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Thai Square Spa

OK so it’s cold. And we’re wishing we were in Thailand. Next best thing? Our new spa discovery – Thai Square Spa. It opened its doors just under a year ago in Covent Garden and is absolutely the next best thing since Phad Thai! Priding itself on being the only proper traditional Thai spa experience in the UK, it lives in a lovely converted Victorian warehouse on Shelton Street, with 14 treatment rooms, a Mosaic Steam Rasul and even a VIP suite for couples or groups with twin treatment beds and its own lounge and steam room.  A million miles […]

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COS does Clifton

  In the run up to Christmas, COS has just launched a pop -up store at London’s Clifton Nurseries for a week. Clifton Nurseries has been a green haven of tranquillity and inspiration in the bustling city for 160 years. Based in central London, it offers an extensive collection of outdoor plants, garden furniture and pottery along with indoor, tropical and conservatory plants as well as beautiful Christmas trees. So as our thoughts turn to the important Nordic matter of the festive tree, we need the design led wardrobe to back up the aesthetic right?! Well that seems to be […]

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Claridge’s Unveil Their Christmas Tree

Visitors and Londoners have been flocking to marvel at Claridge’s Christmas tree for many years and the hotel has just revealed their Christmas tree for 2012, designed by Kally Ellis the renowned British floral designers of McQueens. This year’s enchanting design has seen Ellis draw upon the natural world for inspiration. Its magnolia branches are covered with lichen moss and studded with crystal and emerald jewel eggs in white, gold and silver to create a canopy of colour and glamour that reflect and emulate the Art Deco beauty of the Mayfair hotel. Under the boughs of the tree McQueens have […]

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The Opening of the Winter Bar at Bluebird.

Last Thursday saw the official launch of The Winter Bar at Bluebird in Chelsea. Under the twinkle of the lights on the Christmas tree guests sipped on Moët, enjoyed spiced pumpkin soup and mini brownies and as the night set in snuggled up against the cold evening air under red fleece blankets and kept their hands warm with bags of roasted chestnuts and mulled wine. Designed by Conran Company the Winter Bar is now open until the 2nd of January providing the perfect place on the heart of the Kings Road to catch up with friends after work or wind down at the […]

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Scallops, Steak and Shortbread at The White Horse

The infamous White Horse in Parsons Green has not only been refurbished, but it has also shaken up its menu, The Handbook team headed over on Friday night to see what was going on and try some of the great food they had to offer. We were sat upstairs in the dining room, lit by candles, it’s a snug retreat from the bustling bar downstairs. After some olives, we started with the Scallops with roasted squash puree, chestnut butter and bacon, in one word it was: gorgeous. The scallops worked so well with the roasted squash, the presentation was creative, […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Scallops, Steak and Shortbread at The White Horse

The infamous White Horse in Parsons Green has not only been refurbished, but it has also shaken up its menu, The Handbook team headed over on Friday night to see what was going on and try some of the great food they had to offer. We were sat upstairs in the dining room, lit by candles, it’s a snug retreat from the bustling bar downstairs. After some olives, we started with the Scallops with roasted squash puree, chestnut butter and bacon, in one word it was: gorgeous. The scallops worked so well with the roasted squash, the presentation was creative, […]

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Portobello House

Portobello House, the hotel slash restaurant, perched on Ladbroke Grove recently launched their new Sunday-lunch menu. After finally arriving (a 2 hour drive… and I live in London) I was starving! The menu offered all the usual roasts and specials including steaks, burgers and salads. My starter was a rare beef fillet which was cooked to perfection with a rocket and parmesan salad. Although the restaurant was nearly empty, it did take a while for someone to clear our plates. However, once they had, my roast chicken arrived pretty swiftly – a beautifully tender piece of meat with a Yorkshire […]

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The New Craftsmen

The New Craftsmen discovers, champions, and sells the finest British craft products, including phomeware, furnishings, jewellery, design and accessories. Its first pop-up shot opens today at imposing townhouse, 5 Carlos Place in the heart of Mayfair, with a range of limited editions, one-offs and bespoke items that can be made to order. The foundation aims to nurture and support the skills of the makers behind the objects, who bring a modern eye to the methods and materials of a uniquely British heritage. Many of the craftsmen – such as furniture designer Gareth Neal and Kevin Gauld of the Orkney Furniture […]

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HKK

The gulf between restaurants and bespoke supper clubs is ever decreasing. This week, Hakkasan Group, will open HKK. Inspired by the long-standing Chinese banqueting tradition, it will offer a single, ever-evolving tasting menu at lunch and dinner. The launch follows the group’s September opening of Chrysan, in partnership with Japanese Michelin-starred chef Yoshihiro Murata. Michelin-starred chef Tong Chee Hwee heads up the kitchen. He has 11 years’ experience at Hakkasan, first as the Head Chef of the original restaurant at Hanway Place (he won it a  Michelin star in 2003) and then Executive Head Chef for the group globally. He’s […]

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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Samuel Taylor Coleridge's epic The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is to be performed for a limited run of 18 performances at The Old Vic Tunnels. This much loved English poem will star the inimitable Fiona Shaw, whose extensive acting career has seen her perform in The Good Person of Sichuan, Medea and as Petunia Dursley in the Harry Potter films, her co-star will be dancer Daniel Hay-Gordon. The Young Vic production will be directed by Phyllida Lloyd, one of Britain's leading theatre and opera directors, most recently directing the all-female production of Julius Caesar and choregraphed by Kim Brandstrup who has created […]

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Patty&Bun

Following pop-up residencies at the Doodle Bar in Battersea and Endurance Pub in Soho, Patty&Bun is opening its first ever restaurant this Thursday at former Stockpot site on Mayfair’s James Street. Burger entrepreneur Joe Grossmann has transformed the venue into an eat-in takeaway hotspot with seating for up to 30 people – strictly no reservations. With help from Mark Jankel (founder of Street Kitchen), they developed all of their products with the simple ethos of doing a few things well. Says Joe: “People think it’s very easy to do something very simple well, but it isn’t, it takes time and […]

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Dance it off at Maggie’s

Do your worst on the mince pies this festive season because come 9 January you can work them all off at Maggie’s with new year’s 1980s style dance classes. The Chelsea hotspot is teaming up with Lomax Bespoke Fitness, Nutrition & Wellbeing, for a Dance Fitness class every week with choreographer and X Factor dancer Chloe Tangney. The Lomax Way, as it is known, helps people follow a healthy diet, exercise and relaxation part of their everyday lifestyle and what better way than sweating it out to you favourite 80s classics. Chloe has danced with Jessie J, The Saturdays, Lily […]

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