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Immersive Theatre: A Trail of History

Freshly graduated from university, I cannot help but lovingly look back on the pub crawls that so often marked the student calendar. Although these alcohol fuelled evenings were probably not the most cultural affairs, they were always good fun and have surprisingly created and onslaught of mostly happy memories. Despite this, it is probably time to broaden horizons…even if this does only mean upgrading a round of pub golf to a pub tour tippled in history. For this exact reason, here at The Handbook we were delighted to hear about the Toast of History Pub Trail that will be taking […]

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Blind-Dining at Island Grill Review

I must admit that when I first signed up for blind-dining at Island Grill, I was a little trepidatious. It wasn’t the prospect of sitting in the dark that I was concerned about, more the fact that I am probably the most uncoordinated person in the history of the planet and felt it was more than certain that a great deal of food would miss my mouth and end up on the table. However, my fear was slightly reduced by the fact I had cunningly invited someone who was even less spatially aware than me with the mentality that every […]

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Blind-Dining at Island Grill Review

I must admit that when I first signed up for blind-dining at Island Grill, I was a little trepidatious. It wasn’t the prospect of sitting in the dark that I was concerned about, more the fact that I am probably the most uncoordinated person in the history of the planet and felt it was more than certain that a great deal of food would miss my mouth and end up on the table. However, my fear was slightly reduced by the fact I had cunningly invited someone who was even less spatially aware than me with the mentality that every […]

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Champagne Brunch at Villandry

A friend of mine once said ‘Brunch without champagne is really just a sad, late breakfast’ and how right they were. There is just something about our favourite meal of the day that lacks a little bit of lustre without a few bubbles involved, and with Champagne Day just around the corner, we were delighted to hear about the Champagne Brunch that has just launched at Villandry, St James. The brunch, which will be available all weekend, will feature a selection of offerings from freshly baked pastries to eggs as well as very exciting cake platter! Whilst the an unlimited […]

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Tango Evenings and tea at Waldorf Hilton

Is it just us or do you find that after watching Strictly Come Dancing you feel like you can totally nail the dance, the foxtrot? So simple. The waltz? Could do it blindfolded. Yup sure you can, well if on the off-chance you need a tiny bit of practice or a little lesson then head to Waldorf Hilton for their tango evenings. The evenings take place in the elegant Palm Court Ballroom – which was where the tango first scandalised Edwardian London society in 1910…although we’re sure the Edwardians loved a scandal or two, just saying.   Hosted by dancers […]

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Caravan heads to Frieze Art Fair

If you’re heading to the Frieze Art Fair (15th -18th October) then in amongst viewing the art, make sure you head to Caravan who have taken elements of their King’s Cross and Exmouth Market restaurants to create a 130-cover restaurant, which will also feature a 40-cover bar and nestled under Regent’s Park tree canopy, a private outdoor terrace which sits a further 40 guests. Chef-Owner Miles Kirby will be making sure the seasonal and local produce will be the focus of the menu, with a mixture of classic signature dishes and dishes especially created for the fair. Small plates include […]

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Royal China Review

The award-winning Royal China group currently has six restaurants across London as well as four more internationally in Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Dubai. And although not lucky enough to travel overseas, we did get to go check out one of their London locations. Situated in the heart of Canary Wharf, beside the ferry pier, sits their Canary Riverside restaurant. It’s certainly a picturesque setting for a dinner date; looking out across the river at the capital’s iconic skyline and the terraced seating would be perfect for a warm summer’s evening. However the current, somewhat temperamental, weather meant we were […]

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Royal China Review

The award-winning Royal China group currently has six restaurants across London as well as four more internationally in Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Dubai. And although not lucky enough to travel overseas, we did get to go check out one of their London locations. Situated in the heart of Canary Wharf, beside the ferry pier, sits their Canary Riverside restaurant. It’s certainly a picturesque setting for a dinner date; looking out across the river at the capital’s iconic skyline and the terraced seating would be perfect for a warm summer’s evening. However the current, somewhat temperamental, weather meant we were […]

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Breakfast with Charles Pop-Up

The brunch collective, Breakfast with Charles are on a mission to reinvent brunch. Rather than a post gym refuel of smoothies and eggs or a hazy hungover bacon roll they want to make the brunch the main affair, a long, lazy all-day event (briner anyone?), where you roll out of bed and spend the day eating, drinking and setting the world to rights with your friends.   This weekend they are heading to The Pillbox Kitchen in Bethnal Green for a two day pop-up showcasing the best of their brunch dishes from the past year.  So to start expect to […]

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Eat Jimmy Choo at The Berkeley

Marilyn Monroe once said: “Give a girl the right pair of shoes and she can conquer the world.”  It may have been a bold claim to make but not one that anybody should take lightly, with a pair of shoes having the ability to make or break morale very quickly. Indeed, Jimmy Choo, who we like to think knows a little bit about shoes once compared shoes to the foundations of a building, noting “if the foundations aren’t right, the building won’t stand upright, and if a woman’s balance isn’t right, nothing else is.” Yes, the right pair of shoes […]

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London Cocktail Week: Cuervo’s Hacienda

Prior to my evening at the Cuervo’s Hacienda at The Hoxton, I had always associated tequila with hot summers and the beach but I am pleased to say that on this occasion I was proved entirely wrong. Whilst the opening of London Cocktail Week saw a severe drop in temperature, the heat at The Hoxton was palpable with two tequila based cocktails in particular filling the cold spot excellently. In aid of the winter months which as much as we hate to admit are slowly but surely becoming a reality, I was delighted to try the Autumnal Tradicional Sour Margarita […]

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Almeida: Review

When it comes to restaurants you think most things have already been covered, we’ve had dining in the dark, mystery menus, eating whilst precariously perched in the sky and way underground, but the Almeida over in Islington have created something brand spanking new; they have done away with the wine list, making them the first restaurant in London to do so. Instead they have a wine wall, where diners can go up and choose their wine based on the tasting notes or they can leave it up to the sommelier to make the choices based on what they are eating […]

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