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Did Gordon Ramsay Just Troll Jamie Oliver?

Within minutes of yesterday’s sad announcement that Jamie Oliver’s restaurant business has unfortunately plunged into administration, another press release quietly did the rounds… Gordon Ramsay is looking for restaurant industry entrepreneurs to come forward for his new show. High-level trolling or not, maybe the Naked Chef should apply? Taking the mantra that ‘if there’s one thing that budding entrepreneurs, cautiously sounding out a new concept, need more than anything else, it’s being yelled at by a TV personality’ to its’ logical conclusion, the new programme is Ramsay’s latest foray into TV and promises to be entertaining, especially for anyone else […]

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Could This Be Mayfair’s Best Italian?

Bocconcini means small balls of cheese in Italian – the plural? Bocconcino. So, with delicious food offerings being at the helm of this food journey, it was looking like a Mayfair good’un. Bocconcino oozes high-end; from its central Mayfair location just a tumble away from Green Park and The Ritz, and its sunglasses-wearing clientele who duck in and out of the restaurant inconspicuously, signalling that this is the spot where art curators, influencers, footballers and the likes pop in for their Italian pick-me-up. I, however, was somewhat less fearing of being papped upon entry and headed into the airy restaurant […]

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The World’s Most Instagrammed Loos Get A New Look

A sure-fire way of getting plenty of media attention to your, let’s admit it, slightly ageing bathroom concept, is to dot around some flowers every now and then. My granny does much the same thing in her downstairs loo, much to the irritation of my hayfeverish grandfather. So at Halloween the papers, mags and blogs, not to mention the dreaded influencers, went nuts for Sketch’s pod loos because they scattered some autumnal leaves and Jack’o’lanterns about. And this time round, they’ve signalled the arrival of spring by dumping (no pun) a whole wildflower meadow on us. So what’s in store […]

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To Kobe Or Not To Kobe: London’s Best Wagyu Beef

Living in London you realised there’s restaurants and then there’s RESTAURANTS. Sure, the restaurant at the end of your street serves a pretty decent pasta bake, but that’s nothing compared with a Michelin starred chef cooking up a storm. Well, at London’s top restaurants...

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Take A Chance On These Eurovision Parties

At a time when Europe is the most divisive issue in Britain, there’s one European institution that everyone wants to make sure we have a long and ever deepening union with: Eurovision. David Cameron could still be Prime Minister if he’d campaigned for the referendum on a manifesto of...

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New York’s Favourite Women’s Club Is Coming To London

London, prepare to wing it at at this incredible new co-working space cropping up in the city this summer. The Wing is a network of work and community spaces designed for women and us lucky Londoners are going to have a wing of our own come September. On a side note, Gents, we’re sorry but this probably isn’t one for you, as The Wing is a women’s only space that boasts a rich and intriguing history and some seriously sexy interiors! The members’ club comes at a perfect time seeing as Grace Belgravia recently closed its doors, and here’s why you […]

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A Private Members’ Club Just For Kids? It’s The Future…

Forget social climbing, welcome to social toddling, now there’s a a private members’ club that’s only for children. Unlikely to be as hedonistic as The Groucho, as A-list as 5 Hertford Street or as swanky as Annabel’s, its members will be more likely to be hospitalised than Hospital, grow faster than The Ivy and, fingers crossed, be less trampy than Tramp. Meet the kiddo club that’s basically the new Shoreditch (Wendy) House: it’s George Junior. The idea’s simple, adults have been joining exclusive clubs for generations, but George Junior takes this to a logical conclusion, extending membership from an early age […]

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The New Cast Of Made In Chelsea Tell Us Where They Eat, Drink (& Party)!

Chelsea has some of the best restaurant offerings around – fact! From Brasserie Gustave to Haché and Polpo, oh and not to mention Bluebird, it’s a brimming SW3 oasis of Champagne popping and brunching at Tom’s Kitchen. For this very reason, we reached out to the brand spanking new cast of Made in Chelsea who have just filmed Season 17 – ouch, that makes us feel old – to see if they ever stray from the decadent realms of their borough when it comes to cuisine. Turns out the answer is in fact yes, and they had some whopping suggestions […]

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Awesome Afternoon Teas

The Limited Edition Royal-Tea You Won’t Want To Miss

Queen Victoria was a pretty interesting woman. In her lifetime she survived multiple assassins, she was barely five feet tall, she was the first ever royal to live at Buckingham Palace and her name wasn’t even Victoria! Suffice to say there was rarely a dull day in the life of the old monarch, which is why her 200th birthday is worth shouting about… or stuffing your face with cake, either one! The Milestone Hotel & Residences has created a quintessentially British feast to pay homage to the anniversary that, we’re sure, would’ve captured the attention of Queen Vic. Head Pastry Chef […]

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Where To Eat Out In… Wimbledon

New balls please, we’re off to Wimbledon! So let’s get Game, Set and Matched for the best of SW19 dining. With its countrysidey vibe and quiet affluence, Wimbledon is one of the nicest places in London. What’s more, once you’ve huffed your way up the massive hill from the...

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The Search For Young Chef Of The Year Is On

Just when you thought that chefs were getting ever younger and younger (the UK’s youngest Michelin Starred chefs were born in the late ’90s, there’s probably yoghurt in my fridge that’s older than that), they go and remind you of your advancing years by running the Young Chef of the Year Award. And if that wasn’t galling enough, this year they’ve named it a Brexit special! Young is loosely translated as ‘under 30’, pleasing at least half The Handbook office, at least, and the nominations are now open to any of them to submit a four-course menu that costs under £45 per […]

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Here’s Where To Go For Tea in Chelsea

When I first came to London, I remember walking through the terracotta streets around Cadogan Gardens and thinking ‘yes, this will do nicely, I’ll move here’. Cute. How naïve I was. Fast forward another 19 years and my ten year old dreams may have been dashed (I live in a box room) but I can still walk through Cadogan Gardens and lust over the buildings and the pretty blossomed streets. I can also head to boutique hotel, 11 Cadogan Gardens for afternoon tea and pretend like I’m in my own sitting room and I have chefs at my beck and […]

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