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House of Elemis – what we thought

What: Body care brand’s mothership Where: 2 Lancashire Court, Mayfair W1S 1EX Why you should go there: To be pampered inside and out Favourite thing we did: Nearly fell asleep on the heated massage bed Summer is here, clothes are coming off, time to get prepped. For any Elemis fans, you are about to be dropped in heaven as Elemis has just opened a venue in Mayfair where they not only sell their products but perform treatments. The venue is brand spanking new and oozes relaxation from the moment you pop your toe in the door.The main entrance leads to the shop filled […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

8 of London’s Best Hotel Restaurants

As a cosmopolitan tourist destination, London is blessed with a variety of world class hotels and restaurants. Some bright sparks have managed to combine the two, creating some of London’s finest culinary delights! Here are The Handbook’s Top 8 Hotel Restaurants.

Reviews

Top Hat Catering Pop Up – What We Thought

What: Stylish and great tasting foodWhere: 1, Heliport Industrial Estate, Lombard Road, Battersea SW11 3SSWhy you should go there: For the best salted caramel ice cream ever We started our evening in the warehouse plot of Top Hat Catering’s cooking facility – not something you here at the start of every food review. Our gin was mixed with tonic water and apple juice and the air was mixed with the smell of high class food which was yet to be served.  The Wye valley asparagus with smoked hollandaise was a simple dish but beautiful crafted and perfect for a canapé. I say crafted […]

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Reviews

Top Hat Catering Pop Up – What We Thought

What: Stylish and great tasting foodWhere: 1, Heliport Industrial Estate, Lombard Road, Battersea SW11 3SSWhy you should go there: For the best salted caramel ice cream ever We started our evening in the warehouse plot of Top Hat Catering’s cooking facility – not something you here at the start of every food review. Our gin was mixed with tonic water and apple juice and the air was mixed with the smell of high class food which was yet to be served.  The Wye valley asparagus with smoked hollandaise was a simple dish but beautiful crafted and perfect for a canapé. I say crafted […]

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Openings & Launches

Hotel Chantelle: A Taste of NYC

This July London will be getting a taste of the big apple as New York favourite, Hotel Chantelle launches in London. The original restaurant which you’ll find in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, has gained fans such as Kate Perry and Channing Tatum and now Executive Chef Seth Levine is bringing it to the heart of London – just off Oxford Street to be precise. The menu brings together upscale American dining with fun French fare and weaves together molecular gastronomy, comfort food and haute cuisine, impressive. So it’s the sort of place you can head to for  a casual brunch […]

News

London’s Luxury Gift Guide

What do you get the person who has everything? One of these excellent gifts below obviously. If you want to be the best giver you can be to get in with your boss, impress the in-laws, schmooze a new lover, or hey, just to get yourself something nice then look no further. Here is our guide to the best, luxury gifts in London! Great for a best friend: Corrigan’s MayfairWhat: Luxury hampers served via personal butlerWhy: Take things al fresco without the hassle of actually having to serve your own food with a luxury hamper service from Corrigan’s served by […]

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London’s Luxury Gift Guide

What do you get the person who has everything? One of these excellent gifts below obviously. If you want to be the best giver you can be to get in with your boss, impress the in-laws, schmooze a new lover, or hey, just to get yourself something nice then look no further. Here is our guide to the best, luxury gifts in London! Great for a best friend: Corrigan’s MayfairWhat: Luxury hampers served via personal butlerWhy: Take things al fresco without the hassle of actually having to serve your own food with a luxury hamper service from Corrigan’s served by […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Krug and Chips

Fish and chips is a classic English dish that is loved by pretty much everyone and is also weirdly versatile – seriously, this staple food can be enjoyed at almost every occasion. Fish and chips on the pier at the seaside, at family dinner, or at your friend’s wedding served in tiny metallic buckets and wrapped in faux newspaper (not cliché at all). Let’s be honest though, battered cod isn’t exactly the height of sophistication and class. However, Maison Krug and Tom Sellers are hoping to change this, through their new culinary collaboration, a temporary gourmet chip shop. Krug & […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Cavendish review – what we thought

What: Modern European-style cuisine with a 1940’s gentleman’s style interiorWhere: 81 Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6JFWhy you should go there: If you don’t want to have to change venue for post work drinks and dinnerFavourite thing we ate: Beef tartar Headed up by chef Alfonso Lillo Fas, who came over from Spain to set it up, The Cavendish is a bar/restaurant serving up modern European-style cuisine with a 1940’s gentleman’s style interior. So naturally The Handbook went to check it out. On arriving we stepped into the pub that was heaving, with music blaring, in fact it was so loud that they hadn’t […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Cavendish review – what we thought

What: Modern European-style cuisine with a 1940’s gentleman’s style interiorWhere: 81 Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6JFWhy you should go there: If you don’t want to have to change venue for post work drinks and dinnerFavourite thing we ate: Beef tartar Headed up by chef Alfonso Lillo Fas, who came over from Spain to set it up, The Cavendish is a bar/restaurant serving up modern European-style cuisine with a 1940’s gentleman’s style interior. So naturally The Handbook went to check it out. On arriving we stepped into the pub that was heaving, with music blaring, in fact it was so loud that they hadn’t […]

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