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Bō Làng Oriental Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea – traditionally a very British custom, but South Kensington oriental restaurant Bō Làng has just launched its own exotic Chinese interpretation created by Head Chef and dim sum master Kai Wang. It makes the perfect festive treat this Christmas without a mince pie in sight! The afternoon tea features Chinese dim sum such as duck spring rolls and short rib puffs served alongside British classics such as smoked salmon sandwiches. Scones too make an appearance, but rather than being served with raspberry jam and clotted cream they will be served with plum wine –infused mascarpone, fig preserve and […]

Openings & Launches

The Berkeley

It’s that time of year again and The Berkeley’s Health Club & Spa is transforming its roof-top terrace into a pine-filled forest cinema where hotel guests and Londoners will be treated to winter classics on the big screen while nestling between warm down feather Moncler blankets and hot water bottles. Drink home-made hot chocolate and Berkeley mince pies to complete the festive atmosphere while watching winter classics such as Miracle on 34th Street and The Nightmare before Christmas. Heating lamps will also keep guests warm when the cold really sets in. For a stylish sprinkle of rustic charm movie goers […]

Seasonal & Celebrations

Snow and Cinema at 20th Century Theatre

Think Christmas think: mistletoe and wine, mince pies and egg nogg, turkey and roast potatoes, and snow and cinema. Yes, snow and cinema, not heard of that before?  A wonderful combination, and as Pop up Screens have joined forces with 20th Century Theatre it is now in Notting Hill.  Starting this Friday evening and running until Friday 20th December, the beautiful grade I listed building will be filled with snow (!) and will show classic Christmas films such as The Muppets Christmas Carol, Home Alone and Bad Santa, there will also be popcorn from the guys at Drum & Kernal […]

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Mark’s Bar

To celebrate the first anniversary of the Men’s Shoe Galleries on 1, Selfridges has commissioned designer Lee Broom to create ‘the smallest cocktail bar in the world’ – an innovative new pop-up bar in its Men’s Shoe Department operated by restaurateur Mark Hix. Mark’s Bar comprises a collection of beautifully designed furniture that transforms into an operating bar that is completely moveable so can be relocated to different areas of the store. Says Broom, who was inspired by 1960’s America when entertaining at home was growing in popularity : “I have a great deal of experience in furniture, bar and high […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Wildflower Café Review

After an exhausting weekend of battling the crowds in an attempt to get some Christmas shopping done, we nipped over to the newly opened Wildflower Café in Notting Hill for some Sunday afternoon tea and cake – as you do. We collapsed into some chairs in the shabby-chic café and were swiftly brought a comforting cup of tea and hot buttered toast with strawberry jam. Feeling revived and ready to devour some homemade cake, we opted for the chocolate fudge and pear and carrot and walnut varieties, and we were not disappointed: the slices were huge and frankly just what […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Wildflower Café Review

After an exhausting weekend of battling the crowds in an attempt to get some Christmas shopping done, we nipped over to the newly opened Wildflower Café in Notting Hill for some Sunday afternoon tea and cake – as you do. We collapsed into some chairs in the shabby-chic café and were swiftly brought a comforting cup of tea and hot buttered toast with strawberry jam. Feeling revived and ready to devour some homemade cake, we opted for the chocolate fudge and pear and carrot and walnut varieties, and we were not disappointed: the slices were huge and frankly just what […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Mince Pie Project

The Mince Pie Project has been running since 2011, and aims to raise money to fight child poverty by auctioning off mince pies created by various different celebrity chefs. This year, The Mince Pie Project will be working with 100 of the UK’s best chefs to raise money for two wonderful charities: Kids Company and FoodCycle. The chefs involved include Michel Roux Jr, Raymond Blanc, Angela Hartnett, Georgio Locatello and this year’s Great British Bake Off winner, Frances Quinn, among many others. If you’re not too keen on traditional mince pies, then don’t worry: there will obviously be lots of […]

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Openings & Launches

Christmas in London

London has outdone itself this year with wonderful Christmas events, from top chefs auctioning off mince pies, to an edible cinema and a festive supper club! Not to mention My London Planner who are offering to wrap your presents and deWintons who are ready to serve up canapés at your Christmas parties! Here are some of The Handbook's favourites: Christmas Edible Cinema Adding a festive twist to the monthly Edible Cinema screenings, American comedy 'Trading Places' will be screened at Aubin Cinema in Shoreditch and at Electric Cinema in Notting Hill for those who live further West. Set in the […]

Reviews

Floridita Hot Rum Bar Review

Last week, Floridita launched a Hot Rum Bar for the Christmas season, which will be open until early February. It is located in their subterranean Rum Shack, with a perfect view of the long bar so you can watch your hot cocktails being prepared – always my favourite part! We were shown to a sofa, where we could just sit back and relax: all of the sofas are covered in comfy throws and cushions, so it is the perfect place to snuggle up and catch up with friends over Christmas. As well as the usual Rum Shack menu, there is […]

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Reviews

Floridita Hot Rum Bar Review

Last week, Floridita launched a Hot Rum Bar for the Christmas season, which will be open until early February. It is located in their subterranean Rum Shack, with a perfect view of the long bar so you can watch your hot cocktails being prepared – always my favourite part! We were shown to a sofa, where we could just sit back and relax: all of the sofas are covered in comfy throws and cushions, so it is the perfect place to snuggle up and catch up with friends over Christmas. As well as the usual Rum Shack menu, there is […]

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