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85th Academy Awards with Seth McFarlene

The 85th Academy Awards will soon be upon us with Seth McFarlene leading the celebrations for the first time. The producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have revealed that the show will be paying tribute to the 50th anniversary of the James Bond film series so expect a suave, thrilling night to remember. Yet again Steven Spielberg, the director and co-producer of Lincoln, has used his Midas touch after the film received the most nominations with an impressive total of 12. Life of Pi was a close second with 11 nominations including a Best Director award nomination for director Ang […]

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No Mean Feat At The Wheatsheaf

On Tuesday The Handbook headed to The Wheatsheaf, a pub ideally placed next to Borough Market and London Bridge Tube. The place was bustling, surprising so early on in the week, and the owner assured me that at the weekends it can be hard to squeeze everyone in. Impressive considering the place has only been open for 6 weeks. The staff were visibly a bit harassed but only because there were so many people and not that many of them – we were still served before the irritation set in however. The pub has a D.I.Y scheme – you tick […]

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Carnival at Guanabara

Make like you’re in Brazil this February. The Rio carnival is coming to town at Covent Garden's Brazilian hotspot, Guanabara complete with dazzling colours, pounding beats, and all the sultry heat of the real thing. The six day party starts Thursday 7 February when the venue will host a variety of events, from live percussion bands and samba dance parades to a huge carnival masked party. With show stopping performances, delicious Brazilian street food and the best rum cocktails and ice cold Brahmas in town, Guanabara will be hosting the week’s hottest happenings. And to give guests the energy to party […]

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The Wellbeing Guide to London

Pledged to be healthier, happier and fitter this year? Well, yoga bunny Sally Lovett figured we could do with a bit of help so she’s just published The Wellbeing Guide to London. The little book is packed full of reviews of wellbeing hotspots plus expert advice from some of the capital’s leading wellbeing practitioners. The Guide aims to encourage readers to slow down and savour the city with a tour of eateries serving organic, vegetarian, vegan and raw food; yoga and meditation centres of calm-inducing tranquillity; and studios, gyms, pools and clubs to practice endorphin and heart-rate raising pursuits. “The […]

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Fornata on Kingly Street

Last night The Handbook visited Fornata on Kingly Street for some classic Italian food. If you are looking to have a three course meal in the usual, starter, main course, pudding order then this isn’t the place to come, Fornata is more informal and is all about bringing the food out in the order that it is ready, it does make it slightly awkward if one person’s dish is brought out first and the other is waiting or if two bowls of salad are sat on your table waiting for the main plates to arrive. But it is perfect if you […]

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Gourmet burgers arrive in Cambridge

The burger may be regarded as the staple of fast food restaurants and late-night drunken feasts, but Byron are working hard to re-invent the burgers image. The restaurant, already with 25 venues across London, is starting to spread their ‘proper hamburgers’ ideology with a new opening in Cambridge. The launch in March will introduce the University City to gourmet patties made with quality Scottish beef, minced freshly every morning and served in a soft squishy bun. All burgers are delicious and of top quality – options include The Classic with Chilli (green chilli, chipotle mayo, shredded lettuce, American cheese) and […]

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BeautyMART vending machine

The second brain child of BeautyMART masterminds Anna-Marie Solowij and Millie Kendall has arrived at Harvey Nichols 4th floor. Housing 32 bags in total, ranging from £3.45 to £98 and solving a range of eveyrday beauty dilemmas from posh tampons by Trinkets, to fashion emergencies so there’s sure to be something for everyone. Prices start at £3.45 going up to £98 for Dr Jackson's 01 Cream and Paul Yacomine's No 1 Hair Oil. There's a Love and Peace bag with Jurlique Love Balm and a Nadia Narain Peace Candle, a Fashion Emergency bag with Miss Oops Mishap Tape and Rescue […]

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Spice Market Raw Bar

New edition to Spice Market at W London is The Raw Bar, heralding a return to subtle and healthy dishes that revitalise the palette. Developed by executive chef Peter Lloyd, the menu is packed full of the bright and zesty flavours of South-East Asian culinary traditions. Enjoy new offerings such as Wild sea bass sashimi with green chilli, pistachios and mint, Sea scallops marinated in coconut milk and served with water chestnuts and lime juice, Beef tartare with Chinese mustard sauce and pickled cucumber and Shaved tuna with chilli tapioca and Asian pear coconut-lime dressing. There will also be a […]

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The Stafford embraces humble pie

Nothing could be more hearty and warming in the winter months than a good meat pie! The Stafford London is embracing this concept with the launch of a new ale-matched pie menu, pairing delicious flavourful meat pies with distinctive fine ales. Head Chef Brendan Fyldes has teamed up with leading beer writer and sommALEier (get it?!) Melissa Cole to create a hearty menu including pies such as Grouse & Foie Gras with puff pastry, Buckinghamshire Pudding – beef, venison, red wine & damson with potato topping – and the unusual-sounding Rabbit & Crayfish! All pies are matched with a tasty […]

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Chinese New Year at Ben’s Canteen

To celebrate Chinese New Year Ben’s Canteen is putting on a supper club style event, a veritable feast! Rob Lockyear aka Brewed Boy aka one of the founding members of Ben’s Canteen has joined up with Ben’s Canteen once more, to pay homage to Mission Street Food, an infamous Taco truck in America that evolved into a legendary restaurant within a Chinese takeout. They are all about great food with serious flavour, a sensory overload if you will. And the multicourse supper promises to bring that great food from across the pond to Clapham. Some of the great courses are […]

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Warming Wine Lunches at Quo Vadis

Take a break from the frosty air this weekend and step inside Quo Vadis for a warming wine lunch. Every Saturday until the end of March, the relaxed Soho restaurant will be serving lunches accompanied by a short list of incredible wines by the bottle, carefully selected from the longer wine list for the week. This new lunchtime treat is not only proving a big hit with the city’s wine connoisseurs, but is also gentle on the wallet, with most bottles offered at around half the usual price! Take advantage of these exceptional wine lunches and usher in the spring […]

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The Thomas Cubitt launches new bar menu

The Thomas Cubitt one of Belgravia’s most loved pubs has just launched a new bar menu, think Cod and Lemon Croquettes with spiced Mary Rose Sauce or Adnams Bitter Welsh Rarebit on Toasted Sourdough, and for us the crowning glory, the Honey Roasted Black Fig and Laverstoke farm Buffalo Mozzarella! If you are like us and think they sound just too good to share then fear not they make the perfect starter at just £6 each! But if you are in the sharing mood then you and your friends can mix and match three plates for just £15, perfect to […]

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