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Summer cocktails at the Hyatt Regency Churchill

Last week, with the evenings still being so glorious, The Handbook headed over to Portman Square at The Churchill Bar at the Hyatt Regency Churchill, for some post work cocktails. Designed around and inspired by the young Winston Churchill and his love for Clementine, the attention to detail in the design is astounding. The bookshelves hold knitted animals, and family photographs donated by Churchill’s daughter; the menus are decorated with little sketches drawn by Churchill and Clementine when signing off their love letters, and the walls are adorned with art work inspired by the politician and his map detailing his […]

Openings & Launches

Boulestin

In April 1994, the famous Boulestin restaurant in Covent Garden closed down after nearly 70 years but now Joel Kissin, co-founder of Conran Restaurants alongside Sir Terence Conran, is set to introduce it to a new generation when he opens Boulestin mark two in September. The all new Boulestin will be located in St James’s, where The Crown Estate is spearheading a revival of the area and the venue will comprise a luxury 60-seat bistro, serving mostly classic French food, a private dining room seating 36 and Café Marcel, a 30-seat casual dining space offering lighter fare. It will be […]

Openings & Launches

August Social Calendar

Next week sees the start of August and with it, the last bank holiday until Christmas, but rather than linger on this, we are going to make the most of it by making sure we fill it with street parties in Shoreditch, feasts in Battersea and revelry over at the Notting Hill Carnival! Whilst it may be the summer holidays we are in the mood to learn, so we're going to be taking a break from the partying temporarily to brush up on our cooking and cocktail skills! Here is The Handbook selection of great events this August.  Launches Flesh […]

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Reviews

An Evening At Franco’s

We took advantage of the recent gorgeous weather and chose to spend an evening enjoying the Italian cuisine at Franco’s, Jermyn Street. We were greeted with a champagne cocktail, and took a seat amongst the romantic chic décor. The relaxed atmosphere spilled through the open doors out onto the street where others enjoyed their meals outside, while the light evening air drifted in past our table inside. Having heard good rumours about Franco’s, and they started well with our first course; a delicious crab salad perfectly complimented with diced tomato and avocado puree. My guest, not usually a calamari fan, […]

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Openings & Launches

Lincoln’s Inn Bar & Kitchen

The launch of Lincoln’s Inn Bar & Kitchen is set for next month within the gardens of Lincoln’s Inn Fields, the capital’s largest park square.  The venue is the newest addition to the Benugo group with its portfolio including Hyde Park’s Serpentine Bar & Kitchen and The Riverfront at BFI Southbank. Breakfasts include Eggs Benedict and Porridge with maple syrup and star anise poached plums. The main restaurant menu available from 11am will feature burgers, a range of 12” flat breads and pizzas baked in the onsite wood fired oven and BBQ pulled pork and roasted peppers and Spicy chorizo […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Bespoke ‘butterfly’ cocktail menu at Artesian

Designed by Head Mixologist Alex Kratena and his team, the multiple award winning bar, Artesian at The Langham have just launched a completely innovative and unique ‘butterfly’ cocktail menu, which will revolutionise the typical cocktail menu! As Kratena, who received ‘Bar Personality of the Year Award’ by Imbibe Magazine  this year explains: “Cocktails should not only be delicious and also engaging. Working from this principle you can innovate and push boundaries to conjure up bold and unusual flavours and visual creations that entertain. Our butterfly menu allows drinkers to hand select their individual choices, it’s like having a professional perfumer […]

News

The Cider Manicure

As booze brand collaborations go, you don’t get much weirder than this one. Cider brand, Rekorderlig has joined forces with Nail Girls London Salons and Swedish blogger, Caroline Blomst to create the Sparkling Passionfruit Manicure inspired but the limited edition Passionfruit flavour cider. Yes. Really. And it actually looks quite good! The design incorporates a neutral nude shade spiked with fruity purple, and a purple accent nail on the ring finger. The Sparkling Passionfruit Manicure will be available at Nailgirls Salons in Islington and Debenhams for one month from 1st August, priced at £25 and you can get the actual […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Damson & Co – A Great British Deli

Last Week the Handbook went deep into the heart of Soho to Damson and Co, a newly opened Deli and Bakery on Brewer street.  Almost like a “room of requirement”, this great new venue seems to be the answer to every trendy Londoner’s prayers – a winner for breakfast, coffee, lunch, drinks… or anything! Come morning or evening, Damson & Co’s cool rustic interior creates a relaxing environment to escape the hustle and bustle of the city streets. In line with current vogues; this eco-friendly establishment loves its locally sourced ingredients in celebration of all things British. The service was […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Ben’s Canteen Launch New Dinner Menu

Following the success of their famed brunch and cocktail menu’s, Ben’s Canteen have treated us to an exciting new dinner menu, bursting with a new range of their legendary Big Juicy Burgers; try the Wandsworth Food Bank Burger, a lamb and coriander creation filled with pickled ginger, cucumber and wasabi mayo, guaranteed to keep the taste buds happy. Alternatively, if you feel like a challenge, the monstrous ‘Salad Dodger’ is perfect for you; set yourself up against 2 beef patties, topped with bacon and double cheese! If you’re looking for a lighter option ladies, Ben’s Canteen are also bringing a […]

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Hotels

Avenue 32 ‘at home’

Luxury E-tailer, Avenue 32, is teaming up with plush hotel residence, Grosvenor House Apartments by Jumeirah Living to offer guests a range of exclusive fashion and lifestyle services. The partnership will not only provide guests with free shipping to the Park Lane address but also complimentary membership to the Avenue 32 Black Door VIP scheme which includes same day delivery to the Apartments and a range of services from the newly introduced Clothes Concierge. The Clothes Concierge provides customers with a free styling and personal shopping service at their home, alterations and repairs, clothes storage and emergency overnight bags containing […]

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