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The Ritz London goes Alfresco

We’re getting closer to summer which means the temperature should be going up…any minute now…we’ll just keep waiting, because when it does we know where we’ll be headed The Ritz London for alfresco dining.  The restaurant terrace has just opened for lunch and will be daily until mid –September. With an Italian mosaic floor, vibrant floral boxes and big parasols to throw some shade when the sun beats down (or provide that much needed shelter when the heavens open) and wonderful views over Green Park it’s the perfect place to escape midday. The Ritz London is of course renown for […]

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The Handbook Meets…Dawn O’Porter

TV presenter Dawn O’Porter has recently turned her flair for fashion into a full time career with the launch of her fashion brand, the aptly titled BOB, after her trademark haircut. The former ‘How to look good naked’ co-presenter is showing women how to look fashionable and classy fully clothed this time with her vintage inspired clothing line. Today marks the launch of Dawn’s first pop up shop in Seven Dials so The Handbook met up with her to get the inside scoop on her fashion muses. Who are your fashion icons? Twiggy, The Shrimp, Peggy Moffitt. All big 60s […]

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Enter The Forbidden Passage

We’re going to let you in on a little secret, (we’re so good to you)  because right now we expect everyone is feeling pretty darn good,  because not only is it Friday but also it’s the start of the Bank Holiday weekend, three luxurious days stretch ahead of us: no work, no commute, just lie –ins, late nights and partying.  ‘What is it?’ we hear you cry, well starting tomorrow you can try Scott Hallsworth’s new Honour menu at Joe’s Oriental Diner, Kurobuta Chelsea and Kurobuta Marble Arch. Ok so that’s not much of a secret you say, well hold on there, […]

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The Savoy Launches Melba Gourmet Takeaway Bar

Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love some fluffy pastries, cucumber sandwiches and fresh fruit? We love going into patisseries and finding a great afternoon snack, but sometimes we just want a quick fix and don’t have the time to eat in, whilst perfectly arranging out Instagram shot. Well, fear not pastry fanatics, Melba at The Savoy opens this week as the ninth food and beverage outlet at The Savoy Located directly on the Strand at the corner of Savoy Court, this gourmet counter will be open seven days a week and offer a selection of pastries, sandwiches and hot and […]

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Nantucket Beach Club Opens

We love Fridays but this Friday is extra special, it’s the start of May which means we are ever close to summer, it’s the start of the Bank Holiday weekend, so no work on Monday and it sees the opening of the Nantucket Beach Club at Skylounge, Double Tree Hilton. So really the way only to celebrate all of this happening is with a post-work jaunt to the Skylounge. Inspired by the East Coast Island living that we lust after on Pinterest and Instagram, the pop-up will feature its own lighthouse, swing-bench, boat and bowling alley – ready to strike […]

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Polpo Chef Opens 1st Solo Restaurant

Tom Oldroyd has announced that he will be opening his first solo restaurant, Oldroyd this June in Upper Islington.  If his name sounds familiar then it’s because he was the Chef Director at Polpo, who along with Russell Norman set up the original Polpo in Soho, so as fans of the Polpo group we’re pretty excited to hear he’s going solo. The 40 cover restaurant will feature a no-reservation café downstairs and upstairs you’ll find bistro style dining which will take bookings, because sometimes we don’t want to stand in queue to eat – it reminds us too much of […]

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Deliveroo Dinner Parties

There is nothing better than the feeling you get when someone else orders takeaway – because if someone else suggests it, then it’s technically guilt- free* but there is nothing more disappointing then when your delivery arrives and it’s bland/greasy/cold/fluorescent from all the preservatives (delete as applicable).  Well stop right there, because Deliveroo is the answer to this classic Sunday night problem. Having launched two years ago, their aim is to bring London’s best restaurants to your doorstop or your office desk (they deliver between noon and 11pm) so if you’re bored for lunch or really want to try the […]

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London’s Healthiest Restaurant Opens

Good Life Eatery: it’s the thing that clean-eating, healthy-living, Instagram- taking dreams are made of and following on from the success of the first Chelsea branch, the team are back with the second café opening in Marylebone. Created by Yasmine Larizadeh and Shirin Kouros, Good Life Eatery is all about fast, casual and healthy dining – it’s the sort of place where you can gorge yourself silly and still walk out guilt-free (although when it comes to food we all know that you should never really feel guilty). It’s the sort of place where you could probably inhale your five […]

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Masterclass With A Difference at Hampstead Kitchen

Summer is coming up so we’d need to get on the mezze and of the cake to beautify our figures. Which is perfect because The Hampstead Kitchen are hosting an informal mezze masterclass on how to create and present mezze to impress your family and friends.  So to be known in your circle as the Queen of Mezze get some tips from head chef and executive Saima who frequently flies across the globe to cook for celebrities, politicians and heads of state. If it’s good enough for them then we’ll assume it’s pretty tasty stuff. This will be followed with […]

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Everything’s Changing in Paradise

West London gastropub, Paradise, has appointed Cat Ashton as its new Head Chef to mark the beginning of spring. Ashton was previously Head Chef at Petersham Nurseries, so you know the pub is in good hands. A new chef is not the restaurant’s only recent change, as they have recently debuted a newly refurbished dining room, with garden and front bar on the ground floor, alongside a first floor private dining room and conservatory. This makes it perfect for the hot summer nights, drinking away pretending that it isn’t only Wednesday and you don’t have to get up at 6 […]

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Kooky Cocktails at Eaton Square

Regular readers of The Handbook will be more than aware of our profound love of cocktails. So you can imagine our utter delight when we heard about the new range of cocktails being offered up by Eaton Square Bar, thanks to their new bar manager, Alin Tur. Whilst Alin might look like perfectly normal, his menu of cocktails might leave you wondering if he’s a mad scientist, rather than a bar manager. We’re not sure if he’s been hanging out with Heston Blumenthal lately, but his new range of cocktails is far from ordinary. The craziness starts with the vast […]

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The 5 Best Places to Eat Vegan

Although the naysayers (your grandmother) will tell you that Veganism is just a hippy fad, it is a foodie trend that has been gaining significant pace in the last few years. So whilst you may be weary of unkempt beards and kabbala bracelets, there’s surely nothing wrong with trying a meal made up entirely of fruit and veg. Check out our list of the top five vegan haunts below… 222 Veggie Vegan What – One of London’s best vegan restaurants offers way more than just lentils and pulses. Why – The biggest draw of this quaint spot is its 100% natural […]

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