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Frescobaldi London

Following my namesake and having spent the summer inter-railing around Italy exploring Florence, Venice and Rome, the opening of Frescobaldi, the first standalone restaurant in the UK from the Frescobaldi family was one that I was not going to miss. And despite spending three weeks, exploring every nook and cranny of Florence, the closest I got to Tuscany where the food is inspired from, was the wine I had been sampling, so I was looking forward to a taste of it. Whilst most reviewers have described the food at Frescobaldi’s as authentic Italian (which it is), there is much more […]

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Après-Skate at Fortnum’s Lodge

Forget après-ski, this year it is all about après-skate and Fortnum’s Lodge is the perfect place in which to practice. Based in the west wing of Somerset House, Fortnum’s Lodge will be on guard to provide the people with London with a fun and festive winter retreat- you don’t even have to have tickets for the ice rink to get in on the action, meaning no unwanted falls…at least not from the ice itself- we can’t say the same after a few of their cocktail tipples! Open from 10am until late, The Lodge, is a family friendly restaurant where you […]

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Christabel’s Mad Hatter Brunch

You must have heard about Christabel by now? You know the catering and events genius who also hosts her own supper clubs and brunches? Well now she is heading over to Notting Hill to host her Mad Hatter Brunch at the Little Yellow Door – the pop-up based on a fictional flat share. Taking place on Saturday 29th November (between 1pm-6pm), rather than fall down the rabbit hole like Alice, guests just have to knock on the elusive yellow door, where they will be able to sit down to crispy bacon with maple syrup, scrambled eggs with spicy honey and […]

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Simmons Bar Fitzrovia

They say the best things comes in three’s and for that reason we were delighted to hear about the opening of Simmons third cocktail bar on 20th November. For all of you that don’t already know, Simmons has already touched base in Kings Cross and Camden providing Londoners with delicious cocktails set against a backdrop of vintage eclectic decor and late night antics. And now it is going central, landing in Fitzrovia just in time to end the year in style. For any Alice in Wonderland lovers out there, this is definitely one for you. Think of it is as a […]

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Wild and Foraged Menu at Paramount

Yes it might be on the 32nd floor on arguably one of London’s busiest roads, but Paramount is putting its urban setting to one side and focusing on all things rural with their Foraged and Wild menu, which is available until the 24th November. It’s four courses of seasonal produce all sourced from our fair island and the ingredients are pretty impressive. We headed up there the other day, to sample it, but before we talk about the food, a special mention has to go the exceptional service, they were quick, friendly, knowledgeable and funny and service really can make […]

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Wild and Foraged Menu at Paramount

Yes it might be on the 32nd floor on arguably one of London’s busiest roads, but Paramount is putting its urban setting to one side and focusing on all things rural with their Foraged and Wild menu, which is available until the 24th November. It’s four courses of seasonal produce all sourced from our fair island and the ingredients are pretty impressive. We headed up there the other day, to sample it, but before we talk about the food, a special mention has to go the exceptional service, they were quick, friendly, knowledgeable and funny and service really can make […]

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Movember Grooming with Young’s

Are any of your loved ones taking part in Movember? Of course, they are-it is now an inaugural event in a man’s calendar and whilst it is obviously fantastic for charity, it is not always as lovely for us girlies. Not a fan of the facial hair that is suddenly always there, comfortably settling itself just above your man’s upper lip? If so, The Handbook is here to help with a solution that will tame that ‘stashe whilst also letting your boy do his thing for charity. Let us introduce you to: Young’s Grooming stations which will be popping up across […]

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Aqua Shard Brunch

Chances are by now you’ve been to Aqua Shard for drinks, but how about brunch? This isn’t just any brunch though this is the quaffing Champagne whilst eating lobster benedict and taking in the views from the 32nd level sort of brunch.   We headed up to the dizzying heights last weekend, make sure you get a reservation, by the time we left the queues were starting to snake around the corner and when it’s windy and cold that’s not fun for anyone.  Once upstairs you’re whisked inside through the glass doors, and hit with staggering views of London, it really […]

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Aqua Shard Brunch

Chances are by now you’ve been to Aqua Shard for drinks, but how about brunch? This isn’t just any brunch though this is the quaffing Champagne whilst eating lobster benedict and taking in the views from the 32nd level sort of brunch.   We headed up to the dizzying heights last weekend, make sure you get a reservation, by the time we left the queues were starting to snake around the corner and when it’s windy and cold that’s not fun for anyone.  Once upstairs you’re whisked inside through the glass doors, and hit with staggering views of London, it really […]

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The Ivy Market Grill

The Ivy is getting a younger sister this month with the arrival of The Ivy Market Grill, an all -day cafe and restaurant in Covent Garden, which is said to be a home from home… just with less Ikea furniture, no empty takeaway boxes on a Sunday morning and a better alcohol supply. Taking the magic of The Ivy but making it a little more accessible, The Ivy Market Grill is for those who want a bite to eat whether it is breakfast, elevenses (which will include crumpets and teacakes!), pre or post theatre, tea or supper but don’t have […]

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The Kensington Quarter

Chelsea favourite all-day café people, The quarter Group has just opened The Kensington Quarter at Hotel Indigo in Earl’s Court. This newby isn’t just a café/bar though – there’s a brand new deli as well too. Head Riad Zailuk whose CV takes in post Oxo Tower Brasserie and Pont de la Tour to Chelsea local The Phene, has created a menu prepared from organic, seasonal and locally crafted ingredients, with meat and poultry sourced from independent suppliers who only engage in ethical methods. If you’re going traditional, starter highlights feature Handpicked Cornish crab salad and Salad of confit Lancaster duck […]

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A D&G Christmas at Claridge’s

I don’t know about you, but in my family decorating the Christmas tree officially marks the beginning of the festive season. The same scenario happens each year, we sit down surrounded by Christmas baubles and my mother says, “Let’s try and make it spectacular this year!” Whilst the tinsel has disappeared and the knitted angels have been removed altogether, as much as I hate to admit it, our Christmas Tree still manages to look a lopsided mess- but it is our lopsided mess. Whilst family trees are often a masterpiece in themselves, it is the decorated trees scattered all over […]

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