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The Beaufort Bar Review – What We Thought

If you want the perfect example of opulence then look no further than the Savoy’s Beaufort Bar; stepping into it is like checking your usual persona at the door and becoming someone far more glamourous, someone decadent, you half expect to see Great Gatsby quaffing a martini at the bar. Art Deco in style, polished jet black walls are lined and detailed with burnt gold; add in the live pianist and it’s ideal for late night drinks post theatre or as many couples were doing going on a date – the more intimate, golden alcoves were certainly making one couple […]

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9 of the Best Steak Restaurants

When it comes to eating out in London, there’s never been so much choice. But despite this huge range of options, you still can’t beat the classics. Steak is one of those dishes where you know exactly what you’re going to get. And if you choose the right steak restaurant, it becomes one of the best things you can do in a restaurant. Here are 9 of the best steak restaurants in the city that are sure to get your mouth watering:

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Swan on a Hot Gin Roof

It’s no secret that Londoners love all things artisanal and independent so when this extends to something that’s not a coffee shop or deli, we’re all ears: enter award-winning gin, Sipsmith. Sipsmith itself is nothing new – established in 2009, it is one of only four gin distilleries operating in London. A bit of a surprise when you consider the historical relationship of London and gin – back in the 18th century gin was considered safer to drink than water. Gin consumption increased rapidly in the early 1700s as a direct result of growing incomes but it got so out […]

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Butterfly Kisses Afternoon Tea at The Ivy Kensington Brasserie

Afternoon teas are known for being sweet given their emphasis on cakes and other sweet fancies, but have you ever heard of an afternoon tea that sounds as sweet as “Butterfly Kisses”? The tea has been created by prominent champagne house, Perrier-Jouët, as the ultimate romantic Champagne Afternoon Tea – guests will receive their own origami butterfly at the end of their meal that holds a secret Valentine’s message plus 140 lucky people will win a bespoke Valentine’s Day prize. The tea earns its name from the installation of over 700 hand-made origami green, white and golden butterflies which are […]

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Plateau Honey Menu Review – What We Thought

Nestled amongst the high-rise buildings of Canary Wharf and overlooking the ice rink, Plateau certainly offers an impressive view. The warm and comfortable atmosphere and décor were a stark contrast to the grey and imposing corporate buildings that make up the surroundings. Large, freestanding lamps gave the room a very homely feel, while wooden panelling and luxurious furniture ensure that you don’t forget you’re in a quality establishment. Going into the meal I was sceptical. The task of creating a six-course meal with a staple ingredient as sweet as honey certainly seemed challenging to me, and it would be interesting […]

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5 Hot Jamaican Restaurants

Nothing beats tucking into a polystyrene tray of jerk chicken, washed down with a cold can of red stripe perched on a concrete paving slab. Lucky for us, we don’t have to wait for a street market or festival anymore to fully embrace the sunshine and spice of this authentic cuisine. Brighten up these cold and dark January days and head down to the best Caribbean restaurants in London. Plus what better way to reward yourself after dry Jan than with rum, rum and, er, more rum.

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5 Hot Jamaican Restaurants

Nothing beats tucking into a polystyrene tray of jerk chicken, washed down with a cold can of red stripe perched on a concrete paving slab. Lucky for us, we don’t have to wait for a street market or festival anymore to fully embrace the sunshine and spice of this authentic cuisine. Brighten up these cold and dark January days and head down to the best Caribbean restaurants in London. Plus what better way to reward yourself after dry Jan than with rum, rum and, er, more rum.

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Monica Galetti at The Gherkin

Hands up is you can tell me the actual name of The Gherkin. No, that isn’t actually its real name. Any takers? No? Well it’s actually called 30 St Mary Axe. There we go you learn something new every day. We can also tell you, that from now until the 11th of February, Searcys | The Gherkin has a special set menu designed by Monica Galetti (there’s a name you should definitely know), star of BBC’s Master Chef The Professionals. Over seen by chef Renee Miller the menu will be full of winter offerings including black curry scallop, basmati, white miso and […]

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Openings & Launches

Broadway Butchers Open Pub

You might not have heard of Alex Szrok, Tom Richardson Hill and Lucas Mathiszig-Lee but chances are if you’re into good quality meat or you visit Broadway Market then you’ll have heard of Hill & Szrok Master Butcher and Cookshop. Well this week they are set to open Hill & Szrok Public House over on Old Street. With an emphasis on maximum quality and minimal fuss the focus of the pub will be slow grown, free range and sustainable English meat, all of which will arrive whole for Tom (the butcher) and his team to cut down. If you’re squeamish you […]

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Bourne & Hollingsworth’s New Cookery School

We’re all aspiring cooks these days aren’t we? Nailing (or in our case failing) recipes from Pinterest, whipping up creations we’ve seen on Instagram and buying cookbook after cookbook – mainly to look at the photographs, but still, we have them and that’s the important part. However if you need a little helping hand in the kitchen or if you’re already a culinary genius and want to try something new then you are in luck. Party people and cocktail connoisseurs Bourne & Hollingsworth are opening their cookery school, B & H Kitchen at the top of their Bourne & Hollingsworth […]

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9 of the Cosiest Library Bars

Forget cosy, wood panelled pubs and trendy, cosmopolitan wine bars. This winter, the place to curl up with a nice hot toddy is, believe it or not, the library. No longer the preserve of bookish geeks, pottering pensioners and panicky students, more and more of London’s prestigious hotels and bars are opening swanky, book-filled watering holes, allowing visitors to partake in some seriously scholarly drinking.

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PR That Packs a Punch

It is no secret that restaurants and venues would struggle without a good PR company. Word of mouth is a wonderful thing and don’t get us wrong, we love stumbling upon a hidden gem before it’s splashed all over Instagram, but when PR companies act as the ‘word of mouth’, the word is spread much more effectively. Here at The Handbook, we constantly keep you up to date with all the latest news; venue openings, refurbs and new chefs that make somewhere worth a visit – we work closely with PRs to keep us in the loop, so we can keep […]

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