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Market Yard Pops Up in Shepherd’s Bush

London is buzzing with pop-ups and limited edition dishes. If you can’t keep up with the Creme Egg cafes/fully loaded milkshakes/rooftop cocktail bars then settle for a trend a little less…rapid. A couple of pop-ups are coming to Market Yard for six week durations from 10th February; enough time for you to plan an imminent visit, but not so quick that if you blink you’ll miss it. The people who brought us Scandinavian wonderland Little Feast before Christmas are back, this time as Market Yard. Known for popping up in unusual locations across the city (warehouses, squares, car parks) they […]

Openings & Launches

The InterContinental’s New Hotel

Pre-Millennium, Greenwich was barely given a second thought by Londoners. Enter the Millennium Dome (now the O2 Arena) and on any given weeknight you’ll find thousands of euphoric fans still singing as they pile onto the Jubilee line, long after the concert has ended. Wanting to avoid the crowded tube? The InterContinental O2 has just opened its doors, and it is just metres from the Arena. As suited to leisure as it is to corporate guests, the vast hotel boasts 453 rooms, 59 swanky suites, 20 meeting rooms, a 3,100sq ft ballroom and 5 in-house bars and restaurants, all spread over […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The Periodic Table Of Cocktails

Making cocktails is a science. It involves a lot of experimentation, combination of elements and knowledge of your art. I can confirm that I was abysmal at all forms of science at school and now that I’m older I even struggle to make a decent glass of orange squash. However, if like us here at Handbook HQ you’re a scientific catastrophe, there is hope yet. Bourne & Hollingsworth’s latest ‘Last Libations’ event, The Periodic Table of Cocktails is a sure-fire way to ensure even the most amateur mixologists leave with the ability to throw together a magnificent mojito or stir […]

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Maxwell’s Bar and Grill Launches Freakshakes

They came, we saw, we drooled – the latest food craze on everyone’s lips is Freakshakes and they are finally in our pudgy grasp. The calorific abominations are now a regular at Maxwell’s Bar and Grill, whose normal expertise lay in over-sized American portions but they had so many requests for Freakshakes that they expanded to this soon-to-be Australian national drink. The restaurant has monthly specials like Salted Caramel and Pretzels, Pecan Triple Chocolate Brownie, Banana Fudge and Strawberry Cheesecake, plus if you’re feeling creative just tweet suggestions directly to them and you never know; you might see it on […]

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Fashion’s Biggest Pop-up: London Fashion Weekend

Fashion week is almost upon us which means you’re going to be bombarded with #OOTD posts on Instagram, the sartorial standard of the streets will go up and there’ll be more sunglasses then you can swing a stick at. It also means that fashion’s biggest pop-up is returning to the Saatchi Gallery. Running on the 25th – 28th February, London Fashion Weekend will be a chance to see upcoming collections, find new ways to style your clothes, how to work latest trends and sit in on talks from leading experts in the industry. Take your seat at one of the […]

Best Brunches

Bottomless Bluesy Brunch at Bluebird

We did it. We made it out of the bleak, baron, alcohol-free wasteland which is the month of January. We’re very proud of you for resisting the temptations, and now it’s time we help you to celebrate… and what better way to do so than by drinking all the alcohol you avoided through January in one sitting.* As luck would have it, there’s an amazing bottomless brunch coming up at Bluebird Chelsea to help you do just that. It’s almost as though they planned it… On February 6th from 12pm, get yourself to Bluebird Chelsea and indulge in 4 hours of bottomless […]

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Super Bowl Party At Balthazar

The Super Bowl is a long-standing staple of the American sporting calendar. It’s a pretty big deal – so big, in fact, that the likes of The Who, Beyoncé, and, most recently, Katy Perry have all got in on the action via half time show performances. Well worth sitting through hours and hours of padded men running into one another in our opinion. In fact, it’s so long-standing that this year the event celebrates its 50th birthday, and as such will be referred to as the “Golden Super Bowl”, and Balthazar are making sure us over here in London don’t […]

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Hotel Cafe Royal’s New Gin Bar

Alongside discontent for slow walkers, love of afternoon tea and a finely tuned ability to glare at other commuters,  it seems as if gin will always be part of London. And the next chapter in this never-ending story has just begun with the opening of Hotel Café Royal’s new bar, Green Bar Botanicals & Tonics. Taking inspiration from the Café Royal Cocktail Book compiled in 1937, the new bar will celebrate London’s history of using botanicals in gin production and mixology with a new ‘Gin Journey’ menu created by their expert mixologists. The menu will see unique takes on the classic gin and […]

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9 Underrated Antipodean Restaurants

Our Aussie rellies love their brunch as much as they (seemingly) love their surfboard. No surprise really when you consider their laid-back lifestyle and the appeal of sitting kerbside in the sun, armed with a green juice, latte in a glass and smashed avo on sourdough. Antipodean brunches rarely involve alcohol, so step aside bottomless British brunches and make way for the health-conscious breed of yogis, cross-fitters and spinners in search of a well-earned caffeine hit. 

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Supper Pop-Up at Catering HQ

Four seasons, four playing card suits, four calling birds…and now the forth pop-ups from Top Hat Catering. Catering to foodies who don’t want standards to drop just because there are large numbers of guests, the caterers are one of the UK’s most exclusive – delivering food as high in standard as the service. The food is luxurious, and you’d be as happy tucking into glazed pork cheeks with confit leeks or monkfish in massaman sauce at a party as you would if you were paying for it in a swanky restaurant; no non-descript, mass-produced stews here. As well as large […]

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7 Overlooked Museum and Gallery Restaurants

It’s easy to forget that we live in one of the greatest cities in the world, filled to the brim with some of the best museums, art galleries and theatres. And within those cultural delights, some extraordinary food and drink offerings, which are worth the visit in themselves. Here’s a guide to The Handbook’s favourite:

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York & Albany’s New Wine Bar

We all have our favourite local, whether it’s the coffee shop that has your order ready as soon as you walk through the door or the pub which may as well have a ‘reserved’ sign on your favourite seat. And then we have the ones that are slightly more aspirational, in neighbourhoods with average house prices about 10 times what we could ever afford – but we mingle amongst the locals none the less. Enter the Wine Bar: York & Albany’s latest offering. No pretentiousness here, the wine bar is welcoming and rustic, cosy and contemporary and sits in the […]

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