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The Botanist Broadgate

The Botanist is on the move! The successful Sloane Square venue is branching out this month with a new location within the Broadgate Circle development in the City. The new Russell Sage Studio designed space will be split over two levels with a ground floor bar and restaurant and the Soda Room in the basement for late night revelry. On ground there’s a raised dining area, bar and al fresco terrace with central feature bar, botany-inspired flora and fauna artwork and taxidermy display cases. Sit at brass-edged tables with reclaimed café style chairs and mid-century leather armchairs and banquettes with a […]

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Gordon Ramsay opens Maze Grill

Gordon Ramsay is going from strength to strength as his restaurant group opens its 14th UK restaurant with the launch of maze Grill, a vibrant 55-cover restaurant inspired by the grillrooms of Manhattan. The venue will offer the concept’s signature rare breed steaks (which vary in price from £28 to £130) fish and poultry from the grill like Grilled Loch Duarte Salmon with celeriac remoulade & French beans plus a selection of small plates and salads. Sushi fans can rejoice at the extensive selection of sushi and sashimi available like Spicy tuna tartare with chilli garlic, spring onions and wonton […]

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Cuisson luxury afternoon tea

Wherever you look in London people are reinventing the classic British custom of the afternoon tea, whether it is themed around a childhood classic tale or focuses on the likes of the Royal Chelsea Flower Show.  Bespoke dining company Cuisson is getting in on the act as they host a one-of-a-kind pop-up afternoon tea in association with Laurent-Perrier. Cuisson have transformed a former jewellery shop inside the ornate Burlington Arcade, into a decadent dining space, where even the previous shop’s jewellery cases will be used as cake displays. The afternoon tea itself will be served on exquisitely designed fine bone china tea-ware from Wedgwood for […]

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Ametsa Afternoon Tea

Everyday, we at The Handbook, long for lunch. We munch through our Sainsbury’s sandwiches with great haste in order to get back to our brilliant blog writing. Our post lunch tummies are usually satisfied. But today we just know we’re going to feel a little lacklustre as we’ve heard that the Ametsa with Arzak Instruction have launched their Michelin-starred afternoon tea menu at The Halkin by COMO. Ametsa with Arzak Instruction features Elena Arzak – voted Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef in 2012. High five to girl power! Arzak collaborates with her father Juan Mari Arzak, Mikel Sorazu, Igor […]

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Share The Love With The Arch Hotel

For all you love birds out there The Arch Hotel London have whipped up a beautifulllll treat. They are introducing The London Unlocked package. This includes an overnight stay in one of the hotel’s luxurious guest rooms and a continental breakfast in the morning. Oooo romantic! Also included is the free ‘London Pass.’ The London Pass includes privileges such as skipping long queues, discounts on entry prices and complimentary drinks. They have also thrown in an array of activities and attractions such as Windsor Castle, London Zoo and The Royal Albert Hall. They are extremely considerate at The Arch London […]

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5 of the Best Mobile Bars

If you’re planning a party outside of a bar and still want to serve up the best cocktails, but don’t really trust your own mixology skills, then the perfect solution is to a hire a mobile bar. Whether you want to set up shop (well bar) in a marquee, a field, beach or your own home these guys will make sure the drinks are flowing and more often than not tailor them to your event.  From botanical bars to cocktails served out of a Land Rover Defender, here are five of the best mobile bars you can hire to make […]

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Bruno Loubet to open Grain Store Unleashed at The Zetter

One door closes and another one opens so the saying goes…  The Easter Bank Holiday saw the last day of service for Bistrot Bruno Loubet in Clerkenwell’s Zetter Hotel but all is not lost. As of next Monday, Loubet will open Grain Store Unleashed – an exciting new pop-up venture in the same location. The new concept shares the same DNA as The Grain Store with its international flavours and veggie focus, however, dishes promise to be even more adventurous and experimental with menus pushing the boundaries set by the King’s Cross favourite. So what can we expect? Well, just to whet your appetite, […]

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Once upon a dine…

Once upon a time in a land far, far away…well North London, a generous restaurant by the name of Almeida hosted an evening of childhood nostalgia where adults can relive their favourite tales all for a good cause. Guests can enjoy a 3 course dinner, inspired by fairytales and folklore of the past and present, whilst raising money for children’s charity NSPCC. Three prestigious head chefs; Tommy Boland of Almeida, Tim Allen of Michelin starred Launceston Place and Tom Cook from Pont de la Tour have each created a dish that will endeavour to show the creativity of a child’s […]

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Champagne and Peroni at Harvey Nichols

Everyone loves a brunch and everyone loves Champagne, right? So when you put the two together it can only be a glorious thing.  Which is exactly what Harvey Nichols has done with the launch of their bottomless brunch.  The perfect Sunday solution, it will be running from 11am – 3pm and will take place in the 5th floor café, terrace, bars and restaurants. Starting with a Bloody Mary to nurse the hangover of course, you’ll then move on to as much Champagne as you can drink – (we hope for our livers’ sake there is a time limit). To eat […]

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Fu Manchu: late night dim sum

The buzz that is Clapham High Street has all but petered out by the time you hit Clapham North tube but as of next month, all that’s set to change; new late night dim sum and cocktail bar, Fu Manchu is soon to take up residence snuggled under the railway arches of Lendal Terrace. Brought to us by the bods behind The Jam Tree, Fu Manchu takes its inspiration from the moustachioed Chinese master criminal of cult Twentieth century Sax Rohmer novel fame and promises to combine the atmosphere of a Victorian opium den with a contemporary edge – all […]

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CLARIDGE’S LAUNCHES V&A ALEXANDER MCQUEEN: SAVAGE BEAUTY EXPERIENCE

Calling all fasionistas! We have an announcement that will put a bounce in even your highest heeled step. Claridge’s is celebrating the famous V&A exhibition –  Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty. And they want you to celebrate with them. From tomorrow until May 17th 2015 guests staying at the hotel can book the “Savage Beauty at  Claridge’s” experience. This includes an overnight stay at the art deco hotel in Mayfair and champagne on arrival. But that’s not all! You will also receive a copy of the specially commissioned book “Alexander McQueen”, taking you through his whirlwind life story. This blockbuster exhibition […]

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Restaurant Story presents ‘Bedtime Story’.

We promised ourselves we’d be healthy this week but we put that idea to bed when we heard about Restaurant Story’s new ‘Bedtime Story’. This involves a selection of digestifs paired with chocolate bars by Cocoa Runners. The digestifs include pisco, mezcal, whisky and chartreuse. There are five bed time storys to choose from. We’d like all five but we think if we were to go down that route we probably wouldn’t wake up for a few days. Our favourites include the Somerset Cider Brandy 5YO paired with The Chocolate Tree Peru Nacional and the Whisky 15YO paired with the […]

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