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The Blues Kitchen: Review

Over at the Blues Kitchen in Camden they are spicing up Monday nights with a ribs festival throughout January and February. Having invited the countries best rib chefs to come in and cook up some of America’s most loved food, The Handbook went down on its opening night to check it out. From the outside it looks dark, the wood distressed, inside it was still dark with low red lights but it was packed – good work for an early Monday evening. A mix of bar seats, high tables, booths; we were quickly shown to our seat and explained which […]

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Casa di Fiori Review

The first thing I notice about Casa Di Fiori as I walk through the doors is just how pretty it is inside. The interior is decorated light blue and white with ornaments border-lining on tacky but that can be over-looked because of how sweet and atmospheric the restaurant is. After soaking in the atmosphere we settled down and ordered our starters. I opted for the Cauliflower Cream with a balsamic vinegar reduction, which although consisting mainly of a vegetable I hardly doubt it counts as one of my five of day as it was so creamy and delicious, it can’t […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Casa di Fiori Review

The first thing I notice about Casa Di Fiori as I walk through the doors is just how pretty it is inside. The interior is decorated light blue and white with ornaments border-lining on tacky but that can be over-looked because of how sweet and atmospheric the restaurant is. After soaking in the atmosphere we settled down and ordered our starters. I opted for the Cauliflower Cream with a balsamic vinegar reduction, which although consisting mainly of a vegetable I hardly doubt it counts as one of my five of day as it was so creamy and delicious, it can’t […]

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Ad Infinitum exhibition at The Hospital Club

Weekends in January: you don’t want to go outside – too miserable and wet, but you’ve watched all the box sets you got for Christmas already. Well how about getting a little art into your life, start the New Year off with a little more culture? Well it is good news then that Print Sales at The Photographer’s Gallery in collaboration with The Hospital Club Gallery are launching a new exhibition this week, Ad Infinitum which will showcase the work of photographer Jessica Eaton. Ad Infintum is Eaton’s debut London exhibition and features new works from her acclaimed series Cubes […]

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Brown’s Hotel

Brown's Hotels is hosting exclusive weekly Saturday morning art tours introducing guests to the exhibitions taking place in Mayfair’s leading galleries.  Each week a different participating gallery director will conduct a personal tour of some of their favourite exhibitions, helping international art lovers navigate their way around this cultural destination. The tour begins at Brown’s, taking in both the street level galleries of Cork Street, but also private enclaves behind the doors of magnificent period townhouses and upstairs ‘appointment only’ offices and studies. Each tour is designed to open the eyes of the visitor to a range of artworks that […]

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Chop Shop: Review

Over in Haymarket the Chop Shop has just launched their new Sunday lunch set menu: a beef rib chop, roast potatoes, side and half a bottle of red wine for £35. We arrived late afternoon to find the restaurant had mellowed after a busy lunch service and there were just few a couples spending long, lazy afternoons with bottles of wine. The restaurant itself is long, narrow with tables for two down the side, at the end it opens out into a larger space where there was a mix of tables for larger parties. It is all very laid back, […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Chop Shop: Review

Over in Haymarket the Chop Shop has just launched their new Sunday lunch set menu: a beef rib chop, roast potatoes, side and half a bottle of red wine for £35. We arrived late afternoon to find the restaurant had mellowed after a busy lunch service and there were just few a couples spending long, lazy afternoons with bottles of wine. The restaurant itself is long, narrow with tables for two down the side, at the end it opens out into a larger space where there was a mix of tables for larger parties. It is all very laid back, […]

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deWintons at Opera Holland Park

It may seem a long way off now, but come summer Kensington’s Opera Holland Park will be alive with a wonderful programme of performances, including Norma and The Turn of the Screw.  The beautiful building and elegant Dutch Gardens make it the perfect place to host a party for friends or clients, whether you are after a pre -opera seateddinner for up to 60  guests or larger Champagne receptions on the mezzanine overlooking Kensington. With drinks included as well as the best seats in the house, it’s not like you need another reason to say yes, but if you do […]

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Soft Paris Party at Shimmy

Valentine’s Day – it might seem a while away yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start brushing up on our seduction techniques – single or not! Which is exactly what guests did this week at Bayswater club Shimmy, at the Soft Paris party! Shimmy, whose website tells you to ‘leave your inhibitions at the door’ invited guests into their wonderland-esque themed club to sample their new  'French Letter' aphrodisiac cocktail – (which includes cherry marnier and Champagne and a special drop of goat’s plum ), indulge in pink cupcakes and most importantly learn the art of seduction. French company, […]

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Burns Night

Now for a quick history lesson; regarded as Scotland’s national bard, Robert Burns – or Rabbie as he was known, only lived until he was 37 but in that time his literary accomplishments were great. His poems portrayed his love of Scotland, the beauty of his birthplace Ayrhsire, and his appreciation of haggis. So it is not surprising that when his friends started to celebrate the anniversary of his death on the 25th January, haggis took centre stage.  200 years later and come Burns Night, you are sure to find a veritable Scottish feast near you. From whisky cocktails, to […]

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