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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Bluebird’s Wedding Showcase

Brides-to-be start getting excited – Bluebird Chelsea is soon to play host to its third dazzling bridal showcase! All those with upcoming weddings are invited to come on 13th March and view the venue’s four exquisite rooms styled in the latest bridal trends. Attending will representatives from designer teams such as Sassi Holford, Maids to Measure, Hermione Harbutt and Lulu Kacho. Don’t be afraid to bring your fiancé – he can admire the distinguished wedding cars on the Bluebird courtyard, while you browse bespoke hair designs by Lockonego. Make a day of it with a glass of bubbly on arrival, […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Narrow Boat

Perched on a North London street corner overlooking the canal, the newly refurbished pub, The Narrow Boat, is a small gem amongst the deserted streets of Islington. Seated by the window, with a view of the old barges along the water, we sunk into our snug armchairs. For starters, I ordered the salmon fishcakes with a béarnaise sauce and spinach. I have to say, it was hard to fault. The portion size was perfect, the taste was melt-in-the-mouth and the dish as a whole, was amazing. Following on from our starter, I had the rump steak. Again, beautifully cooked, beautifully […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

W spa getAWAY with Elemis

Fancy a nip and tuck for the new year (without the surgery)? Read on. AWAY Spa at W London – Leicester Square is launching its brand new Elemis treatment menu with a New Year package to blast away the festive-season excess.  We’re talking a Lime and Ginger Scrub for glowing skin followed by the, Elemis Body Sculpt Therapy using specialist abdominal, hip and thigh drainage massage techniques to smooth the appearance of cellulite, boost circulation and reduce fluid retention. Oh yes and a detox cocktail of apple and celery purée, cucumber, apple juice, jasmine tea, vanilla sugar and lime juice […]

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Openings & Launches

Love, lust and late nights in London…

Love (100ft) in the air at The Roof Gardens Sip Rose Petal Martinis and watch as your message to your loved one is projected 100ft above London on a multi-coloured laser system.  That’s after you’ve dined on quail eggs and rump of lamb at the Babylon Restaurant overlooking the capital’s skyline and been serenaded by a live Jazz band. Four course menu, £75pp. www.roofgardens.virgin.com Babylonian Ball Beach Blanket Babylon’s two venues in Notting Hill and Shoreditch are hosting evening of Valentine’s Day Decadence and Rococco Romance complete with four course menus and a glass of Champagne or French Kiss Cocktail […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Inn-ovation Within Ancient Walls

Although The Spaniards Inn has recently reopened following renovation, don’t expect a great visual transformation. This is a pub that’s received a behind-the-scenes makeover; think of a car having a new engine installed. As The Spaniards was built in 1585, hardly any actual renovation is permitted – instead the money has mostly been spent on exceptional training for staff and the reworking of the menu into a culinary masterpiece. The venue still exists as an ancient and rustic pub, but this appearance veils a seamless operation that’s on par with a high quality restaurant – waiters are efficient and endlessly charming, with great conversation […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Inn-ovation Within Ancient Walls

Although The Spaniards Inn has recently reopened following renovation, don’t expect a great visual transformation. This is a pub that’s received a behind-the-scenes makeover; think of a car having a new engine installed. As The Spaniards was built in 1585, hardly any actual renovation is permitted – instead the money has mostly been spent on exceptional training for staff and the reworking of the menu into a culinary masterpiece. The venue still exists as an ancient and rustic pub, but this appearance veils a seamless operation that’s on par with a high quality restaurant – waiters are efficient and endlessly charming, with great conversation […]

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Django Unchained: The Modern Western

Quentin Tarantino's latest, Django Unchained, is a bold take on the old hat that is the western genre. A field which hasn't seem much air time recently is taking off this year. The Lone Ranger as well is due for release – with Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer. Django Unchained is Tarantino on his best form with the gritty yet carefully constructed reality he specialises in. A stellar cast consists of some of the hottest stars this year; including Jamie Foxx. Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L Jackson and Christoph Waltz. The gripping story follows a German 'dentist' (Waltz) who travels in old slave-based America, picking up […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Anna Hansen at Harrods

Launching today Harrods will be welcoming The Modern Pantry and Anna Hansen as ‘Chef of the Season’ for Spring 2013 to its Food Hall. For three months The Modern Pantry will be offering exclusively to Harrods a selection of takeaway meals and a range of condiments, spices and pantry goods.  The Modern Pantry’s fresh foods can be purchased at the counter in the traiteur section of the Food Hall as individual dishes or complete meals for dinner parties at home. Starters include Jasmine tea-smoked salmon with black garlic, liquorice & macadamia crust, tomatillo salsa, mains feature Rose marinated poussin with […]

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Openings & Launches

B.Y.O.C.

A unique hidden cocktail bar launches in Covent Garden today. And it doesn’t sell alcohol. Intrigued? You might well be. This tiny nook of a cocktail bar hidden away in the depths of Bedfordbury Street in Covent Garden is an entirely new concept and BYOC stands for Bring Your Own Cocktails. With absolutely no alcohol available to buy on the premises, guests are invited to bring their own favourite tipple, for the mixologist to create a little something bespoke to a backdrop of exposed brickwork, an original fireplace, gramophone and vintage signs from the 1920s, B.Y.O.C. lies behind a discreet […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Rooftop Café – Rising Above Our Expectations

Last Friday night The Handbook headed to The Exchange, and The Rooftop Café which lay within. Ironic that a rooftop café should nestle but nestle nevertheless it did given that it lay bang at the foot of the newly erected Shard. As with so many restaurants now the theme was clearly simplicity. Nothing wrong with this; though when ‘simple’ borderlines on ‘unfinished’ you need to be careful. This just about came on the right side of the line, though maybe the toilets could have done with a lick or two more of paint. The food carried similar connotations. Fundamentally great […]

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