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10 Reasons to Visit Lausanne, Switzerland

While England likes to throw its name in the hat for a decent winter experience we normally end up with grey slush and a transport system that weeps and collapses at the first sign of frost. For a true winter wonderland where inches of snow settle prettily while 90% of trains are never more than 3 minutes late (tell us your secret), the new winter destination you should know about is Lausanne, Switzerland and here’s why. The Mountains One of the strongest draws of Switzerland is its natural beauty; Lausanne is one of the towns that borders Lake Geneva and […]

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We Review Perrier-Jouët Christmas Afternoon Tea

What? To celebrate Christmas and that joy everyone feels when you hear the sound of a cork being popped, Palm Court at The Langham has joined up with Perrier-Jouët has created an afternoon tea that pairs each course with a different glass of Champagne. New? Yes, the tea launched at the end of November and will be running until the 1st January 2018, so you’ll need to book quickly. Book it as a way to relax after what will most likely be an experience close to hell – Christmas shopping on Oxford Street, or do as we did and skip […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Festive Afternoon Tea At The Sheraton Grand London Park Lane

The nights are longer and closing in far quicker than usual so it’s time we took advantage of those extra hours that we are forced into darkness. How about you get off the streets and into the warmth of the Palm Court. Unwind the scarf, drop the bags, and settle in for an hour or two of scrummy tea, excellent service, and good company. The Sheraton Grand has been a stalwart residence on Park Lane for many years, and The Palm Court, it’s bar and restaurant has been a glamorous addition to the hotel since the 1920’s. The venue’s charm […]

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We Review: Canova Hall

What? Canova Hall has come to Brixton, turning what was once Le Bon Marche, Britiain’s first department store, into a new venue, whilst managing to keep the timeless feel of an old market canteen. New? …ish. It officially opened its doors on the 22nd August 2017. Three months later and it still has that new and excited buzz about it, with its happy crowds and waiters rushed off their feet. Where? 250 Ferndale Road, Brixton, Sw9 8BQ, www.canovahall.com On the Menu: Having imported their authentic wood oven all the way from Modena Italy, you can expect some exceptional pizzas that promise […]

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We Review Rooftop Restaurant: Il Tetto

What? Collaborating once more with renowned restaurateur, Des McDonald, Selfridges has opened their next rooftop restaurant, which this time is transporting diners to Italy, with a taste of traditional, rustic, neighbourhood restaurants. New? Relatively, it opened at the start of October, as one of Selfridges’ changing rooftop restaurants, it will be there for a year-long residency. Where?  On the roof of Selfridges (it has its own separate lift inside), you find it at  400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB, www.iltetto.co.uk On the Menu: Overseen by Head Chef Luca Terraneo the menu is classically Italian. You’ll find pizzas from traditional pizza ovens with […]

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Openings & Launches

Wildflower Canteen Comes to Peckham

Wildflower is coming to the Peckham levels, this however is more much more than just a mere flower growing in the wild, it is not some type of innovative garden centre either. It is in fact a new restaurant, a vegan and vegetarian one at that. Cue all the surprised and delighted faces looking up from Instagram newsfeeds. Wildflower is the latest venture from Parched London, an independent hospitality group who first made their home in Peckham before taking on The Montpelier in 2010. Now they have taken over an unused multi-story car park and have turned the space into […]

Seasonal & Celebrations

Christmas Gift Guide 2017

If you haven’t started your Christmas shopping, fear not, The Handbook is here to save the day with gifts for everyone in your life, from the lover of luxury, to the Instagrammer to those who know that adventure is out there! Or if you’ve already done your shopping, have you bought your own Christmas present yet?   The One Who Likes a Drink  The Ivy Kensington Brasserie Hip Flask  Gone are the days (hopefully gone, if not, sort yourself out) when we transported our spirits in plastic bottles on the tube. Now if you’re going to have a tipple on […]

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A Taste Of South Africa In Peckham

Nelson Mandella House might have been the home of Delboy and Rodney, but it’s about the only thing that Peckham and South Africa have in common. Until now, and new restaurant Kudu aims to change all that. The 46-cover restaurant is named after Kudu Bread, which is cooked in a copper pot and served with melted lardon or seafood butter. It will obviously be centre-stage, but will share the limelight with other South African classics including mussel potjie pots, which are served with seaweed gnocchi, pig’s head tortellini with hay bone broth and crispy onions and onion and beer tarte […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

It’s Grimm Up North London

There’s something Grimm going on down at German Gymnasium in Kings Cross. Drawing inspiration from the classic collection of German folklore tales collected by the Brothers Grimm, the restaurant is bringing them to life, in partnership with airline Lufthansa and drinks partners Monkey 47 and Fever-Tree mixers. Grimm’s Fairy Tales, include classics like Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Rumpelstiltskin, The Golden Goose, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Hansel and Gretel. Each of these stories will be told on German Gymnasium’s mystical World of Tales terrace, which will be adorned with winter foliage, twinkling lights, throws and decorative detailing that […]

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Festive Treats At Fortnum’s Lodge Somerset House

Fortnum and Mason has partnered up with Somerset House and together they have curated the perfect winter experience. Whether you’re looking for a cosy evening in the company of a special someone, or a place to celebrate the festive yule tide with your friends and family, this is it. Ice skating at Somerset House is a fantastic experience in itself, with the gorgeous backdrop of the old public building with the rink open to the stars and the crisp night air. Now you can collapse and gorge yourselves silly on the most fantastic menu put on by Fortnum and Mason. […]

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