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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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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 […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

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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Learn to cook with Food at 52

The days of sneakily ordering take-away and disposing of the containers before your beau/friends/family comes over for dinner are about to be a thing of the past, it’s time to get yourself to a cooking class. Whether you want to sneak off on your own and suddenly surprise your nearest and dearest with your new-found immense cooking skills or you want to grab a friend or even a whole group of you, Food at 52 is the place to go. They have a range of courses which vary in experience level with beginner courses like Kitchen Basics where they teach […]

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Brides, The Show

Calling all brides-to-be, bridal parties, mothers-in-law or singles that are overly prepared, your favourite bridal magazine is coming to life this autumn at Brides The Show. Taking place on the 3rd-5th October at The Business Design Centre in Islington and in association with Condè Nast Brides magazine, Brides The Show will cover every element of your wedding- as we all know, some weddings take the same planning as a small military operation. With over 130 prestigious bridal and lifestyle brands including Le Manoir aux Quat’Saison, Blenheim Palace, Browns Bride and Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium, Brides The Show is for those who […]

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Morton’s 10th Anniversary Party

To celebrate 10 years as one of Mayfair’s most exclusive, private member’s club, Morton’s will be throwing a celebratory party complete with an open bar, complimentary canapés, entertainment and dancing. The party will be hosted by Jade Jagger as she presents 'Jezebel', a fusion of music rebellion and the best electronic sounds with DJ Severino. Also headlining is acclaimed Grammy awarding winning DJ David Morales, who has worked with the industry’s biggest names including Mariah Carey, Madonna and Kylie Minogue. The event looks to be one of the highlights of this year’s social calendar and is even supporting internationally recognised charity, […]

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Le Ziz – Review

In the middle of Dalston Square, a gleaming glassy complex that wouldn’t look amiss in the City (but is actually only a two-minute walk from Dalston Junction station), sits new Turkish restaurant ‘le ziz’. The sister restaurant to Canary Wharf’s Hazev, it’s the second joint venture from the Tas and Haz restaurant groups, and has been tipped as one to watch by those in the know. The interior was tastefully decorated; a mix of wooden panelling and Iznik-print wallpaper and tiles. The low lighting gave the place a relaxed but somewhat intimate ambiance and the general vibe seemed to be […]

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Le Ziz – Review

In the middle of Dalston Square, a gleaming glassy complex that wouldn’t look amiss in the City (but is actually only a two-minute walk from Dalston Junction station), sits new Turkish restaurant ‘le ziz’. The sister restaurant to Canary Wharf’s Hazev, it’s the second joint venture from the Tas and Haz restaurant groups, and has been tipped as one to watch by those in the know. The interior was tastefully decorated; a mix of wooden panelling and Iznik-print wallpaper and tiles. The low lighting gave the place a relaxed but somewhat intimate ambiance and the general vibe seemed to be […]

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Brunch at Q Grill

Last weekend we might have over indulged in the wine, just by a glass or two and the next morning we were in need of brunch… desperately.  This wasn’t time for green juices or spirulina, this was time for fried eggs, bacon and toast. So we headed off to Camden (all the way from south London- dedication to the cause) to Q Grill having heard that it has recently launched its brunch menu. For those who haven’t been Q Grill has that New York apartment feel:  exposed brick walls, low hanging lights, leather booths and high bar chairs and chalk […]

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Quattro Passi

If Hitchcox thriller The 39 Steps is a bit too, well, thrilling, for you, new Dover Street Italian, Quattro Passi (Four Steps) might be more your thing. Opening tomorrow, it’s the baby of two Michelin-starred chef Antonio Mellino who has moved here from the Amalfi coast with his family to open his first restaurant outside of Italy. The steps in question refer to the four family members running the joint – Antonio, his wife Rita and sons Raffaele and Fabrizio who will work in the kitchens with their father, cooking up simple pasta and seafood from Campania – with many […]

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The Balcon’s ‘Vegetables’ Menu Review

In homage to all things healthy French artist, Patrick Laroche, has created a new exhibition called Vegetables, which sees your typical veg given a chrome make-over and supersized. Housed in Sofitel London St James the impressive sculptures are placed in and around the hotel, restaurant and even the entrance where a towering pink asparagus greets guests. To celebrate Laroche’s art, the Head Chef at the hotel’s restaurant The Balcon, Vincent Ménager, has created a special menu geared towards the mighty vegetable with treats like Sweet pea sliders in a cornbread madeline and shallot jam which makes for a delicious, light […]

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