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We Review: The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square

What? Formerly The Roxburghe Hotel, The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square overlooks one of the prettiest private gardens in the city and is in the ideal location for exploring the city being just a few minutes’ walk from Edinburgh Castle. New? Yes and no. The building has been a hotel since 1881  but it only opened as a Principal hotel in September of 2017, it was the newest in the Principal hotel collection until the Principal in London came along, which is currently still in its soft launch. Where? As the name suggests you’ll find The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square at: […]

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We Review: Galvin La Chapelle’s Vegetarian Menu

What: French restaurants tend to be notoriously troublesome for vegetarians, let alone vegans, but Galvin La Chapelle has broken the mould by creating not only a special vegetarian menu but one for our normally unloved vegans. New? As May brought us the glowing orb of light and heat from the sky that we thought was long lost during winter, it also brought us this miraculous new menu. Where? Google Maps ended up taking me to Galvin Hop which struck the fear in me that I was wildly lost and had gone to the entirely wrong venue, luckily for me Galvin […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The World Cup with the Piano Works, West End and Studio 88

Cast your mind back, if you dare, to Ant and Dec punching the air in white football shirts with curtain hair-dos, and We’re On The Ball shrieking out of your walk-mans, circa 2002. As cheesy as the hit may be, you can’t deny that it worked as a World Cup accompaniment, and now, thanks to The Piano Works, West End and Studio 88 you can relive the memory. As the World Cup strikes on 14th June with home-team Russia v Saudi-Arabia, The House of Song venues will be ringing out football favourites upon your request. The concept is simple, (unlike […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Grab A Slice Of Sandwich Week 2018

As national celebrations go the royal wedding was just a practice run, bring on National Sandwich Week. Named, so legend has it, after the fourth Earl of Sandwich, the humble sandwich has come a long way since its aristocratic beginnings; it’s the country’s most eaten lunch, a national dish and an institution. So much so they’ve now gone and named this whole week after it. Here’s some sandwichy goodness on offer…

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We Review: Maison du Mezzé

What? Mezze is Persian for ‘tasting’. It’s also the name of Leicester Square’s latest addition, Maison du Mezzé, and if you’ve not been to the Middle East then mezze really is appropriate, this restaurant really is a tasting plattter of the region, a smattering of everything, from the prayer mats and crockery on the walls to the Turkish, Persian, Arabic and North African fare on the plates. New? It’s just arrived, taking that corner spot where Häagen-Dazs was since the 1990s. People sometimes come in somehow thinking it’s still an ice cream parlour and presumably get rather a shock when a dish of […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

La Mia Mamma: The Chelsea Restaurant set to Champion Tradition

If we were to tell you that new restaurant La Mia Mamma, set to open in Chelsea, imported a different Italian “Mamma” each season from a different region, you’d probably think we were joking, right? Wrong. La Mia Mamma keeps to its word when it says it’s going to deliver dishes true to Italian culture and tradition. La Mia Mamma will ring out Italian tradition as strongly as if you picked up the “it’s your Dolmio day” family straight from the advert and placed them in a restaurant. Whilst some of us may think of bangers and mash or smiley potato […]

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We Review: Broadleaf

What? It’s not that I’m against sports, just that I find them impenetrable. It’s up there with Game of Thrones, I’m sure I’d love it if I’d been there at the start, but now it’s too complicated to try and get involved. Also, people crowing ‘We beat Man-U last night’ has been one of my bugbears since childhood, no ‘you’ didn’t, a bunch of foreign millionaires who play for a team in a place you’ve only got a tenuous claim over kicked a ball around for 90 minutes. So the thought of a sports bar, full of rugby shirts and […]

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Travel

Where To Stay In… The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds stretches over 800 square miles and runs through five counties: Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire. It’s also arguably one of the prettiest parts of the country, with rolling hills and that golden stone that gives itself to picture postcard villages. It’s home to the Cotswold Way, cheese rolling, Badminton Horse Trials, Prince Charles, woolsack racing and Handbook Editor, Emily (not that she is in anyway bias…)  and is a favourite amongst celebrities. Easy to get to from London, it makes for the ideal weekend getaway. If you’re planning a visit and are after a little luxury then […]

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What to do This Weekend

What To Do This Weekend: 18th – 20th May

The sun’s out again (there was a moment when it looked like winter was coming back) and so we are too! Here’s some ideas of what you can be getting up to this weekend. Oh, in case you’re looking for royal wedding stuff, here is a list of wedding related fun and here’s where you can watch the fun from.

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

English Wine Takes Centre Stage At OXO Tower

Think wine and you’re on the slopes of Chablis or the vineyards of Napa Valley, but perhaps less likely East Sussex. But then when you think of OXO you’re more likely to leap to the stock cubes, rather than one of London’s best restaurants. So it makes sense that OXO will be celebrating English wine week in style. English wine has spent the last decade evolving into something impressive and is now the focus of a British wine themed menu at OXO. Created by Jeremy Bloor, OXO Tower’s Executive Head Chef, and Diego Muntoni, Head Sommelier, the menu sees six tasting […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Catch This Three Michelin Star Chef As He Visits London

It’s not often that you get to taste the creations of a three Michelin star chef, and even if you’re lucky enough to be a regular in the three London restaurants to have achieved this accolade then surely the chance to sup at the table of Thomas Bühner from Germany’s ‘La Vie’ is a chance to jump at? Thankfully you won’t have to traipse to Osnabrück, but just to Greenwich and the InterContinental London – The O2 where he has teamed up with the very talented Tomas Lidakevicius, Head Chef at Peninsula Restaurant for a collaboration spanning three days only. The menu sounds suitably incredible, […]

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Openings & Launches

Feya: Coming to an Instagram Feed Near You

If you’re looking for the latest Instagram hangout then we’ve heard it’s going to be new café Feya. Opening in St Christopher’s Place, they’ll have everything you need for that Instashot: marble textures, a white cherry blossom tree, brass finishes floral and pastel interiors and superfood lattes in all the colours as they are serving beetroot, blue algae, matcha and turmeric lattes. To eat, there’ll be our favourite avocado on toast, smoothie bowls, vegan dishes and pastries, cakes and tarts. Except these aren’t going to be your average dishes, here they really will look just as good as they taste. […]

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