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The Jingle Bells Weekend Brunch at 34

A little touch of Scandinavia will be coming to Mayfair this Christmas with the launch of Danish Design house Georg Jensen’s flagship boutique on Mount Street. To celebrate this they’ve joined up with restaurant, 34, to inject a little bit of festivity into their weekend brunch. Running from the 21st November to the 6th January The Jingle Bells Weekend Brunch will be the ideal pit-stop between Christmas shopping or a way to get your friends together to battle off the mulled wine hangover. The menu includes lobster mac with truffle, pancakes, plenty of eggs a Bloody Mary menu and Champagne […]

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4th Foxlow Opens

They say three is the magic number, but we’re going to say forget three, it’s four that you want. Why? Because this week has seen the opening of the fourth Foxlow, from Will Beckett and Huw Gott the owners of Hawksmoor. Following on from Stoke Newington, Chiswick and Clerkenwell this 100-cover restaurant on Bedford Hill will also feature a separate bar downstairs, called The Owl – which will be open until 1am at the weekends for all of us owls’ late night antics. Focusing around the charcoal grill the restaurant will serve up brunch, Sunday roast, steaks, slow-smoked meat, salads […]

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Christmas Slow Food and Living Market

We’ve waved goodbye to Halloween, seen as many fireworks as we could possibly cram into the weekend, and now seen our first of the ‘major’ Christmas adverts, which means it’s official – the countdown to Christmas is in full swing. However reluctant we may have been at the start of October, you can’t really argue with the festive spirit when you realise that Christmas Day is exactly 6 weeks today. Rosewood London is launching their Christmas festivities at the end of November (so if you can’t think Christmas until December this is for you) with a Christmassy spin on their weekly […]

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German Gymnasium Opens

We all know that dilemma, do you go to the gym or do you join your friends and go out? Well now you can do both at once. Well sort of. You can eat in a gym, well an old gym. Hey if you can convince yourself that you are going to the gym then we aren’t going to judge you. Said restaurant is opening in the German Gymnasium, built in 1865 it was Britain’s first purpose-built gym and even hosted the first ever indoor events of the 1866 Olympic Games. Now it is reopening as a 447-cover complex which […]

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The Orange Elephant Opens

We once read that having more choice actually makes us less happy and that having to choose from several things can actually cause stress – we all know the dilemma of being in a restaurant wanting 5 things on the menu, not knowing what to choose, worrying we’re going to get food envy or make the wrong decision and so we end up choosing a burger everywhere we go. Well Orange Elephant which is opening on Fulham Road is going to get rid of that stress because there is no menu. Instead they will be serving up 12oz sirloin steak […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

8 Top Bars in London for Gin Cocktails

Sometimes even we can get overwhelmed by the choice of bars on our doorstep, all promising the best ingredients, expert mixologists and the slickest/funnest/most glamorous surroundings. This is the exact reason that some are more appropriate than others at different times and for different occasions. The purpose for this guide? The best bars for gin. The Handbook have caught up with Bloom Gin to get their lowdown on the best places to get gin cocktails in London. Lightly floral, Bloom is as happy in cocktails as it is in a good old G&T’s, so here are 8 of the best bars in […]

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Robin Birley Opens Bar20

When it comes to big names in London’s nightlife scene, Robin Birley has to be up there as one of the biggest and now the owner of 5 Hertford Street is heading to the city with the opening of Bar20. Tucked behind the Walkie Talkie building, Bar20 is combining the elegance and sophistication of Mayfair with an informal and relaxed atmosphere, to create, what has been dubbed, ‘the jewel of the city.’  And it’s certainly jewel like in appearance with deep reds, opulent blues and intricate designs on the velvet sofas. Open from breakfast, the all-day menu will feature simple, […]

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Perilla Supper Club Returns

Supper clubs are usually a chance to branch out a bit from our usual haunts and step foot into a new postcode, meet new people and try food more experimental than permanent restaurants tend to allow. Ben Marks and Matt Emmerson of NOMA, The Square, Polpo and Polpetto respectively are sprinkling their magic touch (Michelin stars surround them) to a new location for London supper club Perilla, following on from the success of 6 previous sell-out events. Perilla takes the best bits from fine dining experiences and injects elements of supper-club informality and liveliness – fine dining without the fuss. […]

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10 of the Best Places for Sharing Plates

For times when you’re feeling indecisive or maybe just greedy but ordering multiple dishes on the menu would be frowned upon, welcome to the world of sharing platters, tapas and full on feasts. Sharing is not only welcomed at these restaurants but it is actively embraced – no more food envy. Just make sure you go with a fair group of friends. Seven chips each please…

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Spirit Social Winter Series

Duppy Share, the relatively new kid-on-the-rum-block, are hosting a series of three pop-up events this winter, all part of The Spirit Social Winter Series. Since their launch in Summer 2014, Duppy Share have made a big name for themselves on the spirit scene and have already won Gold and Silver awards with The Spirits Business. We’re no rum expert but we know a good thing when we see one. Not satisfied with their own early success, they have selected some of the best new spirits to join them at these three events, held at the Maxilla Social Club in Notting […]

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Classic Cocktails Perfected at The Savoy

The idea of a classic anything is that despite people’s best efforts to make it more exciting/more unusual/more modern the original is often very hard to beat. The perfectionists at The Savoy have had this lightbulb moment – why bother messing with the familiarity of everyone’s favourites when you could make them the very best they can be, without the fancy frills. Years of shaking, muddling and stirring culminated in the Fairmont Groups ‘Classics. Perfected’, no more mundane mojitos here. With two of the World’s top 50 bars it’s no surprise that at The Savoy, nothing served is less than […]

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Searcys Opens Urban Coterie

Joining London’s group of sky high restaurants is the latest Searcys restaurant, Urban Coterie. In collaboration with Anthony Demetre ( who launched Arbutus and Wild Honey), the restaurant will be opening on the 17th floor of the M by Montcalm hotel in the City.  Heading up the kitchen will be Head Chef Martin Zahumensky (formerly at Texture andHibiscus) who will be serving a menu that will be changing monthly to reflect the changing flavours of seasonal ingredients.  For starters you’ll find the likes of Brixham crab, apple and celeriac and ox tongue with green vegetables, crisp tripe and oyster mayonnaise. […]

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