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Restaurant Review: Stax Diner

As an American I have some pretty high standards when reviewing an American diner like Stax. This new restaurant situated in Kingly Court got its name from the 1960s Memphis based record lable, Stax Records. Located on the first story, it's hard to miss the red and white, front-porch style of this Southern-inspired joint.  We were greeted by a friendly staff and the ‘Beyoncé of Kingly Court,’ who sang and danced as she brought us some refreshing Mint Juleps –  an iconic Southern drink composed of Bourbon, mint and brown sugar. Whisky Lemonade, and Bourbon Sweet Tea are a few of the […]

Openings & Launches

Scarpetta

Pasta fast food style is usually consigned to a plastic pot in the supermarket’s chilled section but new casual dining concept, Scarpetta, opening in the City’s Cannon Street on the 7th July is set to change all that thanks to native Italian founders, Uberto Jasson D’Oria and Patrick Philion. Say buongiorno to fresh pastas from Southern Italy, made from scratch by third generation pasta chef, Michele Fiore. Fiore who has run his own artisan pasta shop called Pastificio in Puglia’s Bari for some 25 years, will work from a specially designed station at Scarpetta  – where customers can watch his skills […]

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Exclusive Fitness Retreat at Jumeirah

So it’s summer and for the a millionth time we promise ourselves to get buff and bronze for the months ahead of revealing our untoned winter body but yet again we have fallen at the first hurdle. Boring gym sessions? No thanks. Go for a run in London, are you mad? An exclusive Fitness Retreat that promises to equip guests with ‘take home’ tools to enhance physical and mental performance and support ongoing wellness. I’m listening. Jumeirah Carlton Tower is offering an exclusive weekend of fun activities like Thai yoga, boxing, self-defence classes, massages and nutritional workshops. Attendees will also […]

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Escape To Rum Island

Summer is officially here – and so is the city's hottest new destination.  Floridita opens an island inspired retreat located underneath the restaurant’s iconic sweeping staircase. The late-night Soho hotspot is known for housing the most extensive rum selection in Europe and its new space, suitably named Rum Island, will offer a cocktail menu celebrating the liquor's versatility. Guests can sip on libations like the Watermelon Punch, a concoction created from Brugal Rum, watermelon, Aperol Liquer, cranberry juice, lemon juice with sugar and served in a hollowed watermelon, or the Navy Sangria, a nautical tribute with a Brazilian twist combining Pusser’s Navy Rum, Mandarine Napoleon, sugar and […]

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Openings & Launches

Dorsett, Shepherds Bush

Opening tomorrow but a five minute shopping bag laden stagger from Westfield or five minute drive from Earls Court and Olympia exhibition centres is Dorsett Shepherds Bush, a brand new 317 bed hotel that’s a mecca of contemporary architecture and design. There’s a Chinese speciality restaurant with destination bar, Jin, and also a modern brasserie style restaurant called Pictures which features a European menu complimented by a selection of Asian inspired dishes. Business users can take advantage of a fully equipped business centre and whether you’re in town for business or pleasure, you’re sure to love the Pavilion Spa and […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party

Last night The Handbook joined the likes of Mischa Barton, Serena Williams, Sabine Lisicki and Lilah Parsons at The Roof Gardens, Kensington to celebrate the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon party presented by Dubai Duty Free. With a dress to impress theme, celebrities arrived with the support of Porsche (The Handbook took to public transport but next year, next year….) and Maria Sharapova stole the show arriving in a 918 Spyder.  The invitation promised ‘substantial canapés’ (the best kind of promise) and they certainly stuck to that – with guests eating mini fish and chips, samosas and salmon as well as there being […]

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Is it Brazil or Covent Garden?

Didn’t make it to Brazil this year for the World Cup? Or are you more like us and food is more your thing than football? Well we have just the thing for you Brazilian barbecue restaurant, Cabana are recreating a corner of Rio’s beaches in the heart of Covent Garden in the form of The Grill from Ipanema – a Brazilian beach grill complete with golden sand from Brazil’s shores. Starting on Saturday 28th June until July 13th The Grill from Ipanema will be serving up a selection of new Cabana dishes including flame grilled skewers, chicken coxinhas and cassava […]

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The Mussel Men Restaurant

Succulent seafood will now be served seven days a week at the permanent Mussel Men restaurant. The new eatery will take all the best bits from their current seafood specialties but with a menu expansion of BBQ influenced items and a proper navy-inpsired cocktail menu. As for dessert, guests can indulge in golden waffles drizzled with decadent chocolate sauce and bacon infused ice cream with salt caramel sauce as well as weekly specials.  After a successful summer of pop-ups in 2013, the Mussel Men have now found it's current location just a stones throw up the road at Dalston Junction in […]

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Draft House

Craft beer aficionados will be pleased to know that Draft House Westbridge has launched a new Barrel Bar, alongside a complete refurbishment of the pub. Open daily, it’s up on the first floor and boasts huge Victorian windows, exposed brick walls and glazed tiles plus the caged barrel counter with its exposed casks and piping and of course distressed leather sofas and antique chairs. The rest of the facelift comprises animated neon signage, massive hanging vinyl blackboards with red galvanised chains, a blackened steel glass-rack over the bar and a working fireplace in the main bar. The rear and front […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Champagne + Fromage Opens in Brixton

We love cheese, we love champagne and now they are living side by side in the brilliant new bistro Champagne + Fromage in Brixton. The recently launched eatery boasts 25 delicious champagnes to choose from which can be enjoyed as a cocktail, for a gift or simply on its own. The menu is filled with cheese plates and French dishes which you can enjoy in-house or as take-away i.e. to take to a party to impress your friends with. With over 50 soft and hard cheeses to choose from it is fromage heaven but if the choice is a bit […]

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