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The World’s Most Luxurious Chalet Opens

You’re going skiing and you want decadence? Well prepare for an opulent overload with the launch of the most luxurious chalet. Ever. Yes that’s right, ever and it’s brought to you by Consensio Chalets, Chalet Mont Blanc is opening in the French resort of Megève on the Jaillet Piste. This isn’t just some log cabin though, oh no it has ski in and ski out access and 7 en-suite bathrooms (which sleep 12 adults and 4 children); but let’s get to the super fancy stuff. Like the fact that it comes with a chauffeur, an infinity pool, calming spa, hammam, […]

Openings & Launches

L’Escargot

L’Escargot, London’s oldest French restaurant dating back to 1927, has undergone a massive refurb for the 21st century and now has new owners, a new menu, a talented young chef and a welcoming Maitre D’. New owners are Laurence Isaacson who co-founded the Chez Gerard group and Brian Clivaz whose CV boasts the all-day dining concept at the re-launched Mayfair Arts Club. The new and seasonally changing menu highlights classic French bourgeois dishes and in the interest of egalitarianism and cross-channel relations, it features snails from both France and England! Starters include Classic marbled foie gras terrine and Spicy crab […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Bingham’s Mystery Menu

So you want to go out for dinner, you choose a restaurant, book a table and peruse the menu so you know exactly what you want to order beforehand. Well it’s time to think again, throw caution to the wind and live on the edge, because The Bingham have created a mystery menu where you have no idea what you might be served, how many courses there are, and what you might drink. With The Handbook being risk takers (although with chef, Mark Jarvis at the helm you know it’s going to be good) we signed up and headed over […]

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The Colour Palate Review

On Wednesday The Handbook headed down to the launch of new Marylebone venue, Carousel, and Art of Dining’s latest pop-up experience The Colour Palate. The idea behind it is theming your food with colour, each course corresponds with a colour and relevant music, think mellow yellow for the yellow course. The downstairs room of Carousel has an industrial feel with white walls and stone floors which worked well as a blank canvas for the colour changes. The evening begins with a green theme; coloured lights flood the room and the first course, quail wrapped in a vine leaf served with […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Eclipse’s Crackbaby Carnival

So it’s Sunday,  you’ve been to the carnival and now you’re ready for serious night of cocktails, dancing and drums, because hey there is no work on Monday. Well we have just the ticket, as Eclipse are bringing the carnival to Walton Street until the early hours of Monday morning . Their DJs will be playing a mix of jungle and house alongside live per percussion all night so you can carry on dancing whilst drinking their infamous Crackbaby shots.  Oh and as it’s carnival fancy dress is encouraged, the staff will all be dressed in their finest carnival gear […]

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Openings & Launches

The Alchemist

The Alchemist will specialise in innovative cocktails when it opens next month in the in the City’s newly-developed Bevis Marks building, adjacent to The Gherkin. Part of the Living Ventures stable with venues already in Manchester and Leeds, name of the game is transformative cocktails and The Alchemist’s mixologists promise to combine unexpected ingredients with innovative techniques and unconventional equipment. Think sharing kettles such as the Watermelon Man – Green Mark Russian vodka, Beefeater gin, Havana 3 rum and Cointreau mixed with cranberry, lemonade, lime and watermelon or refillable 3 ½ oz hip flasks such as Happiness – Beefeater gin, […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Boujis’ Ibiza Party

Why don’t you change things up this Bank Holiday Weekend? Be spontaneous, live a little, seize the day, you get our drift… and rather than going out in London head to Ibiza instead for the legendary Boujis party? Returning for its 11th year this Saturday it is the best way to kick off your three day weekend party. They’re heading away from the beaches and up to a unique underground club in the exclusive Cova Santa tucked away in the mountains.  The line-up includes Stef Manni, Tom Crane and Rob Marmot as well as a special guest DJ which is […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Ping Pong Summer Menu

The weather might have put its autumn coat on but forget the weather, summer is not over until at we’ve at least had the August Bank holiday and with that in mind The Handbook checked out Ping Pong’s summer menu. Start with one of the new summer mojitos before ordering, there’s hibiscus, blackberry and Chambord or Longan and Sake.  New dim sum includes the beef and black pepper shu mai (open-topped wonton pastry with asparagus, carrots, marinated beef, topped with fresh black pepper and goji berr) whilst lovers of seafood can indulge in the chinkiang seafood skewers, or the citrus […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Ping Pong Summer Menu

The weather might have put its autumn coat on but forget the weather, summer is not over until at we’ve at least had the August Bank holiday and with that in mind The Handbook checked out Ping Pong’s summer menu. Start with one of the new summer mojitos before ordering, there’s hibiscus, blackberry and Chambord or Longan and Sake.  New dim sum includes the beef and black pepper shu mai (open-topped wonton pastry with asparagus, carrots, marinated beef, topped with fresh black pepper and goji berr) whilst lovers of seafood can indulge in the chinkiang seafood skewers, or the citrus […]

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Openings & Launches

CAROUSEL

Purveyor of imaginative pop-ups, Shuttlecock Inc is going bricks and mortar with a five year pop-up in Marylebone’s new foodie destination. The three-story space that launches Wednesday will feature a new restaurant alongside an ongoing programme of multi-sensory pop-ups curated by Shuttlecock. To get things going Shuttlecock Inc are partnering with the prestigious Argentine chef, Javier Rodríguez (El Papagayo), he’s going to be taking on a 2 week long residency at the ground floor restaurant from this Wednesday until the end of August.    Visitors can expect anything and everything from Mile High, Shuttlecock’s 1950s Pan Am experience to two culinary heavyweights […]

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