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Our Guide to… 5 of the Best Valentine’s Cocktails

Whether you are drowning your sorrows or toasting a new found love, you can always find comfort in a cocktail or two (three in our case). Finding inspiration from literary heroes,the chance to win a diamond or a love potion masked as a drink, here are five of the best cocktails London has to offer this Valentine’s Day:  Diamonds are Forever at Gilgamesh Order a cocktail, get a free diamond ring. That’s right; you can win a big old sparkler from award-winning jeweller Tresor Paris worth £600 just by ordering a Strawberry Martini at the Camden bar. The ring is available in […]

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‘All loved up’ Afternoon tea review

The most romantic month of the year has begun, depending on your perspective and relationship status of course, so what better time to launch an ‘All Loved Up’ afternoon tea? Skylounge has created a delicious, creamy offering that celebrates all things heart shaped and love related that will leave even the most-staunch Valentine’s opposer feeling sweet. The best of the savoury ‘Aphrodisiac sandwiches’ was the Bruschetta and the Parma ham on white baguette thanks to the dreamy garlic butter it came served with. The emphasis here for good food is all on the sweet section though, with dense fudgey ‘He […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

‘All loved up’ Afternoon tea review

The most romantic month of the year has begun, depending on your perspective and relationship status of course, so what better time to launch an ‘All Loved Up’ afternoon tea? Skylounge has created a delicious, creamy offering that celebrates all things heart shaped and love related that will leave even the most-staunch Valentine’s opposer feeling sweet. The best of the savoury ‘Aphrodisiac sandwiches’ was the Bruschetta and the Parma ham on white baguette thanks to the dreamy garlic butter it came served with. The emphasis here for good food is all on the sweet section though, with dense fudgey ‘He […]

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Squirrels Take Over The Cinnamon Club

They might have missed Squirrel Appreciation Day (yep, that happened – 21st January apparently) but The Cinnamon Club are making up for it by putting Rajasthani-spiced grey squirrel on their menu from 9th-21st February. To coincide with his appearance on Jimmy & Jamie’s Friday Night Feast, head chef Rakesh Ravindran Nair is throwing caution to the wind and risking his reputation as a top chef at London’s best curry house by serving the unusual animal to daring diners. The Rajasthani rodent will have his (or her) legs and shoulders marinated with coriander, cloves, garlic, chilli and pineapple juice and then […]

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Openings & Launches

Bonhams: Launches its 1st restaurant

Mayfair auction house Bonhams is launching its first restaurant this month with Tom Kemble (Hedone in West London and Faviken in northern Sweden) as head chef whose pared back, modern European menu fusing French technique with British, Italian and Scandinavian produce, will be served alongside a wine list overseen by two Masters of Wine – a first for London. The restaurant, is split over two floors, with a wine bar on ground level, intimate dining room on the first floor and plenty of art on the walls. Initially just open for breakfast and lunch you can start the day with […]

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Urban Villa opens

If the dream of living in a fancy London apartment is just a distant, expensive fantasy then we have an alternative solution. Boutique hotelier Urban Villa has just opened its first property in the Great West Quarter development in London, combining boutique hospitality with the convenience and comfort of luxurious residential living. Instead of the typical bathroom and bedroom scenario, you will find a lounge area complete with kitchen and fully functioning oven, stove and even dish-washer. Each of the 100 all-suite bedrooms also boasts an enclosed winter garden with floor to ceiling panoramic views which gives the building its […]

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A Valentine’s Pop Up to Mend Your Broken Heart

Whether it’s about mates or dates this year, impress them with your knowledge of secret London pop ups by bagging yourself tickets to Meredith Bespoke’s latest venture, which promises to be an evening overflowing with laughter, cocktails, disco and love. This V-Day bash at the beautiful Bloomsbury House invites revellers to run wild through themed rooms packed with all things love-ly, including a Love Confessions Wall, heart-shaped piñatas, a Lulu Guinness Kissing Booth and a Broken Hearts cinema screening Tarantino’s True Romance. All that loving will probably have made you hungry. There’ll be mountains of cheese and jalapeño toasties followed […]

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5 of the Best Juice Bars in London

It looks like London’s love affair with smoothies and juices might just stand the test of time. And who can blame us, when the benefits of drinking them include glowing skin, healthy hair and a whole host of other health benefits? Most importantly how else are we going to get our kale/ beetroot fix before 9am? So here are 5 of the best juice bars that we at The Handbook HQ love:    

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Openings & Launches

Ceru: a Taste of The Levant

It’s cold outside but the new Ceru three-month pop-up in Rathbone Place promises to warm you up a treat with its fierce Middle Eastern flavours. Following a summer tour of music festivals, this is the first bricks and mortar abode for husband and wife founders Patricia and Barry Hilton – the latter was previously a director at the popular Yalla Yalla! Executive chef Tom Kime’s (The River Café, Le Pont de la Tour and Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant) menu features highlights like dips such as Pancar (roast beetroot, yoghurt, garlic and pistachio) and Fadi (fried baby courgette purée with tahini, […]

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The Handbook Meets… Sharky and George

Ever wanted to get into events or just need help throwing the best party? Let us introduce you to event planners, Sharky and George and they sure know how to throw a party.  We caught up with them to find out about how they set up their business, the treehouse in the office (yes we super jealous) and that time the police showed up at their party…. How did the idea come about for your business? At the age of 17, we, Charlie (Sharky) Astor and George Whitefield played a particularly mischievous prank on our housemaster whilst at school together.  […]

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Le Chateaubriand launches Le Chabanais

Denizens of Mayfair’s Mount Street will soon have a brand new Gallic haunt; March will see the launch of Le Chabanais, from the team behind France’s celebrated restaurant, Le Chateaubriand ranked No.27 in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Taking its name from an infamous Belle Époque absinthe den  (that’s a brothel if you were in any doubt), the new venue has been conceived together with film producer Varun Talreja, Le Chateaubriand’s self- taught Basque chef owner Inaki Aizpitarte (responsible for spearheading France’s recent ‘bistronomy’ movement – that’s affordable haute cuisine to you and me) and his partners Franck Audoux and Laurent […]

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Fragrant Cocktails with Givenchy

Ever been told you smell good enough to eat? Well, now someone can eat you. Well, drink you anyway… Café Royal is teaming up with Parfums Givenchy for what is quite possibly the chicest cocktail experience in London, launching on 1st February. The Atelier Collection of Cocktails mirror the seven fragrances of the L’Atelier de Givenchy fragrance collection, with each creation an exquisite mix of fragrance and flavour reflecting the quintessential Givenchy style. Developed by top mixologist Tiziano Tasso, the exclusive cocktail collection will be available in the hotel’s Green Bar and promises both oral and olfactory stimulation. The Ambre […]

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