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Le Cercle Restaurant Review

Last week The Handbook braved the torrential rain to head over to Le Cercle, in search of their tasting menu. Having waded through the puddles on Sloane Square, we slipped off onto Wilbraham Place, through the glass doors, down a set of stairs into Le Cercle. Despite having no windows, Le Cercle feels spacious, light, and airy whilst at the same time cosy and intimate, a mix of little booths, tables and bar seats. The tall ceilings and white walls made us feel almost as if we were in some cavern and yet the seats by the fire were like […]

Openings & Launches

The Earl Derby

The Earl Derby is an historic pub in Kilburn that is relaunching under its original name next week Thursday. It is taking exceptional pride in its status as ‘a proper pub’ serving honest food and drink on the bustling thoroughfare of Kilburn High Road. The 200-cover venue will be decked out in elegant tones of navy and grey, with reclaimed timber flooring, exposed brickwork and rustic oak panelling. Curved Chesterfield-style sofas, distressed tables, hanging pendant lamps and vintage chandeliers will complete the look. We hear that a lot of pride has also been taken with the drinks list: there’s a […]

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Brunch at 3 South Place Review

This weekend, The Handbook headed over to 3 South Place Bar and Grill at South Place Hotel in Moorgate for a spot of brunch. Well I say a spot of brunch, it was actually a delicious three course affair at 1pm, so more of a lunch, but we ordered from the brunch menu so to us it is brunch! The restaurant, which is the main restaurant for South Place Hotel is a mix of individual tables, long communal tables and sofas, all very relaxed and friendly but at the same time very sleek and smart.  It was softly lit and […]

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Brunch at 3 South Place Review

This weekend, The Handbook headed over to 3 South Place Bar and Grill at South Place Hotel in Moorgate for a spot of brunch. Well I say a spot of brunch, it was actually a delicious three course affair at 1pm, so more of a lunch, but we ordered from the brunch menu so to us it is brunch! The restaurant, which is the main restaurant for South Place Hotel is a mix of individual tables, long communal tables and sofas, all very relaxed and friendly but at the same time very sleek and smart.  It was softly lit and […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

A Thieves Market of Flavours in Mayfair

Chor Bizarre in Mayfair is an exquisitely decorated Indian restaurant which has based its interior around its name meaning ‘thieves market’ with a mix of beautifully decorated chairs, tables and ornaments filling the dining area. The menus aren’t left out either as they are covered with detailed drawings of the markets with introductions to the dishes before listing the food. The starter of Aloo tikki chaat were nice potato patties filled with spiced lentil and green peas, served warm, topped with yoghurt, tamarind and mint chutney. They were pleasant but lacked the proper Indian spices to separate it from a […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

AD12 atT42

Acclaimed Michelin starred chef Anthony Demetre is launching AD12 atT42, a 12 week pop up restaurant in Old Broad Street, London, on the 1st October. The food will reflect Demetre’s signature style at his current London restaurants: Arbutus, Wild Honey and Les Deux Salons. The accessible modern bistro, located in the high rise building Tower 42, will soon be sharing its home with International restaurateur and chef Jason Atherton who has plans to open a new restaurant in Tower 42 too. With a series of highly regarded restaurants in Singapore, Shanghai and Hong Kong also under his belt, Atherton has […]

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Honky Tonk Clapham

SW4 is getting set for the launch of Honky Tonk tomorrow. Following on from the success of Honky Tonk Chelsea, the venue will offer southsiders an American-inspired restaurant, late night bar, and live performances. The venue is the brainchild of Mark Cutler, one of the founders of Notting Hill institution, supperclub London. Punters can expect regular live music and entertainment, with a particular emphasis on a variation of the blues, jazz and rockabilly. With al fresco seating overlooking the common, the light and airy venue will house over 150 covers with separate restaurant, bar and private dining areas. The décor […]

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Culture

Film and Fizz at One Aldwych

One of the good things about autumn is that you can sit in and watch films without feeling guilty about not enjoying the sun outside. But rather than just go to your local cinema where you have to sit amongst the crowds, crackling pop corn and that slightly odd smell all cinemas have, make it a more decadent affair by going to One Aldwych Hotel for their Film and Fizz evenings. Forget a paper cup of Coco – Cola, here you will be sipping on a glass of Lallier Grand Réserve Champagne, and no nachos or pop corn rather a […]

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Hotels

The Ampersand Hotel Exclusive Author Evenings

There is no better way to spend a lazy afternoon than with a good book, and when we say book we mean a  good old fashioned paper book not an e-book  and yet it seems that people are borrowing books less and less from libraries.  Step in The Ampersand Hotel in South Kensington, they are going to be championing the humble printed book with a series of exclusive author events throughout October and November in their own private library. With its own collection of curated books and emerald green regal armchairs, the library is  perfect for curling up in on […]

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Union Street Café

Gordon Ramsay Group’s Union Street Café opens today in Borough, foodie heartland of South East London. Davide Degiovanni takes the helm as head chef. This newest edition to SE1 is located in a converted warehouse. Degiovanni’s dishes will focus on seasonal ingredients sourced from selected Mediterranean produce with an emphasis on Italian artisan producers. This will be complimented by daily available fare from the immediate vicinity of Borough and Maltby Street markets. Italian born and bred, Degiovanni’s enthusiasm is obvious from his daily changing menu which will include dishes like crisp Parma ham, buffalo mozzarella and peperonata, Stone bass crudo, […]

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