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myhotel Chelsea Review

Tucked away in the residential area of Chelsea, a short walk from Sloane Square station is myhotel Chelsea, one of the three in the myhotel group alongside the Bloomsbury and Brighton venues. The Chelsea venue has been in the press recently due to the launch of Tanya’s Raw Food Café earlier this month, which is focussed on serving living cuisine through cutting edge techniques. The hotel itself has also undergone a refurbishment with a very modern but cosy feel to it and The Handbook went to see for itself. There are 45 rooms in the hotel including a very special […]

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Restaurant at Tate Modern Review

The Evening Standard has described the level 6 restaurant at the Tate Modern as ‘one of the best views in London’ so I knew I would be in for a good time on my review – and then it rained. Luckily for me, despite the weather’s best efforts to dampen my view, the mist didn’t manage to cloud the view of St Paul’s from across the river which is the main attraction. The rest of the skyline was left to my imagination which I reckon on a clear day would be beautiful. Once we were seated and had assigned ourselves […]

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Shaken Not Stirred: Artistic Cocktails at Mark’s Bar

Since the launch of Hixter Bankside earlier this summer, Mark Hix has drawn on the restaurant’s artistic setting to revolutionise not only British dining, but also British art- combining the two to make what we think is an agreeable mix. His latest venture ‘Mark’s Bar’, situated in the artistic basement below Hixter Bankside is no different with a selection of new cocktails that will get any art enthusiast’s tongue wagging. To celebrate Frieze London, Hix has invited a collection of Britain’s most popular contemporary artists such as Tim Noble, Gary Webb and Pauline Amos to his artist studio and asked […]

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Etch Food Residency at The Proud Archivist

This latest London pop-up promises to be a cut above the rest as Etch Food takes up residency at The Proud Archivist. The love child of MasterChef: The Professionals 2013 winner Steven Edwards and the (rapidly) rising star Josh Stanzl, Etch Food aims to offer customers a totally original dining experience. Serving up creative and attractive food, that doesn’t compromise on quality, in a fun and interactive atmosphere. And so what better place to do this than The Proud Archivist? A venue that is both stunning and unusual, it offers not simply a table to eat at but also a […]

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Pellicano Restaurant Review

Pellicano restaurant is a family owned Sardinian establishment who is currently finding a home at myhotel Chelsea, while their original residence at Elystan Street is under refurbishment. Their new location is on the ground floor of the hotel and has its own terrace when you can enjoy the hot, city nights while indulging in some people watching. The food is Italian with a Sardinian twist and like any good Italian boasts an extensive wine list, that being said the Raspberry Martini is a great summer cocktail, not so strong that you are floored but it has enough kick to know […]

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Christabel’s Pop- Up Adventures

Autumn is finally here and with winter literally just around the corner, it oh so tempting to get straight into your warmest pyjamas and have an evening binge on Netflix. However, whilst the hours of daylight maybe dwindling, it does not mean that your social life has to.  Want to add some autumnal spice into your life, then look no further. Christabel’s, the bespoke food, design and events company will be popping up in secret locations all over town this season, adding some perzass to somewhat dreary evenings.   Christabel’s, the brain child of Christabel Beeson, puts the pop, snap and […]

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Quaglino’s

Quaglino’s has had more facelifts than an aging movie star but this grande dame – 85 no less – is re-opening (again) in October following a multi-million pound renovation and new contemporary European menu by executive chef Mickael Weiss alongside a programme of late-night live music performances and events. First opened in 1929 by the legendary Giovanni Quaglino, it had a Conran overhaul in the 1980s and now Russell Sage Studio has restored the signature sweeping staircase, balcony bar, main restaurant and mezzanine private dining rooms with the addition of a glamorous central cocktail bar and a stage for intimate […]

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Boyds Brasserie Afternoon Tea

If there’s anything we love at The Handbook it’s a good afternoon tea; delicious cakes and sandwiches down-sized to miniature portions, shrinking down those pesky calories with it meaning you are free to indulge in twice as much! (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it). So when we were invited to Boyds Brasserie, a lounge bar and restaurant focused on smart British fare situated a few minutes’ walk from Charing Cross station, we were more than happy to attend. Kicking off the savoury section to their afternoon tea are the Potted Shrimps served with Lemon and Crisp Bread which […]

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Boyds Brasserie Afternoon Tea

If there’s anything we love at The Handbook it’s a good afternoon tea; delicious cakes and sandwiches down-sized to miniature portions, shrinking down those pesky calories with it meaning you are free to indulge in twice as much! (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it). So when we were invited to Boyds Brasserie, a lounge bar and restaurant focused on smart British fare situated a few minutes’ walk from Charing Cross station, we were more than happy to attend. Kicking off the savoury section to their afternoon tea are the Potted Shrimps served with Lemon and Crisp Bread which […]

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The Betjeman Arms – Review

From the Geronimo Inns group comes the (newly re-launched) Betjeman Arms; ideally located on the upper level of Kings Cross St Pancras International so you can enjoy one last meal in the capital before catching your Eurostar; or even a welcome home drink after a long weekend away. We were seated in the dining room, a hugely comfortable red and yellow accented space, with warm lighting and cosy furnishings that offers a relaxing atmosphere in which to enjoy a meal. Our waitress was friendly and attentive, immediately making us feel welcome and at ease; we ordered two glasses of red […]

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New Collaboration Pop-Up, Dirty Tommi’s

Imagine if your favourite London burger joint, Tommi’s Burger Joint, collaborated with your favourite hot dog place, Dirty Bones, to create the city’s juiciest, dirtiest pop-up yet. Well they have… On the menu you can expect to see signature dishes from both venues plus a range of specially created hot dogs, burgers and sides. A number of unique mashed up recipes, created exclusively will also feature such as: Tommi’s Burger Dog (Tommi’s burger served doggy style, with confit onion, Dirty Bones short rib, crispy shallots, dirty cheese sauce & dill pickles). A selection of juicy sides including Dirty Mac & […]

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Country Life Fair

It’s Wednesday, hurrah we’ve made it this far and with the weekend in sight, it’s time to start making plans for our two glorious days off and we’ve got just the ticket, The Country Life Fair in Fulham Palace’s grounds… it’s the best parts of the countryside all without the mud. Taking place this weekend 27th-28th September you can buy tickets here and they’re offering all Handbook readers the chance to upgrade to the Boodle’s Diamond ticket for no extra cost, which means not only do you skip the queues with fast track entry but once inside there is champagne […]

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