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Mews of Mayfair Review

The Handbook went to Mews of Mayfair for a little bit of late night dining. When we arrived at Lancashire Court just off New Bond Street, it had all the bustle of a thieves market; there were people everywhere chatting, smoking and getting ready to move on for their night out – drinks firmly in hand. But as we stepped into the door of Mews of Mayfair, climbed the stairs we instantly felt relaxed – as we left the mayhem below and entered the twinkling, quaint brasserie. With low, warm lights, plenty of candles and a simple décor of thick […]

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Counter Club at Spuntino

Calling all food lovers, so really calling everyone – big news: on the 24th April Soho restaurant Spuntino will host the very first Counter Club. But what is the Counter Club I hear you ask? Well it is created by the team who are behind the Quintessentially Supper Club and it is a veritable feast – that’s what it is! 24 guests will sit down to 10 courses including classic sliders and ribbon steak – will indulge in 4 Quintessentially Vodka cocktails and half a bottle of wine (that’s each – not between the 24 of them – that wouldn’t […]

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Bianco43 Review

The pizzeria, Bianco43, have recently opened their third venue in Trafalgar Square, serving Italian cuisine. The venue is a stone’s throw from Charing Cross station and is located in an elegant building with views of the Trafalgar Square monuments. The main dishes comprise mostly of pizza and pasta dishes with a few meat-focussed dishes like Sword Fish Steak, Chicken Breast Fillet and Mixed Seafood Grill. I opted for the Ravioli in the butter and sage sauce but it was unavailable so I went with the Gnocchi with the same sauce instead. It wasn’t unpleasant but definitely lacked any flavour; the […]

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Bianco43 Review

The pizzeria, Bianco43, have recently opened their third venue in Trafalgar Square, serving Italian cuisine. The venue is a stone’s throw from Charing Cross station and is located in an elegant building with views of the Trafalgar Square monuments. The main dishes comprise mostly of pizza and pasta dishes with a few meat-focussed dishes like Sword Fish Steak, Chicken Breast Fillet and Mixed Seafood Grill. I opted for the Ravioli in the butter and sage sauce but it was unavailable so I went with the Gnocchi with the same sauce instead. It wasn’t unpleasant but definitely lacked any flavour; the […]

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Amaranto launches new brunch

Think brunch and you probably think eggs, granola, a fry up or pancakes – well Amaranto at the Four Seasons Hotel in Mayfair –have gone way passed that, way, way passed with their new brunch. They have over 50 courses to choose from -that’s right the big five zero.  Available on Saturday and Sundays from 7am for the early risers and until 3pm for those who are feeling the effects of the night before, the brunch includes savoury classics such as fried eggs with truffle; a tea smoked wild salmon and spinach frittata; and Kedgeree.  And in keeping with the […]

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St. Patrick’s Day at The Lucky Pig

St. Patrick’s Day is always a good excuse for a party and this year there's no where better to have one than at The Lucky Pig.  Head down to the Fitzrovia bar and get into the party spirit with a fantastic range of offers available. With ‘Craic’ cocktails for £5 before 8pm wet your whistle before indulging in some true Irish spirit with McGargel’s Finest Brew. Scrumptious Pizzettas will also be on offer for those feeling a little bit peckish.   Later on Camden based four piece gypsy, flamenco and rock and roll band The Din will play until you’re […]

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The Fable Review

The Fable is part of the Drake and Morgan collection and draws inspiration from Aesop’s fables. The theme isn’t abundantly clear to the untrained eye though but once you start noticing it the subtle touches show through. The most obvious place is in the stairwell which leads between the 3 floors, as the wallpaper is prints of story book pages. A booth in the bottom floor is partially sectioned off by a wall of books and little tags are discreetly hidden around the venue with famous lines from fairy tales written on them. Next to the mezzanine level, carriage wheels […]

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The Fable Review

The Fable is part of the Drake and Morgan collection and draws inspiration from Aesop’s fables. The theme isn’t abundantly clear to the untrained eye though but once you start noticing it the subtle touches show through. The most obvious place is in the stairwell which leads between the 3 floors, as the wallpaper is prints of story book pages. A booth in the bottom floor is partially sectioned off by a wall of books and little tags are discreetly hidden around the venue with famous lines from fairy tales written on them. Next to the mezzanine level, carriage wheels […]

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Boisdale of Belgravia Review

Not just one for trying the latest restaurants, The Handbook headed to one of Belgravia’s classic establishments – Boisdale of Belgravia for a little bit of jazz and a lot of food. With a bright red exterior, inside Boisdales is a mix of a gentlemen’s’ club mixed with a Highland estate library – it was all dark colours,  patterned rugs, stags and tartan; and the tables were filled with business men, a sprinkling of tourists here and there and even a vicar who seemed to be rather enjoying himself. Throughout the night there was the infamous live jazz, which wasn’t […]

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Boisdale of Belgravia Review

Not just one for trying the latest restaurants, The Handbook headed to one of Belgravia’s classic establishments – Boisdale of Belgravia for a little bit of jazz and a lot of food. With a bright red exterior, inside Boisdales is a mix of a gentlemen’s’ club mixed with a Highland estate library – it was all dark colours,  patterned rugs, stags and tartan; and the tables were filled with business men, a sprinkling of tourists here and there and even a vicar who seemed to be rather enjoying himself. Throughout the night there was the infamous live jazz, which wasn’t […]

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New Yuzu Cocktail at Ping Pong

Heard of the fruit ‘Yuzu’? Neither had we, but with a fruit tipped to be ‘the latest in food trends 2014’ it had us thinking that we probably should have.  Luckily the team of mixologists at Ping Pong have it covered, incorporating it into a brand new cocktail. From the makers of a polka dot lychee cocktail and a hybrid hot tea punch, the creative cocktail makers have been working with the tangy fruit to create the Jun Yuzu Martini- a green tea ice sphere floating in a blend of Jun Shochu sake, Bombay Sapphire and Elderflower liquor, topped with […]

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Avenue Restaurant Review

When we heard that D & D restaurant, Avenue on St James Street was re-launching we couldn’t wait to see the end result, we had heard big things and we weren’t disappointed because heck was it good! The restaurant is almost unrecognisable from its former days – inspired by a Manhattan loft, it is chic and sophisticated, (it’s the sort of place you want to be taken on a date to, or could while away an evening drinking cocktails with your friends) yet still fresh and relaxed. With gold, nude and navy tones the restaurant is broken up into a […]

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