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Dieci Review

Dieci is a lovely, intimate dining experience in the hotel of No. 10 Manchester Street that sits inconspicuously amongst the charming houses of the Baker Street area. Inside there are plush cushions and velvet lined seats to relax in either open booths or tables for two. Executive Chef Cristian Gaimarri was the man in the kitchen serving up fine Italian food with starters like Piedmont Fassone beef tartar served with sautéed mushrooms and Umbrian black truffle! We stuck straight into the mains and decided on the Tomato gnocchi with burrata and rocket. Burrata cheese is a personal favourite of mine and […]

Hotels

Cuban Afternoon Tea at St Martins Lane Hotel

Asia de Cuba at  St Martins Lane Hotel and Luna & Curious have done away with the traditional cucumber sandwiches and strawberry jam synonymous with afternoon tea in place of a more exotic, experiential tea. Cafécito & Afternoon Tea will send guests into the mystique and ambiance of a Cuban teahouse with a mix of Asian and Cuban teas, cocktails and treats. Luna & Curious are in charge of designing and creating the bespoke crockery and  as every diner is seated they will be presented with a classic handmade wooden cigar box which contains their tea utensils. Rather than finding smoked salmon […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Launceston Place awarded 4 AA Rosettes

Exciting news, Kensington and Chelsea favourite,  Launceston Place has reason to celebrate as it it was recently awarded a fabulous 4 AA Rosettes at the AA Hospitality Awards. The Michelin-starred D&D London Restaurant is a refined and intimate dining destination serving exquisite British cuisine with a twist. Menus based around that day's produce are created by the renowned Head chef,  Tim Allen who has been with the restaurant since 2012  Unlike other restaurant's Chef's Table, Launceston Place has a whole room, or rather the Chef's Office where diner's can get an insight into the buzzing environment of the Chef's kitchen, while enjoying […]

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Culture

Royal Crown Derby Afternoon Tea

Royal Crown Derby has just unveiled its fine bone china tableware for a traditional British afternoon tea offering at The Waldorf Hilton, London. Guests were treated to a quintessentially English afternoon tea experience in the hotel’s deluxe Homage Grand Salon, with distinct blends of tea and exquisite, pastries and cakes all served on the finest quality bone china from Royal Crown Derby Entertains.  Manufactured in the heart of England at the company’s Derby based factory, Royal Crown Derby Entertains is a range of delicate tableware pieces embellished with iconic patterns from Royal Crown Derby’s distinguished history. The Royal Crown Derby […]

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Culture

Eric Lanlard at Charlotte Street Hotel

Charlotte Street welcomes Master Patissier Eric Lanlard to the hotel as part of ‘Food & Film’, taking place throughout September.   As well as being a seasoned presenter of Channel 4’s Baking Mad, Lanlard also has his own destination café and cookery school in the heart of London. Add this to working alongside Albert and Michel Roux and a range of cook books including Tart it Up and Chocolat and you can see why he is a Master Patissier. On Monday 30th September, Eric Lanlard will introduce his favourite foodie film ‘Babette’s Feast’ in Charlotte Street’s very own screening room. […]

Openings & Launches

Brides

Mark your diaries stylish brides to be! Brides The Show is taking place next month and bringing together a carefully curated collection of bridal companies and wedding experts, bridal designers and their latest gowns. Visitors can expect catwalk shows, workshops, wine tastings, beauty master classes, Champagne and much more. A collaboration between Condé Nast Brides magazine and SME London (London Fashion Weekend, Art14 London, Feast), shows on The Catwalk will feature the latest collections from UK and international designers including Amanda Wakeley, Caroline Castigliano, Phillipa Lepley and Stewart Parvin as well as bridesmaid dresses by Nicki Macfarlane – all styled […]

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Snowflake Gelato Soho Boutique Opening

Snowflake Luxury Gelato is delighted to be bringing their award winning, artisan gelato to London’s vibrant Soho. Housing the largest gelato counter in London, the new Snowflake Luxury Gelato boutique will begin ‘Serving Happiness’ on Wardour Street from 24thSeptember 2013. Snowflake makes its artisan gelato by hand every day in the Bayswater and Soho boutiques, using organic Jersey milk, organic cream and sugar.  Its Luxury Sorbetto is also handmade using only seasonal fresh fruits, making it refreshing as well as fat and dairy free. For the uber health conscious, there’s even the Snowflake Guilt-Free Sorbetto range with no added sugar! […]

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GAIL’s Garden Party

On Saturday 21st September GAIL’s Artisan Bakery will be hosting their annual Garden Party. Enjoy this event in Oriel Place, Hampstead, with GAIL’s and friends in the local community. The party will celebrate some of Britain’s finest food stalls and suppliers, with live music courtesy of a jazz band. GAIL’s stalls are serving their own bread and cake, including favourites such as the French dark sourdough, potato and rosemary sourdough, cinnamon rolls and Soho buns, whilst a pop-up from GAIL’s Kitchen will showcase street food from the barbecue as well as tasty desserts. There’ll even be gourmet goods from Chegworth […]

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Restaurant Reviews

   Over at The Handbook we have been continuing our culinary journey across London in the quest to find you some of the best resturants, as we eat sushi in Soho, brunch in Moorgate and feast in Kensal Green. Here are some of the places we have visited recently, and where we think you should all go too. Le Cercle The beauty of the meal was that it was light enough so that we were satisfied but not full to the point where it hurt, which is never desired Step off Sloane Street, into Wilbraham Place, down a stair case […]

Reviews

Le Cercle Restaurant Review

Last week The Handbook braved the torrential rain to head over to Le Cercle, in search of their tasting menu. Having waded through the puddles on Sloane Square, we slipped off onto Wilbraham Place, through the glass doors, down a set of stairs into Le Cercle. Despite having no windows, Le Cercle feels spacious, light, and airy whilst at the same time cosy and intimate, a mix of little booths, tables and bar seats. The tall ceilings and white walls made us feel almost as if we were in some cavern and yet the seats by the fire were like […]

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