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The Lambert Arms Review

We all love London with its ability to cater to all people at all times but if there’s one thing it has a shortage of, it’s space, luckily we have the countryside to take care of that. Roaming fields, unintimidating wildlife and the ability to actually see the stars at night, sans pollution galore. But city folk don’t tend do to well in camping situations, with no AC, no memory foam mattresses and no bar, it’s not ideal. Country houses are what it’s about so The Handbook ventured North West to Oxfordshire where The Lambert Arms is located for a […]

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Our Guide To… London Fashion Week Hangouts

Catwalk Cocktail Collection at The Athenaeum Inspired by A/W15 collections, the cocktails at the five star Athenaeum Hotel channel this season’s killer catwalk looks. If you’re a snappy dresser, try Tailored, a classic Chambord and strawberry drink with a floral finish. Feeling zingy? The Citrus Catwalk is inspired by hot new talent and is a zesty explosion with a gin twist. And if you want to turn up the heat with a bit of Rio Carnival, have a taste of Brazil, an unusual rosemary and pineapple concoction. Choose carefully, they say you are what you eat…www.athenaeumhotel.com Couture Cocktails at Christopher’s For […]

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Our Guide To… London Fashion Week Hangouts

Catwalk Cocktail Collection at The Athenaeum Inspired by A/W15 collections, the cocktails at the five star Athenaeum Hotel channel this season’s killer catwalk looks. If you’re a snappy dresser, try Tailored, a classic Chambord and strawberry drink with a floral finish. Feeling zingy? The Citrus Catwalk is inspired by hot new talent and is a zesty explosion with a gin twist. And if you want to turn up the heat with a bit of Rio Carnival, have a taste of Brazil, an unusual rosemary and pineapple concoction. Choose carefully, they say you are what you eat…www.athenaeumhotel.com Couture Cocktails at Christopher’s For […]

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A Slice of Sicily

You know what we could all do with right now? A little slice of Sicilian sunshine… but seeing as that is unlikely we’ll take Sicilian tomatoes, Sicilian lemons and all other sorts of Sicilian food with the opening of Iddu. Part caffe, part restaurant and part alfresco dining, Iddu is opening on Harrington Road and is founded by Luca Del Bono the man behind The South Kensington Club which sits adjacent to it.  Serving up fresh, natural, flavours with Mediterranean flair alongside Sicilian wines and Sicilian-roasted coffee beans the day will start with granolas with organic yoghurt, egg-white frittatas with […]

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Calling all catwalk queens…

Calling all FROW fashionistas and catwalk queens to the hottest party of London Fashion Week… Having showcased their AW 2015 collection at Horse Guards Parade (tipped to wow the crowds) Norwegian fashion designers Kristian and Hila Aadnevik are celebrating in style by hosting the party to end all parties at Chelsea’s Eclipse bar on 23rd February. Kristian has dressed whole host of stars, including Beyonce, Rihanna, Cheryl Cole and Nicole Scherzinger, to name but a few, and this bash is expected to a star-studded event, attended by the designers, a bevvy of models, fashion insiders and plenty of recognisable faces […]

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Our Guide to… the Best Seafood in London

The murky water of the Thames might not look the most appealing, but it is in fact teeming with fish from salmon to trout and even eel – and London certainly loves its fish. With a whole hoard of brilliant seafood restaurants to choose from, not necessarily serving up fish from the Thames we hasten to add, The Handbook has a shoal of the best London has to offer: Best for lobster: The World’s End Market New seafood haunt in King’s Road, The World’s End Market, has recently opened to rave reviews, The Handbook is even testing it out for ourselves […]

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Our Guide to… the Best Seafood in London

The murky water of the Thames might not look the most appealing, but it is in fact teeming with fish from salmon to trout and even eel – and London certainly loves its fish. With a whole hoard of brilliant seafood restaurants to choose from, not necessarily serving up fish from the Thames we hasten to add, The Handbook has a shoal of the best London has to offer:

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To Market, To Market (but SLOW-ly)

If you’ll do anything to avoid the beep beep beep of the post-work supermarket rush (preferring to rootle around in the depths of your kitchen cupboard for tins which have been there since c.1996 and give yourself borderline scurvy), then this one is for you. From 1st March, Rosewood London will be holding a weekly ‘Slow Food & Living Market’ in the hotel’s grand courtyard. S.L.O.W. (Sustainable, Local, Organic, Wholesome) will not only sell exceptional quality produce but aims to revive traditional marketplace culture by encouraging the re-establishment of relationships between us urbanite consumers and our rural counterparts. Newly appointed […]

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Open Sesame

Nope, not inspired by a dodgy magician – rather the market stalls and smoking grills of the Middle East from beachfront shacks of Istanbul to the crowded alleyways of Jerusalem– coming atcha in April in Covent Garden. Sesame has got serious form though being the brainchild of Noam Bar, one of the founders of Ottolenghi. Noam grew up in Israel so knows a good thing about the regions culinary offerings and factor in the support of his Ottolenghi colleagues – Sami Tamimi and Yotam Ottolenghi – and it will doubtless be a sure fire winner. The team researched the best […]

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Balans Soho Society Review

If you love mini doughnuts served with pots of cream and jam to dip them into then you are going to like this review but good things come to those who wait so let’s start at the beginning. Balans Soho Society serves as a bookend to the strip of restaurants directly opposite Westfields Shepherd’s Bush (the other bookend is The Meat Co which is also excellent; clearly this is a good area for dining). It’s one of five venues and is relatively new to the area, the first originating in Soho. Don’t be fooled by some of the cocktails that […]

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Newman Street Tavern

Walk into the Newman Street Tavern just off Goodge Street and if you drown out the bustle of London, squint a bit and add in some mud and you could be a countryside pub, admittedly a gastropub in the Home counties but you get the drift. Or at least that seems to be the vibe they’ve been going for in the upstairs restaurant.  Dark wooden floors, give way to high ceilings, big sash windows and walls which are adorned in clusters of illustrations and images which have a flora/fauna/coastal theme running throughout. It’s snug, welcoming and when we arrived on […]

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The Porridge Café Pop-Up

What’s not to love about porridge? It’s healthy for you (it’s all about the slow releasing energy), it’s basically a duvet day in a bowl when you eat it on a rainy morning and the ways in which you can pimp it up are officially endless – we’re all about coconut and Greek yoghurt at the moment. And launching next month is The Porridge Café Pop-up on Paul Street which will be serving up big old bowls of porridge goodness 7am – 6pm, 7 days a week. There will be 11 grains to choose from including buckwheat and quinoa, coconut, […]

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