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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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Get Creative at Bite Me Pizza

Have you ever tried to make your own pizza? We mean really make it – shop bought dough is not allowed. If so, you know what appears to be a fairly easy task can quickly become rather challenging and end in tears. Cue misshapen bases, under-proved dough and a very unhappy chef. For this reason, we were delighted to discover Bite Me Pizzas; a shabby chic pizzeria based in Notting Hill, where customers can choose from over thirty toppings in which to create a custom-made pizza. Founded by twenty-two year old Christopher Mannesis, the ethos of the restaurant is simple: […]

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Restaurant at Tate Modern Review

The Evening Standard has described the level 6 restaurant at the Tate Modern as ‘one of the best views in London’ so I knew I would be in for a good time on my review – and then it rained. Luckily for me, despite the weather’s best efforts to dampen my view, the mist didn’t manage to cloud the view of St Paul’s from across the river which is the main attraction. The rest of the skyline was left to my imagination which I reckon on a clear day would be beautiful. Once we were seated and had assigned ourselves […]

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Restaurant at Tate Modern Review

The Evening Standard has described the level 6 restaurant at the Tate Modern as ‘one of the best views in London’ so I knew I would be in for a good time on my review – and then it rained. Luckily for me, despite the weather’s best efforts to dampen my view, the mist didn’t manage to cloud the view of St Paul’s from across the river which is the main attraction. The rest of the skyline was left to my imagination which I reckon on a clear day would be beautiful. Once we were seated and had assigned ourselves […]

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Ohlala Macarons’s Tea Room Pops Up

Anna, Duchess of Bedford was an expert at setting trends, fashionable one might say, after all she was the one who came up with afternoon tea because she got hungry between breakfast and supper, which you know was probably scandalous back in 19th century, cake between meals – how daring! Well now after years of tea and scones, there is a new decadence in town, macarons and old James Bond’s favourite, martinis, courtesy of Ohlala Macarons.   They’ve teamed up with the quintessentially British label Antoni & Alison to host an afternoon of indulgence. In the super cute and charming ‘Ye Olde […]

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Pellicano Restaurant Review

Pellicano restaurant is a family owned Sardinian establishment who is currently finding a home at myhotel Chelsea, while their original residence at Elystan Street is under refurbishment. Their new location is on the ground floor of the hotel and has its own terrace when you can enjoy the hot, city nights while indulging in some people watching. The food is Italian with a Sardinian twist and like any good Italian boasts an extensive wine list, that being said the Raspberry Martini is a great summer cocktail, not so strong that you are floored but it has enough kick to know […]

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Pellicano Restaurant Review

Pellicano restaurant is a family owned Sardinian establishment who is currently finding a home at myhotel Chelsea, while their original residence at Elystan Street is under refurbishment. Their new location is on the ground floor of the hotel and has its own terrace when you can enjoy the hot, city nights while indulging in some people watching. The food is Italian with a Sardinian twist and like any good Italian boasts an extensive wine list, that being said the Raspberry Martini is a great summer cocktail, not so strong that you are floored but it has enough kick to know […]

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Christabel’s Pop- Up Adventures

Autumn is finally here and with winter literally just around the corner, it oh so tempting to get straight into your warmest pyjamas and have an evening binge on Netflix. However, whilst the hours of daylight maybe dwindling, it does not mean that your social life has to.  Want to add some autumnal spice into your life, then look no further. Christabel’s, the bespoke food, design and events company will be popping up in secret locations all over town this season, adding some perzass to somewhat dreary evenings.   Christabel’s, the brain child of Christabel Beeson, puts the pop, snap and […]

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Quaglino’s

Quaglino’s has had more facelifts than an aging movie star but this grande dame – 85 no less – is re-opening (again) in October following a multi-million pound renovation and new contemporary European menu by executive chef Mickael Weiss alongside a programme of late-night live music performances and events. First opened in 1929 by the legendary Giovanni Quaglino, it had a Conran overhaul in the 1980s and now Russell Sage Studio has restored the signature sweeping staircase, balcony bar, main restaurant and mezzanine private dining rooms with the addition of a glamorous central cocktail bar and a stage for intimate […]

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Boyds Brasserie Afternoon Tea

If there’s anything we love at The Handbook it’s a good afternoon tea; delicious cakes and sandwiches down-sized to miniature portions, shrinking down those pesky calories with it meaning you are free to indulge in twice as much! (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it). So when we were invited to Boyds Brasserie, a lounge bar and restaurant focused on smart British fare situated a few minutes’ walk from Charing Cross station, we were more than happy to attend. Kicking off the savoury section to their afternoon tea are the Potted Shrimps served with Lemon and Crisp Bread which […]

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Brunch at Q Grill

Last weekend we might have over indulged in the wine, just by a glass or two and the next morning we were in need of brunch… desperately.  This wasn’t time for green juices or spirulina, this was time for fried eggs, bacon and toast. So we headed off to Camden (all the way from south London- dedication to the cause) to Q Grill having heard that it has recently launched its brunch menu. For those who haven’t been Q Grill has that New York apartment feel:  exposed brick walls, low hanging lights, leather booths and high bar chairs and chalk […]

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Brunch at Q Grill

Last weekend we might have over indulged in the wine, just by a glass or two and the next morning we were in need of brunch… desperately.  This wasn’t time for green juices or spirulina, this was time for fried eggs, bacon and toast. So we headed off to Camden (all the way from south London- dedication to the cause) to Q Grill having heard that it has recently launched its brunch menu. For those who haven’t been Q Grill has that New York apartment feel:  exposed brick walls, low hanging lights, leather booths and high bar chairs and chalk […]

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