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Openings & Launches

Jamavar Comes to London

If you were to go to India you’d find five Jamavar restaurants (they’re part of The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts) you wouldn’t find any anywhere else though. Except come December you will, because they’re opening their first outpost outside of India right here in London. Opening on Mount Street, the kitchen will be headed up by Executive Chef Rohit Ghai, who has already led several Michelin-starred kitchens including Benares, Trishna and Gymkhana. The menu will showcase the flavours of India taking inspiration from the Royal Kitchens of the north and the fragrant spices of the south. Expect to find […]

Reviews

Darbaar Review: What We Thought

New? Chef Abdul Yaseen is the former head chef of renowned Cinnamon Club and he launched Darbaar last year. Where? 1 Snowden Street, Broadgate, EC2A 2DQ www.darbaarrestaurants.com On the Menu: The new menu takes inspiration from the banquets of the Indian Royal Court so you can expect to see dishes like slow roasted leg of baby lamb, royal Madagascar prawn and shahi kulfi with pistachio. First Impressions: The roar of the bar was noticeable on arrival so I expected the restaurant to be heaving but it was near empty. The noise later proved to be large group from a Christmas party which luckily made their way […]

Guides

11 Christmas Gift Ideas

It doesn’t get any easier, does it? Year after year Christmas shopping is a challenge – either you can’t think of anything or you can’t choose between a dozen great ideas. That’s why food and drink is the best gift of choice. Everyone has a soft spot for something, and Christmas is the perfect time of year to indulge in your favourite treats. And hey, we’ve all got to eat, right? So if you don’t want to keep the receipts this year, check out The Handbook’s (Foodie) Christmas Gift Guide: 

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Learn How to Grow Your Business at the Growth Hacking World Forum

One of the globe’s most insightful business forums is landing in London, bringing with it a whole host of respected speakers from the world’s most successful companies – Google, Uber, Skyscanner, Time Inc, Trainline, you name it, they’re on the bill. Organised by World Forum Disrupt, the Growth Hacking World Forum is giving attendees two full days of networking opportunities, inspiration and new strategies so that even the best in the business can walk away with new ideas and actionable takeaways to ensure business growth. Marketing itself as a condensed (and far more affordable) consultancy alternative, the forum is centred […]

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Openings & Launches

Chop & Chip Opens in Camden Market

Back in 2013, friends Marcus and Fergus founded Chop & Chip. They’ve spent the last couple of years serving up street food in their 1972 Airstream van ‘Big Bertha’ and today they are launching their first permanent site. Opening in Camden Market, the concept is simple, as the name suggests it’s all about chops. Choose from either The Flock (two lamb chops) or The Porky (one large pork chop) and then choose a seasoning. These include mild lemon and herb, classic BBQ and if you’re after spicy then there is the Bit of a Kick, Lip Tingler and Screamer. If […]

Openings & Launches

11 Venues For a Christmas Party With a Difference

So you’ve been told that you need to book the Christmas party but they want something a bit different, your mind fills with dread when you think about the team building activities you’ve had to do in years gone by. Well, put all notions of trust exercises out of your mind because when we talk about something a bit different, we’re talking about beach parties in Mayfair, acrobatics performances whilst you eat, learning how to play blackjack and playing golf like never before. You have this party planning sorted.

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Christmas at The Savoy

Iconic hotel The Savoy will be transformed into a frozen fantasia this Christmas, inspired by luxury jewellery brand Boodles, complete with a 15ft tree, an ice rink and a Louis Roederer Champagne bauble installation…quite the Christmas celebration. The magnificent tree will be adorned with bespoke decorations inspired by some of Boodles most iconic designs – the tree will be covered in mirrored deco squares and rectangles, in their signature pink tones, whilst the hotel itself will be adorned with ice and diamond inspired decorations. The Savoy’s floral design team are set to work overnight, giving the guests a wintry surprise […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Oh Schnapps, Après Comes to Bodo’s Schloss

While not all of us are smooth on the slopes, there is one thing we are all good at: après. This winter, Après Ski London have teamed up with Bodo’s Schloss (where else?) to bring the alps to your doorstep. Kicking off from midday, there’ll be snow cannons, reindeer – yes, they will be real, and an hour of complimentary Moët Chandon cocktails. The snow cannons will be blasting fresh snow onto the street and the reindeers will be there to greet you at the door. Following the cocktails will be 2 hours of Austrian inspired brunch buffet, getting you ready […]

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Reviews

The Cavendish Review: What We Thought

New? The Cavendish has just turned 2 and has launched a brand new menu to celebrate. Where? 35 New Cavendish Street, Marylebone, W1G 9TR, www.35newcavendish.co.uk On the Menu: Head Chef Douglas Santi knows a thing or two about Italian cooking and just like in any neighbourhood or Italian restaurant, food is at it’s core. The new menu is a tempting combination of the classic (chargrilled chicken), refined (beef carpaccio), sophisticated (oysters and caviar) and the down right… Marylebone (cigars). The classic 100 layer lasagne remains on the menu but we favoured of some newer dishes. Drinks wise, the wine list is refreshingly approachable and affordable, […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Siberian Nights at the Churchill Bar & Terrace

At this time of year, Oxford Street can be a bit of a nightmare, but this season, The Churchill Bar are providing solace in the form of a Siberian hideaway. They’ve transformed their alfresco terrace into a fur lined haunt complete with rugs, blankets, hot water bottles and Siberian decor. You’ll also be sitting under twinkling northern lights, it’ll be easy to forget you’re sitting by one of the busiest streets in London! Beluga Vodka have teamed up with the bar to create a cocktail and snack menu, with each cocktail telling it’s own story (or history lesson!). The 7 […]

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