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Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

‘Alice in Wonderland’ might have been written for children, but it has plenty of, umm, interesting, material that makes it just as enjoyable for adults…yes, we mean those psychedelic, trippy vibes and that mad hatter’s tea party. To celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s kooky masterpiece, The Montagu at Hyatt Regency London will be offering an authentic Mad Hatter experience. There won’t be any cats with Simon Cowell’s teeth, but there will be enough sweet treats to make you wish you were Alice, spending your days flitting between tea parties and eating lots of cake (oh wait, we do […]

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5 of the Best Outside Restaurants

Stuck in the city this summer? Fear not. We have explored London’s al fresco havens and come up with the definitive list of open air opportunities. Whether you are missing British Beaches, French seafood or Spanish tapas there is something for everyone to tuck into. And if you are away, you’ll wish you were here! Boulestin What: An enchanting and peaceful escape from the CityWhy: Tucked away from the bustling high streets of Central London, Boulestin offers French Cuisine of the highest order from dawn till dusk. One of St. James’ hidden secrets, the courtyard’s menu is extensive, with brunch options alone ranging […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

5 of the Best Outside Restaurants

Stuck in the city this summer? Fear not. We have explored London’s al fresco havens and come up with the definitive list of open air opportunities. Whether you are missing British Beaches, French seafood or Spanish tapas there is something for everyone to tuck into. And if you are away, you’ll wish you were here!

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Cahoots Presents The Underground Supper Club

Ever wanted to secretly rob a bank, hold up a train or fancy yourself as the next Bonny and Clyde? Us too. These are the things we dream about every day in our daily jobs, as the minutes tick away; life of adventure, scandal and debauchery. After all, everyone needs to be arrested at some point in their lives. What else would you tell the grandchildren?  Lucky for you we have the perfect destination for all your imaginative planning (maybe you’ll give us a cut of that bank robbery?). Soho’s secret sensation, appropriately labelled Cahoots, is teaming up with Basement […]

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Spring Grove review

What: Pub with a homely not dated feel and great summer garden Where: Kingston (zone 6 – The Handbook gets around) Why you should go there: If you ever find yourself in these neck of the woods and are unsure where to eat Favourite thing we had: Beetroot, chick pea and fennel burger – more exciting than it sounds I am a notorious pub hater, they remind me of the days you could smoke inside and the roaring sounds of football games but every so often you come across a pub that has done its best to shed the old man feel and […]

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Spring Grove review

What: Pub with a homely not dated feel and great summer garden Where: Kingston (zone 6 – The Handbook gets around) Why you should go there: If you ever find yourself in these neck of the woods and are unsure where to eat Favourite thing we had: Beetroot, chick pea and fennel burger – more exciting than it sounds I am a notorious pub hater, they remind me of the days you could smoke inside and the roaring sounds of football games but every so often you come across a pub that has done its best to shed the old man feel and […]

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Ice & Slice’s Alcoholic Gelato

One of the best things about summer is ice cream. In the winter, ice cream is eaten when you’re crying on the sofa watching The Notebook. But in summer, ice cream is enjoyed while you soak up the sun and show off the great results of those endless spinning classes. Add alcohol in to the mix and you’ve pretty much got the perfect summertime combination. This is exactly what Ice & Slice by Shot are doing, with the launch of their brand-new ice cream ‘bar’, featuring alcoholic gelato.  Flavours will include Prosecco, Negroni and Aperol Spritz. These new flavours are […]

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8 global festivals not to be missed

Spring has sprung and we are tentatively beginning to swap our oversized sweaters and bobble hats for the shortest of shorts (lads included) to celebrate the beginning of the summer party season. After months of hibernating, our bank accounts are full (in theory) and we are looking to leave our dwellings to bask in the summer sun. The days are longer and the parties are better so let’s make the fun last as long as possible with days of frolicking in the best global festivals 2015 the world has to offer! LoveboxWhat: The carnival has come to town and it’s bringing […]

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8 global festivals not to be missed

Spring has sprung and we are tentatively beginning to swap our oversized sweaters and bobble hats for the shortest of shorts (lads included) to celebrate the beginning of the summer party season. After months of hibernating, our bank accounts are full (in theory) and we are looking to leave our dwellings to bask in the summer sun. The days are longer and the parties are better so let’s make the fun last as long as possible with days of frolicking in the best global festivals 2015 the world has to offer! Lovebox What: The carnival has come to town and it’s […]

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The Gladwin Brothers Present Foraged Food To Go

Gone is the greasy burger and chip scene that dominated festivals throughout our teens and all the better for it – our metabolisms just aren’t what they used to be. The Gladwin Brothers (the brothers behind the acclaimed wild food restaurants, Rabbit on King’s Road and The Shed in Notting Hill)  are now bringing a touch of health, with their new pop-up –Foraged Food To Go. The brothers are going on tour and bringing a taste of the countryside to various festivals such as Wilderness, Latitude, Lovebox and Meatopia. They will kick off their summer of tantalising our tastebuds and […]

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The Terrace At Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel Review

What: The Terrace at Jumeirah Lowndes HotelWhere: BelgraviaWhy you should go there: For a relaxing afternoonFavourite thing we ate: The sirloin steak We all like BBQ’s but the worst thing is that is that you actually have to cook it yourself. There’s always the possibility of letting someone else do it but that never works out either. Mainly because our grilled chicken wings don’t look like the promise of Instagram and if you hand it over to the males they don’t look like the promise of Zac Efron and his juicy steak in Neighbours. Reality hurts. That’s why it’s better to leave it […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Slider Decider: Burger Championships

We don’t condone fighting, we’re not impressed by a battle and arguing means nothing to us… unless that is you’re fighting for our approval when it comes to food. How can anyone resist 16 chefs competing against each other to take home the Slider Decider crown? How indeed. Not sure what a slider is? It’s pretty much a mini burger but can be any small sandwich served in a slider roll… they do say good things come in small packages.    Of course you get to take part in the action by trying the burgers, but be prepared as we’re […]

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