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Lodge d’Argent

If, like us, you have the skiing blues and all you can think about is being on the slopes or in an après bar, then you’ll love Coq d’Argent’s winter launch: the bar and terrace area has been transformed into a luxe ski chalet-inspired winter retreat, decorated with antique skis, wooden walls and cosy blankets. With a menu offering classic French comfort food like ‘Tartiflette’ and ham and cheese gratin and indulgent drinks including ‘Brandy Alexander’ and ‘Snow Bowl’, Lodge d’Argent is the perfect festive retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. Running from now until the end […]

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Mamounia Lounge: Review

Last week The Handbook headed over to Curzon Street in Mayfair to Mamounia Lounge, the second Mamounia (the first being in Knightsbridge) to try out their Middle Eastern cuisine. Going on first impressions had we not known about the restaurant below we would have probably kept walking passed it. The terrace in front of the restaurant was filled people smoking shisha, nothing wrong in that, but it just didn’t reflect the great quality food that was being served downstairs. Once we were inside and down the stairs we were led into the restaurant, which was a mix of small tables, […]

Reviews

Mamounia Lounge: Review

Last week The Handbook headed over to Curzon Street in Mayfair to Mamounia Lounge, the second Mamounia (the first being in Knightsbridge) to try out their Middle Eastern cuisine. Going on first impressions had we not known about the restaurant below we would have probably kept walking passed it. The terrace in front of the restaurant was filled people smoking shisha, nothing wrong in that, but it just didn’t reflect the great quality food that was being served downstairs. Once we were inside and down the stairs we were led into the restaurant, which was a mix of small tables, […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Exclusive Hampers from Alain Ducasse

Esteemed French Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse, has handpicked a selection of his favourite speciality chocolates, for a luxury hamper that people can take home this Christmas. These exclusive hampers also include a bottle of Champagne NV Selection Alain Ducasse Brut; previously unavailable for purchase in the UK and only served at Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester. These bespoke chocolate hampers contain the finest artisanal chocolates, direct from Alain Ducasse’s manufacture in Paris. The chocolate is handcrafted on traditional vintage machines using time-tested methods at his recently opened factory La Manufacture de Chocolat. Hampers are priced at £125 and are available for […]

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Seasonal & Celebrations

Kitchen Party: Dine, Drink and Dance Around the World

Forget the usual office Christmas party that involves standing around the photocopier with some mini cheddars and flat cava in plastic cups: on 7th,14th and 21st December, Kitchen Party will whisk guests away on an immersive culinary journey around the world. Guests will get to experience an exciting range of flavours and sights, from Dim Sum and jasmine cocktails at Café Orient, to serious partying at the Karaoke Den, Caribbean favourites and reggae tunes at the Rum Shack, chilli dogs and mac 'n' cheese at Midway Diner, and traditional afternoon tea at Bourne & Hollingsworth. So if you’re fed up […]

Openings & Launches

Chakana

London-born Ibiza party scenster Andrew Dax, Italian party co-ordinator Corrado Mozzillo, and Argentinian curator Augusto Rossillo have been brought together by entertainment entrepreneur Nick House to create brand new club Latino-Pacific club and lounge bar concept Chakana. The name means ‘tree of life’ and the venue itself is reminiscent of an ancient Incan temple filled with mystic treasures – think intricate carvings of the snake serpent, puma and condor sitting alongside depictions of the Chakana itself and a display of skulls lit eerily from within like a celebration of ancestral spirits. The décor is all rich golds, reds and oranges […]

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Seasonal & Celebrations

Rainbow Trust Christmas Carol Concert

Rainbow Trust, the children’s charity who support families of children with a life threatening or terminal illness, are holding a Christmas carol concert on 5th December to help raise funds for their cause. Celebrities Doon Mackichan, Nicholas Farrell, Danny Huston, Jan Pienkoswki and Stanley Johnson will be in attendance to show their support. Christmas is an especially difficult time for families looking after a seriously ill child so the Rainbow Trust does their best to make the festive celebrations as normal as possible for them. The event, hosted by St Paul’s church, is a ticketed event open to the public. Guests […]

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Charm School comes to The Cadogan Hotel: Review

This week The Handbook went down to the Cadogan Hotel on Sloane Street to take part in Charm School. Run by the Mistress of Manners, Dana, Charm School’s aim is to make sure we all know the correct etiquette when it comes to social situations and modern life. Tuesdays for us normally involve ‘start of the week’ cocktails or mindless television, so we thought we would shake things up a bit and take part in a class all about the art of small talk and professional networking. But don’t be fooled by the words ‘small talk’ or ‘class’ because this […]

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Charm School comes to The Cadogan Hotel: Review

This week The Handbook went down to the Cadogan Hotel on Sloane Street to take part in Charm School. Run by the Mistress of Manners, Dana, Charm School’s aim is to make sure we all know the correct etiquette when it comes to social situations and modern life. Tuesdays for us normally involve ‘start of the week’ cocktails or mindless television, so we thought we would shake things up a bit and take part in a class all about the art of small talk and professional networking. But don’t be fooled by the words ‘small talk’ or ‘class’ because this […]

Openings & Launches

Christmas in London 1

Christmas, ah the season of endless parties and it is almost upon us. London has a huge range of venues offering brilliant packages and events spaces so that the days where office parties involved tinny music and limp sausage rolls are long gone.  When it comes to Christmas day itself if the thought of standing infront of an oven for hours is too much to bear then why not head out to one of London's many restaurants for a truly lavish lunch? In the first of our three Christmas pieces we have chosen some of our favourite venues for Christmas […]

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