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Ametsa Afternoon Tea

Everyday, we at The Handbook, long for lunch. We munch through our Sainsbury’s sandwiches with great haste in order to get back to our brilliant blog writing. Our post lunch tummies are usually satisfied. But today we just know we’re going to feel a little lacklustre as we’ve heard that the Ametsa with Arzak Instruction have launched their Michelin-starred afternoon tea menu at The Halkin by COMO. Ametsa with Arzak Instruction features Elena Arzak – voted Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef in 2012. High five to girl power! Arzak collaborates with her father Juan Mari Arzak, Mikel Sorazu, Igor […]

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The Berkeley launches new Prêt-à-Portea

Hands up if you’ve been guilty of lusting after designer labels, sneaking into sample sales or getting clothes envy flicking through a magazine? Well if so then we have something sure to tickle your fashion bone,  in celebration of the launch of the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum this week, the Berkeley Hotel has created it’s very own Prêt-à-Portea; a sumptuous afternoon tea inspired by the godfather of British fashion’s most iconic designs. First up, it’s those ‘armdadillo’ shoes made famous by the likes of Lady Gaga. Tuck in to the fancy footwear which has […]

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Fashion Power Tea Review

You might dress like a fabulous diva but do you dine like one? The trendy hotel W London has launched a Fashion Power Tea in collaboration with London’s Design Museum for Women Fashion Power, an exhibition that celebrates female fashion as a form of self-expression through the ages. The afternoon tea begins with classic sandwich options like Cucumber & Greek yoghurt and Roast chicken & lemon butter, notably served on a ceramic cake stand that was designer themed shoes with a flat tray on top – our shoes were the classic black and white Chanel heels but I also spied […]

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Fashion Power Tea Review

You might dress like a fabulous diva but do you dine like one? The trendy hotel W London has launched a Fashion Power Tea in collaboration with London’s Design Museum for Women Fashion Power, an exhibition that celebrates female fashion as a form of self-expression through the ages. The afternoon tea begins with classic sandwich options like Cucumber & Greek yoghurt and Roast chicken & lemon butter, notably served on a ceramic cake stand that was designer themed shoes with a flat tray on top – our shoes were the classic black and white Chanel heels but I also spied […]

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The Four Seasons opens a sweet shop

Willy Wonka has sprinkled his magic over the lobby of The Four Seasons Canary Wharf leaving in his wake the recently opened Petite Pop-Up Sweet Shop in one of the former telephone booths. Packed full of nostalgic treats from confectionary brand, Hardy’s Original Sweetshop, guests can expect a treasure trove of jars filled with all the favourites from pick and mix to gob stoppers, lemon sherbets, tantalising toffee and flying saucers. Young guests can channel their inner Alice in Wonderland when they receive an oversized key which gains them entry to collect a complimentary treat. Proving that there is no justice in the world, […]

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Shikumen Launches

Shikumen, a new affordable Chinese fine-dining restaurant, has slowly been opening its doors to the public since its opening a few months ago at The Dorsett Hotel on Shepherd’s Bush Green. The name Shikumen is so called after the traditional Shanghai stone house architecture of the 1940s that blended east and west which is reflected in the restaurant’s style. The Handbook popped down to see it for oursevles and found the whole experience was very authentic from the interior design, to the other guests and of course the food, which was aesthetically well-presented and consistent throughout the evening. In the […]

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Urban Villa opens

If the dream of living in a fancy London apartment is just a distant, expensive fantasy then we have an alternative solution. Boutique hotelier Urban Villa has just opened its first property in the Great West Quarter development in London, combining boutique hospitality with the convenience and comfort of luxurious residential living. Instead of the typical bathroom and bedroom scenario, you will find a lounge area complete with kitchen and fully functioning oven, stove and even dish-washer. Each of the 100 all-suite bedrooms also boasts an enclosed winter garden with floor to ceiling panoramic views which gives the building its […]

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Start (Chinese) New Year on a High at The Shard

Chinese New Year. Hmm. What to do, what to do? You want an authentic experience but that doesn’t mean you want to be rattling around Chinatown eating cold dim sum and getting squished by snap happy tourists. Good thing that the Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard is putting on an authentic but indulgent experience then, isn’t it? The festivities will take place between 18th and 22nd February and will include an awesome combination of Asian heritage, food and, of course, breathtaking views from the TING Lounge. Tuck into a veritable Chinese feast, with traditional dumplings and sweetened lotus nuts symbolic […]

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A very big house in the country

Anytime any of the MIC crew traipses outside of the SW3 postcode area someone always inevitably pipes up on how great it is to get out of the City and for once we find ourselves agreeing with our favourite reality posh totties. Our heart belongs to heaving capital but once in a while we like to head out for pastures green and have a brief dalliance with the countryside, and where better than a manor house? Flitwick Manor is a four star Grade ll listed country house in Woburn, part of the Menzies Hotel Group, and only 40 minutes from […]

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Fragrant Cocktails with Givenchy

Ever been told you smell good enough to eat? Well, now someone can eat you. Well, drink you anyway… Café Royal is teaming up with Parfums Givenchy for what is quite possibly the chicest cocktail experience in London, launching on 1st February. The Atelier Collection of Cocktails mirror the seven fragrances of the L’Atelier de Givenchy fragrance collection, with each creation an exquisite mix of fragrance and flavour reflecting the quintessential Givenchy style. Developed by top mixologist Tiziano Tasso, the exclusive cocktail collection will be available in the hotel’s Green Bar and promises both oral and olfactory stimulation. The Ambre […]

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The Handbook’s Guide to New Year’s Eve

They say the way you spend New Year’s Eve is a sign of what is to come for the rest of the year, so with that in mind if you want a year of partying, drinking, good food and general all round fabulousness head to one of these amazing events. New Year’s Eve at The Ritz London We might be celebrating the New Year but over at The Palm Court guests will be doing a time warp back to the 1920’s for a themed evening complete with a four-course dinner, marching band, live music and dancing. Alternatively, if you are […]

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Ametsa with Arzak Instruction

With the London restaurant scene as packed as it is, all too often it seems restaurants within hotels can get overlooked, which is a shame as some there are some real gems.  One such restaurant is Ametsa with Arzak Instruction at The Halkin, which serves up New Basque cuisine and is headed up by Executive Chef Sergi Sanz, with guidance from Elena Arzak and her father.  If her name sounds familiar then it’s because her family run the 3 Michelin star Arzak restaurant out in San Sebastian, Spain, which you’re bound to have heard of.   Although designed by the London – based […]

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