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Salmontini Le Resto Review

Salmontini le Resto recently opened in London, making it the first European venue from the Salmontini brand. Situated in Belgravia, the focus on the food is salmon with a selection of cold and hot salmon specialties including an extensive array of sushi and sashimi. The restaurant itself has a great décor and blends in well with the affluent neighbourhood; guests are invited to sit at the bar before being seated in the adjacent restaurant. After we were seated at our table, tell-tale signs of the newness of the restaurant appeared as a host of different waiters that came over in […]

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Giles Deacon at Kensington Palace

Any modern day Elizabeth Bennett deserves an equally stylish outfit to meet Mr Darcy, and with legendary British fashion designer Giles Deacon’s latest Georgian inspired collection, they might just find it. Yes, Austen lovers on 22nd October, The Kensington Palace will be host to a Baroque inspired fashion show abound with elaborate corsets, extravagant silhouettes and structured tailoring. Set in the palace’s Vanbrugh designed Orangery, the event is part of ‘The Glorious George’s’ showcase, celebrating the 300th anniversary of the Hanoverian ascension to the throne. Whilst inspired by the Georgian period, the collection will be anything but historic, with each […]

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Mexican Street Food Masterclass

As anyone who has ever travelled knows, when trying to really experience a new place you need to immerse yourself as a local, getting off the beaten track which includes avoiding tourist areas and expensive restaurants in lieu of street vendors. Even in London the tide has turned on fine dining and now people are happy to spend hours queuing for street food. Hot on this trend, Jenius Social is teaching guests how to whip up street food with the next class stopping off in mighty Mexico. If opening a bag of Doritos is the extent of your Mexican cooking […]

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Immersive Theatre: A Trail of History

Freshly graduated from university, I cannot help but lovingly look back on the pub crawls that so often marked the student calendar. Although these alcohol fuelled evenings were probably not the most cultural affairs, they were always good fun and have surprisingly created and onslaught of mostly happy memories. Despite this, it is probably time to broaden horizons…even if this does only mean upgrading a round of pub golf to a pub tour tippled in history. For this exact reason, here at The Handbook we were delighted to hear about the Toast of History Pub Trail that will be taking […]

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Welcome to Woodlandia

Who says that Londoners are not outdoorsy? Just because we are based in the city, does not mean that we don’t enjoy a little fix of countryside and now we can prove those critics wrong with the return of the Queen of Hoxton’s Woodlandia. Following the success of the last year’s WigWamBam, the rooftop of the Queen of Hoxton will channel Narnia, transforming into an enchanted forest on 31st October, complete with moss-covered tree stumps and mandatory woodland pines. Enjoy the best parts of camping, cosying up to loved ones in the WigWamBam, whilst roasting marshmallows in an open fire […]

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Blind-Dining at Island Grill Review

I must admit that when I first signed up for blind-dining at Island Grill, I was a little trepidatious. It wasn’t the prospect of sitting in the dark that I was concerned about, more the fact that I am probably the most uncoordinated person in the history of the planet and felt it was more than certain that a great deal of food would miss my mouth and end up on the table. However, my fear was slightly reduced by the fact I had cunningly invited someone who was even less spatially aware than me with the mentality that every […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Blind-Dining at Island Grill Review

I must admit that when I first signed up for blind-dining at Island Grill, I was a little trepidatious. It wasn’t the prospect of sitting in the dark that I was concerned about, more the fact that I am probably the most uncoordinated person in the history of the planet and felt it was more than certain that a great deal of food would miss my mouth and end up on the table. However, my fear was slightly reduced by the fact I had cunningly invited someone who was even less spatially aware than me with the mentality that every […]

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Champagne Brunch at Villandry

A friend of mine once said ‘Brunch without champagne is really just a sad, late breakfast’ and how right they were. There is just something about our favourite meal of the day that lacks a little bit of lustre without a few bubbles involved, and with Champagne Day just around the corner, we were delighted to hear about the Champagne Brunch that has just launched at Villandry, St James. The brunch, which will be available all weekend, will feature a selection of offerings from freshly baked pastries to eggs as well as very exciting cake platter! Whilst the an unlimited […]

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Blenheim Palace

If you feel like you’ve been to the Tate one too many times, or you’ve tired of the National Portrait Gallery (no mean feat) then we have your next culture fix… at Blenheim Palace, yes it is a little out of town, but there is life outside of London. The contemporary and often provocative Chinese artist, Ai Weiwei is bringing his exhibition to the Palace where he will be displaying 50 iconic artworks throughout the Palace and its grounds. Classic, elegant, British history and grandeur is juxtaposed against his modern ideas, so if you step into the Red Drawing Room […]

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The Playboy Club’s Pink Tea

Along with Halloween and the start of the miserable weather, October is all about raising awareness and detoxing, so along with Stoptober (quitting smoking) and Sober for October (raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support) October is all about getting people to think and recognise the signs of breast cancer. Which is why The Playboy Club has transformed their iconic afternoon tea served in the Salvatore Bar to The Pink Afternoon Tea, with £1 from every tea being donated to Against Breast Cancer and as 'On Wednesdays, we wear  pink', or in this case eat, we headed over to check it […]

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