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The Handbook’s Guide to Detoxing

Christmas is over, New Year’s Eve is over, your hangover may or may not be over and you haven’t quite decided if you’ve had enough chocolate and roast potatoes.  Alas now we’re into January and it’s time to dust away the cobwebs, clear your head and get detoxing with super healthy food, spa days and even a cocktail or two. Here is our guide to detoxing this January: Aloe Vera Mocktails at Arch London Coconut water, hybrid cakes, popcorn and salted caramel were all big players in the 2014 food trends, but we predict that 2015 is going to be […]

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Tea at midnight

The K West Hotel has a musical heritage being the former BBC Building Kensington House in the 60s, with an endless list of music royalty having stayed and most definitely misbehaved including The Kinks, Bob Marley and Bowie. And with music still very much central to the hotel it’s no surprise that when they came to their afternoon tea it too had a musical theme.  It comes in three forms – The Glam Rock Afternoon Tea, The Glam Rock Prosecco Afternoon Tea (both of which are served 2pm -6pm) or the Rock N’ Cocktails Midnight Tea which as the name suggests […]

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Deliveroo: The Premium Restaurant Delivery Service

When it’s cold outside, the idea of leaving the house seems formidable but unless we try and take a leaf out of our hibernating mammal cousins, we have to for unavoidable necessities, namely work. But it’s not all doom and gloom, for now there is a delivery service bringing you one of life’s greatest pleasures, food! Now we’ve all heard of Just Eat and Hungry House but Deliveroo is a food delivery service with a difference; the food available is all from premium restaurants – not a kebab shop in sight! Recently branching out and ever expanding, the delivery service […]

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Openings & Launches

Bone Daddies Kensington

London’s ramen boom is hotting up with the opening of Bone Daddies third restaurant in Whole Foods Market on High Street Kensington bringing the best of Soho’s Bone Daddies signature ramen and buns from Covent Garden’s Flesh & Buns all under one roof. There’s definitely something for everyone. Ramen fans can fill up on Curry Ramen plus new styles of Tonkotsu tasting dishes like Yellowtail Sashimi with chilli, ponzu and coriander and Soft Shell Crab with green chilli ginger sauce. The steamed buns (dubbed ‘tiger eating’ due to the appearance of the folded bun not because they contain tigers as […]

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Openings & Launches

Portland

Over the past six months Will Lander (co-owner of The Quality Chop House) and Daniel Morgenthau (ex -10 Greek Street) have been working to transform a former clothes show-room on Portland Street into a restaurant, aptly named Portland, which will be opening in January. The all-day restaurant will be light and airy (although this doesn’t mean minimalist!) and will be serving breakfast, lunch and supper with everything in between. Merlin Labron – Johnson will head up the kitchen having recently returned from two years as a sous-chef at In De Wulf in Belgium. His aim is to create accessible, inexpensive […]

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News

Crowdfunding Courtyards

Opening next March in London Fields is Il Cudega an Italian deli, wine bar and restaurant that will be focusing entirely on the produce of Italy’s Lombardy region. Run by two passionate Italians, Giovanni Brighi and Luca Gaggioli, they’ll be cooking up dishes famous Italian dishes but also some lesser well known ones such as Rustin Nega which is veal roasted in white wine, to you and me. Delicious! However they are after your help, they want to create a communal outdoor space which will be shared with two adjoining railway arches. The courtyard will have fruit trees, a vegetable […]

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Afternoon Tea with a Twist and a Tail at the Playboy Club

The Playboy Club is one of my favourite venues, perfectly combining opulence with a sense of fun. Walking into Salvatore’s Bar, the room is heaving with lavishness; plush gentlemen’s chairs and bottles of alcohol displayed in the glass cabinet that cost more than my car set the scene, which is interjected by raucous laughter at the bar as a cocktail master class is taking place. The bunnies are in their festive Santa suits, sashaying confidently around with beaming smiles. One of my favourite meals is afternoon tea; oh you didn’t know afternoon was a meal? Well it definitely is. The […]

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Celeb News

25 Talented Male Celebrities

They’re talented, successful and admired by people around the world. From the boys of One Direction, admired by teenage girls all around the globe, to controversial comedian-turned-political activist Russell Brand If you’re hosting an event and want an actor, musician or other male superstar to attend then The Handbook’s guide to Top 25 Male Celebrities is for you!    If you want to check if any of these celebrities are in town this week, or want to follow in their footsteps and check out some great celebrity events, click here!For a full roster of any celebrities full contact details, please […]

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Hot 100 – Rising Stars

Okay so we all know who’s big now, but the real question is who’s going to be big in the future? The Handbook is here to guide you through the next generation of celebrities. Keep up with the newest rising stars and stay on the ball with The Handbook’s assistance. If you want to check if any of these celebrities are in town this week, or want to follow in their footsteps and check out some great celebrity events, click here!For a full roster of any celebrities full contact details, please click here or to sign up and get full contact […]

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A London Road Trip

Remember when you were younger and you watched Britney strut her stuff in Crossroads? Did it make you want to take a road trip? Us too, which got us thinking…why not take a road trip round London. Now, we know that us Brits are probably not the most renowned for our navigational skills, but that is what Google maps are for. And whilst the likes of Uber and the tube have revolutionised our lives- after a week commuting, you sometimes just want to to enjoy the city from the comfort of your car. Belt up, open the roof of your […]

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