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Our Guide To… Unusual Restaurants

La Bodega Negra If you’re feeling naughty and want to impress a date with your knowledge of underground London, this one’s for you. The gaudy neon sign outside reads ‘sex shop’ and you’re greeted at the door by a mannequin in a PVC gimp suit, casually lounging by a very adult toy cupboard. Descend into a heady Mexican underworld, a subterranean lair of tequila barrels, tacos and a weird deconstructed piano thing hanging off the wall. This is a place to see and be seen. Better make sure you’re there then (gimp suit optional). www.labodeganegra.com Dans Le Noir Dans le […]

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The Four Seasons opens a sweet shop

Willy Wonka has sprinkled his magic over the lobby of The Four Seasons Canary Wharf leaving in his wake the recently opened Petite Pop-Up Sweet Shop in one of the former telephone booths. Packed full of nostalgic treats from confectionary brand, Hardy’s Original Sweetshop, guests can expect a treasure trove of jars filled with all the favourites from pick and mix to gob stoppers, lemon sherbets, tantalising toffee and flying saucers. Young guests can channel their inner Alice in Wonderland when they receive an oversized key which gains them entry to collect a complimentary treat. Proving that there is no justice in the world, […]

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Noir: the new black

It’s official, Noir is the new black. It’s also an exclusive new late night cocktail and wine lounge located on Duke Street, opposite Selfridges department store, which makes it a perfect place to reward yourself with a cheeky drink after a day of window shopping. The venue is set over two floors with the ground floor being home to an intimate cocktail bar opening out onto a garden and an intriguing sounding Late Lounge called Frolic Room which will host live entertainment sure to have guests feeling like frolicking. Anyway, it promises to be the perfect place to relax, listen, chat and […]

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A Slice of Sicily

You know what we could all do with right now? A little slice of Sicilian sunshine… but seeing as that is unlikely we’ll take Sicilian tomatoes, Sicilian lemons and all other sorts of Sicilian food with the opening of Iddu. Part caffe, part restaurant and part alfresco dining, Iddu is opening on Harrington Road and is founded by Luca Del Bono the man behind The South Kensington Club which sits adjacent to it.  Serving up fresh, natural, flavours with Mediterranean flair alongside Sicilian wines and Sicilian-roasted coffee beans the day will start with granolas with organic yoghurt, egg-white frittatas with […]

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Calling all catwalk queens…

Calling all FROW fashionistas and catwalk queens to the hottest party of London Fashion Week… Having showcased their AW 2015 collection at Horse Guards Parade (tipped to wow the crowds) Norwegian fashion designers Kristian and Hila Aadnevik are celebrating in style by hosting the party to end all parties at Chelsea’s Eclipse bar on 23rd February. Kristian has dressed whole host of stars, including Beyonce, Rihanna, Cheryl Cole and Nicole Scherzinger, to name but a few, and this bash is expected to a star-studded event, attended by the designers, a bevvy of models, fashion insiders and plenty of recognisable faces […]

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Our Guide to… the Best Seafood in London

The murky water of the Thames might not look the most appealing, but it is in fact teeming with fish from salmon to trout and even eel – and London certainly loves its fish. With a whole hoard of brilliant seafood restaurants to choose from, not necessarily serving up fish from the Thames we hasten to add, The Handbook has a shoal of the best London has to offer:

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Open Sesame

Nope, not inspired by a dodgy magician – rather the market stalls and smoking grills of the Middle East from beachfront shacks of Istanbul to the crowded alleyways of Jerusalem– coming atcha in April in Covent Garden. Sesame has got serious form though being the brainchild of Noam Bar, one of the founders of Ottolenghi. Noam grew up in Israel so knows a good thing about the regions culinary offerings and factor in the support of his Ottolenghi colleagues – Sami Tamimi and Yotam Ottolenghi – and it will doubtless be a sure fire winner. The team researched the best […]

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To Market, To Market (but SLOW-ly)

If you’ll do anything to avoid the beep beep beep of the post-work supermarket rush (preferring to rootle around in the depths of your kitchen cupboard for tins which have been there since c.1996 and give yourself borderline scurvy), then this one is for you. From 1st March, Rosewood London will be holding a weekly ‘Slow Food & Living Market’ in the hotel’s grand courtyard. S.L.O.W. (Sustainable, Local, Organic, Wholesome) will not only sell exceptional quality produce but aims to revive traditional marketplace culture by encouraging the re-establishment of relationships between us urbanite consumers and our rural counterparts. Newly appointed […]

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Balans Soho Society Review

If you love mini doughnuts served with pots of cream and jam to dip them into then you are going to like this review but good things come to those who wait so let’s start at the beginning. Balans Soho Society serves as a bookend to the strip of restaurants directly opposite Westfields Shepherd’s Bush (the other bookend is The Meat Co which is also excellent; clearly this is a good area for dining). It’s one of five venues and is relatively new to the area, the first originating in Soho. Don’t be fooled by some of the cocktails that […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Balans Soho Society Review

If you love mini doughnuts served with pots of cream and jam to dip them into then you are going to like this review but good things come to those who wait so let’s start at the beginning. Balans Soho Society serves as a bookend to the strip of restaurants directly opposite Westfields Shepherd’s Bush (the other bookend is The Meat Co which is also excellent; clearly this is a good area for dining). It’s one of five venues and is relatively new to the area, the first originating in Soho. Don’t be fooled by some of the cocktails that […]

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The Ivy Chelsea Garden To Open

They say things come in threes: buses, potential suitors, bad luck (the last two a coincidence perhaps?) and now a third Ivy restaurant  from Caprice Holdings.  Following on from the launch of The Ivy Market Grill last year, they are opening their third venue, The Ivy Chelsea Garden on the Kings Road. So we admit we aren’t quite ready for alfresco dining, but when we are and when it opens (which is scheduled for the 30th March) then The Ivy Chelsea Garden is straight where we are heading to. There is a whole smorgasbord (don’t you just love that word) of […]

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The Daily Grind

There was a time when you would wake up and smell the coffee at Grind & Co, just the coffee. Then you could smell the coffee with a blend of martini as they nailed the perfect espresso martini.  Now however you will wake up smell the coffee and the eggs, because there is a new Grind & Co in town and it’s doing food. Hurrah. Joining the other Grinds in Soho, Holborn and Shoreditch is London Grind at London Bridge and they’re going to be serving locally sourced food through right throughout the day. Breakfasts will include poached eggs with […]

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