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Ekachai

Pan-Asian casual dining chain, Ekachai has been around for over a decade and this year the buzzing Liverpool Street Oriental Dining Room, where things began has undergone an exciting makeover and there’s a new menu as well. Food is South East Asian with a focus on Thai, Malay and Cantonese style dishes and the new menu, devised with the expert help of Norman Musa, Europe’s leading Malaysian chef, aims to introduce more adventurous dishes in addition to the classics, via seasonal specials.            Dishes ranging from the traditional Pad Thai and Nasi Goreng to the more ususual  Kapitan curry or Tempe […]

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Wiltons

This month the iconic London institution will reopen with a brand new bar and Saturday night dinner service. The restaurant established by George William Wilton in 1742 as a stall in St James’ selling oysters, shrimps and cockles is now owned by the Hambro family and located on Jermyn Street. For the first time, guests can pop in for a drink rather than having to dine – thus opening up the venue to a new generation. There will also be a new bar menu with highlights including Oysters, Glamorgan sausages with Laverbread mayonnaise, Foie gras with four spice crumb and […]

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Sassafras’ New Orleans Weekender

We think Mark Twain put it best when he said ‘New Orleans food is as delicious as the less criminal forms of sin’, so make sure to get sinful at Dalston Pond which Sassafras has transformed to bring the indominatable spirit of New Orleans all the way to London. Kicking off on Thursday 20th with a photography exhibition of New Orleans and Louisiana since the 70s, the weekend will follow on until the Sunday where there will be supper clubs, an open bar and New Orleans music until the early hours. In a location that is less fuss and more […]

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Valentine’s at The Imperial

As a new addition to Chelsea’s King’s Road, new restaurant The Imperial is looking to impress us all with an array of Valentine’s Day specials this 14th. Housed in a sleek Victorian building it has pulled out all the stops in an attempt to woo you with fresh, locally sourced ingredients with a distinctly aphrodisiac feel about them. Created by talented chef Tom Hope, start your evening with plump Kent & Essex oysters served with shallot vinegar, lemon & Tabasco. Afterwards get torn between smoked venision berries, red quinoa, toasted seeds and wild herbs or duck breast and heart, parsnip […]

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Valentine’s Day at 1 Lombard Street

This is a place is rooted in romance. Once a bank run by the father of Charles Dicken’s first love Maria Beadnell, the writer himself would walk the street in the early hours staring at the building where his true love dozed. Definitely one to keep up your sleeve to get your date all doey eyed over some delicious four course sharing menus in the Brasserie and the 1776 restaurant.  In the Brassiere, start with a starter of figs and parma ham, arancini balls and stuffed baby peppers before fighting over a Filet of Angus Beef, Foie Gras and Black […]

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Brontё inspired afternoon tea Review

What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than having tea at the glorious Gilbert Scott? Without a doubt it is one of my favourite buildings in London: the grandeur, the faded Victorian glamour (it opened in the 1870s) and the rich colours so it only seemed right that we took a little trip there on Sunday to indulge in the Brontё inspired afternoon tea. Available until the 12th February the tea has been devised by General Manager and chef, Chantelle Nicholson and cult artist and creator of Visitoriana, Charlotte Cory and is a traditional Yorkshire Victorian tea which focuses […]

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Brontё inspired afternoon tea Review

What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than having tea at the glorious Gilbert Scott? Without a doubt it is one of my favourite buildings in London: the grandeur, the faded Victorian glamour (it opened in the 1870s) and the rich colours so it only seemed right that we took a little trip there on Sunday to indulge in the Brontё inspired afternoon tea. Available until the 12th February the tea has been devised by General Manager and chef, Chantelle Nicholson and cult artist and creator of Visitoriana, Charlotte Cory and is a traditional Yorkshire Victorian tea which focuses […]

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Valentine’s Day in London: 3

In our final piece about Valentine's Day we have rounded up some of our favourite dinner menus, such as the Savoy's 'his and hers' menu, our favourite events – we want to head over to Charlotte Street Hotel to fall in love with Mr Darcy all over again, and if you do already have someone to share Valentine's Day with then we also have some of our favorite hotels to visit – from decadence at The Ritz to naughtiness at the South Place Hotel… spread the love! Alain Duccase As part of their Valentine’s menu the Alain Duccasse at The […]

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Lanes of London Review

Lanes of London on Park Lane is like a new best friend who you feel like you have known for years. Or that is what The Handbook thought when we went down to check it out this week. Despite it being a new restaurant, it didn’t have any of that shiny- new brightness where the paint looks almost sterile or hospital like; rather it felt homely and at ease with itself. With low lighting, grand ceilings, vintage mirrors, high wing back chairs and an air of a member’s club there is none of the stuffiness, the cocktails were served in […]

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Lanes of London Review

Lanes of London on Park Lane is like a new best friend who you feel like you have known for years. Or that is what The Handbook thought when we went down to check it out this week. Despite it being a new restaurant, it didn’t have any of that shiny- new brightness where the paint looks almost sterile or hospital like; rather it felt homely and at ease with itself. With low lighting, grand ceilings, vintage mirrors, high wing back chairs and an air of a member’s club there is none of the stuffiness, the cocktails were served in […]

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