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10 Ways to Get Battered on a Tuesday

We are of course talking about pancake batter, because tomorrow is Shrove Tuesday. Easter is rather early this year, which means we’ve only had a few days to gorge ourselves silly and drink all the drinks after being virtuous in January before we start being healthy again for Lent by giving up chocolate/alcohol/sugar. So you may as well have one last hurrah and eat all the pancakes – here are 10 of our favourite pancake offerings this year.

Reviews

Darbaar Review – what we thought

With critically acclaimed Chef Abdul Yaseen at the helm I knew I would be in safe hands, as after spending over a decade spent at the iconic Cinnamon Club and Cinnamon Kitchen, he has launched his first solo project in the form of Darbaar. I love the slick yet exotic feel to the venue as soon as I arrive which has a sharing dining experience layout, inspired by the banquets of the Indian Royal Court. The main dining area also boasts an open kitchen, providing a clear view of all the hustle and bustle of the food being created. The […]

Reviews

Darbaar Review – what we thought

With critically acclaimed Chef Abdul Yaseen at the helm I knew I would be in safe hands, as after spending over a decade spent at the iconic Cinnamon Club and Cinnamon Kitchen, he has launched his first solo project in the form of Darbaar. I love the slick yet exotic feel to the venue as soon as I arrive which has a sharing dining experience layout, inspired by the banquets of the Indian Royal Court. The main dining area also boasts an open kitchen, providing a clear view of all the hustle and bustle of the food being created. The […]

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8 Ways to Spend Valentine’s Day If You’re Single

Here at The Handbook HQ we’re all about balance, we’ll have our green juice in the morning and our burgers in the evening. We’ll attend Body Pump three times in a week and then not move from our sofa all weekend. And so, since we’ve told you about what to do if you’re loved up this Valentine’s Day, we’re now going to tell you about what to do if you’re single. And it’s not re-enacting the opening scenes of Bridget Jones, it’s not giving all couples death stares or eating yourself into a food coma with too much ice-cream. It’s […]

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Reviews

Seven Park Place Review – What We Thought

William Drabble can cook, there is no denying that, I mean really cook, but as an interior designer, perhaps not so much. We’re talking about our recent trip to Seven Park Place when we were staying at St James’s Hotel and Club. A year after its launch in 2009, the restaurant was awarded a Michelin star and 4 AA Rosettes, last October it was awarded a Michelin star for the sixth time, so we were expecting big things. The restaurant itself seats just 26 covers across 9 tables. It’s rather like a boudoir, all rich, jewel colours, embossed walls, different […]

Openings & Launches

The InterContinental’s New Hotel

Pre-Millennium, Greenwich was barely given a second thought by Londoners. Enter the Millennium Dome (now the O2 Arena) and on any given weeknight you’ll find thousands of euphoric fans still singing as they pile onto the Jubilee line, long after the concert has ended. Wanting to avoid the crowded tube? The InterContinental O2 has just opened its doors, and it is just metres from the Arena. As suited to leisure as it is to corporate guests, the vast hotel boasts 453 rooms, 59 swanky suites, 20 meeting rooms, a 3,100sq ft ballroom and 5 in-house bars and restaurants, all spread over […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The Periodic Table Of Cocktails

Making cocktails is a science. It involves a lot of experimentation, combination of elements and knowledge of your art. I can confirm that I was abysmal at all forms of science at school and now that I’m older I even struggle to make a decent glass of orange squash. However, if like us here at Handbook HQ you’re a scientific catastrophe, there is hope yet. Bourne & Hollingsworth’s latest ‘Last Libations’ event, The Periodic Table of Cocktails is a sure-fire way to ensure even the most amateur mixologists leave with the ability to throw together a magnificent mojito or stir […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Maxwell’s Bar and Grill Launches Freakshakes

They came, we saw, we drooled – the latest food craze on everyone’s lips is Freakshakes and they are finally in our pudgy grasp. The calorific abominations are now a regular at Maxwell’s Bar and Grill, whose normal expertise lay in over-sized American portions but they had so many requests for Freakshakes that they expanded to this soon-to-be Australian national drink. The restaurant has monthly specials like Salted Caramel and Pretzels, Pecan Triple Chocolate Brownie, Banana Fudge and Strawberry Cheesecake, plus if you’re feeling creative just tweet suggestions directly to them and you never know; you might see it on […]

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Hotels

Valentine’s Day at Corinthia Hotel

It’s February. The weather’s getting warmer, the drinks are flowing once again and love is in the air. For those in love it’s heading towards that time of the year… Valentine’s and for those suffering from a severe love deficit, it’s time to batten down the hatches, stock up on ice cream and delve into the ever-growing rom-com draw(ers) of the living room. However, if you’re one of those lucky enough to walk free and proud with your other half on your arm for Valentine’s day then aim yourself towards Corinthia Hotel, who’re putting on a whole range of romantic […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Russian Winter at Hush Mayfair

As we roll into February we prepare to say a bittersweet farewell to winter and hello to spring, as the season of baby lambs, daffodils and slightly warmer weather pokes its head over the horizon. If you’re anything like us the festive period flew by in a flash of food, family, wrapping paper and alcohol, and now those dreams you had of a week on the slopes with your mates have been dashed by the cold, harsh realisation of returning to the office. But fear not – as per usual we have an ever-so-slightly novel solution to the problem we’ve posed. […]

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St James’s Hotel and Club Review – What We Thought

You tend to think that not many good things can come from disputes, but it’s good that the Earl Granville and Marchese d’Azeglio had an argument with the Travellers Club in 1857. And it’s a good thing that they did decide they’d rather be members of a new club and that they’d create the club themselves, because the result was the St James’s Club, which is now the 5* boutique St James’s Hotel and Club. In its lifetime it’s seen everyone from Winston Churchill to Liza Minelli cross its doors, it’s been a favourite of Michael Caine and in World […]

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Reviews

St James’s Hotel and Club Review – What We Thought

You tend to think that not many good things can come from disputes, but it’s good that the Earl Granville and Marchese d’Azeglio had an argument with the Travellers Club in 1857. And it’s a good thing that they did decide they’d rather be members of a new club and that they’d create the club themselves, because the result was the St James’s Club, which is now the 5* boutique St James’s Hotel and Club. In its lifetime it’s seen everyone from Winston Churchill to Liza Minelli cross its doors, it’s been a favourite of Michael Caine and in World […]

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