a purchase while enjoying a bottle of Veuve Clicquot. […]

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Paramount

Paramount members bar and club, occupying the top three floors of Centre Point in the heart of London’s West End has officially opened its doors. The full members’ club, lounge, bar, restaurant and private-hire events space, designed to offer patrons exceptional facilities, service and produce in an unquestionably spectacular setting is conceived and overseen by Pierre Condou who honed several years of experience at Bistrot Bruno, L’Odeon restaurant and Century Club on Shaftsbury Avenue. Bringing together a wide variety of individuals to eat, drink, relax and exchange ideas, Paramount aims to bring together a wide range of London’s leading influential […]

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