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It’s Grimm Up North London

There’s something Grimm going on down at German Gymnasium in Kings Cross. Drawing inspiration from the classic collection of German folklore tales collected by the Brothers Grimm, the restaurant is bringing them to life, in partnership with airline Lufthansa and drinks partners Monkey 47 and Fever-Tree mixers. Grimm’s Fairy Tales, include classics like Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Rumpelstiltskin, The Golden Goose, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Hansel and Gretel. Each of these stories will be told on German Gymnasium’s mystical World of Tales terrace, which will be adorned with winter foliage, twinkling lights, throws and decorative detailing that […]

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Let’s Rock And Roll To Stoke Newington

Make Be-Bop-A-Lula your baby down in Stoke Newington at this rock’n’roll themed bar. Don your leather jacket, Brylcreme your hair and head down to Green Lanes in N16 for a real taste of the 1950s. The effect is convincing, the walls are covered with artwork and posters from the era, 30 contemporary guitars are strung up from the ceiling above the bar and there’s diner booth seating, record players, period TVs, a slot machine, vintage lighting and all-in-all a realistic-feeling ‘50s asthetic. The music will also be 100% authentic, there’s a wurlitzer jukebox with 1,000s of classics ready to play […]

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DND: The City’s New Speakeasy

Ziegfeld Follies: a series of Broadway and Vaudeville shows in early twentieth century New York. The follies were famous for their troupe of beautiful, slightly risque, chorus girls, known as Ziegfeld girls. Wearing elaborate costumes they “paraded up and down flights of stairs as anything from birds to battleships”. It’s this inspiration that the new bar, DND, hidden under the Vintry & Mercer hotel will take to bring the speakeasy style bar to life when it opens its doors in spring. With pictures of iconic Ziegfeld girls on the walls, the century-old images will look kindly on the retro glamour […]

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Following the success of their annual, sell-out summer event, FriendsFest, Comedy Central UK is returning, in partnership with The Luna Cinema, to launch FriendsFestive, an event celebrating all the best seasonal moments from the world’s favourite TV show, Friends.

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6 Of The Best December Pop-Ups

December is the month to be festive and jolly, to get out and about with your friends, and there are venues and activities popping up all over London. With so much choice however it can be difficult to choose where to go or simply where to begin. So how about we offer a little helping hand. Here are the Handbook’s suggestions for the first six pop-ups to put on your merry hit list.  Bubble Bros Bubble Bros, Ben Broad and Joe Bruce will be taking their beloved Prosecco van off-road, hosting a three-day Christmas pop up on Columbia Road.  Guests will […]

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The Grande Dame Of Bloomsbury

‘Grande Dame’ is a title used only for a handful of hotels, suggesting a certain scale, longevity and luxury, you never hear Travel Lodge referred to as ‘the grande dame of Charnock Richard Service Station’. The Principal London, however, has achieved Grande Dame status even before it opens in early 2018. Originally the Frederick Hotels Company, the Bloomsbury hotel opened in 1898 and the terracotta building dominates the eastern side of Russell Square. It lived up to the grande dame title throughout the twentieth century, the dining room was famously a near identical copy of the one on the Titanic […]

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There’s Another Ivy, But This One’s Different

The Ivy genie is well and truly out of the bottle, those guys can’t go a month or two without launching another restaurant, and long may it continue because they’ve all been fabulous! This time around, though, it’s not another Ivy branded grill and brasserie but something a bit different. Welcome the Granary Square Brasserie. During the day the brasserie will seek to ‘redefine all-day dining’ as a comfortable place to eat, drink and hang out; but by night the DJ will settle in and provide a beat to go along with an evening of cocktails and dining. The menu […]

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The Thomas Cubitt Gets A Marylebone Cousin

Cubitt House already own a fantastic stable of restaurants and hotels, including The Thomas Cubitt on Elizabeth Street, The Orange, The Grazing Goat, The Alfred Tennyson and now they’re to be joined by The Coach Makers Arms. The three storey public house perfectly fits the style of Cubitt House’s previous acquisitions, set on a corner of Marylebone Lane it will continue their tradition of elegant, high-end gastropubbing. The building itself is impressive, fully renovated thanks to design agency, Coriander Buildings who has designed similar projects including Disrepute, Rum Kitchen and Riding House Cafe. With a bespoke handmade bar dominating the […]

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Perfect Winter Dates

Traditionally Christmas is a time for getting together, magical walks beneath fairy lights, meeting under the clock at Waterloo or strolling round the stalls in a Christmas market hand in hand. Of course Christmas, and the immediate aftermath, are also classic break-up territory too, meaning that your dating choices have to be especially en pointe. So with the pressure piling on, we asked our editorial team, Fenella, Phil and Emily, for dating ideas – with the slight caveat that two are single (applications within) and one’s married, here’s our expert opinion, please remember us in the wedding speeches. Editor Emily’s […]

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New McCain Roastaurant

If there is one place in the world that is mad about their roasts it’s England. I thought it was a British thing, but no, turns out the Scots aren’t too bothered, (not sure about Wales), but we in England are just potty about them. Every Sunday, it is a tradition for the family to sit down together and devour a Sunday roast. It is only when you visit other families however that you realise everyone has their own version and traditions, concerning how they like their roasts. There I was glibly thinking that everyone was sitting down to the […]

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Hong Kong Hotspot Arrives Here

‘Failed In London? Try Hong Kong…’ goes the old addage, explaining why the acronymn F.I.L.T.H. is so often applied to expat Brits working in the former colony. Well the restaurant Duddells is the exact opposite of FILTH, it’s been wildly successful in Hong Kong and now it’s arrived in London. In Hong Kong Duddell’s was awarded its Michelin star within months of opening and in four years has cemented itself at the very pinnacle of the Hong Kong dining circuit. Having now taken over St Thomas Church at London Bridge, a team of designers from Michaelis Boyd (responsible for fantastic Groucho […]

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The Coral Room Opens at The Bloomsbury

2017 really has been the year of the hotel, new hotels opening, hotels being announced and hotels relaunching. It’s been a busy year for London’s iconic venues. One such hotel is The Bloomsbury, home to Dalloway Terrace, the Bloomsbury Club and now The Coral Room as it’s relaunching today following a multimillion-pound investment. Working with Martin Brudnizki Design Studio (The Ivy, Sexy Fish, Aquavit, Scarfes Bar etc) The Doyle Collection has transformed the reception area, sitting room, updated the suites as well as creating The Coral Room. Sitting at the front of the hotel, the bar features the original panelling…quick pit […]

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Christmas Cabaret At The Bloomsbury Ballroom

A winter spectacular is heading our way. Dancing limbs, flying ribbons, acrobatics, and a whole lot more. The London Cabaret is setting up camp in the Bloomsbury Ballroom, and you can join them. Venture into the immersive world of the Candy Cane Forrest. Tip and twirl between the fir trees clutching a Christmas cocktail in one hand and the arm of a companion in the other. On 1st December the fun begins, nights of decadent dining and performances that will have your tummies jumping and your hands grasping the underside of your chairs. The event boasts of three separate spaces […]

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