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Chocolate Week at K West Hotel

All things chocolate will be celebrated from 13-19th October during Chocolate Week 2014 and the city will be showing its appreciation of our favourite cocoa creation in many heavenly ways. One to top your list might need to be the Divine Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt Body Scrub at K West Hotel & Spa – a must do for any chocolate fan. Chocoholics will relish this treatment where you spend 55 minutes being pampered with a Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt Body Scrub followed by a soothing Dark Chocolate & Honey Balm Massage. Everyone knows chocolate is good for you, […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

London Cocktail Week: Cuervo’s Hacienda

Prior to my evening at the Cuervo’s Hacienda at The Hoxton, I had always associated tequila with hot summers and the beach but I am pleased to say that on this occasion I was proved entirely wrong. Whilst the opening of London Cocktail Week saw a severe drop in temperature, the heat at The Hoxton was palpable with two tequila based cocktails in particular filling the cold spot excellently. In aid of the winter months which as much as we hate to admit are slowly but surely becoming a reality, I was delighted to try the Autumnal Tradicional Sour Margarita […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Almeida: Review

When it comes to restaurants you think most things have already been covered, we’ve had dining in the dark, mystery menus, eating whilst precariously perched in the sky and way underground, but the Almeida over in Islington have created something brand spanking new; they have done away with the wine list, making them the first restaurant in London to do so. Instead they have a wine wall, where diners can go up and choose their wine based on the tasting notes or they can leave it up to the sommelier to make the choices based on what they are eating […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Almeida: Review

When it comes to restaurants you think most things have already been covered, we’ve had dining in the dark, mystery menus, eating whilst precariously perched in the sky and way underground, but the Almeida over in Islington have created something brand spanking new; they have done away with the wine list, making them the first restaurant in London to do so. Instead they have a wine wall, where diners can go up and choose their wine based on the tasting notes or they can leave it up to the sommelier to make the choices based on what they are eating […]

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Openings & Launches

London Cocktail Week

It’s finally here: London Cocktail Week! Cocktail aficionados across the capital can rejoice as it’s   back for the fifth year and with over 250 bars and drinking dens taking part, it is seven days of drinking, partying, pop-ups, talks and master classes. So buy your wristband, get your hangover cures ready and prepare your liver for a week of merriment. Here are some of The Handbook’s favourite events going on: The Ampersand Hotel Cocktail Tea If you’ve had one too many cocktails and need a little sustenance then head to The Ampersand in South Kensington for a spot of tea […]

Hotels

Spa to You at Hilton on Park Lane

It was meant to be a simple journey home from Barcelona on a Sunday night, an hour and a half flight, nice and easy yet somehow delay after delay after delay meant it took 10 hours. 10 hours. Not the end I wanted to my holiday, but one thing kept me going, knowing that I had booked into Spa to You at the Hilton Park Lane the next night. And boy did I need that massage. The spa is located on the lower ground floor of the hotel and offers an extensive range of treatments, massages and services (waxing, threading […]

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Openings & Launches

Spiaggia

It may be the end of the summer but life’s still a beach in Fulham Broadway thanks to new Italian restaurant and bar, Spiaggia (meaning ‘beach’ in Italian just so you know) opening this month.  The ground floor restaurant features a menu by Mish Haddad packed full of little plates of Italian tapas including  arancini, salmon carpaccio seared tuna and pollo pops (crunchy chicken nuggets stuffed with cheese) alongside salads, pasta dishes and ‘spiedini’ – skewers from the robata grill and ‘piadinas’ – thin Italian flatbreads with fillings like Salami Napoli, Mozzarella and San Marzano tomatoes and Provolone cheese and […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Blind-Dining at The Lancaster London

Blind dates, let’s face it, often end in disaster. Everything that can go wrong, usually does and the standard dinner and drinks can turn out to be the longest three hours of your life. Oh and do not even get us started on how to make a swift and polite exit…Yes, blind dating is not for us, but how about blind-dining? If the thought of consuming a delicious three-course meal with a difference is appealing, ditch that blind date that you have been trying to get out of for weeks and head to the Lancaster London, where from 29th September […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Superfood Seaweed at Aqua Kyoto

Over the last few years we’ve seen the rise of the superfoods from blueberries and acai (no, we’re still not sure how to pronounce it) to quinoa (that one took us a while too) and the humble broccoli, well now there is a new superfood in town – seaweed. High in fibre, iodine and complete protein it’s nutritionally rich and perfect for the autumn to ward off the inevitable ‘changing of the seasons’ cold and Executive Chef Paul Greening at Aqua Kyoto is championing it with his new seaweed menu. Having grown up 10 minutes from the beach and with […]

Openings & Launches

Pachamama

The march of the Peruvians continues apace with the launch of Pachamama which blends Peruvian cuisine with locally-sourced, seasonal British produce. The kitchen is led by Head Chef Tom Catley (a cornucopia of CV hits include Ottolenghi, Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Peyton and Byrne, Amaz in Peru, Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant and Nobu Park Lane whose open-kitchen includes a Josper oven and Robata grill to keep flavours punchy and authentic. The menu is designed for sampling and sharing and features a mix of small plates, main dishes and larger ones for the whole table to share. You’ll eat Salmon with watercress, […]

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