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27 of the Most Exciting Venues Set to Open in 2018

Another year, cue everyone saying ‘I can’t believe it’s 2018 already’, cue everyone declaring ‘new year, new me’ and cue a whole new host of London restaurants opening…not hard to guess which one is our favourite. Here are twenty that we are particularly looking forward to opening: Annabel’s Annabel’s is coming back, and just two doors down from the original club at 46 Berkeley Square. This 18th Century, Grade I listed Georgian townhouse is, at 26,000 square feet, considerably larger and will feature: restaurants, bars, private dining rooms, a garden, cigar salon and a health and well being spa. Housed in […]

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My London: The Rum Runner’s Top 5 Notting Hill Bars

Sam Paget Steavenson is The Rum Runner, a man on a mission to prove that bar-quality drinks can be served at any event or pop-up, they’ve even got their own Airsteam. Whilst he might not have his own bar, he certainly knows a thing or two about where to go for a drink. Until you can catch him at an event, then check out his favourite bars in Notting Hill: The Ginstitute What: G&Ts Why: This used to be a tiny museum above The Portobello Star that hosted tastings and masterclasses. The new bigger offering is just across the road […]

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Bespoke Hampers From London’s Iconic Deli

Happiness for The Handbook is, not surprisingly, food. When it comes to Christmas if you don’t know what to get us, then hampers get us giddy. Not that we’re hinting…of course not. If, however, you were looking to buy someone a hamper than let us introduce you to Panzer’s Deli. If you live in St John’s Wood then chances are you know it, it’s been open since 1944 after all. In that time, it’s grown a loyal following with many celebrities dropping in (Yotam Ottolenghi and Nigella Lawson are said to be regulars) for their smoked salmon and bagels which […]

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Fairytale Cocktails At Sofitel

If it is the season to be jolly then it is absolutely the season where one should be imbibing copious amounts of drink, and festive ones at that. Any excuse to give our favourite liquors and cocktails a makeover and the bars are jumping at the chance. Why, because a) they can somehow charge a lot more if they somehow manage to put a mini Christmas tree in our gin and tonics, and b) who wouldn’t want a mini Christmas tree in their gin and tonic? Not only can we feel the festive spirit tickling our noses with every sip, […]

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11 of the Best Christmas Cocktails

December, a month we spend all mildly tipsy, the last hurrah before we go cold turkey in January. If you’re looking for a festive drink then let us introduce you to these cocktails, which are sure to get you into a jolly mood – you’ll quite literally be filled with the Christmas spirit. Ginger Spice at The Perception Patron Silver tequila, Cointreau and ginger makes up the Ginger Spice cocktail at Leicester Square’s new bar: The Perception. Think of it like an alcoholic ginger bread man. www.theperceptionbar.com Vanilla Brandy Alexander at 108 Bar 108 Bar has teamed up with Courvoisier® […]

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Dishoom Opens in Kensington

There aren’t many restaurants that still get queues snaking around the corner (why the Hard Rock Café does, is a mystery) but Dishoom is one of them and tomorrow, it’s opening in Kensington. As a homage to Bombay and its old Irani cafes, the restaurant will feature a Permit Room cocktail bar, large all-day dining hall, open kitchen and mezzanine gallery stage which will host live music performances. Inspired by the unexpected emergence of Art Deco in 1940s Bombay, Dishoom co-founders Shamil and Kavi Thakrar and design partners Macaulay Sinclair sourced over 100 pieces of period furniture, artwork and light […]

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What To Do This Weekend: 15th – 17th December

Whether you’re struggling to find your zen or your festive cheer this weekend, there’s a little something for everyone. Perhaps you want to relax and get in touch with your creative side at a floristry workshop, or maybe a day with your mates feasting on food and booze is the only thing that’s calling your name this weekend. Check out this week’s selection. Blank 100 What: The Zen Workshop Why: This month Xylem and Phloem has curated the perfect workshop for you. Somehow they have managed to combine yoga, brunch, and floristry into one harmonious afternoon. You will appear from […]

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Dalston’s First Winter Rooftop

For the first time ever The Dalston rooftop is opening its doors. Owned by a charity, the Winter Roof Park will be running throughout winter adding a unique dimension to London’s nightlife. Special events are scheduled throughout the run up to Christmas and to welcome in the new year. Nestled amongst the victorian rooftops of Hackney, with a view over looking London’s skyscrapers the new venue is Dalston’s only rooftop open to the public. The once forgotten space has been transformed into a mini Eden, over flowing with flowers and  fresh turf growing under foot. Watch the bass shake the […]

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37 Great Things to do This New Year’s Eve

They say that the way you spend New Year’s Eve is the way you’ll spend the following year and if that’s true then we’ll be spending 2018, dancing, feasting and partying. And that sounds just fine to us. Here are 26 ways to celebrate the arrival of 2018 in London: The Perception Bar Bring in the new year at NU/TOPIA at W Hotel’s The Perception. The night will be hosted by DJ Cici Cavanagh who’ll be soundtracking your night with a whole mix of music. There’ll also be a special guest live performance, bubbles, and canapés. www.theperceptionbar.com The London Cabaret […]

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Yoga, Brunch And Floristry Workshop

Are you feeling a little rushed off your feet? Is life getting a little hectic in the lead up to Christmas? Do you need a little zen in your life? If you have just spent the last three sentences vigorously nodding your head in despair then look no further. This month Xylem and Phloem have curated the perfect workshop for you. Somehow they have managed to combine yoga, brunch, and floristry into one harmonious afternoon. You will appear from the workshop with a glow bigger than the sun itself, so full of happiness and a sense of well-being. The fitness […]

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White Christmas at Sanderson: Let it Snow

Maria Carey might be 23 years into singing all she wants for Christmas is you but all I want is for it to snow at Christmas…and also the lion’s share of the £401 million jackpot waiting to be claimed tomorrow. While the chances of me winning the lottery are uncertain…and according to statistics fairly unlikely too (a 21st century injustice) what is certain is having a white Christmas, as long as we’re a little vague about the definition. The ever-trendy hotel, Sanderson, has turned its Long Bar into a wintery haven complete with real (synthetic) snow! Temporarily renamed to the […]

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Christmas Carols at The Ned

With its high ceiling which is perfect for towering, sparkling Christmas trees, twinkling lights and emerald green columns, The Ned was built for Christmas. And to mark their first festive season, they are hosting carols with Gareth Malone in the grand banking hall, which is sure to defrost even the coldest of London hearts. Millie’s Lounge and Cecconi’s will both be serving set three-course dinner menus or you can just go for drinks and nibbles at The Nickel Bar. When we visited, we headed to Cecconi’s, there was an excellent mulled Negroni to start with and stand out dishes of […]

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