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Seedlip Dry January Takeover

Oh January, that month full of promise. With our best intentions we head to the gym, clutching our green smoothies, but sooner or later, temptation wins – it’s an all too familiar cycle. Enter Seedlip, masters of distilled non-alcoholic spirits. They’ll be taking over The Bloomsbury Club Bar for three days in January, hosting a dry January event, keeping that temptation at bay. Guests will be treated to a dry January cocktail menu, which boasts drinks such as the Espreseedlip Martini, composed of Seedlip-infused coffee, almond milk, cocoa nibs and gomme syrup; and the signature Seedlip and Tonic, composed of […]

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Panettone and Gelato at Vico

Think Christmas foods you think turkey, sprouts, mince pie, Christmas puddings – one of the best but perhaps one of the most underrated? The panettone. It’s sweet, it’s light, it tastes just like Christmas – it’s everything you could want. So, chef-owner Jacob Kenedy (VICO, Bocca di Lupo and Gelupo) is making the humble panettone the star attraction at Vico with his ‘Panettone, Gelato and Winter Warmer Bar’ – which you can also read as ‘Decadence overload, bring your eating pants’ because – trust us, this is one is pure comfort food. There are four puddings to choose from. Keep […]

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Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack Opens in Soho

Soho, it’s full of places where you can’t book and funnily only have a handful of covers. And it’s just got another- but before you roll your eyes and wearily add it to the list of places you’ll be queuing for, hear us out. It’s the second Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack and it’s going to be worth the wait. Taking inspiration from the British coast and nostalgic days at the seaside, the shack has been designed by Coriander Buildings (Riding House Café, Blixen) and features an open plan kitchen where you can see your food served directly from the charcoal […]

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London’s Take on the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Following the joyous time that is the festive season, January can feel, well, a bit dry, a bit of a slump. Rescuing you from that slump is VAULT Festival. It’s been branded as the ‘smaller, cooler version of the Edinburgh Fringe’ so expect performances, club nights, pop-up bars…basically everything the Fringe has and more. The Flanagan Collective will be taking over multiple spaces in the venue, with their immersive version of The Great Gatsby. Each audience is set to have a unique experience, while being encouraged to explore the world of Jay Gatsby. Returning to the festival will be Superbolt […]

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Aviary: The City’s Stylish New Rooftop

Whilst the definition of ‘aviary’ is a large cage or enclosure for keeping birds in, we’re thinking the link to feathered creatures at this new rooftop bar is the sweeping birds eye views you get of the city below. Taking over the tenth floor of the brand new Montcalm Royal London House Hotel, Aviary is a new drinking destination aimed at city workers, nestled in between Old Street and Liverpool Street. Russell Sage Studio (Bounce Old Street, Dishoom, Social Eating House) is behind the interiors, creating an eye-catching mix of rich purples, gold, orange and green with a central bar […]

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Homeslice’s New Year’s Day Slice & Spritz Party

New Years Day always tends to live in the shadow of New Years Eve. Perhaps for good reason though, since the majority of us are usually nursing debilitating hangovers… The start of 2017 doesn’t have to be this way! Homeslice, loved purveyors of those 20 inch pizzas, are running their Slice & Spritz Party at their Shoreditch branch on 1st January. Whereas normally only a few pizzas on their menu are available by the slice if there’s a flavour you fancy you’d have to go the whole hog, but not this time! Homeslice are beginning 2017 generously as all their pizzas […]

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25 of the Most Festive Christmas Cocktails

The Christmas party season is here, it’s a continuous blur of mulled wine, Champagne, mince pies and chocolate. Break it up with a festive cocktail instead. From cocktails made with clotted cream, to decadent takes on mulled wine and glasses covered in snow, here are 25 Christmas cocktails to work through this December. See you on the other side for Dry January… Meatup Meatup in Wandsworth Town (home of The Handbook HQ) have seven winter cocktails to choose from, keep it safe with the mulled wine or go all out with the Peanutini: Absolut vodka, peanut butter, Mozart, milk and […]

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Join Frank & Dean’s New Year Party… For Free

Near Year’s Eve in London should always come with a warning that you may end up stuck in Waterloo station as the clock strikes 12 (yes, I’ve been there). But if 2017 is the year of civilised celebrations then what better way to spend it than close enough to see the fireworks but far enough away that you don’t have to spend all day on the 31st reserving your spot? Enter Smith & Wollensky, and their Frank and Dean’s New Year’s Eve party; 3-courses, flowing Champagne, live music and fireworks – a winning combination. Music is courtesy of an 8-piece band, […]

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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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Jimmy’s Diner at Queens Skate, Dine, Bowl: A Very British Diner

Jimmy. Carr? Fallon? Kimmel? Ok, ok, enough of the brunette comedians (although thinking about it, they all do look weirdly similar) and on to another Jimmy who makes us very happy: Jimmy Garcia, pop-up legend. Fresh from The Lodge in Clapham, Jimmy is taking charge of all things edible at the newly renovated Queens: Skate – Dine – Bowl in Queensway, West London, settling in to his first permanent central London home. Jimmy’s Diner, as it will be known, will provide respite to bowlers and skaters who are making the most of the 9,000ft2 indoor ice rink, 12 state of […]

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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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