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Top 5 Terraces in London

Whether rain or shine there’s nothing we love more than sitting outside, heated by the rare sighted summer sun or by toasty heating lamps in the cooler months. The Handbook took on the arduous task of checking out London’s top terraces. Paradise by way of Kensal Green This gastro pub has a quirky interior which originally held a terrace but due to the tragic weather we endure in the UK it was converted into a conservatory so it could be enjoyed all year round. In the summer months the sun will fill this pretty space with light where guests can enjoy the […]

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Cuervo’s Cantina

As summer approaches Londoners can finally emerge from the dark corners of restaurants and bars to take their place once more on the lofty roof terraces that cover this city. Handy then that Skylounge in Tower Hill have just announced their summer residency – Cuervo’s Cantina. Launching on the 2nd May (and then open daily from 4pm – 10pm) they will be celebrating all things Mexican with Jose Cuervo tequila cocktails think Mexican Mules, Palomas, Diablos and frozen  Margaritas and food-wise expect taquitos, nachos and bean burritos! Also what are you doing on 5th May? Yes it is Bank Holiday […]

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Taste of London

The capital’s best restaurants all descend on Regent’s Park this June when Taste of London comes out to play a five day extravaganza this summer. Yup we’re talking bite size versions of 40 of London’s hottest restaurants, live performance cooking from the rock stars of the culinary world and 200 boutique food and drink stalls for post prandial meandering. The 2014 line-up features Le Gavroche, Sushisamba, Duck & Waffle, House of Ho, Meatliquor, Roka, Shake Shack, L’Anima, Tamarind, Salt Yard and about 30 more while famous names at the Electrolux Taste Theatre include Michel Roux Jr, Rene Redzepi, Tom Kerridge […]

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The Goring: Review

Since its opening in 1910 (when the price of  a room was just 7s 6d, the equivalent of 37p!), The Goring has become a quintessential part of luxury London. The family run hotel has continually been named as the top hotel in London and indeed in Europe. Having become synonymous with the Royal family, in 2010 it was granted a Royal Warrant for Hospitality Services by Her Majesty The Queen. But now they have something new to celebrate, the arrival of new chef Shay Cooper whose aim is to take the menu to the next level and so The Handbook […]

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The Berkeley’s Spring/Summer Pret-a-Portea

It’s synonymous with the changing of the seasons, The Berkeley’s infamous Pret- a- Portea, aka the most fashionable tea in London. Since we are well and truly into spring now, it is time for the Spring/Summer 2014 collection tea to be served in The Caramel Room. Taking to the tea stand this season are Miu Miu’s exotic skin tone bag with a chocolate pecan moelleux, Christian Louboutin’s chocolate biscuit Pigalle spike heel with a bright turquoise hue icing and the signature red sole. Also making an appearance will be Victoria Beckham’s geometric print cherry and white chocolate mousse shirt , […]

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dindin kitchen

Persian is the next exotic cuisine to get the fast food treatment courtesy of Persian founder and director Vida Tayebi who left behind a career in the City to give age-old recipes a contemporary overhaul. So what exactly is Persian cuisine? Moroccan meets Iranian with a mainstay of rice, meat and fish, vegetables, fruit and nuts, flatbreads, yoghurt, cheese, fresh herbs including mint, parsley, tarragon and coriander and spices such as cinnamon and saffron. More unusual ingredients include pomegranate, rose water, tart barberries and tangy sumac. But the food is as much about colour, fragrance and layering of flavours as […]

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Cigar and Cocktail Masterclasses at Voltaire

Can you tell your standard rolling tobacco from the prestigious brands? Ever dreamed of reliving your favourite gangster movie scene where the protagonist puffs menacingly on a cigar? Then you’re in luck! Legendary champagne & cigar bar, Voltaire, is hosting a series of cigar smoking sessions which will turn the most novice of smokers into a cigar connoisseur. Guests will be taught how to identify the different flavours, exotic aromas and inspiring ingredients of the best vintages the world has to offer. Voltaire boasts a stylish, dedicated cigar terrace which offers its own enviable collection of rolled Havanas. Guests will […]

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Peg + Patriot

If the idea of a Marmite vodka martini fills you with disgust you might as well stop reading now but if not, welcome to the Peg + Patriot at Bethnal Green’s Town Hall Hotel, newest venture from Matt Whiley of The Talented Mr Fox, Purl Whistling Shop and Dach & Sons fame. The maverick mixologist creates his own house spirits on site including three different styles of gin such as Moonshine Kid Dog’s Nose made from hops and Lisle Street Gin from jasmine and currants. He will also be producing all his own house vodkas, liqueurs and vermouths. Now for […]

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Cocktail and Cinema Club at Belle&Co

Every Monday night Belle&Co will bring cinema and cocktails to Euston at their very own Monday Cocktail Cinema Club . With a variety of films due to run, every taste from film buff to chick flick connoisseur are sure to be catered for Showing this April, guests can clink martinis with Audrey Hepburn at Breakfast at Tiffany's before making a return to to sip something slightly darker for Snow White and the Huntsman on the 12th of May.    Food will also be on offer with pizza and cocktail deals officially banishing the Monday night blues for good.    Entry […]

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Easter Cocktails at South Place Hotel

What are you up to this weekend?  Come Thursday night we have those 4 long, glorious days stretching in front of us. What to do with all that time?  Besides getting through as much chocolate as humanely possible, and no doubt nursing some sort of hangover we suggest that you head over to South Place Hotel for brunch, because alongside their usual brunch offering (We’ve been. It’s brilliant.) they will also be serving up limited edition, original Easter cocktails. Created by Head Bartender Duo, Angel de Sousa and Roland Varga you have three to choose from; gin lovers go for […]

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Culinary Mischief: Review

The other day we told you about Culinary Mischief – the underground dining experience presented by iL Tocco Food set up by chef Gabriele Bertaccini, and since their next event was to be held in London, we thought we would go down and join in with the feast and report back. The location was announced the day before to keep and element of secrecy to the event – well it is underground dining after all – and we found out that we were going to be dining in the Library at the London Marriott Hotel, County Hall in Westminster. Having […]

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Mode

Mode, the fashion mag of Ugly Betty fame and now Notting Hill’s new ‘immersive’ restaurant and cocktail bar boasting ‘experiences’ or ‘chapters’ that change every six months. Each chapter, masterminded by five local entrepreneurs Stevie Thomas, Jono Remington-Hobbs, brothers Oliver and Benjamin Bolton and Jolyon Klean, promises to showcase a different food and drink offering and curated installation alongside an eclectic live and electronic music schedule. Chapter one, which opens on 11th April, is  ‘Future Vintage’ – think industrial revolution – for which Executive Chef Andi Oliver has created a menu including Blood orange and vodka cured salmon, Miso glazed pollock […]

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