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The 12 Cocktails of Christmas at The Balcon

This festive season, celebrate the 12 days of Christmas in cocktail form. The Balcon at Sofitel St James, plus 11 other hotels, have collaborated with FAIR spirits to bring you festive FAIR cocktails, to be enjoyed at some of the most luxurious hotels in London. The Balcon at Sofitel St James will be inviting guests to indulge in the Five Golden Rings cocktail, made from FAIR gin, roots mastic spirit, bulgare tea spirit, lime juice, orange bitters and egg white – festive flavours aplenty. Each participating hotel has been assigned a day of the countdown period so for example the […]

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The Tower of London Gets an Ice House

When winter comes around, we find an abundance of heated bars/terraces etc. etc. cropping up all over the city. What if you fancy doing something a little cooler? Popping up by the Tower of London is the Eis Haus, which, if you already hadn’t figured out, translates directly as ice house. It is a bar, made of ice. Yes, real ice, in fact, ten tonnes of it. Guests will be treated to a complimentary shot, served in an ice glass, or a non-alcoholic ice pop, after which you can take in the magnificence of the bar whilst enjoying more drinks (still […]

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Baked Camembert and Hot Cocktails at the Roof Gardens

Generally, there really aren’t many better things than a big wheel of molten cheese. Combine that wheel of cheese with sweeping views across London and you’ve got yourself a winner. Tuck into baked Camembert and Stinking Bishop on Babylon’s heated Winter Terrace and choose from a number of carefully selected wines – carefully selected to complement the cheeses. If you’ve been outside lately, you’ll know that you need all the warmth you can get so follow cheese/wine indulgence with more indulgence: a hot chocolate or hot cocktail. Or combine the two and spike your hot chocolate with your choice of liqueur. […]

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London’s Natural History Museum Ice Rink will return for the 2019 festive season and to celebrate The Handbook will be offering one lucky family of 4 an overnight stay in one family room at Radisson Blu Edwardian, Vanderbilt with breakfast plus an extended skate session at National History Museum which includes a 30 minute exclusive skate followed by a 50 minute public skate session thereafter.

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The Bar With No Name: Untitled

So, you like your cocktails? Do you know who Tony Conigliaro is? If you don’t, it’s time for a cocktail education. He is the internationally renowned drinks innovator behind bars such as 69 Colebrooke Row and Bar Termini, as well as the acclaimed Drink Factory. Why are we telling you this? Because this month he will open his third bar concept: Untitled. The name suggests no name, it could have been called Nemo then (it means nobody…) but it doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, does it? Inspired by Andy Warhol’s iconic Silver Factory, polished concrete and are […]

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El Pastor Opens

When Sam Hart and Crispin Somerville lived in Mexico City they ran cult nightclub El Colmillo, they also spent their days looking for the best al pastor taco around. For those who aren’t taco buffs then the al pastor taco roughly translates to ‘shepherd style’ and has its origins in Arab shawarma, in Mexico City they adapt it to use pork instead of lamb, marinating it in spices and chillies and replacing the flatbread with corn tortillas. Well now they think they have found it and are bringing their own Mexican taqueria to Borough Market as they open El Pastór […]

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Vauxhall’s Alpine Winter Village

Christmas is now only 19 sleeps away and you know what that means… only 19 more chances to visit the thousands of winter pop-ups that it feels like London has welcomed this year. If your skiing holiday is not until the new year, or you’re actually just about the après, then you’ll want to be heading to Val de Vauxhall instead of Val d’Isere. Everything you’d expect of a winter pop-up can be found at Vauxhall Winter Village, from roasted chestnuts, churros and egg nog to a cable car photo booth and retro ski wear rental so you can look the part as […]

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Radio Alice Pizzeria Opens

This is the story of a radio station, two bored brothers, the police and a whole lot of pizza. Welcome to the story of Radio Alice. Our story starts in the 1970s in Bologna, where a radio station, Radio Alice was set up; it was the voice of the counterculture in Bologna, rebellious, Italian and unconventional. Except it wasn’t long lived, little over a year later it was shut down by the police. Shame. We now jump to 2010 and meet brothers Salvatore and Matteo Aloe, having finished university they were after a project and bored of the usual red-checked tablecloths […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Enfant Terrible: Hackney’s Smallest Wine Bar

Following on from the Michelin-starred Pidgin, James Ramsden and Sam Herlihy have just opened Hackney’s smallest wine bar, Enfant Terrible. By day it’s a barbershop and by night it’ll be the sort of place where you can snack on tins of smoked oysters; mutton tartare with roasted rice, brown butter and fish sauce and cognac and kampot pepper caramel brownie. With just twelve metal stools, the bar will be a nod to the new Parisian wine bars as well as echoing Pidgin’s look (which is just a two minute walk away). A wooden top bar and shelves will be stocked […]

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Hammer & Tongs: London’s Largest Wood-Fired Grill

What is over three meters long and is fired by sickle bush hardwood imported from Namibia and South Africa? No. it’s not a terrible cracker joke, it’s London’s largest wood-fired grill of course, coming to Farrringdon as Hammer & Tongs opens today. Bringing the experience of outdoor eating indoors (something the majority of us face when trying to BBQ and it decides to rain) the restaurant will be all about the wood fired grill or braai and flavours of Africa. Entirely cooked over wood and served in sections of skewers, steaks and cuts, potjie and sides, the menu reflects those […]

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Rosewood’s Winter Gin Terrace

Pimms is for summer, mulled wine is for winter, but gin – gin is for all year round. It isn’t just for summer gin and tonics as Rosewood London are proving with their Sipsmith winter terrace. When it was cold enough for the Thames to freeze over, Londoners still drank gin at the Frost Fairs that were held on the ice, in the ‘House of Geneva’ gin tents,  so we definitely can now. The terrace which is in the courtyard of the hotel has been designed by garden designer Luciano Giubbilei and is inspired by a British garden. It’s draped […]

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Aquavit: NYC’s Best Loved Nordic Restaurant Opens Here

From dining under the Northern Lights in a Michelin-starred restaurant to Nordic themed pop-ups and weekends devoted to hygge, London is fully embracing all things Nordic. Maybe it’s something to do with staying cosy, spending time with friends, getting active but also eating pastries. So, we predict that the latest restaurant to open in St James’s Market is going to do rather well. Coming from across the pond (you’ll find one in NYC which has a rather cool two Michelin-stars) Aquavit is going to be serving up locally-sourced Nordic dishes in an equally Nordic setting. Created by Executive Chef Emma […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

11 Top Restaurants to Visit on Payday

So you’ve found the perfect menu. It’s got everything you want on it – mouthwatering favourites, intriguing new creations, and an amazing reputation. The only trouble? The price. Many of the most tempting restaurants in London are out-of-reach of everyday dining. We’ve all got a list of dream restaurants, places we’d run to for lunch or dinner if those pesky price tags would only disappear. But if there’s one time you can justify spending so much on a meal, it’s payday. Nothing beats that feeling of a stocked-up bank account. Here’s our list of the best restaurants to visit when […]

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