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Asia de Cuba Bento Box Review

Back by popular demand, Asia de Cuba in St Martins Lane  has recently re-launched their classic Bento boxes, so of course The Handbook went down to check it out. We arrived on a Saturday afternoon to find the restaurant was quickly filling up, we took our seats, ordered a large glass of white wine and got to ordering. As is the nature of Bento boxes they are a brilliant way to try a little bit of this and a little bit of that without eating so much you feel uncomfortably full  and at Asia de Cuba there is a choice […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Avenue Restaurant Review

When we heard that D & D restaurant, Avenue on St James Street was re-launching we couldn’t wait to see the end result, we had heard big things and we weren’t disappointed because heck was it good! The restaurant is almost unrecognisable from its former days – inspired by a Manhattan loft, it is chic and sophisticated, (it’s the sort of place you want to be taken on a date to, or could while away an evening drinking cocktails with your friends) yet still fresh and relaxed. With gold, nude and navy tones the restaurant is broken up into a […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Avenue Restaurant Review

When we heard that D & D restaurant, Avenue on St James Street was re-launching we couldn’t wait to see the end result, we had heard big things and we weren’t disappointed because heck was it good! The restaurant is almost unrecognisable from its former days – inspired by a Manhattan loft, it is chic and sophisticated, (it’s the sort of place you want to be taken on a date to, or could while away an evening drinking cocktails with your friends) yet still fresh and relaxed. With gold, nude and navy tones the restaurant is broken up into a […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Crown and Sceptre Review

Having heard about long standing Fitzrovia favourite, The Crown and Sceptre’s recent refurbishment, The Handbook were keen to check it out. So last Thursday we headed down pushing through grey streets, stepping into the pub, before realizing what seemed to be the majority of London had had the same idea.  Packed floor to ceiling with young professionals from the various surrounding media companies, you could tell this is a much loved drinking hole. Despite being the only diners in the pub at the time and drinkers cornering us on every side, there was a distinct buzz and a boisterous energy […]

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Openings & Launches

March Openings

So the seasons are changing, hopefully we can now say goodbye to winter and hello to spring, and welcome in the new restaurants and hotels which are set to launch this month. From floating hotels, to fusion restaurants, all day dining inspired by members’ clubs and the relaunch of one of Soho’s finest. Here are some of The Handbook’s favourites     Assado Throughout his travelling renowned chef, Cyrus Todiwala realised that there was a wonderful relationship between the flavours and ideas of Portuguese, Goan, Brazilian and Indian cuisine. The result?  Fusion -restaurant Assado, in Waterloo. Having opened this weekend, […]

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Stop the press, for an important announcement. The Handbook has a new review section!  Here at The Handbook we always try our very hardest to bring you the latest and greatest in London venues. Whether it is a new review of a quiet town pub, our thoughts on the latest club opening or having you reach for the credit card with an account of a luxurious London getaway, we pretty much have it covered. However, with the launch of our brand spanking new review section this month we cannot wait to hear from you instead. Use our venue finder to […]

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Write a Review and Win a £500 Voucher

Stop the press, for an important announcement. The Handbook has a new review section!  Here at The Handbook we always try our very hardest to bring you the latest and greatest in London venues. Whether it is a new review of a quiet town pub, our thoughts on the latest club opening or having you reach for the credit card with an account of a luxurious London getaway, we pretty much have it covered. However, with the launch of our brand spanking new review section this month we cannot wait to hear from you instead. Use our venue finder to […]

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Openings & Launches

Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday – you have your frying pan ready, you've stocked up on lemon and sugar, all ready with your batter-  you go to flip that first pancake and bam, it lands on the floor. The second one falls apart and the third one, well you're just about ready to eat the batter raw. if that sounds like you (and even if it doesn't), then fear not because London has plenty of pancakes to offer this Shrove Tuesday. From pancake eating competitions at Coq d'argent to healthy pancakes over at The Good Life Eatery, to carnival parties! Here are some […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Tennis Cocktails at The Athenaeum

The age old combination of strawberries and tennis is one we like. We have no idea of the mysterious origin but the arrival of a few sunny days and the new Strawberry Whisky Cocktail at The Athenaeum Hotel to celebrate World Tennis Day has definitely got us smiling.  With the hotel’s famous Whisky Bar rumoured to have one of the finest collections in the whole of London you know you are in capable hands with their new drink.  The sour aims to reflect the upcoming tennis battle between two of the world’s greatest players Pete Sampras and Andre Aggasi at […]

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Shuttlecock Inc presents Rumble: Part Deux

Following on from the success of Rumble at the Deli, the Shuttlecock Inc guys are back with their latest gastronomic venture: Rumble Part Deux and we can't wait. The Gallic spin off is hosted by Shuttlecock’s latest comedy creation Arnaud Hérouville-Saint-Clair-Escoffier: great-grandson of culinary legend, Auguste, and chef/proprietor of Parisian institution, La Constellation – so called for its  unrivalled string of Michelin stars, don’t you know? The rules are simple it is a battle to the culinary death as two chefs cook it out. Using three key ingredients taken from the market that morning and taking inspiration from some of […]

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Openings & Launches

The Paradise

West London venue, The Paradise by Way of Kensal Green has a new conservatory. Originally a terrace – sadly underused due to England’s inclement weather conditions, the Paradise peeps decided the space was so pretty it needed to be used to its full potential and created a room that can be enjoyed all year round. Now, when it isn’t being used for a private function, it’s open to all on Friday evenings and all day Saturday but can still be booked out Sunday to Thursday. It features a private bar accommodating 40 to 50 people for drinks and canapés or […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

LFW Closing Party at Tonteria

Last night at Tonteria, Cristal was splashed, latex body suits were donned and eyebrows were raised at their distinctly dominatrix themed party. Marking the close of London Fashion Week, Guy Pelly and friends enjoyed champagne in VIP surrounded by catwalk models in Soft Paris lingerie and cat masks. In conjunction with Profile Model Management and PRITCH London (who introduced their new ad campaign there) this was truly an event that sizzled. www.tonteria.co.uk

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