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Toto’s Opens in Knightsbridge

Allegedly the former house of Winston Churchill’s aunt, previously an artist’s studio and the site of Toto’s famed restaurant in the 80s and 90s , Walton House in Knightsbridge has been given a new lease of life as this week saw the opening of Italian restaurant Toto's. Named after the legendary Italian clown, the simple but sophsticated restaurant will be serving up refined Italian dishes including saffron risotto and homemade tagliatelle with summer truffle and wild forest mushrooms. Guests will enter into the bar which will serve an array of cicchetti including Negroni and Spritz as well as 250 wines […]

Openings & Launches

Beast Opens

This week will see new restaurant, Beast take up residency on the streets of Mayfair. Brought to you by the Goodman Restaurant Group, the people behind the Burger & Lobster restaurants, Beast is championing the partnership of Angus beef and Norwegian Red King Crab. The first of its kind in London, there is a strong emphasis on shared experiences, so much so that they will be serving a single set menu (at least there will be no food envy) which includes starters, sides, desserts and main courses of both beef and crab -which comes from the Norway King Crab company […]

Culture

Celebrities Attend the Met Gala

The stars were out this week in their fabulous droves for the Met Gala in Manhattan where all eyes were on who was there and who they were wearing. Celebrities like Rihanna, Blake Lively, Taylor Swift, Beyonce and Jay-Z stunned crowds with their glamorous attire. The youngest of the Jenner-Kardashian clan wowed with her original satin Topshop dress. Kendall Jenner showed her dedication to fashion by squeezing herself into the beautiful creation. The dress was so tight that the aspiring model instagrammed a picture of her lying down in the car as she couldn’t even bend to sit down! The Brits […]

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Get a taxi ride for free!

The Handbook are offering a £10 voucher for all Handbook members with a new minicab app! Bounce, has been designed, ensuring that Londoners get the cheapest fares possible from licensed TfL drivers. With just two clicks away from summoning a minicab straight to your location, it is great value for getting around London at whatever time you want. When booking with Bounce, you will receive a photo of your driver and their car, so you know exactly who will be coming to pick you up, prioritising you in having a safe and pleasant journey. With the added safety function of ‘On […]

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The Blues Kitchen

A Texan BBQ, live music, dance floor, space for 500 and even a 1050s silver Airstream caravan for private hire – Curtain Road is getting an all-in-one venue next week set over two levels of a vast converted Victorian warehouse. Sister to the Camden original, Blues Kitchen Shoreditch’s diner menu has been devised by smoking hot talent from Bodean’s and Brighton’s BBQ Shack with signature meats smoked in an in-house pit over hickory, oak, mesquite and fruit woods plus bespoke BBQ sauces from Brick Lane street foodie, The Rib Man. Other options include Fried alligator, Hot buffalo wings, Jerk chicken […]

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Rivea London

Bringing some additional sparkle to the Bulgari Hotel this month is RIVEA LONDON, the new restaurant from Alain Ducasse headed up by his young protégé Damien Leroux who has spent more than 10 years under the former’s tutelage in Provence an Monaco. Founded in Rome over a century ago as a single jewellery shop, the Bulgari brand is now part of the luxury LVMH Group and RIVEA replaces the Bulgari Hotel’s former dining room, Il Ristorante. Inspired by the food markets of Italy and Provence, RIVEA will serve a menu of French and Italian small plates incorporating the colours and […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Hey Presto, it’s Vegusto!

Calling all vegetarians and vegans, the holy grail of animal free products is here in the form of the award winning brand Vegusto! Originating in Switzerland, they create delicious, healthy food, free from damaging products like Cholesterol, Phosphate, Palm Oil, Sugar, Soya, and GMO. If you are a meat eater and the idea of eating vegan food has your taste buds recoiling in horror then fear not, Vegusto has cast their magic wand over their products to have them tasting as delicious as possible. They have even won awards for their flavourful food including the Great Taste Gold Star Award […]

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Edible Garden Afternoon Tea

Luxury hotel, InterContinental London Westminster, has combined two English pleasures, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and afternoon tea to create an ‘Edible Garden’ themed Afternoon Tea. Laurent-Perrier is also getting in on the action as guests can enjoy free-flowing champagne as they relax in the comfortable and glamorous surroundings of the InterContinental. The tea begins with savoury options including an avocado whipped mini-shot, tricky to get out of the glass but worth the effort, and a goat’s cheese and tomato canape with cheddar shortbread that melts in your mouth. Everything on the menu maintains the RHS Chelsea Flower Show including […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Cheese and Wine at The InterContinental: Review

Not wanting to stop indulging after the long weekend, we decided to go to Theo Randall at the InterContinental Park Lane on a Tuesday evening to work our way through their recently launched cheese and wine menu – because who can think of a better way to spend a Tuesday evening? Having won numerous awards including best Italian restaurant in the Sunday Times Food List 2013, the restaurant is simple, elegant with dark colours and low lighting it may look like many other luxury hotel restaurants but simple touches such as the large bowl of runner beans on the table […]

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Dog Pampering at The Arch London

Spend the day being pampered in the spa before having a chef cook your favourite meal and then end your day in a luxurious bed, sound like something you’d be interested in? Well this isn’t about you. It’s about your dog. London hotel, The Arch London, is welcoming man’s best friend to experience the indulgence of the boutique for themselves with delicious doggy food cooked to order by the chef and luxury dog beds. Guests can also leave their canine chums with trained dog walkers, to frolic in the 350 acres of nearby Hyde Park, before getting pampered in Chelsea’s luxurious […]

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