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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Award-Winning Cypriot Bar Comes to Soho

Award-winning Cypriot bar, Lost + Found is about to embark on its holiday and it’s leaving the sunny climates of Nicosia and heading over to old Blighty for four days in cooler climates as it pop-ups at The Den at 100 Wardour St between the 4th and 7th June. The bar, which is ranked in the top 30 bars in the world will be bringing over their killer cocktails to celebrate the revamp of The Den. Cocktails include the Clockstopper made from Bacardi Carta Blanca, pineapple cordial, Angostura Bitters and Skinos mastiha; the Pink Fluid, a mix of Aperol strawberries, […]

Seasonal & Celebrations

Where To Make The Most Out Of English Wine Week

Until very recently the mere mention of English wine resulted in barely muffled sniggers. Maybe just about good enough for cooking. But then, a couple of decades back people were equally dubious about Australian wines and earlier this week I found it impossible to find someone to come along to a Chinese wine tasting (they were excellent, by the way). So it is that English wines now really are a thing, they’ve overcome the naysayers and brands like Nyetimer rival the big Champagne houses on price and quality. English Wine Week is an opportunity to celebrate this, and here’s some places […]


A Tea Without Any Gimmicks: Corinthia’s New Afternoon Tea

What: Thinking of a theme? Chances are there is a tea for that. London’s restaurants have taken afternoon tea and have been running with it for years. ‘It’s summer? We’ll make a summer tea’; ‘Guy Fawkes night? Stick a firework in a scone’; ‘Let’s add in alcohol, let’s serve it at midnight, let’s make it historical, let’s make it breakfast themed.’ Yep you’ve got to hand it to them, they’re taking the idea and running with it. Anyway, Corinthia’s new afternoon tea is stripping it all back to offer a traditional afternoon tea with no gimmicks. New? Relatively it only […]

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Things to do Outdoors

Rooms Filled with Blooms: D&D Group Launch #BlossomCity18

If you thought Gatsby awkwardly waiting for Daisy in a room exploding with flowers was a blooming eyeful, wait until you grab a look at D&D luxury restaurant groups’ #BlossomCity18 campaign. #BlossomCity18 campaign mixes the best of both worlds with Moët & Chandon champagne, and florals everywhere, quite literally. The restaurants will have a range of flower-inspired menus, cocktails and installations, sure to alleviate the post Chelsea flower show blues. The Summer 2018 catwalks were nothing if not awash with bold crayola block colours, and really quite beautiful pastel, gelato-styled tones. With this said, it’s without a doubt that this […]

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We Review: Market Hall Fulham

What: If you read The Handbook a lot you’ll know that I’m forever going on about how my beloved Fulham just isn’t at the top of its game when it comes to the foodie scene. Sure, we have some great pubs and we’re pretty good at Millennial brunches but just as the residents often still dress like the 80s Sloane it seems like we’re stuck with our food and haven’t caught up with the likes of Tooting or Fitzrovia. So, when Market Hall Fulham opened with ten kitchens and a bar, I finally felt like Fulham was about to start […]

Openings & Launches

Hans’ Bar & Grill Opens in Chelsea

Hans Sloane, the man who was credited for bringing cocoa and hot chocolate to the UK will be lending his name to the new restaurant opening on the Pavilion Road, from the team behind Chewton Glen, Lygon Arms, Cliveden House and 11 Cadogan Gardens. A few minutes from both Sloane Square and Hans Place Garden (they really did like using his name, the restaurant will be serving up an all-day seasonal menu making the most of British produce and heading up the kitchen will be Adam England (Le Pont de la Tour). Start the day with the likes of eggs […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Truman’s Returns, A Beer Giant Is Back

Truman’s is back! Again! Truman’s have been making beer from East London since 1666 and their legacy is writ across London, inscribed on pubs throughout the capital. But in 1989 Truman’s closed its doors seemingly for good, the brewery was sold off and is now an events and creative space.  That is, until a couple of beer enthusiasts decided to rescue the dormant brand and set up Truman’s mk 2 in 2010. Going from strength to strength Truman’s beer has been such a success that the brewery is opening its first pub in decades. The Newman Arms in Fitzrovia is an […]

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Best Brunches

The Beachside Bottomless Brunch in Bloomsbury

The annual summer Beach Bar at The Montague on the Gardens is back, bringing a little slice of the Bahamas to Bloomsbury. They’re shipping in the real sand, they’ve got the beach-hut, they’re mixing up the Pina Coladas and now this year they’re serving up the bottomless brunch too in the conservatory. Every weekend throughout June you’ll be able to drink Pina Coladas, Sex on the Beach, Vodka Melon Cooler, Mimosas and Bloody Marys for two hours and will be able to tuck into sharing platters of avocado and smoked salmon on granary toast, black pudding scotch eggs, Cumberland sausage […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Move Over Cocktails: Poptails at South Place Hotel

We’re only human, and as much as we love a classic Negroni or a vodka martini, throw some candyfloss or a few extra umbrellas and Maraschino cherries in our cocktails and we’re happy as Larry (don’t try to deny it). Low and behold, I couldn’t help but smile when I saw that South Place Hotel has launched its ‘Poptails’ drinks collab with Joe & Seph’s Gourmet Popcorn. In an age where you’d be classified as utterly boring if seen indulging in sweet or salty popcorn, Joe & Seph’s drinks list will feature some very innovative popcorn combos – quite literally […]

Openings & Launches

Two’s Company as Jones & Sons Open Second Restaurant

The last day of the week is for Spotify’s sweet soul Sunday playlist and a good old roast, otherwise is it really Sunday? Luckily, for those amongst us who lounge out with a blanket all day before sauntering to our prime Sunday lunch location, you’ll be pleased to hear that Jones & Sons have mastered the Yorkshire pud and all the trimmings dish to a T, and have now opened a second restaurant to boot. Five nail-biting years have gone by with the Jones & Sons lovers amongst us lying in wait for owner Andy Jones to open a second […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Grab A Slice Of Sandwich Week 2018

As national celebrations go the royal wedding was just a practice run, bring on National Sandwich Week. Named, so legend has it, after the fourth Earl of Sandwich, the humble sandwich has come a long way since its aristocratic beginnings; it’s the country’s most eaten lunch, a national dish and an institution. So much so they’ve now gone and named this whole week after it. Here’s some sandwichy goodness on offer…

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We Review: Maison du Mezzé

What? Mezze is Persian for ‘tasting’. It’s also the name of Leicester Square’s latest addition, Maison du Mezzé, and if you’ve not been to the Middle East then mezze really is appropriate, this restaurant really is a tasting plattter of the region, a smattering of everything, from the prayer mats and crockery on the walls to the Turkish, Persian, Arabic and North African fare on the plates. New? It’s just arrived, taking that corner spot where Häagen-Dazs was since the 1990s. People sometimes come in somehow thinking it’s still an ice cream parlour and presumably get rather a shock when a dish of […]

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