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Radio Rooftop Bar: Review

The Radio Rooftop Bar at ME London, I’ve heard so much about it, recommended it to friends when they’ve asked for places to go and raved about it to others. I’ve just never quite made it there. So with the sun shining and thinking it would be the perfect time to experience the roof-top bar and see London in all its glory, I booked a table and then what happened? It rained. Did that deter us?  Of course it didn’t – we are true Brits after all, nor did it deter the rest of London since the bar was packed […]

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Paradise Review

It is rarely that you come across a restaurant that delivers whole-heartedly, but luckily for us Paradise by way of Kensal Green is one of those places. From charming and friendly staff to delicious good and varied and creative cocktails, Paradise is a real winner, heck even the décor had us impressed with its shabby, chic design. After having perused many, many a menu seeing a Cherry and Nectarine Salad as a starter was an unexpected surprise which impelled us to try it. It stood its ground as an enjoyable dish with perfectly ripened fruit, baby spinach, peanuts and an […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Paradise Review

It is rarely that you come across a restaurant that delivers whole-heartedly, but luckily for us Paradise by way of Kensal Green is one of those places. From charming and friendly staff to delicious good and varied and creative cocktails, Paradise is a real winner, heck even the décor had us impressed with its shabby, chic design. After having perused many, many a menu seeing a Cherry and Nectarine Salad as a starter was an unexpected surprise which impelled us to try it. It stood its ground as an enjoyable dish with perfectly ripened fruit, baby spinach, peanuts and an […]

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Champagne Summer Pop Up in the Square

Yesterday the Luggage Room stepped outside with its punch pop up bar at Summer in the Square and they have alcoholic lollipops. That’s right the opulent speakeasy-style bar is packing up its bags, venturing out of the Grosvenor hotel and emerging from the secret door it lies behind and heading to Grosvenor Square. With a little help from their friends at Appleton V/X, Perrier-Jouët, Pernod Ricard UK, Pierre Ferrand Cognac and Berry Bros. & Rudd they’ll be serving up classic punches and cups, Champagne sorbets (yes it is a gift from the gods!) and those lollipops, forget after work cocktails […]

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Great Indian Food Feast

Spice up your summer and kick-start your senses with some delicious Indian food at the Great Indian Food Feast at The Dolls House in Hoxton. A gastro adventure brought to you by Urban Rajah, a food writer and pop up guru, you’ll be lucky enough to indulge in 4 courses carefully crafted by the famous Indian chef. Don’t be put off by the industrial looking vibe given off by the old textile factory which houses the Doll’s House, because once inside you will be transported to a truly different world and culture, with sounds and smells like no other you […]

Openings & Launches

THE CLUB AT CAFÉ ROYAL

London is getting a new members’ club at the swanky Café Royal and The Club at Café Royal does exactly what it says on the tin. Set on the venue’s first floor, it will house a variety of entertaining and dining spaces where members are encouraged to pursue their vocations, using the space both to work and to socialise amidst interiors that blend English and French design and feature bespoke rugs and plush velvet furnishings. There’s to be all day dining from a kitchen overseen by executive Chef Andrew Turner, its output spread across modern British fining dining restaurant, The Domino […]

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Aqua Kyoto’s Sunshine Menu

Reports all over newspapers and the Internet are showing that 80% of Britons are deficient in Vitamin D due to a lack of sunlight, which isn’t hard to believe given the rare presence of the sun even during the summer months, and the unpredictability of it gracing us with its presence. The Spectator has actually just published an article focused solely on the importance of Vitamin D, and its plentiful health benefits. Helping you to live longer, keep your bones strong, and reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease and strokes, this definitely gives us all a valid excuse to […]

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London Eye Seasonal Events

Here at The Handbook we're always on the hunt for great party venues. This week we attended the EDF Energy London Eye Hospitality Showcase, a sneak preview of the seasonal hospitality packages for the upcoming year, offering some of the most posh dining and exquisite celebration experiences in London.   At the showcase we took in breathtaking views of the city during the Champagne Reception – a thirty minute rotation in a private capsule on the London Eye enjoyed with flutes of Pommery champagne and a delightful serving of canapés. We then boarded the Barracuda, one of the most stylish cruisers […]

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Openings & Launches

St Barts Brewery

St Bartholomew may have been the patron saint of cobblers rather than restaurateurs but St Barts Brewery, the new British diner, lounge, bar and live music venue in West Smithfield is sure to inspire more than a little devotion. Owned by Kent’s Hush Heath Estate, it will showcase the sparkling Balfour Brut Rosé, red, rosé and white wines with ciders from Jake’s Orchard. A ground floor diner, bar and lounge with floor to ceiling windows, mismatched furniture and huge movie set-style lighting will serve modern British classics from breakfast through to dinner and also host regular music nights. Upstairs, the […]

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The Wellesley: Review

The Wellesley is relatively new in terms of London hotels, when many have been opened for over a hundred years, The Wellesley has only been opened since the end of 2012 and yet already it is known as one of the most decadent boutique hotels. The décor is inspired by the 1920s townhouse that it is situated in, with a modern twist on  the art deco movement, it is very sumptumous and none more so than in The Oval restaurant.  Having heard that there was a new excutive chef, Michele del Monaco, at the restaurant we grabbed our bags and […]

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Simply Fish: Review

Simply Fish – it’s in the name: simple. From the minimal décor of block wooden benches and tables to the concept of the menu – choose the fish, the way you cook it, the sauce and sides. Simply Fish is all about keeping things stripped back and minimal. When we arrived at the Camden branch – the other being in Shoreditch- we were the only ones there, which instantly panicked me, some people get anxiety about small spaces, crowds, spiders, well mine is empty restaurants, I  clam up, don’t know what to say, where to look. After a while though […]

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Openings & Launches

LIBRARY

Sitting behind an inconspicuous door on the bustling St Martin’s Lane is LIBRARY, a new private members’ club aimed at the design community to be launched next Monday by entrepreneur and Ronald Ndoro. The main hub features a double mezzanine, stage and four-metre, floor-to-ceiling bar, but factor in a six bedroom hotel complete with 24-hour concierge, a whisky and wine room, that eponymous library with its towering curated bookshelf, indoor smoking terrace and then a mini gym promising mindfulness meditation courses and Kitchen restaurant – both of which will launch at the end of the summer – and you’ve got […]

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