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Secret Garden Afternoon Tea at the Corinthia

Why do we love Chelsea Flower Show? Yes we love the flowers and gardens but we also love how many of London’s most beloved hotels are celebrating this truly British event with another, afternoon tea. None more so than the Corinthia. Running from 21st May until the 25th their Secret Garden Afternoon tea can be taken under the Baccarat Full Moon chandelier in the Lobby Lounge or al fresco in the courtyard. Taking inspiration from different gardens and gardening terms the tea includes cakes inspired by English rose gardens, herb gardens and Chinese gardens, which is a chocolate bamboo cane […]

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Back to the 1920s at Hyatt Regency London The Churchill

To celebrate the release of Great Gatsby, The Montagu restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Churchill are hosting Great Gatsby nights each Thursday throughout May, inviting guests to dress up in their best 1920s attire and to enjoy a three course meal and last week The Handbook went down to check it out. We arrived to the sounds of Hot Dog Corn Dogs, the hotel’s resident band, who immediately set the tone with their 1920s jazz and were greeted by the waitresses who wore white silk blouses, pearls and ‘1920s-eqsue’ head bands and were immediately served Pommery champagne, off to a […]

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Back to the 1920s at Hyatt Regency London The Churchill

To celebrate the release of Great Gatsby, The Montagu restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Churchill are hosting Great Gatsby nights each Thursday throughout May, inviting guests to dress up in their best 1920s attire and to enjoy a three course meal and last week The Handbook went down to check it out. We arrived to the sounds of Hot Dog Corn Dogs, the hotel’s resident band, who immediately set the tone with their 1920s jazz and were greeted by the waitresses who wore white silk blouses, pearls and ‘1920s-eqsue’ head bands and were immediately served Pommery champagne, off to a […]

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Mr Fogg’s

Launching in Mayfair next week is swanky new venue, Mr Fogg’s, a reimagining of the home of Jules Verne’s most famous adventurer, Phileas Fogg. This will mark the first West End project from Inception Group, founded by Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling – brains behind Barts, 80’s themed Maggie’s and Battersea’s Bunga Bunga. The bar will be refined yet off-the-wall and guests will encounter all the wonders of an eighty day world trip without setting foot outside of Mayfair. Mr Fogg’s home is well hidden in an alley off Berkeley Square. The door, flanked by Victorian lanterns, is marked by a […]

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Chelsea Flower Show

The prestigious Chelsea Flower Show is a staple in the summer calendar and this year it is extra special as it is the centenary.  Happy Birthday! Hundred years old and still looking great, we salute you.  With Chelsea in bloom, venues are celebrating the centenary with a whole host of events, The Handbook has selected some of its favourites for all to attend, whether you are a gardening connoisseur or not .  Brown’s A spa treatment followed by afternoon tea? Sounds good, but The Aromatherapy Association Rose Hydrating Cocoon followed by a floral afternoon tea? Sounds brilliant. Including essential oil […]

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Iberica La Terraza

Authentic Spanish restaurant, Iberica is bringing al fresco style Spanish dining to augment its branch in Canary Wharf’s Cabot Square. The new outdoor venue opposite the main restaurant is perfectly timed to coincide with the first glimmers of summer. This marks the group’s third London venue after Marylebone’s Great Portland Street and the Canary Wharf mothership. Iberica has also joined forces with Catalan designer Lazaro Rosa Violan of Contemporain Studios to create the new space with contemporary design, lighting and atmosphere to complement the food! Open from breakfast through to evening, we’re talking signature hot and cold Spanish tapas, traditional […]

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London’s highest ‘high tea’

Paramount, the restaurant and bar at the tip of Centre Point, is taking the British tradition of high tea to new heights – 32 floors above Soho no less – with 360-degree views of the capital. Set against striking interiors by design don Tom Dixon, new head chef Mark Kay (Chez Bruce and Wild Honey) is serving smoked salmon and fromage blanc on rye pumpernickel; poached chicken with spring onion mayonnaise on multi-grain; and free-range boiled egg with grain mustard, mayonnaise and cress on toasted brioche accompanied by the quiche of the day plus oven-fresh scones served with rich clotted […]

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Luxurious Lunch at The Rib Room

If you are after a little luxury at lunch time, something a little bit more lavish then head over to The Rib Room at Jumeirah Carlton Tower. We're not talking truffles or caviar, no, throughout May they are serving up gulls’ eggs. Sourced from Blackheaded Gull ‘s nests on the South coast, the beautiful mottled green and blue speckled eggs are simply boiled so as to allow their rich and unique flavour to shine through. Served with mustard cress, homemade mayonnaise and celery salt, it makes for a wonderfully simple but decadent lunch. With the gull season being so short, […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Morton’s In Wonderland

Morton’s Club in Mayfair's Berkeley Square is hosting an extravagant “Morton’s In Wonderland” spectacle on 11 May for its members. The unique experience will feature a full programme of events throughout the day and late into the night featuring performers, intricate food demonstrations, live music and performances, cocktails, tastings, make-up artists and more. The rooms will also be themed and guests will find themselves wandering from The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party to Alice in Wonderland, to The House of Cards, and right Down the Rabbit Hole too. With VIPs galore, pink flamingos hanging over the balcony, white bunnies at every turn, and […]

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Fifteen

Jamie’s Oliver’s Fifteen is back with a vengeance following a complete refurb. At the helm is executive chef and St. John alumnus, Jon Rotheram serving up a daily changing seasonal menu with the best of British ingredients from which guests are encouraged to choose a selection of small and large plates. The new menu features Dorset crab, rye crackers and dill, Grilled lamb sweetbreads with yoghurt and pickles, Wild asparagus, Suckling pig and hay pie (for two), Grilled sole with fennel and salted lemon and Smoked venison sausage with cress and pickled mustard seeds. For dessert there’s Rhubarb and custard […]

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