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Dim Sum Sundays at Hakkasan

Humans are creatures of comfort, so as the temperature drops and the days get darker it’s all too tempting to stay hidden under an increasing pile of blankets as you worked your way through  Netflix’s entire catalogue, until the spring when you’ll emerge from your lair blinking in the sunlight. Well, it’s time to change that. It’s time to get dressed, and no pyjamas don’t count even if you do wear them with proper shoes, and head to Hakkasan, because they’ve just launched their Winter  Sunday dim sum menu – perfect timing with the clocks going back. It’s all about […]

Openings & Launches

FRESCOBALDI

The Frescobaldi family claims to know quite a lot about wine. And with a history dating back to the Renaissance when they traded wine for works of art with Michelangelo and Roman Emperor Maximillian I even recommended their vintages to the Pope we think they probably know what they’re talking about. But what those outside Italy might not know is that they also do food. They opened a restaurant division about 15 years ago called Dei Frescobaldi with outlets in Florence and Rome and even produce olive oil via a label called Laudemio. Anyway next month you’ll be able to […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Goode & Wright Review

At first glance, Goode & Wright is in a cracking location on the Portobello Road not far from the Electric. The site is small but cosy and the restaurant is styled as a French bistro drawing in a mixed crowd from the Notting Hill area, giving it a fun and relaxed feel.  Already well known as a brunching haunt for hungover weekenders (I hear the chef’s special, Eggs Benedict, is a “must try”), the management team (who also own the site) have been ramping up the dinner menu and will soon be serving cocktails in the evening by the Talented […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Goode & Wright Review

At first glance, Goode & Wright is in a cracking location on the Portobello Road not from the Electric. The site is small but cosy and the restaurant is styled as a French bistro drawing in a mixed crowd from the Notting Hill area, giving it a fun and relaxed feel.  Already well known as a brunching haunt for hungover weekenders (I hear the chef’s special, Eggs Benedict, is a “must try”), the management team (who also own the site) have been ramping up the dinner menu and will soon be serving cocktails in the evening by the Talented Mr […]

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Seasonal & Celebrations

Christmas Events and Festive Menus

Christmas: that time to over indulge in one, two or three extra mince pies; the time when it is perfectly acceptable to live off a diet of canapés and Champagne! It is also a time for hot rum bars, festive films and of course ice skating! In the second part of Christmas coverage we have got together some of our favourite Christmas menus and events that you can find in London this Christmas!  Christmas Menus Aqua Shard Celebrating their first Christmas, Aqua Shard have a rather delicious Christmas menu, dishes include chervil root veloute with a chestnut crumble, roasted turbot […]

Seasonal & Celebrations

CHRISTMAS IN LONDON

Christmas, ah the season of endless parties and our capital is full of them. London boasts a huge range of venues offering brilliant packages and events spaces so that the days where office parties involved tinny music and limp sausage rolls are long gone.  When it comes to Christmas day itself if the thought of standing infront of an oven for hours is too much to bear then why not head out to one of London’s many restaurants for a truly lavish lunch? In the first of our three Christmas pieces we have chosen some of our favourite venues for Christmas […]

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Top 5 Brunch Parties

Want to party but don’t want the 4am bedtime? Want to go out but don’t want to have to navigate the terror that is the night bus? Then fear not as you can always rely on day parties; combining brunch with cocktails and inevitably Champagne, DJs and dancing, The Handbook has rounded up some of the best including classic karaoke at Bunga Bunga and of course, the now classic Bluebird Brunch. The best thing? In bed by 8pm! Bluebird Brunch Chelsea, we have some good news – Sundays are the new Saturdays thanks to the Bluebird’s brunch.  The first Sunday […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Top 5 Brunch Parties

Want to party but don’t want the 4am bedtime? Want to go out but don’t want to have to navigate the terror that is the night bus? Then fear not as you can always rely on day parties; combining brunch with cocktails and inevitably Champagne, DJs and dancing, The Handbook has rounded up some of the best including classic karaoke at Bunga Bunga and of course, the now classic Bluebird Brunch. The best thing? In bed by 8pm!

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Openings & Launches

SNAPS & RYE

If the week’s healthy eating resolution didn’t get off to such a good start on Monday, then fear not as this week sees the launch of Snaps & Rye a brand new contemporary Danish eatery on Golborne Road from local husband and wife team, Kell and Jacqueline Skött. The Scandi diet is one of the healthiest in Europe and the menu conceived by chef Trine Vennerstrøm Eriksen-Johnson (Paternoster Chop House) is all about organic, seasonal and sustainable produce. Start as you mean to go on with a breakfast of Øllebrød, a traditional porridge dish made with dark rye bread and, […]

News

The Connaught’s Culture Club

British history has officially become cool with the arrival of The Connaught’s series of walking tours that explore the origins of British luxury this week. And when we say luxury, we mean it. Organised by Fox & Squirrel, the tours will cover everything from Burberry trench coats that were inspired by explorers of the early 19th century, to the evolution of men’s tailoring on Saville Row, promising to educate and enlighten you along the way.   Embrace your Elizabeth Bennett on 30th October, following the footsteps of those that took part in the most important date in the society calendar: The […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Spice Market, Sushi Bar Review

Almost equidistant from the tourist hot spots that are Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus and located just seconds away from the bright lights of Chinatown, lies Spice Market. Having heard it described as an upmarket South Asian restaurant, walking into the establishment, it certainly seemed to fit the bill. Furnished in a dark wood with golden low lighting, the interior appears to glow and the multitude of glass and mirrored surfaces adds to the twinkling effect. It was busy, especially so for a Wednesday night, with a number of diners and a few drinking parties enjoying the music played by […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

B.Y.O.C Lands in Camden

Adding a touch of glamour to the somewhat dowdy proceedings that BYOB evokes, B.Y.O.C (Bring Your Own Cocktail) has landed in Camden ready to ignite some spark into the underground drinking world. Yes, you North Londoners can finally get involved in the action of B.Y.O.C, the drinking club that allows you to bring a bottle of your favourite tipple to be mixed up into a delicious cocktail by a team of master mixologists. Abandoning the concept of your standard cocktail menu, the choice of drinks available is literally endless and whilst having no guide might be daunting, it is also […]

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