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Hoppers to Pop-Up at Swingers Golf Club

Hopping along to Swingers in the new year are vendors of Sri Lankan cuisine, Hoppers. They’ve swung from strength to strength since their opening in 2015, winning Tatler’s Restaurant of the Year 2016 as well as being awarded the coveted Michelin Bib Gourmand; it is undoubtable they’ll win the hearts of all at Swingers. Crazy golfers at the venue can choose from a whole range of dishes since Hoppers will be offering up favourites from their Soho home, like the lamb kothu roti, as well as new dishes that have been created exclusively just for the venue, like the Ceylonese […]

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Film and Fizz

Coming soon to a screen near you, or near Covent Garden should we say, is Film and Fizz. One Aldwych hotel in Covent Garden have teamed up Curzon Cinemas to bring you a season of film screenings (with many of the films still being on general release). The hotel will be screening new films like Nocturnal Animals and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as well as all time favourites like Notting Hill in their 30-seat theatre. As the name of the event suggests, guests will be treated to a glass of Champagne Lallier Grande Réserve and also a […]

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A NYC New Year’s Eve Comes to Brixton

The ball drop in New York’s Times Square is amongst the most iconic NYE countdowns. A romantic city, blanketed in snow, bringing the New Year in with a party you won’t forget, what more could you want? Well we can’t all be splashing the cash so instead, Big Apple Brixton have brought all that to you. Set atop a roof in the heart of Brixton, given it doesn’t rain, you may even forget you’re in London. With a 1970s theme, you’ll be transported to a historic time in New York – a time where a collapsing economy gave way to […]

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41 Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in London

2016 has been, if nothing else, eventful. A bit of a roller coaster one might say. Whether you’ve been at the top or the bottom of that roller coaster, there is only one thing for it this NewYear’s Eve. Pick up a glass of Champagne, get your party hat on and say goodbye 2016, hello 2017… Menus: Bronte  Bronte will be offering two sittings for their New Year’s Eve menu – one at 6pm which is ideal if you have children and one starting at 9pm which is just for the adults and is when the DJ will be taking to […]

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Miusan: Camden’s New Drinking Den

In January, a month when everything seems a little bleak, one restaurant is asking us to step out of reality and into a timeless decadence. This restaurant is Miusan, it’s opening in Camden Town and anywhere that tell us we can leave our troubles at the door sounds good to us – it also helps that they will be offering 50% off during their soft launch (ideal for our January bank balance). Miusan (a new temple in Catonese) will emulate the opulence of the 1940s opium dens of New York and Paris in the form of a sultry Pan-Asian bar and […]

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Pick of the Best New Venues That Opened in 2016

Monday to Friday we write about a new restaurant, bar or hotel opening in London – that’s around 260 new venues that we’ve told you about this year and somehow we’ve managed to whittle it down to 28 of the best new venues – the question is how many have you made it to?

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The Biggest Food Trends of 2016

As we come to the end of 2016 we take a look back at the food trends that we’ve been most obsessed about, from pop-ups which had us all queuing for a crisp sarnie to the rise of hygge and the Scandinavian takeover. With London’s food scene continually raising the bar, the question is, what does 2017 hold? Scandinavian This has been the year that we’ve all become acquainted with the Danish concept of Hygge (pronounced hue-gah). That feeling of cosiness, simplicity, good food and great company – something we can all get on board with. Head out for a morning […]

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12 Cocktails of Christmas at Duck & Waffle

Nothing is bound to get you feeling more festive than the 12 Cocktails of Christmas menu at Duck & Waffle. The restaurant’s Head of Spirit and Cocktail Development (what a great job) Rich Woods has delved into the ingredient cupboard, using both familiar and unusual ingredients to capture the essence of Christmas in 12 creative drinks – even the menu is like an advent calendar, open each door to reveal the cocktail underneath. It’s one hundred times better than cheap chocolate. The Handbook headed up to the 40th floor to try the cocktails out for ourselves and can confirm the Winter […]

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London’s New 5* Hotel: The Lalit London

There’s a new kid on the 5* hotel block: The Lalit London. Opening in January, The Lalit London will be the first overseas property from The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group who set new standards of luxury in India with their 11-strong portfolio. The five-star boutique hotel will marry together Victorian architecture with the best of Indian hospitality, cuisine and culture. It’s taking up residence on Queen Elizabeth Street, near Tower Bridge; a Grade II listed property designed by Edward Mountford (he also designed the Old Bailey). It’s also housed St Olave’s Grammar School and Lambeth College and is now being […]

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13 Hotels to Visit This Christmas

When it comes to Christmas, London’s hotels are the place to go. From Christmas afternoon teas and lunch with all the trimmings to spa treatments and overnight stays here are 13 hotels to head to to get into the festive spirit.

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The Cheese Bar: The Cheese Truck Goes Permanent

If we had to choose a favourite ice cream van in London (when we would have to make this choice, we aren’t sure, but let’s say we did) we would choose the 1970’s dream Alfie, which in 2014 decided that it was no longer going to be an ice cream van, but was going to be instead The Cheese Truck and with that London street food scene found its game changer. Created by Mathew Carver, The Cheese Truck does what it says on the tin it champions the best British cheese with its food porn – aka grilled cheese sandwiches […]

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The World’s Most Expensive Mulled Wine

Nowadays, Alpine retreats aren’t as far away as the Alps; the courtyard at Hush Mayfair has been transformed into an après lodge – perfect for those who enjoy the après but can’t ski to save their lives! The courtyard has been decorated with vintage skis and sleds, fairy lights and temperatures are kept high with the blankets and hot water bottles. No Alpine lodge is complete without food in abundance so feast on mountainside favourites like onion soup with gruyere croutons or chicken schnitzel with spaghetti tomato. There’ll also be ‘petit plates’ available like croque monsieur served with Aspen fries, […]

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