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Pop the Question… and the Cork

The month of love will become a whole lot more romantic on Monday when women worldwide can take matters into their own hands and propose to their other halves. A nerve-wracking time for any man, many may be thankful for the chance to be relieved of this duty. 108 Brasserie is giving ladies even more of an incentive to ask the four-word question (no, not “are you cooking dinner?”) with a complimentary bridal Champagne afternoon tea for bridal parties of up to 12 people. The Marylebone restaurant is a suitably special spot for a bride to celebrate her upcoming nuptials; […]

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German Gymnasium’s New Afternoon Tea

Here at The Handbook we’re a sucker for a new afternoon tea, if it’s sandwiches and cakes in miniature form then sign us right up! Joining the afternoon tea brigade is German Gymnasium, who will be launching their afternoon tea tomorrow. When you think of Germany you might not think of cake, you’re more likely to think of beer, bratwurst, pretzels and sauerkraut, but they’re pretty big on their cakes too. Starting at 4pm with the German tradition of Kaffee and Kuchen, the afternoon tea menu is split into two teas; The German, which features sandwiches filled with the likes […]

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Mark Hix: Your Private Chef

We may have just had breakfast but on a Friday morning it’s only natural to be looking ahead to the weekend. Can’t think that far ahead? Maybe you’re just planning your dinner tonight. Curry. Sorted. Next dilemma, who’s cooking? We can’t solve all your culinary dilemmas for you but we can tell you about an event taking place at the Four Seasons Hotel on Park Lane in aid of Leuka, the leukaemia charity. Their annual event ‘Who’s Cooking Dinner’ is now in it’s seventeenth year, and raises significant funds to go towards research and treatment of the disease – to […]

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L’Escargot Bottomless Sunday Brunch

Eccentric, lavish and historical, L’Escargot is the place to head if you can’t quite make it to Paris for the weekend. Founded in 1927, L’Escargot is London’s oldest French restaurant – think of the stories it could tell – let the Bellini’s and Bloody Mary’s give you your own stories. Celebrate the best of the brunch menu with bottomless food which is there ready and waiting, however hungry you may be – think of the best buffet you’ve ever had, it’s like that but better. And you won’t have the buffet shame of walking up for the forth time because the […]

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5 Top Fuss-Free Restaurants

Sometimes, you book a table at a specific restaurant for the luxurious pull-your-chair-out, fold-your-napkin and intricate sommelier service that’s on offer. You want to work your way through a Bible of a wine list and try to decipher the list of ingredients that make up the complex, texture-testing, scientific dishes on offer. But sometimes, just sometimes, you simply want to eat. To pull up a chair, catch up with a friend and tuck into genuinely good, fuss-free grub and friendly service. Here’s where The Handbook recommends you go:

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EGGBREAK: The Second Coming

The humble egg, the star of brunch, the saviour of quick suppers, the superfood that we can actually afford to eat every day and the very reason that Notting Hill restaurant, EGGBREAK exists. Focussing on free-range chicken and the eggs (but unfortunately not answering the which came first chicken or egg question), rare-breed meat and fish caught on day boats; EGGBREAK is having a second coming with a new menu, fresh interiors and a new weekend brunch. Opening on the 9th March, the menu will feature the likes of House shakshuka with spinach and kale, Gloucester Old Spot McMuffins and […]

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American Wine and Steak Dinner

For an American, turning 21 in the French regions of Champagne and Burgundy must be a dream come true. An academic year abroad spent in Champagne and Burgundy in 1974 ignited a passion in a young Jim Clendenen that meant he never returned to law school, instead pursuing a career in wine. We can think of worse places to spend an exchange… His Californian winery Au Bon Climat was the result of such passion, founded in 1982, having since gained international acclaim for it’s ‘classically-styled’ Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay and winning Jim a smattering of awards […]

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The Wild West Comes East

North, South, East, West – we all have our little pocket of London we are most at home in, but now the West is coming to the East… Confused? Wild West-themed Django Bango is coming to Brick Lane; a full replica of a desert town, complete with hay bales, hog roast and copious amounts of liquor (although swigging from bottle is frowned upon…). A fully immersive experience, designed by a specialist events company, the town is suited to big gangs of Westerners who can hire a space in one of the houses or go one better and hire the full […]

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Strand Palace Hotel Welcomes Sacred Cafe

The Strand has welcomed a new independent coffee brand to its well trodden streets, offering strong competition up against the selection in McDonalds/Starbucks/Pret/Caffe Nero on the same stretch of London. Discerning coffee drinkers (some may say coffee snobs… yep, that’s us) will no longer have to rely on the office coffee machine or walking a bit further into Covent Garden for a decent cup; New Zealand-inspired Sacred Cafe has just opened their forth spot (alongside existing cafes just off Carnaby Street, in Westfield and in Highbury), in the 4-star Strand Palace Hotel. Coffee is served alongside teas (with holistic properties) […]

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BAFTA Inspired Cocktails

Guess what day it is on Sunday? And here’s a clue we’re not talking about Valentine’s Day that would be too obvious.…. any ideas? Well, amongst the love hearts (or mourning veils depending on how you view the day), it’s also the BAFTAs – something we can all get on board with. Whilst we can’t get you to the BAFTAs what we can do is tell you what they’ll be drinking at the after parties and how you can drink it too. This year Grey Goose vodka have created the Grey Goose Film Awards Season Cocktail Collection, which will pay […]

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9 Underrated Antipodean Restaurants

Our Aussie rellies love their brunch as much as they (seemingly) love their surfboard. No surprise really when you consider their laid-back lifestyle and the appeal of sitting kerbside in the sun, armed with a green juice, latte in a glass and smashed avo on sourdough. Antipodean brunches rarely involve alcohol, so step aside bottomless British brunches and make way for the health-conscious breed of yogis, cross-fitters and spinners in search of a well-earned caffeine hit. 

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Supper Pop-Up at Catering HQ

Four seasons, four playing card suits, four calling birds…and now the forth pop-ups from Top Hat Catering. Catering to foodies who don’t want standards to drop just because there are large numbers of guests, the caterers are one of the UK’s most exclusive – delivering food as high in standard as the service. The food is luxurious, and you’d be as happy tucking into glazed pork cheeks with confit leeks or monkfish in massaman sauce at a party as you would if you were paying for it in a swanky restaurant; no non-descript, mass-produced stews here. As well as large […]

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