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Holi In The City

The brightly coloured Indian festival of Holi falls next month on the 17th March and for us it couldn’t come sooner. Embracing the celebrations,  restaurant The Cinnamon Kitchen will be putting on a varied agenda to banish those grey skies and sodden streets for good.  Kicking off with a chance to go a little bit crazy, don a protective suit and step into a ‘paint throwing party pod’ which will take residence between the 11th and the 22nd of March in Devonshire Square. Basically doing what it says on the tin this is the perfect chance to celebrate the festival […]

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Dirty Bones Review

Dirty Bones is a restaurant full of surprises, from its location in High Street Kensington where it is hidden away like a speakeasy, to the menu, which seems simple at first glance but hides very indepth preparation.  We almost didn’t see the entrance as it only takes up a couple of doors width but once we had made our way down the darkened stairs we were surprised at how big it was, enough room for a bar and seating area plus a decent sized restaurant. The bar serves cutely named drinks like Deputy Dog and Mutt’s Nuts but the unsurprisingly […]

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Guanabara

Covent Garden’s Guanabara is a veritable fiesta of South American culture, food and music set in a tropical world of authentic menus, live music and dancing. And now the 600 capacity venue is gearing up for the party of all parties: the Rio Carnival. For seven nights that kick off in high style on 26th February, expect show-stopping performances, Brazilian food, beats and rum cocktails galore with sequin-clad Samba dancers, capoeira performers, burlesque dancers, jugglers and contortionists. Arrive early to learn some samba moves and ensure you take to the dance floor like a pro. The opening night brings Circo do Guanabara, […]

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London’s Wedding Venues

London might have lost out on the ‘city of love’ title to Paris, it might not be Venice, but the beauty and history of its most distinguished buildings give it an undeniable romantic air, a charm, a certain je ne sais quoi, and with wedding season approaching The Handbook is giving you a heads up on some of the best wedding venues in London, encompassing grandeur, history, stunning views and glorious gardens. Trinity House With a rich history in sea fare spanning over 500 years, Trinity House, overlooks the Tower of London and down onto the Thames, meaning not only […]

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Devaux Champagne Dinner At Plateau

Join Plateau as they unite with Devaux Champagne for another of their famous wine dinners. Recently voted as one of the ‘top trending champagnes’, to taste this upcomer on the champagne scene in what is guaranteed to be a night of fine dining.  Created by head chef Allan Pickett, Plateau’s  four course menu features dishes that will balance delicately with  the individually selected champagnes for each course. Guests can start with a tartare of Loch Duart salmon, chives, salmon caviar and pickled cucumber with a Collection D- Le Rose before winding through to a raspbery and white chocolate delice where the […]

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Holi Celebrations at Carom

Despairing at what is looking to be an eternal winter? Never fear, as the Indian festival of Holi is just around the corner to brighten up our March for good! Head down to Soho based Pan-Indian restaurant Carom to sample their vibrant new menu in honour of the Hindu festival of colour.  Between the 17th and 21st of March specially designed ‘Holi Lunch Boxes’ will be on offer including a variety of small dishes that will  make an interesting alternative to your usual lunchtime fare. Created by executive chef Vishnu Natarajan the boxes will include a purple Dhaba Salad with […]

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London Fashion Week

Stop the press, put down the bouquet it isn't just Valentine's Day today, no it is also the start of one of London's most prestigious events – London Fashion Week. As the teeming hordes flock to London dressed in their finest to watch the models as they so effortlessly saunter down the catwalk, we won't just be getting exciting about the fashion but also the parties, the events and inspired cocktails. So here are some of our favourite from mankini cocktails, to guilt free pizzas and wild closing parties!  Benares Michelin – star Mayfair restaurant Benares, is spreading the Fashion […]

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Suka Review

Last week The Handbook stepped out of the torrential rain on Berners Street and into the slightly surreal world of Sanderson. We walked through the dazzlingly white Long Bar, past the magical court yard and into Suka – the Malaysian restaurant, the majority of the restaurant is long communal trestle tables but we were in a corner which was cut off by a black drape, wing- back black leather chairs circled  a black table dotted with candles. It’s wonderfully secluded whilst still being part of the restaurant, and it felt rather like we were in a club about to start playing […]

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Dub Jam

The first of next month welcomes Dub Jam to Covent Garden. The tiny Jerk BBQ & Rum Shack fuses the laid back beach vibe of the Caribbean, with tasty, contemporary Jamaican barbecue flavours and the sounds of reggae label ‘Trojan Records’. The kitchen will pump out a Trojan soundtrack from Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff to Rocksteady, Dub, Ska and Roots. Aiming to capture the spontaneity of a beach party, the interior features lights made from reclaimed buoys and tin-cans, stools made from beer kegs and car wheels, a shelf bar made from half a surfboard and cake display made […]

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Valentine’s Day at Raffles

Raffles are not treating you to just one Valentine’s Day party, but two – meaning that you have double the chances of meeting that certain someone this year…. Of course if you already have a partner then it is two days to party together or enjoy a night out with your friends! Starting things off on Thursday 13th, 1920’s Gangland meets Chelsea with their ‘rose massacre’ – think flapper dancers and characters such as Tony, Lil Joe and Paulie taking care of thing, don’t worry there will be no bloodshed here! And it might not have been part of the […]

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