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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 […]

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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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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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Bull Food Review

The Bull is committed to supporting their local suppliers and sources only the freshest, highest quality ingredients in their restaurant. The menu brings together elements of Kentish, British and European cuisine and varies from classic pub food to a la carte dining suitable from couples to families to enjoy. We decided to pop down and check it out for ourselves! The starter of Pesto linguine was created especially as a smaller main to make up for the lack of vegetarian options in the starter menu but unfortunately there was nothing special about it. It seemed to lack the main ingredient of […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Bull Food Review

The Bull is committed to supporting their local suppliers and sources only the freshest, highest quality ingredients in their restaurant. The menu brings together elements of Kentish, British and European cuisine and varies from classic pub food to a la carte dining suitable from couples to families to enjoy. We decided to pop down and check it out for ourselves! The starter of Pesto linguine was created especially as a smaller main to make up for the lack of vegetarian options in the starter menu but unfortunately there was nothing special about it. It seemed to lack the main ingredient of […]

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Openings & Launches

Foxlow

New to Clerkenwell is Foxlow, the 100-cover restaurant and bar from Will Beckett and Huw Gott. Serving slow-smoked and charcoal grilled dishes, salads and sides alongside original cocktails, Foxlow is a neighbourhood restaurant with informal service and a comfortable, lived-in interior. Situated in a Grade II listed former cork warehouse, the split-level venue features two ground floor dining areas and a first floor gallery. The interior features reclaimed materials throughout. The 1950’s oak flooring and pendant light fittings come from a workingmen’s club in Wigan while old chemistry labtops from a Yorkshire school provide tabletops and make up the bar. […]

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Openings & Launches

Bunnychow launch at BOXPARK

After spending the summer in London in their South African-inspired truck, Bunnychow have found their first permanent home at Shoreditch’s BOXPARK. The menu will feature their signature dish, ‘Monkey Gland Bunny’, which is a hollowed out loaf of bread packed with juicy meatballs, along with lots of new ‘bunnies’, including the ‘Ginger Chicken Bunny’ with chicken and squash and the ‘Boston Beans Bunny’ with molasses, baked beans, spinach and smoked cheese. There will also be new flat bunnies, which have warm fillings, including a South African spiced ‘Bobotie Burger’ and a ‘Lime and Chilli Crayfish’ variant. Every single bunny is […]

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Reviews

12 Days of Christmas Afternoon Tea at the InterContinental Park Lane

The InterContinental Park Lane has just launched its new Christmas afternoon tea and The Handbook chose a suitably cold and wintery afternoon to go and curl up in the Wellington Lounge and check it out. Firstly  the term ‘sink into a chair’ has never been more relevant than in the Wellington Lounge, the chairs engulf you in a sumptuous mass of cushions and soft material, had we the time, we would have never have left them, they were that inviting. But we weren’t there to review the chairs, (had we though top marks all around, 5 out of 5) the […]

Reviews

12 Days of Christmas Afternoon Tea at the InterContinental Park Lane

The InterContinental Park Lane has just launched its new Christmas afternoon tea and The Handbook chose a suitably cold and wintery afternoon to go and curl up in the Wellington Lounge and check it out. Firstly  the term ‘sink into a chair’ has never been more relevant than in the Wellington Lounge, the chairs engulf you in a sumptuous mass of cushions and soft material, had we the time, we would have never have left them, they were that inviting. But we weren’t there to review the chairs, (had we though top marks all around, 5 out of 5) the […]

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Openings & Launches

Mamounia Lounge Launches in Mayfair

A slice of Middle Eastern cuisine has landed in Mayfair with the launch of Mamounia Lounge on Curzon Street. Set over two floors, from the sounds of it, it is all opulence and decadence with gold, bronze, deep jewel colours and beautiful chandeliers and the scent of orange blossom and jasmine decorating the air. Diners are encouraged to indulge in banquet style dining with tables being crowded with mezze, pastries, charcoal cooked meats, couscous and dishes such as cheese Sambousek. Classic Arabic dishes will also be being served up with a Mayfair flair, think tender tagines served in traditional clay […]

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Openings & Launches

Harrods and Disney Launch New Fairytale Retail Experience

On 25 November, Harrods and will open the world’s first Disney boutique experience outside of a Disney Park & Resort: a Cinderella-inspired ‘Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique’. It will be the centrepiece of the new ‘Disney at Harrods’ venture, which also includes a bespoke Disney Store, which opened on 1 November, and the Disney Café which will be refreshed over the coming months. The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique experience will create the ultimate magical storytelling experience. Children will enter a sparkling fairytale castle within Harrods, where their very own fairy godmother-in-training will greet them and teach them how to become the perfect princesses […]

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