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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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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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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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New Soho Club Packs A Punch

What do Mike Tyson, Ricky Hatton or Amir Khan have in common with Soho’s latest sophisticated cocktail bar opening this week? Not much, but the tenuous link is that Jack Solomons, is both the inspiration for this new bar and also the father of modern boxing. Built on the site of a former boxing gym, Jack Solomons found fame and fortune in British boxing’s golden years following the Second World War. His tactic of bringing big fighters from the US and Britain together to maximise audience, publicity and takings was a stroke of genius that continues today. Jack Solomons Club […]

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A “Kultured” Pop-Up In Soho

Just when you thought there wasn’t enough places to get a drink in Soho; bars are now just popping up. Yes, that’s right a new pop-up bar is set to take up residence in Soho from the 29th November, aka tomorrow. So get your glad rags on, your purse handy and I’ll meet you down there. The pop-up is called Kultured, spelt with a K because it’s obviously new and “kool” and doesn’t care for the rules. So, what sets this establishment apart from the rest that reside along Great Windmill street? Well I’ll tell you, it’s the fermenting. Now […]

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There’s a Baileys Pop Up Coming to Covent Garden

Baileys, it’s one of those drinks that we don’t really think about during the summer months. A bottle sits at the back of the cupboard, collecting dust, waiting until winter, waiting until the weather turns cold and it comes into its own, taking centre stage in our lives. Baileys with milk, Baileys on ice cream, Baileys in hot chocolate, you get the drift, come Christmas we’re drinking it all. Which is why, we don’t want to cause any alarm but there is a Baileys pop up coming to Covent Garden next week, the Baileys Treat Shop. They’re encouraging us to […]

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Kultured: New Soho Bar

A pop-up bar serving its own naturally carbonated tonics and kombuchas with the best of English spirits, as well a perfectly complementing sharing plates menu of the finest fermented food.

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A Nut-Cracking Christmas At Bluebird

Gather round and we’ll tell you a story, or, rather, the Bluebird will. E.T.A.Hoffman’s classic Christmas tale, The Nutcracker, comes to life at the Chelsea restaurant this festive season with various scenes from the book writ large across different parts of the venue. Enter the courtyard and immediately you’re immersed, with toys, trees and trinkets courtesey of partners Belvedere Vodka with the space teeming with pine garlands, lights, nutcracker soldiers (of course), roasting chestnuts and hanging stockings filled with gifts and candy canes. Visit the present wrapping shack (sunglassiers Taylor Morris’s hut, clearly using the down-season cleverly) and sip on […]

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Instagram’s Christmas Gift Market At Spitalfields

Bringing one of the biggest online markets to life. This Christmas, Instagram is hosting its first ever Gift Market. Bringing together 50 of Instagram’s small businesses in order to celebrate the UK’s most inspiring independent traders. Whether you lust over, or ignore those marketing adverts on Instagram this is a chance to go browse the latest products and suss out for yourself whether they are as good, or as awesome as they look online. Effort is never something we like to exert and Christmas markets are an easy way of ensuring you don’t lose faith or spiral into despair while […]

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Sex Cinema Turns Steakhouse

Swapping actual porn for food-porn, Sophie’s Steakhouse has a new home in a former sex cinema. But while the Moulin Cinema on Great Windmill Street was once one of Britain’s best known destinations for dirty men in their macs, an entirely new clientelle (it’s hoped) will now be making their way to one of London’s best known steakhouses when Sophie’s opens next week. Sophie’s has become a South Kensington institution since it launched in 2002. Recreating the atmosphere of New York steakhosues, Sophie’s is known for its classic cuts and warm hospitality, the restaurant is a byword for excellence and […]

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There’s a Rooftop Cheese Pop-Up Coming

We don’t want to alarm you, or get you overly excited but we have some big news – it involves cheese, it involves the weekend and it involves a rooftop; three of our favourite things. Next Thursday, Brixton Rooftop’s South Pole Saloon is transforming into Cheese Town for three days. That’s three days of baked brie, melting mozzarella and comforting camembert, who doesn’t love a bit of alliteration? Actually, talking about camembert, Mac to the Future will be launching their new Camembert Mac, a mac n cheese dish served in an entire backed camembert, if you’re going to be indulgent […]

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