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Secret Shoreditch Bar Set to Relaunch

We might have grown up being aware of the Jubjub bird and shunning the frumious Bandersnatch, but for some of us next month will be frabjous as Richard Wynne, the founder of Callooh Callay has announced that the secret upstairs bar JubJub will be reopening as a members’ space following a dramatic transformation. Members (who will either be invited to join or chosen my application) will being given a special JubJub key to unlock the door to the bar. Don’t worry though it’s not going to be stuffy, rather, it’ll be exclusive but inclusive. You won’t find yourself having to […]

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Martini Monday Masterclass

Mondays don’t to always be gym and washing night, they can be Martini night. Yep, Brasserie Max at Covent Garden Hotel have teamed up with Chase Distillery (Britain’s first Single – Estate distillery) to launch Martini Mondays, a night to celebrate the much-loved classic cocktail. The classes will be hosted by Fred Barton or James Chase from Chase Distillery who will give a history lesson about the martini and will tell you the story about the family-run Chase Distillery, of course it’ll be over a cocktail or two, this isn’t school. Six martinis have been especially created for the martini […]

Features

My London: Tom Aikens’ Top 5 Restaurants

Where does someone who was awarded two Michelin stars by the age of 26 and has restaurants in Dubai, Hong Kong and London, like to eat? We caught up with Tom Aikens to find out the top five places he recommends in London…

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Prosecco Lovers Wont Want To Miss This!

Most people’s idea of eternal paradise probably involves unlimited fruit trifle and Prosecco springs, where sparkling wine flows from the ground. Well they’ve decided against the trifle bit, but Prosecco Springs will be bringing to life the rest of paradise when they launch in less than a fortnight’s time. Billed as the ultimate festival for Prosecco lovers, Prosecco Springs comes to East London’s Oval Space on Thursday 26th April with a weekend of wall-to-wall Prosecco. Okay, forget the trifle, we’re in heaven. The first wave of wine producers present has already been revealed and includes Bottega, straight from the hills of […]

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Openings & Launches

London’s Next Hotel The Principal Opens

Back in 1898, Charles Fitzroy Doll (what a name) designed a hotel at 1-8 Russell Square and now 120 years later it is reopening at The Principal. The 334 bedrooms and suites have been designed by Tara Bernerd & Partners and The Principal in-house team, with each one featuring custom-made beds and furniture and ceramic and marble bathrooms. Adding a further touch of luxury each room will have specially commissioned artwork, Penguin clothbound classics, Ruark music systems and The Perfumer’s Story toiletries. When it comes to eating there’s Neptune, an all-day restaurant that focuses on seafood, although there will also […]

Travel

19 of the Best Hotels Near London

Here at The Handbook we spend most of our time focusing on all the best hotels London has to offer (that’s pretty much a full time job in itself) but what if you want to escape London for a weekend? We have rounded up 15 stylish/historical/grand (delete as applicable) hotels all within about 2.5 hours of London, so dig out your car keys, pack your overnight bag and get ready to fill your lungs with fresh air…  

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Awesome Afternoon Teas

FlaminGO To This Alice In Wonderland Tea

I received my first invite to a Christmas event from a PR this week. It’s not that I’m not already in a Christmassy mood, given the weather sitch right now I feel I may as well be about to don bobblehat and mittens and head out ‘a-wassailing’, but still it’s a bit premature, right? I’m starting to feel the same way about all the summer emails popping into my inbox right now, ‘Celebrate the start of summer this’ and ‘Spring has sprung that’ when I’m still sat here, hugging the radiator by my desk and congratulating myself for wearing my […]

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Features

There’s Something New Happening in the Prosecco World

Champagne might be seen as the crème de la crème but it’s Prosecco that has captured the hearts of Londoners and most of the female population. What else would we drink at brunch? What else would we drink to celebrate, to commiserate or just because? Yes, there are other drinks, let’s not be pedantic, but are they as versatile? The answer you’re looking for is ‘no’. When we heard, then, that there might be a new sort of Prosecco taking over our bars we were all ears. There’s a revolution happening in the Prosecco region, just as natural and biodynamic wines are becoming increasingly popular, […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Top Chefs Collaborate For Charity Dinner at Perilla

Chefs from top London restaurants including Trinity, Elystan Street and Angler are joining together to host a one-off charity dinner at Perilla. They’ll be raising funds in support of St. Christopher’s Hospice who cared for Hamish Neve-Dunn a close friend of Perilla’s head chef, Ben Marks, who sadly passed away last year from leukaemia. So, Ben is getting his friends in the industry together to raise money in the way they know best. The six- course menu will see each chef create a bespoke dish, so you can expect roast scallop, stuffed pig’s foot, Iberian ham and hazelnuts by Gary […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

10 of the Most Instagrammable Cocktails

We’re not ashamed to say that our Instagram posts are still full of cocktails and what we eat – if it looks good, it looks good and seeing as many of London’s mixologists aren’t just creating cocktails but also mini works of art, we can’t help it. So we’ve rounded up 10 of London’s most Instagrammable cocktails.

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Limited Edition Gin & Tonic Flight

It’s a real Monday today, the weather is miserable, it’s not so much an April shower as an April downpour. However, we do have some news to cheer you up, today is National Gin & Tonic day and Heliot Steak House has paired up with Double Dutch to create a gin flight using bespoke gin brands. NEAT gin has been teamed up with Double Dutch’s Skinny Tonic & Strawberry, whilst Monkey 47 is blended with Pomegranate and Basil with lime.  Meanwhile, Hendricks is staying true to its perfect serve with Cucumber and Watermelon and watermelon segment garnish. The best part? It’s only £10. It’s […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

London’s Most Striking Private Dining Rooms

Planning a perfect dinner party? A dinner for a celebration? Has your boss just been on and told you to find a venue for a big work dinner? Look no further, here are some of the private dining rooms around. Whether you want to be in a palace or a cellar, make your event perfect and private.  

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