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Victorious Voltaire

What was once a palace? Once a prison? And now a unique and nonchalantly cool destination venue? The answer? Voltaire, champagne and cigar bar.Named after the infamous French philosopher and writer who spent six years in exile in London, Voltaire is situated in a grade II listed building in...

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The Narrow Boat

Perched on a North London street corner overlooking the canal, the newly refurbished pub, The Narrow Boat, is a small gem amongst the deserted streets of Islington.Seated by the window, with a view of the old barges along the water, we sunk into our snug armchairs. For starters, I ordered the...

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The Narrow Boat

Perched on a North London street corner overlooking the canal, the newly refurbished pub, The Narrow Boat, is a small gem amongst the deserted streets of Islington.Seated by the window, with a view of the old barges along the water, we sunk into our snug armchairs. For starters, I ordered the...

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Inn-ovation Within Ancient Walls

Although The Spaniards Inn has recently reopened following renovation, don’t expect a great visual transformation. This is a pub that’s received a behind-the-scenes makeover; think of a car having a new engine installed. As The Spaniards was built in 1585, hardly...

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Django Unchained: The Modern Western

Quentin Tarantino's latest, Django Unchained, is a bold take on the old hat that is the western genre. A field which hasn't seem much air time recently is taking off this year. The Lone Ranger as well is due for release – with Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer. Django...

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The Hidden Bar of Hammersmith

Hidden away in the basement of the Brook Green Hotel in Hammersmith is the contemporary cocktail bar Smith’s. We recently paid a visit and enjoyed a relaxed atmosphere, friendly and efficient service and of course, stunning cocktails. The bar décor was casually creative with bare...

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The Hidden Bar of Hammersmith

Hidden away in the basement of the Brook Green Hotel in Hammersmith is the contemporary cocktail bar Smith’s. We recently paid a visit and enjoyed a relaxed atmosphere, friendly and efficient service and of course, stunning cocktails. The bar décor was casually creative with bare...

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No Mean Feat At The Wheatsheaf

On Tuesday The Handbook headed to The Wheatsheaf, a pub ideally placed next to Borough Market and London Bridge Tube. The place was bustling, surprising so early on in the week, and the owner assured me that at the weekends it can be hard to squeeze everyone in. Impressive considering the place...

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No Mean Feat At The Wheatsheaf

On Tuesday The Handbook headed to The Wheatsheaf, a pub ideally placed next to Borough Market and London Bridge Tube. The place was bustling, surprising so early on in the week, and the owner assured me that at the weekends it can be hard to squeeze everyone in. Impressive considering the place...

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Fornata on Kingly Street

Last night The Handbook visited Fornata on Kingly Street for some classic Italian food.If you are looking to have a three course meal in the usual, starter, main course, pudding order then this isn’t the place to come, Fornata is more informal and is all about bringing the food out...

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