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7 of the Best Christmas Party Venues in North London

It has the potential to go down in office history, being mentioned over the coffee machine for years to come. Reasons for this can vary (insert classic photocopier joke here) but if you’d prefer your office Christmas party to be remembered for simply being one helluva good night then here are some suggestions of where this can happen, all in North London…

Hotels

Smokes and Tipples at Hotel Xenia

Somewhere down the line, Tuesdays got the reputation of just being a bit of a pointless day, it’s not the start, middle or end. So if you find yourselves thinking of Tuesday as just a bit dull, the day that you normally do your washing and then watch mindless tv, we have something a bit different for you. Boutique hotel, Hotel Xenia are continuing their Smoke and Tipples series with their next event which will be held on Tuesday 10th November. Taking place in The Living Wall Bar and Heated Herb Garden, the evening will be hosted by the UK’s […]

Openings & Launches

Beyond London Opens

Friday will see the opening of Beyond London, Kensington’s first lounge to offer gourmet dining, cocktails and table bottle service.  The guys behind it are Executive Chef Ian Pengelley, who comes from Harrod’s Chai Wu and is known for his Pan-Asian cooking and Andy Mil the highly awarded mixologist who recently opened The Cocktail Trading Company, so you’re in safe hands. Their aim?  To provide the best in food and drinks to their customers, who want the great service and personal touches usually found in Mayfair’s high-end nightclubs.  Naturally the cuisine will be Pan –Asian in the form of small plates […]

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Reviews

Sanook Spa Facial Review – What We Thought

If you’re anything like me you wince every time you’re slapped in the face by a blast of dirty underground air. Throw in the Autumn chill and dry indoor heating and the idea of a facial was most welcome. And what better time than National Chocolate Week when Sanook Spa were offering a special Chocolate Facial. The spa is in the basement of the 5 star Courthouse Hotel, just down from Liberty. Much smaller than I expected, it was very well equipped and I’d imagine that during the day it would be very peaceful. I arrived at 6pm, flustered and straight from […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

De-stress with your Dog at Belgraves Hotel

Recognise this scene? You’re off to stay in a hotel, you have to say goodbye to your BFF and as you say goodbye to their little face, you can’t help feeling just a little bit heart broken. Who’ll be there to wake you up, to lick your face, to force you to exercise and who won’t want their share of the mini bar? As you’ve probably gathered we’re talking about our four-legged canine best friends, not humans – I mean if your BFF do all of the above too then…well, good for you. But what if we were to tell […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Baltic Restaurant’s Bar Relaunch

Think vodka and you probably think Russia. In actual fact Poland is as much (if not more) a word that should spring to mind – the two countries have a long standing dispute about who invented the spirit. All you need to know is that Baltic on the Southbank are vodka experts, serving over 60 varieties, including home-infused, straight from the freezer, in frozen glasses to transport you somewhere a little colder this winter. To celebrate a brand new bar at the venue, Head Chef Piotr Fortuna has come up with a menu inspired by his Polish roots. A Hunter’s […]

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Seasonal & Celebrations

8 of the Best West End Christmas Shows

Few places are more magical than London at Christmas. The twinkly lights on Oxford Street, the Norwegian Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square, ice skating, shopping and nursing winter warmers in outdoor markets. Outings to the theatre are as much a part of this list – come in from the cold and be wowed by jazz hands, pirouettes and award-winning set design. When booking through The Handbook you can benefit from special ticket offers and meal packages. Just an early little Christmas present from us, to you.

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Seasonal & Celebrations

8 of the Best West End Christmas Shows

Few places are more magical than London at Christmas. The twinkly lights on Oxford Street, the Norwegian Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square, ice skating, shopping and nursing winter warmers in outdoor markets. Outings to the theatre are as much a part of this list – come in from the cold and be wowed by jazz hands, pirouettes and award-winning set design. When booking through The Handbook you can benefit from special ticket offers and meal packages. Just an early little Christmas present from us, to you.

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Reviews

Boulestin review – what we thought

Located in the affluent area of St James’s, the recently opened Boulestin has already done itself a service by choosing such an enviable home to set up shop. The French restaurant has several other reasons to count itself smug including a hidden courtyard, large private dining space and high quality cuisine served morning till evening. Kicking things off with the starters we opted for the Seared Scallops served with Rainbow Cauliflowers, Truffles and, most interestingly, a White Chocolate & Vanilla Sauce. The sauce sounds more like it belongs in the dessert section but is actually well placed in the savoury […]

Reviews

Boulestin review – what we thought

Located in the affluent area of St James’s, the recently opened Boulestin has already done itself a service by choosing such an enviable home to set up shop. The French restaurant has several other reasons to count itself smug including a hidden courtyard, large private dining space and high quality cuisine served morning till evening. Kicking things off with the starters we opted for the Seared Scallops served with Rainbow Cauliflowers, Truffles and, most interestingly, a White Chocolate & Vanilla Sauce. The sauce sounds more like it belongs in the dessert section but is actually well placed in the savoury […]

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Brasserie Chavot Review – What We Thought

In 2013, Eric Chavot opened the Michelin-starred French restaurant Brasserie Chavot on Conduit Street and so following on from The Handbook’s Meeting with Eric, we went to check it out. The restaurant is typically French with deep red banquettes, ornate chandeliers, monochrome floors, mirrored walls and black polished bars, it’s elegant yet relaxed.  The menu includes dishes such as grilled mackerel and potato salad, tartare de saumon and cassoulet de canard et cochon. We started with a glass of Ruinart Champagne and olives…all 7 of them.  Never mind though, with the amount of food we had coming, we probably didn’t need […]

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Reviews

Brasserie Chavot Review – What We Thought

In 2013, Eric Chavot opened the Michelin-starred French restaurant Brasserie Chavot on Conduit Street and so following on from The Handbook’s Meeting with Eric, we went to check it out. The restaurant is typically French with deep red banquettes, ornate chandeliers, monochrome floors, mirrored walls and black polished bars, it’s elegant yet relaxed.  The menu includes dishes such as grilled mackerel and potato salad, tartare de saumon and cassoulet de canard et cochon. We started with a glass of Ruinart Champagne and olives…all 7 of them.  Never mind though, with the amount of food we had coming, we probably didn’t need […]

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