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Top 9 Themed Bars & Restaurants

From fancy dress to film night, everyone loves a theme – and London’s bars and restaurants are no exception. With so many new hotspots opening every day, it’s no wonder that more and more of them are showing off their unique character to stand out from the crowd. Which is seriously good news in The Handbook’s opinion! Here are the top eight themed restaurants and bars:

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68 and Boston Opens

There are 67 wine producing nations in the world, but the one place you need to go to, is Soho’s 68 & Boston. Brought to you by Eric Yu of The Breakfast Group (Opium and The Social), Martin Malley co-owner of Planet of the Grapes and Luca Cordiglieri the former bar manager at China Tang at The Dorchester, 68 & Boston will feature a wine bar downstairs and a cocktail bar upstairs. The wine bar is called 68 because the bottles are all priced at £20 so you won’t be stuck with the price tag dilemma meaning that you can experience […]

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W London ‘Goes Dutch’

They gave us Edam cheese, tulips and clogs – for which we are forever grateful and therefore we can’t think of a country more deserving of a themed takeover than the Netherlands. From 9th to 23rd October, the public areas of W London in Leicester Square, will be restyled into an ‘Ode to Amsterdam’ where guests will be able to try out a Dutch menu, Dutch-inspired cocktails, film screenings plus get the opportunity to win a Dutch bike. All this is for a reason though as it celebrates the opening of W Amsterdam, as part of an empire expansion from […]

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9 of the Best Clubs For Your Christmas Party

No matter what Andy from Accounts says, no expense should be spared on the annual office Christmas party, a night of debauchery and potential firing. As corporate offices tend to be a little drab and clinical, we’ve put together a list of 9 of The Best Clubs to Hold Your Christmas Party in! What better place to enjoy the festivities in than one of London’s hottest clubs – Grab Hannah from Hospitality and get planning!

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Bottomless Suppers at The Exhibit

First came the bottomless brunch. Then came another bottomless brunch. And then another. And another… (Another). We never complain when our fourth prosecco is placed in front of us but emerging into the real world at midday and realising you really should have saved the drinking for that evening isn’t always the makings of a productive Saturday. Imagine the next time you have a bottomless meal you walk out into the street and it is actually an acceptable hour to be tipsy. Enter Bottomless Suppers at The Exhibit. The Balham restaurant is launching for winter their new Free-Flow Suppers, every […]

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5 of the Best Hot Dogs

This Autumn we see ourselves wrapped up warm visiting street food markets perhaps with a little red nose as we enjoy the best comfort food London has to offer. Here we have rounded up 5 of London’s best hot dogs, from restaurants to markets. Don’t be shy, it’s bulking season after all.

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Festive Gherkin Pop-Up

It’s begun. Sorry to break the news but in case you missed it the first Christmas advert played on the radio a couple of days ago. The instantly recognisable sleigh bells enough to snap anyone out of their summer-is-over-daydream. Whilst we are all too aware that Harrods launch their Christmas shop in August, we are slightly more traditional when it comes to the festive build-up, preferring to wait, at least, until pumpkins carved/lit/rotting. There is a reason for our eagerness; good things don’t hang around for long. The Gherkin is turning their iconic glass dome into a Snow Globe and […]

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CôBa Opens

Sometimes you have good dreams, sometimes you have weird dreams and sometimes you have dreams that will tell you what to name your new restaurant. That was the case with Vietnamese-Australian chef, Damon Bui, who dreamt that he was back in his childhood home in Sydney as his mum was cooking her legendary butter fried chicken whilst all the kids were running around saying “Cô ba, cô ba, I want your fried chicken!”. “CôBa means “auntie number three”, which is what my mum is called in the family,” Damon explains. “When I woke up, it was as if I could […]

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The Lodge Winter Pop-Up

What do a secret garden, a wine cellar and a ski lodge have in common? Jimmy Garcia of course. The King of pop-ups is getting ready to launch his latest short-term dining experience, and this time it’s alpine. Following the success of last winter’s residency in Balham, The Lodge is back by popular demand; this time above a pub in Clapham. No warming winter menu is complete without fondues, wild game and hot cocktails, and The Lodge is delivering these aplenty. Cooking up a storm on his state of the art range, specially imported from Courcheval, Jimmy’s dishes include roast […]

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Cocktail Experience at Mr. Fogg’s

Pushing aside the velvet curtain at Mr. Fogg’s you half expect the (fictional) man himself to be perched at the bar, cocktail in one hand, twirling his moustache with the other. On 9th October, for one night only, the Englishman will welcome the Italianman to his Mayfair residency for a cocktail experience hosted by world renowned Italian mixologist Diego Ferrari. Mr. Fogg’s has gained itself a reputation for providing adventurous Londoner’s with something a little different. A refreshing change from the city’s slick, glitzy bars, walking into Mr. Fogg’s feels like entering another world; a salon of secrets from a […]

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Herman Ze German launches Willy’s pop-up bar

When we heard the news that the German sausage restaurant, Herman Ze German, had decided to open a cocktail bar called Willy’s we were overcome with puns and sexual innuendos but we are professional writers so will rise above it. Willy’s will be a temporary cocktail bar pop-up to celebrate both Oktoberfest and London Cocktail Week, focussing on purely German ingredients, spirits and wines. The pop-up, taking place in the basement of their Charlotte Street Shop will offer an array of cocktails like Atticha, a  mix of Elephant Gin, Elderflower, Lemon and Weiss Beer, and Das Berliner, a mix of […]

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London Never Dies Cabaret

Along with fast cars, martinis, well-tailored suits and women, we’re pretty sure cabaret would feature on a list of James Bond’s top things, how could he say no to the performers and costumes? And to celebrate the launch of Sceptre, The London Cabaret Club is hosting a series of exciting, performances at the Bloomsbury Ball Room titled, ‘London Never Dies.’ Starting this weekend and running every Friday and Saturday until November 7th, each show will be based on classic Bond films including You Only Live Twice and From Russia With Love. Expect glamour, Bollywood dancers, mystery, Geishas, live music and […]

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