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The Blues Kitchen: Review

Over at the Blues Kitchen in Camden they are spicing up Monday nights with a ribs festival throughout January and February. Having invited the countries best rib chefs to come in and cook up some of America’s most loved food, The Handbook went down on its opening night to check it out. From the outside it looks dark, the wood distressed, inside it was still dark with low red lights but it was packed – good work for an early Monday evening. A mix of bar seats, high tables, booths; we were quickly shown to our seat and explained which […]

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Casa di Fiori Review

The first thing I notice about Casa Di Fiori as I walk through the doors is just how pretty it is inside. The interior is decorated light blue and white with ornaments border-lining on tacky but that can be over-looked because of how sweet and atmospheric the restaurant is. After soaking in the atmosphere we settled down and ordered our starters. I opted for the Cauliflower Cream with a balsamic vinegar reduction, which although consisting mainly of a vegetable I hardly doubt it counts as one of my five of day as it was so creamy and delicious, it can’t […]

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Our favourite afternoon teas

In the early nineteenth century it is said that Anna, 7th Duchess of Bedford complained of a ‘sinking feeling in the afternoon’, at the time it was common just to eat breakfast and supper, and so she began to snack on sandwiches and little cakes to curb her hunger. On returning to London, Anna started inviting friends over to join her and so the tradition of afternoon tea was formed. Today, the quintessentially English tradition is still as popular as ever and whilst  choosing a definitive list is arguably impossible, we’ve rounded up some of our favourites. The only question […]

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Where to Go For Afternoon Tea: Some Of Our Favourites

In the early nineteenth century it is said that Anna, 7th Duchess of Bedford complained of a ‘sinking feeling in the afternoon’, at the time it was common just to eat breakfast and supper, and so she began to snack on sandwiches and little cakes to curb her hunger. On returning to London, Anna started inviting friends over to join her and so the tradition of afternoon tea was formed. Today, the quintessentially English tradition is still as popular as ever and whilst  choosing a definitive list is arguably impossible, we’ve rounded up some of our favourites. The only question […]

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B – Soho Skinny Pizzas

So today is not just any Monday, it is Blue Monday – apparently the most depressing day of the year and it would just have to fall in January, the most depressing month of the year.  But you know what is sure to cheer you up? Pizza, of course! Especially from the pizza connoisseurs B-Soho, who have just created a new range of skinny pizzas. With a few tweaks here and there to their pizza dough and delicious fresh and low fat toppings, they have created pizzas which are the perfect pick me up without you having to break the […]

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The Boudoir Club, The Button Club and Sanderson Party

Next week sees Sanderson hotel hosting a party in collaboration with The Button Club and The Boudoir Club at their Long Bar. The Button Club owned by Kaja Wunder, is a global community who provides its members with access to exclusive events, (they are also the team behind events such as the Bloodlust Ball); whilst The Boudoir Club are a gathering of people from the worlds of music, art, fashion and film, they are the Home of Deep House. And next Wednesday they are coming together to throw a party at one of London’s hottest boutique hotels, Sanderson – it’s […]

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deWintons at Opera Holland Park

It may seem a long way off now, but come summer Kensington’s Opera Holland Park will be alive with a wonderful programme of performances, including Norma and The Turn of the Screw.  The beautiful building and elegant Dutch Gardens make it the perfect place to host a party for friends or clients, whether you are after a pre -opera seateddinner for up to 60  guests or larger Champagne receptions on the mezzanine overlooking Kensington. With drinks included as well as the best seats in the house, it’s not like you need another reason to say yes, but if you do […]

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Bumpkin launches super healthy menu

Detoxing and eating the right kinds of food can be a depressing thought when the weather is this miserable and it is dark before you leave for work. But what about if the food was already made for you, and it was being served in one of your favourite South Kensington restaurants? Suddenly seems much easier doesn’t it? Good thing then that is exactly what Bumpkin is doing. Their new super healthy menu has been created by Julie Montagu – Julie Montagu, the Flexi Foodie: Yogini, Health Coach and Wellness Warrior. She is a firm believer that what you eat […]

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Brontё inspired afternoon tea at The Gilbert Scott

When you think of the Brontё sisters, you probably think of the bleak moorlands in Wuthering Heights or the plain, but determined Jane Eyre. What might not spring to mind though is afternoon tea, but that is about to change as The Gilbert Scott launches its Brontё inspired afternoon tea. Created by by General Manager and chef, Chantelle Nicholson and cult artist and creator of Visitoriana, Charlotte Cory, this traditional Yorkshire Victorian tea is a tribute to the famous writing sisters, who would sup on tea between penning the paragraphs of their novels. Charlotte Cory is a cult artist and […]

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Orrery Winter Retreat

High above Marylebone High Street, away from the hustle and bustle below is Orrery’s hidden terrace and this year it has been given a bit of makeover to turn it into a snug winter retreat; with toasty heaters,  cosy blankets and the twinkle of lanterns. They’ve added a delicious selection of ‘Winter Warmers’ to their drinks list such as Warm Old Fashioned with Woodford Reserve, angoustura bitters, orange and maraschino cherry; Apple Pie with Dupont vsop, apple juice, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, buttered rum, orange and sugar; and Minty, a blend of fresh mint tea, honey, ginger and lemon. And […]

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Skylon: Review

Having heard mixed reviews of Skylon I was intrigued by what would be in store when we escaped the winter chill of South Bank and headed into the restaurant last week. For a Tuesday night both the restaurant and grill were bustling, drinkers surrounded the bar and almost all the tables were full. Being situated in the Royal Festival Hall, means that there is a steady stream of those in the pursuit of culture looking for a pre-theatre or exhibition meal and there is no doubt as well that Skylon’s views across the Thames are definitely in its favour. Starting […]

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Skylon: Review

Having heard mixed reviews of Skylon I was intrigued by what would be in store when we escaped the winter chill of South Bank and headed into the restaurant last week. For a Tuesday night both the restaurant and grill were bustling, drinkers surrounded the bar and almost all the tables were full. Being situated in the Royal Festival Hall, means that there is a steady stream of those in the pursuit of culture looking for a pre-theatre or exhibition meal and there is no doubt as well that Skylon’s views across the Thames are definitely in its favour. Starting […]

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