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Exclusive Hampers from Alain Ducasse

Esteemed French Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse, has handpicked a selection of his favourite speciality chocolates, for a luxury hamper that people can take home this Christmas. These exclusive hampers also include a bottle of Champagne NV Selection Alain Ducasse Brut; previously unavailable for purchase in the UK and only served at Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester. These bespoke chocolate hampers contain the finest artisanal chocolates, direct from Alain Ducasse’s manufacture in Paris. The chocolate is handcrafted on traditional vintage machines using time-tested methods at his recently opened factory La Manufacture de Chocolat. Hampers are priced at £125 and are available for […]

Seasonal & Celebrations

Kitchen Party: Dine, Drink and Dance Around the World

Forget the usual office Christmas party that involves standing around the photocopier with some mini cheddars and flat cava in plastic cups: on 7th,14th and 21st December, Kitchen Party will whisk guests away on an immersive culinary journey around the world. Guests will get to experience an exciting range of flavours and sights, from Dim Sum and jasmine cocktails at Café Orient, to serious partying at the Karaoke Den, Caribbean favourites and reggae tunes at the Rum Shack, chilli dogs and mac 'n' cheese at Midway Diner, and traditional afternoon tea at Bourne & Hollingsworth. So if you’re fed up […]

Openings & Launches

Chakana

London-born Ibiza party scenster Andrew Dax, Italian party co-ordinator Corrado Mozzillo, and Argentinian curator Augusto Rossillo have been brought together by entertainment entrepreneur Nick House to create brand new club Latino-Pacific club and lounge bar concept Chakana. The name means ‘tree of life’ and the venue itself is reminiscent of an ancient Incan temple filled with mystic treasures – think intricate carvings of the snake serpent, puma and condor sitting alongside depictions of the Chakana itself and a display of skulls lit eerily from within like a celebration of ancestral spirits. The décor is all rich golds, reds and oranges […]

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Seasonal & Celebrations

Rainbow Trust Christmas Carol Concert

Rainbow Trust, the children’s charity who support families of children with a life threatening or terminal illness, are holding a Christmas carol concert on 5th December to help raise funds for their cause. Celebrities Doon Mackichan, Nicholas Farrell, Danny Huston, Jan Pienkoswki and Stanley Johnson will be in attendance to show their support. Christmas is an especially difficult time for families looking after a seriously ill child so the Rainbow Trust does their best to make the festive celebrations as normal as possible for them. The event, hosted by St Paul’s church, is a ticketed event open to the public. Guests […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Dim Sum Sundays at Hakkasan

This Autumn the original Hakkasan restaurant, at Hanway Place, has been changing things up a bit with their take on the tradition that is Sunday lunch. The Michelin- starred restaurant has joined forces with Champagne house Perrier Jouёt to create a stunning four course dim sum feast. Gracing the menu are a range of dishes such as salads, steamed, fried, baked and grilled dumplings, rolls and puffs as well as main courses and of course as no lunch is complete without it, desserts. Highlights from the menu include lobster salad with white truffle and lily bulb, prawn shumai and chinese […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Thanksgiving at Kensington Roof Gardens

The Roof Gardens are going to be celebrating the American Dream and Thanksgiving in the best way possible, with food.  On Thursday 28th November diners will be able to choose from Babylon’s usual restaurant menu or the specially created American theme dishes, and we say as it is available for one night and one night only, don’t miss out and go all American. To start: clam chowder served with crushed water biscuits, followed by turkey. Then of course indulging in America’s sweet tooth and a national favourite: pumpkin pie and cinnamon ice cream.  Of course it wouldn’t be a celebration without cocktails and Babylon will be […]

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Openings & Launches

Rextail

Rextail is the second Mayfair restaurant from leading Russian restaurateur Arkady Novikov. The 120-seater venue specialises in fish, meat and game dishes with an international flavour. We’re talking premium quality steaks from the world’s finest cattle – including Irish Black Angus with other main course highlights being Braised short beef ribs & herb baked bone marrow, Denham Estate venison loin with wild cranberries and Yuzu scented black cod. Starters feature Wood smoked organic salmon, dandelion, quail eggs & grain mustard, Tuna tartare with koshu dressing & pickled cucumber and Griddled red sea prawns, guacamole, chilli & vine tomato sauce. Desserts […]

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Seasonal & Celebrations

London’s First Pub Ice Rink

This Christmas, The Leather Bottle will be bringing some festive magic to Earlsfield as it launches London’s first pub ice rink. Located in The Leather Bottle’s large garden, the ice rink will run from 1 December until 12 January, and there will be a snow machine, blue low-lighting and festive music to create the ultimate festive atmosphere. Add some mulled wine and warming hearty food into the mix and you have a Christmas wonderland. The Leather Bottle also has toasty outdoor huts which have been turned into alpine ski chalets for the Christmas season which host up to 20 guests […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Party at Tonteria!

Mexican-themed tequila bar Tonteria is the venue of the moment. Set on the popular Sloane Square, its ‘Do Not Disturb’ night has proved incredibly popular. One recent event saw socialites Charlie Van Straubenzee, Freddy Van Zevenbergen and George Askew sipping on champagne in the VIP area at the 30th birthday party of Tonteria’s PR Director, Jessica Patterson. A spectacular dance act was also choreographed for Jessica, which made use of a bouncy castle, ultraviolet lights and neon body paint. Earlier in the evening, Jessica hosted a dinner at The Café Royal Hotel’s new golden Roman-style patisserie. The room has floor-to-ceiling […]

Reviews

Snowflake Luxury Gelato: Review

Last night having found ourselves in Soho, The Handbook decided to defy the cold weather and head to Snowflake for gelato. Having opened at the end of September it is the second boutique, the first having opened in Bayswater. It was all very sleek, minimal with white walls, counters and tables but the splashes of pink stopped it from being hostile or sterile. There were a few high tables, a bar and booths, so if you are like we were and can’t handle the cold outside there is space to sit and indulge. Before you panic and ask ‘why do […]

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