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10 of the Chicest Garden Rooms

Bear with us – we know it’s still freezing outside, but by ‘garden rooms’ we mean heated, indoor and with no risk of being pooed on, pecked at or rained on. You may be surprised at how many orangeries/atriums/greenhouses London boasts, or even more so at all the different names used to describe them, but you won’t be surprised by the relaxed feel these charming rooms possess. From the shabby chic to the downright romantic (and everything in between) here are 10 of the best London has to offer.

Reviews

The Landmark Review – What We Thought

For me, a trip to Marylebone on a Friday night usually entails navigating crowds of commuters and grabbing an overpriced sandwich before cramming myself onto an oversubscribed train. Not last Friday though, instead I swapped London’s busiest railway stations for one of its most luxurious hotels.  The Landmark London is situated mere metres away from the station and slap bang on the Marylebone road (one of the most polluted in the UK apparently), but all this seems a million miles away once you step into the polished foyer of the Landmark. What strikes you first is the sheer size of […]

Reviews

The Landmark Review – What We Thought

For me, a trip to Marylebone on a Friday night usually entails navigating crowds of commuters and grabbing an overpriced sandwich before cramming myself onto an oversubscribed train. Not last Friday though, instead I swapped London’s busiest railway stations for one of its most luxurious hotels.  The Landmark London is situated mere metres away from the station and slap bang on the Marylebone road (one of the most polluted in the UK apparently), but all this seems a million miles away once you step into the polished foyer of the Landmark. What strikes you first is the sheer size of […]

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Openings & Launches

Chucs Opens in Notting Hill

When you think Notting Hill several things come to mind, Hugh Grant obviously, the carnival, Portobello market, the sorts of houses we dream about, boutique shops and of course places to brunch. And Chucs is bringing the last two together with the opening of its second boutique and restaurant. You’ll already find them on Dover Street selling their 1950s inspired menswear collection alongside their restaurant and now they are heading to Westbourne Grove. On the top floor you’ll find the menswear collection, but what we’re really interested in is the restaurant and café on the garden level. Reflecting the Italian […]

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News

London’s Most Instagrammable Restaurants

A recent study found London to be the most Instagrammed capital city in the world – take that, Paris! Whilst Hyde Park nabs the top spot, there are certainly restaurants that we consider worthy of a ‘gram, be it a dish plated up like a work of art or particularly cool interior design or just a good old brunch. Here is our pick of the most photogenic destinations in London that will have you reaching for you phone. After all if it isn’t caught on camera, did it really happen?

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Strand Palace Hotel Welcomes Sacred Cafe

The Strand has welcomed a new independent coffee brand to its well trodden streets, offering strong competition up against the selection in McDonalds/Starbucks/Pret/Caffe Nero on the same stretch of London. Discerning coffee drinkers (some may say coffee snobs… yep, that’s us) will no longer have to rely on the office coffee machine or walking a bit further into Covent Garden for a decent cup; New Zealand-inspired Sacred Cafe has just opened their forth spot (alongside existing cafes just off Carnaby Street, in Westfield and in Highbury), in the 4-star Strand Palace Hotel. Coffee is served alongside teas (with holistic properties) […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Ladies Night at Bar20

Bar20, most often frequented by city slickers, is soon to see another type of slick when it hosts a one-off beauty evening (for women only) on Tuesday 23rd February, hosted by skin specialist Dr Askari. He is a qualified surgeon, former director of sk:n, the UK’s largest chain of laser clinics, founder of ASKINOLOGY and now, for one night only, your very own skin guru. Why is it that Boots is an Aladdin’s cave and yet impossible-to-navigate at the same time? When presented with hundreds of skincare products there is not a sales assistant in sight and yet, when we are […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Tavern At 15 Review – What We Thought

Located underneath “London Capital Club”, Tavern at 15 offers guests the chance to experience life as a member of a private club without having to make the financial commitment. Unfortunately, presumably due to lack of public awareness, Tavern at 15 didn’t offer much in the way of atmosphere. The near-empty dining area was far from representative of the number of people out and about in the London Bridge area, and was a stark contrast from the over-flowing bars just 2 doors away. Lack of promotion certainly seems to be hindering the progress of a restaurant with great potential as both […]

Openings & Launches

Dickie Fitz: New to Newman Street

This month will see a newcomer to the restaurant group Affinity Bars & Restaurants as Dickie Fitz opens to join the likes of The Henry Root and Lady Ottoline. Setting up on Newman Street and spread across two floors, Dickie Fitz will be serving up flavours of the Pacific with laid back Australian-inspired brunches, Asian influenced cocktails and New World heavy wines. Created by Executive Chef, Matt Robinson the menu includes the likes of steamed barramundi with dashi roasted cabbage and daikon, oysters Kilpatrick and of course those delicious chocolate and coconut cubes of goodness aka lamingtons. On the cocktail […]

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News

11 of the Best Masterclasses

No matter how many cookbooks we read cover to cover (and then mount beautifully on our shelves) or recipe pages we tear out of the weekend paper supplements, The Handbook’s cookery creations never quite live up to picture on the page. So what better way to scrub up on our kitchen skills than at one of the capital’s leading masterclasses. From butchery to cocktails and oyster shucking, here’s our guide to the best in London:

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