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Mother’s Day at Aqua London

You haven’t forgotten that this Sunday is Mother’s Day have you? Are you sure? Well just in case it has slipped your mind (set your reminder for next year now…) then you still have time to organise something for your mother and we suggest paying a visit to Aqua Nueva or Aqua Kyoto. Over at Aqua Nueva they are opening for the very first time on a Sunday for Mother’s Day and will be serving up a four course meal (two appetisers, a main course and pudding) with dishes including salmon roasted with honey and lemon alioi and Catalonian escalivada […]

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Steak Escargot at Cheyne Walk Brasserie

Cheyne Walk Brasserie on Chelsea Embankment have recently launched their new spring menu,  a new season calls for a new menu of course, with the addition of a very special steak, forget your normal sauces, béarnaise, peppercorn and red wine,  this is all about steak escargot – that’s right a snail sauce. The 21 day aged rib eye steak is topped with garlic butter, a dark port and red wine reduction and fresh snails; the sauce was created by head chef Olivier Ripert who said:  “We wanted to capture spring in a simple but intriguing flavour combination. We’ve created something […]

Openings & Launches

One Kensington Opens

One Kensington opened yesterday at number one Kensington High Street within a Grade II listed, late Gothic revival Victorian building constructed in 1885 for the London and County Bank. The menu is designed to suit an international palate and dishes have been created by executive chef Massimiliano Blasone, formerly of Nikita Malibu and Apsleys at The Lanesborough, where he was awarded a Michelin star after just four months. So what can we expect? Starters include Loin of venison with salsify and pistachio, Poached salmon with beetroot and cucumber, Beef tartare with rocket, pappa al pomodoro and grana padano and Pea […]

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Poppies Camden: Review

Having been nominated for the National Fish and Chips award in 2013 and with its sister restaurant in Spitalfields having won the award this year, we weren’t going to say no to going to Poppies in Camden. So we said goodbye to leafy Fulham and trekked across London in search of the best fish and chips this city has to offer, now I have to mention before we go any further, I adore fish and chips – they would be my choice when it came to my last meal – if I was told I could only eat one thing […]

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Mother’s Day 2

With less than a week until Mother's Day it is time to start planning what you are going to do treat your mother! But panic not, we have it sorted, in the second part of our Mother's Day events we have found some of the best afternoon teas and menus which are bound to give you major brownie points. All you have to do is book it! So from Prosecco and ping pong at Bounce to a massage at The Ritz, take your  pick!     Almeida    Almeida is a cosy restaurant perfect to hide away in this Mother’s […]

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Diciannove in the City : Review

Since their launch back in September last year , Italian restaurant Diciannove in the City has maintained a steady flow of positive reviews.  Never one to miss out on a good Italian the Handbook hotfooted it to Blackfriars on Wednesday to check out what all the fuss was about.  Entering through the front entrance of The Crowne Plaza hotel we were curious how the restaurant would stand out from the four star venue. Quite quiet for a Wednesday evening , most of the diners were presumably guests from the hotel but a few larger groups were dotted around looking like […]

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Diciannove in the City : Review

Since their launch back in September last year , Italian restaurant Diciannove in the City has maintained a steady flow of positive reviews.  Never one to miss out on a good Italian the Handbook hotfooted it to Blackfriars on Wednesday to check out what all the fuss was about.  Entering through the front entrance of The Crowne Plaza hotel we were curious how the restaurant would stand out from the four star venue. Quite quiet for a Wednesday evening , most of the diners were presumably guests from the hotel but a few larger groups were dotted around looking like […]

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Chocolate Selfies at Harvey Nichols

The selfie- whether you love them or hate them we’re all definitely guilty of indulging occasionally.  Maybe it’s a sly, post hairdresser snap or a full length, duck pout selfie – the whole world’s at it and to make matters even better now we’re even doing it in chocolate. Definitely something to be seen to be believed, head down to the fifth floor of Harvey Nichols in the next four weeks where they will be using the latest in 3D printing technology to create personalised chocolate selfies for everyone. Perhaps not one for the camera shy, the process involves stepping […]

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Openings & Launches

Mother’s Day 1

We all know we need to say thank you to our mothers more often; they have looked after us when we were scared of the dark, they've cooked us endless fish fingers, wiped away tears, confiscated dreadful eyeshadow (in hindsight, thank goodness), stopped us from leaving the house in sartorial disasters and been there for us more times than we can remember – so with Mother's Day just around the corner, it is time to get planning and say thank you properly. Here are some of the best events happening in London.  34 With their popularity soaring over the last […]

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Unique Craft Beer Launches At The Jam Tree

If the recent uncharacteristically sunny evenings have you searching desperately for the nearest pub garden rejoice in the new summery addition to The Jam Tree pubs in the form of their very own craft beer.  Brewed at The Park Brewery in Kingston upon Thames, the much awaited ‘Jam Tree American Pale Ale’ will make its appearance on the bar from the 21st March. Taking inspiration from American craft beers and the increasing number of microbreweries springing up around Britain this goes one step further- or smaller- being made literally 8 miles away from the Chelsea branch of the pub. Made […]

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Edwin’s

This new addition to Borough, opening today, is a 40 cover neighbourhood style brasserie located above the hustle and bustle of the High Street. The restaurant takes its name from former occupant of the site, pub landlord Edwin Brady who ran a pub-cum-museum-of-curiosities there from 1893 which featured a large collection of stuffed animals and skeletons. Known as The Hole in the Wall, it closed in 1901 following complaints about fliers advertising for corpses! Edwin’s is the first restaurant for the local owners Shane Ranasinghe, Michael Robinson, Isaac Tooby and Neil Watson of independent pub company Parched Pubs (The Roebuck […]

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Counter Club at Spuntino

Calling all food lovers, so really calling everyone – big news: on the 24th April Soho restaurant Spuntino will host the very first Counter Club. But what is the Counter Club I hear you ask? Well it is created by the team who are behind the Quintessentially Supper Club and it is a veritable feast – that’s what it is! 24 guests will sit down to 10 courses including classic sliders and ribbon steak – will indulge in 4 Quintessentially Vodka cocktails and half a bottle of wine (that’s each – not between the 24 of them – that wouldn’t […]

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