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Celebrate The Chelsea Flower Show – Without Actually Going

Arguably the most famous flower show in the world, The Chelsea Flower show is a five day horticultural celebration showcasing the best and wackiest of England’s floral displays (a mini cooper made of flowers anyone?) from 19-23rd May. If you don’t manage to make it down to the show, then there are plenty of other ways to celebrate this staple of the social calendar…any excuse for an outing, right? Check out our list of the best ways to celebrate below! Cocktails at Benares Mayfair Indian restaurant Benares brings you a range of floral cocktails and an afternoon tea inspired by […]

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Caravan Hosts Fundraising Feast for Nepal

Usually, the only disaster you hear about in a restaurant is some poor customer’s food turning up an hour late and stone cold. But Caravan Exmouth Market is going above and beyond to help improve the lives of people who are facing a real catastrophe. On Sunday 17th May, Caravan Exmouth Market is hosting a Nepalese Feast evening, a three-course meal inspired by Nepalese cuisine, to raise money for the victims of the recent earthquakes in Nepal. Wonderfully, all the ingredients have been donated high-quality, local producers, creating a mouth-watering menu including Welsh Mutton curry with cucumber pickle, creamy coconut lentils and […]

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5 of The Best Bottomless Brunches

The morning after the night before, it sure ain’t pretty and no one wants to be there but yet we always are…every week. You have two choices when it comes to this stomach churning situation – crawl into the foetal position and die a little bit or shake yourself and look for the the cure. The Handbook prefer to look for the cure, this is usually a tastier and more effective method. So here are the hangouts that will tide your fragile body over until Monday morning… Villandry Centrally located in S.t James Park this is the perfect stop of […]

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5 of The Best Bottomless Brunches

The morning after the night before, it sure ain’t pretty and no one wants to be there but yet we always are…every week. You have two choices when it comes to this stomach churning situation – crawl into the foetal position and die a little bit or shake yourself and look for the the cure. The Handbook prefer to look for the cure, this is usually a tastier and more effective method. So here are the hangouts that will tide your fragile body over until Monday morning…

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Gilgamesh Review

What: Pan-Asian food from dim sum to sushi to Thai curry Where: The Stables Market, Camden Market, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AH Why You Should Go There: The epic décor, especially if you enjoy being guarded by 2 wooden dragon/lion hybrids that supervise the main dining area (which I do). Favourite Thing We Ate: Mock duck salad served with watermelon, cashews and mint. Hard to tell from the real thing, the sauce is reminiscent of hoisin sauce so the watermelon is a refreshing welcome to cut through the sticky texture. Gilgamesh is a solid restaurant, the food is good, the […]

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Gilgamesh Review

What: Pan-Asian food from dim sum to sushi to Thai curry Where: The Stables Market, Camden Market, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AH Why You Should Go There: The epic décor, especially if you enjoy being guarded by 2 wooden dragon/lion hybrids that supervise the main dining area (which I do). Favourite Thing We Ate: Mock duck salad served with watermelon, cashews and mint. Hard to tell from the real thing, the sauce is reminiscent of hoisin sauce so the watermelon is a refreshing welcome to cut through the sticky texture. Gilgamesh is a solid restaurant, the food is good, the […]

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The Lucky Pig Opens in Fulham

Fulham Broadway is great for brunch, it’s great for healthy juices and it’s perfect for long lunches, but what it is in need of is a really good cocktail den and a place to dance. Good thing then that The Lucky Pig in Fitzrovia heard Fulham’s cries and emerged from their  lair to set up camp in south west London. First things first, who is this pig and why is he so lucky? Well the name refers to the Lucky Luciano a 1920s racketeer and the name given to speakeasies during the Prohibition, blind pigs. Channelling the hedonism and glamour […]

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Rabbit’s Floral Feast

Chelsea Flower Show is almost upon us and whilst we’re looking forward to seeing the beautiful gardens and brushing up on our flower knowledge, we can’t deny that our other favourite part of the show are the floral inspired menus that grace the London restaurants.  And who better to get involved than Rabbit on the Kings Road given that their roots are firmly based in nature with their nose-to –tail  cooking?  To celebrate the show, they’re growing their own edible garden which will be filled with vegetables and as well as edible flowers and to prove  (to all those doubters) […]

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Eat Yourself Healthy With Japanese Food

Japanese cuisine is renowned for its general health benefits and it certainly seems that our British diet of burgers and tequila could learn a thing or two from the Japanese staples of oily fish and vegetables. This is where Chelsea newcomer, Zinnia comes in. This Japanese fusion restaurant is soon releasing its brand new menu and it’s no coincidence that the launch is taking place just in time for summer. Let’s face it, summer is the time we all relax outside, eating light and healthy food, pretending that we live in Los Angeles and go to gym classes every morning […]

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London’s Top 5 Wine Bars

When it comes to a more sophisticated night on the town, you still can’t beat a good wine bar. And since London Wine Week (18 – 24 May) is coming up, you’ve got the perfect excuse. Whether it’s for that long-awaited catch-up or for that first date you’ve been looking forward to, here are some of London’s finest vino destinations: Gordon’s Wine Bar What: Sophisticated, intimate historic hauntWhere: 47 Villiers St, Embankment WC2N 6NEWhy: Wine bars are all about escapism, and few can offer the magic of Gordon’s, London’s oldest wine bar. Carved into the cave-like cellars of an atmospheric […]

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Top 5 Afternoon Teas

We all love afternoon tea with mini cakes and sandwiches making us feel like giants as we work our way through bite size sweets and savouries. London is always churning out new ways to enjoy this favourite British past time so here is 5 of our must tries!  sketch meets Disney What: The classic afternoon tea has been given a fairy tale makeover Why: Expect classic sandwiches and scones followed by a selection of magical pastries like Jack’s Beanstalk Tart, Little Red Riding Hood and an Earl Grey Macaron. Speaking of tea, have any type you’ve ever dreamed as the […]

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Top 5 Afternoon Teas

We all love afternoon tea with mini cakes and sandwiches making us feel like giants as we work our way through bite size sweets and savouries. London is always churning out new ways to enjoy this favourite British past time so here is 5 of our must tries!  sketch meets Disney What: The classic afternoon tea has been given a fairy tale makeover Why: Expect classic sandwiches and scones followed by a selection of magical pastries like Jack’s Beanstalk Tart, Little Red Riding Hood and an Earl Grey Macaron. Speaking of tea, have any type you’ve ever dreamed as the […]

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