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Alice in Wonderland in London

What: Alice in Wonderland afternoon tea followed by Alice’s Underground Adventures Where: Amba Hotel, The Strand, Charing Cross, London WC2N 5HX then The Vaults, Leake Street, London SE1 7NN Why you should go there: Die-hard fans of the original tale will love all the attention to detail Favourite thing we ate: The scones with clotted cream and jam Alice in Wonderland is a young girl’s tale of adventure that has stood the test of time, resonating with generation after generation. Since being published in 1865, the story of an eccentric and amusing other world written by Lewis Carroll, has amassed a steady fan […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Oyster Socials at Shuck London!

It is common knowledge that oysters are supposedly an aphrodisiac, and in the case of Shuck and their fun socials, it can definitely be said that this particular brand of sexy seafood is getting The Handbook hot under the collar. Shuck is an oyster vendor that serves the foodstuff in a variety of ways. Located in Borough Market, Shuck oysters come naked, dressed or blown. They include dressed oysters (the shuck shuck) with a classic som tam dressing and a Turkish inspired (the Moor Shuck) oyster with pomegranate, sumac, chilli and red wine vinegar as well as a range of […]

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Bentley’s review – what we thought

What: Top seafood in a classic English setting Where: 11-15 Swallow Street, Mayfair W1B 4DG Why you should go there: To experience a nod to a time when dining out really was a luxury Favourite thing we ate: Bread and Butter Pudding and the lobster Opened since 1916, Bentley’s is a staple of fine English dining and a must do if you are eating out in London, taken over in 2015 by regaled chef Richard Corrigan, it oozes classic English style. Upon nearing the outside terrace I was instantly struck by the waiters and doormen’s impeccable smartness and understated charm which is likely to […]

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Bentley’s review – what we thought

What: Top seafood in a classic English setting Where: 11-15 Swallow Street, Mayfair W1B 4DG Why you should go there: To experience a nod to a time when dining out really was a luxury Favourite thing we ate: Bread and Butter Pudding and the lobster Opened since 1916, Bentley’s is a staple of fine English dining and a must do if you are eating out in London, taken over in 2015 by regaled chef Richard Corrigan, it oozes classic English style. Upon nearing the outside terrace I was instantly struck by the waiters and doormen’s impeccable smartness and understated charm which is likely to […]

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Hunter 486 review – what we thought

What: British restaurant in The Arch London HotelWhere: 50 Great Cumberland Place, London W1H 7FDWhy you should go there: Because you can reliably take everyone from your mother-in-law to your best mateFavourite thing we ate: The steakTaking its name from the 1950’s district dialing code for Marylebone, this central London hotel restaurant attracts guests and Londoners alike, thanks to its traditional best of British menu. The décor is sleek; silver and greys with deep plum-coloured seating, softly lit by industrial lighting, which is reflected in the many glossy surfaces. It feels like a hotel restaurant – which may put some off – […]

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Hunter 486 review – what we thought

What: British restaurant in The Arch London HotelWhere: 50 Great Cumberland Place, London W1H 7FDWhy you should go there: Because you can reliably take everyone from your mother-in-law to your best mateFavourite thing we ate: The steakTaking its name from the 1950’s district dialing code for Marylebone, this central London hotel restaurant attracts guests and Londoners alike, thanks to its traditional best of British menu. The décor is sleek; silver and greys with deep plum-coloured seating, softly lit by industrial lighting, which is reflected in the many glossy surfaces. It feels like a hotel restaurant – which may put some off – […]

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St Pancras Spa Launches New Treatment Range

We all need some rest and relaxation every once in a while, but sometimes it can be tough convincing your employer/other half that you’re in real need of a spa day. So what better excuse to head on down for massages and bathing in strange liquids than the St Pancras Spa’s launch of their new treatment and product range in collaboration with Aromatherapy Associates. Located in King’s Cross, a bustling and exciting London neighbourhood, St Pancras Spa offers a welcome retreat from urban life. With the emphasis firmly on the rejuvenation of mind and body, spa facilities include a relaxation […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Brunch on a Rooftop

A weekend without brunch surely isn’t a weekend at all. It’s the only reason we’ll get up when we’re hungover, the light at the end of the tunnel when we’re cycling the stresses of the week out in our 9am spin class and the only way to set us up for a day in London. Joining the brunch scene is the Radio Rooftop Bar at ME London, brunch on a rooftop, yes please sign us up now. Sink back, soak up London’s iconic skyline and sip on Bloody Mary cocktails. They have a DIY Blood Mary station with over 30 […]

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Carom Spice Garden

Ever since that iconic (read: cheesy) girl band, whose name escapes us, sang ‘spice up your life!’ we’ve had a love affair with all things sugar and spice. Our love for all things hot can now be indulged, thanks to the new London pop-up, Carom’s Spice Garden this July. Pan-Indian restaurant and Soho institution, Carom, moves to Butlers Wharf along the Thames for their second summer pop-up. Following a successful six week rooftop residency at Madison Bar & Restaurant in the City, Carom is now re-locating Thameside and partnering with Butlers Wharf Chop House to host an Indian ‘Spice Garden’ […]

Openings & Launches

Crab Tavern Opens

I believe it was the great 20th century aquatic American philosopher Sebastian the crab who noted that ‘darling it’s better, down where it’s wetter, take it from me.’ Sebastian sure was right, as seafood is up there with some of the tastiest nosh this great planet has to offer us. He probably wasn’t talking about how tasty crab is, as I’m pretty sure cannibalism is frowned upon in the underwater kingdom, but sorry Sebastian, you guys are pretty damn tasty. Luckily for us, Crab Tavern which has just opened in Broadgate Circle, is here to offer us plenty of great […]

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The Best Ice Cream Sandwiches

The ice cream sandwich is undoubtedly one of the capital’s biggest food trends this summer. And the humble childhood classic is being jazzed up left, right and centre by different restaurants, food vans and pubs, offering an array of different flavor ice cream and biscuit combinations. We’ve been on the hunt for the best 5 out there so you don’t have to trawl the streets in this humid heat – you’re welcome.

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The Best Ice Cream Sandwiches

The ice cream sandwich is undoubtedly one of the capital’s biggest food trends this summer. And the humble childhood classic is being jazzed up left, right and centre by different restaurants, food vans and pubs, offering an array of different flavor ice cream and biscuit combinations. We’ve been on the hunt for the best 5 out there so you don’t have to trawl the streets in this humid heat – you’re welcome.

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