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Harvey Nichols Roaring Twenties Tea

Do afternoon tea Gatsby style at Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor restaurant. You’ll start with a selection of 1920’s inspired savouries including Pigs in Blankets, Lobster Rolls and Chicken Caesar Wraps – Caesar salad was invented in the ‘20s dontcha know. Next up are plain and summer fruit scones with lashings of clotted cream and Harvey Nichols Champagne jam while sweet treats are all about the exotic Pineapple Upside-Down Cake and the White Chocolate and Coconut Macaroon served poached atop a bespoke jewellery box. There is also a wide selection of tea to choose from but apparently to be really authentic […]

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The Lord Palmerston in Tufnell Park

Geronimo Inns have really done a fine job on this North London gastropub. Perched attractively on a leafy corner of Tufnell Park, the establishment was recently renovated and now oozes simplicity and charm, with large windows and high ceilings giving a lovely open feeling. The Lord Palmerston works as one room, a sort of square horseshoe which runs from an intimate corner table to a lounge-style space with an open fire and steps to the garden. The pub also houses an eclectic collection of chairs – including a barber’s chair (apparently you can actually get a trim!) – and it […]

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The Lord Palmerston in Tufnell Park

Geronimo Inns have really done a fine job on this North London gastropub. Perched attractively on a leafy corner of Tufnell Park, the establishment was recently renovated and now oozes simplicity and charm, with large windows and high ceilings giving a lovely open feeling. The Lord Palmerston works as one room, a sort of square horseshoe which runs from an intimate corner table to a lounge-style space with an open fire and steps to the garden. The pub also houses an eclectic collection of chairs – including a barber’s chair (apparently you can actually get a trim!) – and it […]

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Jazz at The Cadogan

This Friday 17th May The Cadogan is set to blend delicious food with jazz notes as it hosts a special Jazz Supper. ‘The Best of British and All That Jazz’ will be the first in a set of dinners planned for the last Friday of each month at the hotel’s restaurant, Great Taste at The Cadogan. The jazz soirée will feature performances from award-winning musicians The Blues Engineers, Georgia Mancio, Gabrielle Ducomble and Gordon Mark Webber. Head Chef Oliver Lesnik’s menu  of Miso Marinated Mackerel, Heather Fed Lamb and Passion Fruit Bakewell Pudding is also sure to prove a high […]

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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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A Prince or Princess’ Afternoon Tea at The Balcon

With the royal baby fast-approaching, Pall Mall’s The Balcon is leading the festivities with the launch of a new, celebratory afternoon tea fit for a prince or princess. The creation of Head Chef Vincent Ménager, the tea is set to welcome the new arrival in The Balcon’s signature style, traditional British with a French twist. On the top tier of the cake stand will be two specially designed caramel crown cakes: blue for a prince, pink for a princess, each decorated with sugared almonds and silver sugar balls. Below will be a selection of finger sandwiches, scones served with Devonshire […]

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Sophie’s Steakhouse & Bar Donates 537 Charity Breakfasts

537 sponsored kilometres mean 537 free breakfasts as Sophie’s Steakhouse & Bar on Fulham Road lends its support to a Parkinson’s charity fundraiser challenge. From 11th May – 29th June, diners who donate £10 to the ‘My House to Your House’ (MH2YH) cause will benefit from a complimentary breakfast at the West London institution. The challenge, from 1st – 5th July, will see ten fundraisers complete a gruelling, 537 km triathlon from London to Amsterdam. They aim to raise an ambitious £53,000, enough money to fund cutting-edge research projects for a year. But it’s not all hard work. Donators will […]

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The Ritz Restaurant Opens its Terrace

For the ultimate ‘palace-style’ cooking alfresco head to The Ritz Restaurant’s summer terrace, opening today. An Italian mosaic floor lined with wrought iron balustrades, vibrant floral boxes and a view over Green Park, the terrace provides a moment of seclusion from the central London bustle. It also provides the ideal place to sample award-winning Executive Head Chef John William’s seasonal summer menu of traditional French dishes made with seasonal, British ingredients. Think dressed crab rolls with avocado and Charentais melon, tender Var salmon with zesty lemon verbena and broad beans, sweet white chocolate mousse, fresh raspberries, fragrant basil sorbet and […]

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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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Hibiscus launch Chef’s Table

For the ultimate dining experience it’s not just about the taste and texture of the food, it’s not just the finished meal on the plate. It’s about all the whole process of seeing the raw ingredients and produce transforming into the final result. The art of cooking. How better to learn about this then at Hibiscus in Mayfair? At the end of April Claude Bosi, who holds not only 5 AA rosettes but also 2 Michelin Stars, ran the first of many exclusive events in their state of the art Development Kitchen, Food writers and bloggers were invited to sit […]

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Spaghetti House: Happy Birthday W8

Kensington High Street’s Spaghetti House is celebrating its first anniversary this week and marking the occasion from today until 14 May, with a special menu of its best and most popular dishes –  just £15.95 for two courses with a celebratory glass of Prosecco thrown in! Options include Lobster spaghetti with tomato, white wine, chilli and garlic (normally £15.95 on its own); Pollo Milanese –  breast of chicken coated in seasoned breadcrumbs with rosemary potatoes, Pizza Parma and rucola,  with tomato bruschetta, or Deep fried mozzarella arrabbiata. Dessert is Tiramisu, or the iconic Coppa Nostra – chocolate and vanilla ice […]

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