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myhotel Bloomsbury Review

The Handbook escaped south west London and headed into central London to spend a night on Bedford Street at Myhotel Bloomsbury. Part of a group of boutique hotels, Myhotel Bloomsbury is meant to be a fusion of east meets west, although this theme wasn’t too apparent throughout the hotel, there were little nods to it here and there such as the names of the meeting rooms and a couple of pictures in the room, but had we not been told of the theme I don’t know if we would have guessed it. Although there is the serene, Asian-inspired Jinja treatment […]

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Simmons Bar Review

For those in search of a brilliant Happy Hour offer or a slightly kookier bar in the Mornington Crescent or Camden area then look no further than Simmons Bar. Having opened at the end of last year, the interior is a mix of your Grandma’s sitting room – the chintzy wallpaper, the lamps mix matched crockery, the teapots that the drinks arrive in, and the flying ducks across the walls – crossed with a branch of Urban Outfitters – Simmons Bar is home to the largest skull shaped disco ball (we were in love) and also has a SNES console […]

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Whisky Mist

London’s notorious Whisky Mist night club, famed for its opulent décor, whisky and celebrities, officially reopens tomorrow promising a darkly glamorous new spin on its Scottish heritage. It has been extensively refurbished by Nick House and a team brought together from the best clubs in Europe and now also boasts adjoining sister venue, the uber exclusive Rusty Nail. Think interiors like a beautiful gothic chapel with a pulpit that doubles as a DJ booth, stained-glass stone windows, a reclaimed church organ and pews – not to mention suits of armour, tartans, whisky barrels and the Whisky Mist stag taking prime […]

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Art at DISCO

Combine the West End’s most vibrant night spot DISCO with up and coming street artists and you know it’s going to be cool, right? Well find out for yourself this February in a six week exhibition that will constantly evolve all the way through fashion week until the end of March. With a new artist showcased each week, the work will take over and transform the club with floor to ceiling murals, the mirrored walls of DISCO making it a perfect place to view such stunning visuals. Robin Kay, Business Development Manager at DISCO remarks on how well the two […]

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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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Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at The Sanderson

Late, late for a very important date? Well not to worry as there’s still time to book a perfectly eccentric Mad Hatter's themed tea at Sanderson hotel! Served on the 15th and 16th from 12.30-8pm, the tea will include a variety of tasty treats inspired by the Lewis Caroll classic. A fun themed afternoon tea with  delicious sandwiches, sweet and savoury scones, make sure to try a melting mango cheesecake or the unusual sounding carrot meringue served on a bed of peashoots.With hidden touches everywhere from a menu inside a vintage book, riddles hidden in the napkin and ‘Jelly Wonderland’ providing […]

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La Porte Des Indes Review

Cutting an unassuming exterior and tucked away from the bustle of Marble Arch stands veteran Indian restaurant La Porte Des Indes. Innocently painted a plain white and looking very inconspicuous, all former expectations of this being a cramped curry house were dropped as we walked into a huge Alladin's cave…complete with waterfall. Having our coats taken at the door by polite staff, we were led to a table overlooking the water feature as we gazed open mouthed at the sheer size of the building. Once an Edwardian ballroom, La Porte des Indes is spread across two floors, with various themed […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

La Porte Des Indes Review

Cutting an unassuming exterior and tucked away from the bustle of Marble Arch stands veteran Indian restaurant La Porte Des Indes. Innocently painted a plain white and looking very inconspicuous, all former expectations of this being a cramped curry house were dropped as we walked into a huge Alladin's cave…complete with waterfall. Having our coats taken at the door by polite staff, we were led to a table overlooking the water feature as we gazed open mouthed at the sheer size of the building. Once an Edwardian ballroom, La Porte des Indes is spread across two floors, with various themed […]

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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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An Evening of Rugby and Gastronomy at The Langham

Whether you’re a rugby fan or you just have a penchant for men who can pull off a pair of  shorts (don’t we all?),  The Langham is hosting a dinner and drinks reception with some of England and Wales’ most famous names. Before England and Wales meet to play at Twickenham on Sunday 9th March, players such as Phil Vickery, Brian Moore and Welsh stars Scott Quinnell and Robert Jones will lay their memories of the pitch bare to fans over dinner and drinks at The Langham.  If the mention of rugby players has sparked your interest, start your evening […]

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Valentine’s Day in London: 2

In the second part of our Valentine's Day events we are looking at some of the best menus available in London this year. From heart -shaped pizzas to caviar, from oysters to macaroni there is something out there for everyone. Just remember the one rule – no garlic …especially if you are on a first date!    B-Soho If the thought of fine dining or silver service on Valentine’s Day when you are trying to impress your date is a little bit nerve- wracking, then how about pizza at B-Soho? Perfect! Even more perfect because they are heart shaped! Start […]

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