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The Pig & Goose Review

The newly opened Pig & Goose, nestled above the charming and charismatic pub The George on the Strand and opposite the formidable Royal Courts of Justice, is really one of those hidden gems that if you are not looking out for you will miss….and that would be a great shame. Once you’ve made your way through the suits downstairs in the pub enjoying a stiff drink after work, you’re warmly welcomed up a flight of stairs to this new elegant restaurant and lounge. Refurbished last Autumn, the Pig & Goose has retained its charm and elegance as well as managing […]

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Tea at midnight

The K West Hotel has a musical heritage being the former BBC Building Kensington House in the 60s, with an endless list of music royalty having stayed and most definitely misbehaved including The Kinks, Bob Marley and Bowie. And with music still very much central to the hotel it’s no surprise that when they came to their afternoon tea it too had a musical theme.  It comes in three forms – The Glam Rock Afternoon Tea, The Glam Rock Prosecco Afternoon Tea (both of which are served 2pm -6pm) or the Rock N’ Cocktails Midnight Tea which as the name suggests […]

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Deliveroo: The Premium Restaurant Delivery Service

When it’s cold outside, the idea of leaving the house seems formidable but unless we try and take a leaf out of our hibernating mammal cousins, we have to for unavoidable necessities, namely work. But it’s not all doom and gloom, for now there is a delivery service bringing you one of life’s greatest pleasures, food! Now we’ve all heard of Just Eat and Hungry House but Deliveroo is a food delivery service with a difference; the food available is all from premium restaurants – not a kebab shop in sight! Recently branching out and ever expanding, the delivery service […]

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The World’s End Market

Remember us telling you about World’s End Market? You know the tavern that has been there for so long that it has given its name to the surrounding area? Good, well we went down to check it out its latest transformation. Situated at 459 Kings Road the outside has been returned to its former glory, with an ornate black and gold exterior. You enter through a heavy dark curtain guarded by a doorman; it all feels rather secretive for a restaurant. Inside they’ve gone for a 1930’s canteen feel, with a chequered black and white tiled floor, tiled walls and […]

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Afternoon Tea with a Twist and a Tail at the Playboy Club

The Playboy Club is one of my favourite venues, perfectly combining opulence with a sense of fun. Walking into Salvatore’s Bar, the room is heaving with lavishness; plush gentlemen’s chairs and bottles of alcohol displayed in the glass cabinet that cost more than my car set the scene, which is interjected by raucous laughter at the bar as a cocktail master class is taking place. The bunnies are in their festive Santa suits, sashaying confidently around with beaming smiles. One of my favourite meals is afternoon tea; oh you didn’t know afternoon was a meal? Well it definitely is. The […]

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Saint or Sinner?

For some, January is the start of the detox the chance to get rid of some chocolate and Christmas pudding induced toxins, whilst for others it’s the last chance to eat comfort food before spring when we all have to shed off the layers. Either way the Cubitt House pubs have it sorted (that’s The Grazing Goat, The Orange, The Thomas Cubitt and The Alfred Tennyson – if you didn’t know) with their Saint or Sinner menu. Running from the 5th January to 13th February diners can choose either a salad and fresh juice for £13 if you’re feeling saint like […]

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A London Road Trip

Remember when you were younger and you watched Britney strut her stuff in Crossroads? Did it make you want to take a road trip? Us too, which got us thinking…why not take a road trip round London. Now, we know that us Brits are probably not the most renowned for our navigational skills, but that is what Google maps are for. And whilst the likes of Uber and the tube have revolutionised our lives- after a week commuting, you sometimes just want to to enjoy the city from the comfort of your car. Belt up, open the roof of your […]

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Skylounge

Cinnamon scones, brandy butter, champagne and a Viking vodka pop-up can all be found at Skylounge this Christmas. Situated on the 12th floor of the Double Tree Hotel in Tower Hill, the lounge offers something for everyone and if you are looking for a Christmassy tea or a festive drink then definitely worth a visit. After checking out the views of London that can be seen from the terrace and taking the obligatory pictures, we decided that we would try the Christmas afternoon tea that was on offer. If you have eaten enough mince pies to feed Rudoloph this year, […]

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Skylounge

Cinnamon scones, brandy butter, champagne and a Viking vodka pop-up can all be found at Skylounge this Christmas. Situated on the 12th floor of the Double Tree Hotel in Tower Hill, the lounge offers something for everyone and if you are looking for a Christmassy tea or a festive drink then definitely worth a visit. After checking out the views of London that can be seen from the terrace and taking the obligatory pictures, we decided that we would try the Christmas afternoon tea that was on offer. If you have eaten enough mince pies to feed Rudoloph this year, […]

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All aboard the Tequila Express

With a promotional video so hot that it got banned by Youtube, you can image what the actual nights at Sloane Square hotspot, Tonteria are actually like. As fans of all things saucy, The Handbook went and experienced an evening for ourselves – inhibitions were left at the door. Things start respectfully enough with tapas but suddenly we are descended into darkness as the shot train begins its journey around a wooden track suspended from the ceiling, delivering tequila to thirsty guests. From then on the party had officially begun, the DJ hit the decks, the lights were dimmed and […]

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Art Spas for The Mind

Forget book clubs, it is all about art clubs this year with the introduction of The London Art Studies Lecture series at The Bulgari Hotel in Knightsbridge and Koffmann’s at The Berkeley. The series has been created to provide art lessons to those of us who do not have the time to sign up for a lengthy course but want to learn in a fun and sociable way- meaning your lunch break is about to get a whole lot more exciting. And don’t worry, actual artistic skill is not a pre-requisite with the classes focusing on art history as opposed […]

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Golden Tickets and Christmas Cheer at Aqua

Whilst we would normally urge our readers to avoid Oxford Street at all costs over the Christmas period, we might have found something that might just tempt us there, all thanks to aqua London, who have put on a delightful Christmas spread this year. Yes, if you are feeling a little bit of shopping fatigue, make sure that you gain your energy by heading to aqua kyoto, where you can enjoy their Festive Fuel menu. The menu has been especially designed for those of us feeling a little bit nervous when it comes to the shops, and it will certainly […]

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