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Top 5 Terraces in London

Whether rain or shine there’s nothing we love more than sitting outside, heated by the rare sighted summer sun or by toasty heating lamps in the cooler months. The Handbook took on the arduous task of checking out London’s top terraces. Paradise by way of Kensal Green This gastro pub has a quirky interior which originally held a terrace but due to the tragic weather we endure in the UK it was converted into a conservatory so it could be enjoyed all year round. In the summer months the sun will fill this pretty space with light where guests can enjoy the […]

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The Goring: Review

Since its opening in 1910 (when the price of  a room was just 7s 6d, the equivalent of 37p!), The Goring has become a quintessential part of luxury London. The family run hotel has continually been named as the top hotel in London and indeed in Europe. Having become synonymous with the Royal family, in 2010 it was granted a Royal Warrant for Hospitality Services by Her Majesty The Queen. But now they have something new to celebrate, the arrival of new chef Shay Cooper whose aim is to take the menu to the next level and so The Handbook […]

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Edible Cinema Does Romeo and Juliet

This May will see the forces of Edible Cinema and Bombay Sapphire combine to produce one truly unique screening of Baz Luhrman’s Romeo and Juliet.  Working on the principle of enhancing the sights and sounds of the film by turning it into an edible adventure, guests will be treated to small mouthfuls throughout to really experience the action. On entering they will be split into Montagu’s or Capulets with a mellow rivalry dictated by two different cocktails spun with Bombay Sapphire and fresh  ingredients. Both drinks have an overriding citrus heart which highlights that despite their differences underneath it all, […]

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The Berkeley’s Spring/Summer Pret-a-Portea

It’s synonymous with the changing of the seasons, The Berkeley’s infamous Pret- a- Portea, aka the most fashionable tea in London. Since we are well and truly into spring now, it is time for the Spring/Summer 2014 collection tea to be served in The Caramel Room. Taking to the tea stand this season are Miu Miu’s exotic skin tone bag with a chocolate pecan moelleux, Christian Louboutin’s chocolate biscuit Pigalle spike heel with a bright turquoise hue icing and the signature red sole. Also making an appearance will be Victoria Beckham’s geometric print cherry and white chocolate mousse shirt , […]

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Cheyne Walk Brasserie Afternoon Tea

Chelsea favourite, Cheyne Walk Brasserie, has recently joined the afternoon tea brigade and so The Handbook went down to check it out. And, well, we were expecting a little bit more. Whilst the restaurant has a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, upstairs was a little more subdued – it had the air of a waiting room – carpeted floor, a few sofas around small low tables and most importantly seeing as there were only four of us in there, no music or back ground noise, just an odd ticking that made it sound like it was raining heavily outside. But in true […]

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Cheyne Walk Brasserie Afternoon Tea

Chelsea favourite, Cheyne Walk Brasserie, has recently joined the afternoon tea brigade and so The Handbook went down to check it out. And, well, we were expecting a little bit more. Whilst the restaurant has a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, upstairs was a little more subdued – it had the air of a waiting room – carpeted floor, a few sofas around small low tables and most importantly seeing as there were only four of us in there, no music or back ground noise, just an odd ticking that made it sound like it was raining heavily outside. But in true […]

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The Judgement of St. James

Now 34 years since it took place, The Judgement of Paris shook the wine world to it’s very core. Gathering together eleven wine experts and pitting French Bordeaux against Californian Cabernat Sauvignon, the war was on to discover which wine was superior. Wine drunk, blindfolds untied, the results (to the dismay of the French wine industry) proved the New World Californian wine the victor on all counts. Sacre Bleu!   In homage to this momentous wine event the new St James’s Restaurant Avenue will partner up with award winning wine merchants Berry Bros. & Rudd to create their own spin […]

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Chilli Chilli Bang Bang Festival

Rumours are going round that London is set to have a heat wave of three months this year. Three. Months! But just in case this turns out not to be true (most likely in our pessimistic view) then at least you can experience another sort of heat at Street Feast’s latest venture Chilli Chilli Bang Bang. Happening in Dalston Yard, the two day festival on the 9th and 10th May will be celebrating the almighty chilli pepper – love it or loathe it – you can’t deny it packs a real punch. It’s brought to you by Tweat Up, Jose […]

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Diptyque Easter at 1 Lombard Street

We love a good Easter Egg as much as the next person but we definitely won't be saying no to Diptyque goodie bag filled with fragrant treats instead! 1 Lombard Street is collaborating with the high end fragance collection so that guests can enjoy a 2 or 3 course set menu in the restaurant’s brasserie before ending the night with a goodie bag.  They are on a first come first serve basis though so be quick in booking your place.  Warm, inviting and topped off with a stunning centre piece dome by architect Pietro Agostini, the brasserie is perfect for Easter celebrations, […]

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Head Chef Tommy Boland Joins Almeida

The seasons are changing and we have embraced it with welcoming pasty arms; in the spirit of change, London restaurant Almeida, has also had a change but in their case it took place in the kitchen. Tommy Boland will be the new head chef, bringing with him his experience from the kitchens at The Square, Le Cinq in Paris and Tom Aikens.  He has created an ingredient led menu which will offer simple British food with French influences. Think Pan Fried Sea Bream with farfalle, clams and sea vegetable for mains and Chocolate and Jaffa Pave, Orange Sorbet, Muscavado Crumble […]

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Skinny Cocktails at Shaka Zulu

‘Diamonds are a girl’s best friend’ goes the classic saying, in lieu of that we think that cocktails must come a close second. They are with you for the good times (champagne cocktails at the Zetter Townhouse), the bad times (Bam Bam’s at Whetherspoons) and all the in-between (becoming a Pimm’s mixologist wizard every summer). The only drawback, as with most delicious activities, is that the tasty treats are chock full of hidden calories (we won’t tell you how many!). To help us keep our uber fit bikini bodies suitable for public places this summer, our friends at Shaka Zulu […]

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Margaux Review

Margaux is a European style restaurant, on Old Brompton Street, which offers beautifully prepared food with the very freshest of ingredients. The restaurant is open Monday to Sunday and was buzzing on the Thursday night when we came to visit. Ex-Zuma and Iberica chef, Xavier Castella Vilamajo, is the man behind the impressive menu and his expertise in sea food was apparent in our delicious House-Cured Citrus Salmon Carpaccio starter. His enthusiasm for all things sea born continued into the Line Caught Monkfish which had a perfect melt in your mouth texture; it was served with smoked aubergine, macadamia snow […]

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