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The Ritz London goes Alfresco

We’re getting closer to summer which means the temperature should be going up…any minute now…we’ll just keep waiting, because when it does we know where we’ll be headed The Ritz London for alfresco dining.  The restaurant terrace has just opened for lunch and will be daily until mid –September. With an Italian mosaic floor, vibrant floral boxes and big parasols to throw some shade when the sun beats down (or provide that much needed shelter when the heavens open) and wonderful views over Green Park it’s the perfect place to escape midday. The Ritz London is of course renown for […]

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5 Places You Have To Visit In Shepherds Bush

Shepherds Bush Shey-Bo, Shay-bay or whatever you like to call it this pocket of trendiness in West London is cool, edgy and a bit of rock and roll. What else would you expect from the birthplace of Pete Doherty – legend.  The Best Place for Sunday Lunch: Princess Victoria What: Cracking Sunday lunches. Why:  Built back in 1829, the Princess Victoria has seen days as a gin palace and a tram stop before being lovingly restored to a pub in 2007. Which is good news for you, because now it means you can go there for a pretty cracking Sunday lunch and if […]

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Galvin Festival Of Food And Drink

Glastonbury, T in the Park and V festival. The idea is always nice but we we always end up having to go on two holiday afterwards and despite our previous proclamations too much day time g&t isn’t always the best way forward. So leave your dodgy festival burger behind and join Galvin restaurants for the Galvin Festival of Food and Drink. This years festival celebrates Galvins Food Heros. The supermen/women of food who have received the monthly Galvin Outstanding Supplier Award over the past year. The head chef of each restaurant will be given a group of ingredients from Chris […]

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The Royal Horseguard’s luxury chocolate picnics

Easter may be over for another year but that doesn’t mean that our relationship with chocolate has to come to an end. The Royal Horseguards Hotel has partnered with Hotel Chocolat to create a luxury chocolate picnic available in the hotel’s newly refurbished Terrace. The limited edition picnics, created by Head Pastry Chef Gareth Henry, include everything you could have ever imagined in your chocolate dreams like chocolate brownies, chocolate dipped strawberries, chocolate & fruit lollipops, chocolate macaroons and chocolate coated salted crisps served. Eating all that chocolate will no doubt work up a thirst so why not wash it […]

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Openings & Launches

The Handbook Meets…Dawn O’Porter

TV presenter Dawn O’Porter has recently turned her flair for fashion into a full time career with the launch of her fashion brand, the aptly titled BOB, after her trademark haircut. The former ‘How to look good naked’ co-presenter is showing women how to look fashionable and classy fully clothed this time with her vintage inspired clothing line. Today marks the launch of Dawn’s first pop up shop in Seven Dials so The Handbook met up with her to get the inside scoop on her fashion muses. Who are your fashion icons? Twiggy, The Shrimp, Peggy Moffitt. All big 60s […]

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Balance Box Review

Summer is coming and we are officially in beach body preparation mode but even with the best intentions in mind, eating healthily can be hard with hidden calories and misjudged portion sizes ready to trip us up at the first hurdle. Never fear though as it doesn’t have to be all that complicated thanks to Balance Box – a food delivery service that delivers meals straight to your door be it at work or home. You get breakfast, lunch and dinner with a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack thrown in; you can choose from either the Lighter Plan for those on […]

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Balance Box Review

Summer is coming and we are officially in beach body preparation mode but even with the best intentions in mind, eating healthily can be hard with hidden calories and misjudged portion sizes ready to trip us up at the first hurdle. Never fear though as it doesn’t have to be all that complicated thanks to Balance Box – a food delivery service that delivers meals straight to your door be it at work or home. You get breakfast, lunch and dinner with a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack thrown in; you can choose from either the Lighter Plan for those on […]

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7 of London’s Best Sweet Shops

Sweets are a staple favourite of everyone’s ‘treat’ diet, as they remind us of our childhood, a much simpler time when ugly words like ‘taxes’ and ‘wrinkles’ didn’t exist. So it’s no surprise that sweets excite adults, just as much as they do a sugar-craving five year old. Plus, let it be known that we would happily push said five year old out of the way if they were about to get their hands on the last fizzy cola bottle (don’t judge, you know you would do the same). Why not give into your confectionary cravings and check out our list of London’s best sweetshops below…  Cybercandy […]

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Openings & Launches

Enter The Forbidden Passage

We’re going to let you in on a little secret, (we’re so good to you)  because right now we expect everyone is feeling pretty darn good,  because not only is it Friday but also it’s the start of the Bank Holiday weekend, three luxurious days stretch ahead of us: no work, no commute, just lie –ins, late nights and partying.  ‘What is it?’ we hear you cry, well starting tomorrow you can try Scott Hallsworth’s new Honour menu at Joe’s Oriental Diner, Kurobuta Chelsea and Kurobuta Marble Arch. Ok so that’s not much of a secret you say, well hold on there, […]

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Golden Arrow Tantalising Truffle Menu

When I glanced at my menu across the computer screen in my borderline office atmosphere I wasn’t sure if this menu was going to be a mutton dressed as lamb botched job. But I suppose it’s always better to surpass expectations that to let them down. In saying this, when I arrived I was pleasantly surprised the lights sparkled  like luminescent pufferfish – great interior decor. The ambiance was smart yet unpretentious a hard balance to capture, especially in a hotel. This wasn’t just another hotel restaurant. This was better. The Kelverton wild mushroom risotto with Somerset and Wiltshire white […]

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Inn The Park

From the outside it looked like some sort of mutant beaver on steroids had taken up home here. From the inside it looked like sea world – after Free Willy had died that is. The bathrooms were especially prominent in this style of decor, if you can call it style at all. Upon arrival we met the hostess, swapped the usual boring pleasantries and were shown to our royal blue seats. Unimpressed with the exterior but relaxed and calm from the ducks in the park we set to order. The menu was pricey so we were expecting something extraordinary. Drinks […]

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Reviews

Inn The Park

From the outside it looked like some sort of mutant beaver on steroids had taken up home here. From the inside it looked like sea world – after Free Willy had died that is. The bathrooms were especially prominent in this style of decor, if you can call it style at all. Upon arrival we met the hostess, swapped the usual boring pleasantries and were shown to our royal blue seats. Unimpressed with the exterior but relaxed and calm from the ducks in the park we set to order. The menu was pricey so we were expecting something extraordinary. Drinks […]

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