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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:

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Rio Carnival comes to Guanabara

While the temperature fluctuates between -3 and 10 degrees making us weep in despair at having to face another 2 months of this, there is a very colourful light at the end of the tunnel. We may not be able to hop on a plane to the tropics of Brazil but thanks to Guanabara, the sights and sounds will be headed our way in the shape of Rio Carnival – now if we could only get the sun over too. For seven days Guanabara will play host to non-stop festivity with a variety of events, from live percussion bands and […]

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Crème Egg Café Launches

Crème Eggs are arguably the best thing about Easter. It’s a fact that not many people dispute, and, despite recent controversy surrounding their new recipe, we’re all more than happy to hear of their return for 2016. The issue, however, lies with their seasonality. Both a blessing and a curse, part of the reason the excitement surrounding Crème Eggs is that they’re only available for a short window… but knowing this doesn’t make their departure any easier. Because of this we have to make the most of their being around… and boy have we found just the way to do […]

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Reviews

The Beaufort Bar Review – What We Thought

If you want the perfect example of opulence then look no further than the Savoy’s Beaufort Bar; stepping into it is like checking your usual persona at the door and becoming someone far more glamourous, someone decadent, you half expect to see Great Gatsby quaffing a martini at the bar. Art Deco in style, polished jet black walls are lined and detailed with burnt gold; add in the live pianist and it’s ideal for late night drinks post theatre or as many couples were doing going on a date – the more intimate, golden alcoves were certainly making one couple […]

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News

9 of the Best Steak Restaurants

When it comes to eating out in London, there’s never been so much choice. But despite this huge range of options, you still can’t beat the classics. Steak is one of those dishes where you know exactly what you’re going to get. And if you choose the right steak restaurant, it becomes one of the best things you can do in a restaurant. Here are 9 of the best steak restaurants in the city that are sure to get your mouth watering:

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Swan on a Hot Gin Roof

It’s no secret that Londoners love all things artisanal and independent so when this extends to something that’s not a coffee shop or deli, we’re all ears: enter award-winning gin, Sipsmith. Sipsmith itself is nothing new – established in 2009, it is one of only four gin distilleries operating in London. A bit of a surprise when you consider the historical relationship of London and gin – back in the 18th century gin was considered safer to drink than water. Gin consumption increased rapidly in the early 1700s as a direct result of growing incomes but it got so out […]

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Butterfly Kisses Afternoon Tea at The Ivy Kensington Brasserie

Afternoon teas are known for being sweet given their emphasis on cakes and other sweet fancies, but have you ever heard of an afternoon tea that sounds as sweet as “Butterfly Kisses”? The tea has been created by prominent champagne house, Perrier-Jouët, as the ultimate romantic Champagne Afternoon Tea – guests will receive their own origami butterfly at the end of their meal that holds a secret Valentine’s message plus 140 lucky people will win a bespoke Valentine’s Day prize. The tea earns its name from the installation of over 700 hand-made origami green, white and golden butterflies which are […]

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Culture

Luxury Friday Night Film Club

If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to try something different then we have just the ticket. It’s nothing you have to train for, nothing you have to save for and nothing which might scare you – so really no excuses.  All it is, is trying out a luxury cinema instead of your usual big screen and where better to start than the Charlotte Street Hotel Film Club? Their private screening features a state of the art screen, seats 75 and you can guarantee there won’t be that stale popcorn smell – bonus. The Film Club runs on Fridays […]

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Reviews

Plateau Honey Menu Review – What We Thought

Nestled amongst the high-rise buildings of Canary Wharf and overlooking the ice rink, Plateau certainly offers an impressive view. The warm and comfortable atmosphere and décor were a stark contrast to the grey and imposing corporate buildings that make up the surroundings. Large, freestanding lamps gave the room a very homely feel, while wooden panelling and luxurious furniture ensure that you don’t forget you’re in a quality establishment. Going into the meal I was sceptical. The task of creating a six-course meal with a staple ingredient as sweet as honey certainly seemed challenging to me, and it would be interesting […]

Reviews

Plateau Honey Menu Review – What We Thought

Nestled amongst the high-rise buildings of Canary Wharf and overlooking the ice rink, Plateau certainly offers an impressive view. The warm and comfortable atmosphere and décor were a stark contrast to the grey and imposing corporate buildings that make up the surroundings. Large, freestanding lamps gave the room a very homely feel, while wooden panelling and luxurious furniture ensure that you don’t forget you’re in a quality establishment. Going into the meal I was sceptical. The task of creating a six-course meal with a staple ingredient as sweet as honey certainly seemed challenging to me, and it would be interesting […]

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