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Cheyne Walk Brasserie Gets A Super Stylish Refurb

You may have heard on the SW grapevine, or on the Made In Chelsea one, come to think of it, that the much-adored Cheyne Walk has reopened as No. Fifty Cheyne after a lengthy refurbishment. Behind the magic? Founder and Director of the Old Vic and proprietor of Ronnie Scott’s, Sally Greene. I had the pleasure of “sussing out” the new(ish) neighbourhood eatery and boy was I blown away. Exteriors don’t amaze; we’re not talking a Ritz or Stafford but, as the saying goes, it’s what’s on the inside that matters. Walking in is like going into a Downton Abbey-esque […]

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45 Jermyn St.: The Restaurant That Oozes Old School Glamour

An injection of old school glamour is never something to shy away from, especially when it’s at 45 Jermyn St.; a St. James staple that oozes allure. Just off the main drag, you’ll swirl in past the doorman and position yourself on plush tangerine-coloured chairs and booths which are charmingly trapped between herb green wood and a sociable, marble-topped bar. There’s a real sense of nostalgia inside the space; small lamps sit proudly upon each table – making for marvellous light when snapping pics of the food, eek. The restaurant is sophisticated and stylish without being overbearingly pretentious and la di […]

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Where To Eat Out In…Notting Hill

Whether you’re drinking tea with Hugh Grant, telling someone you’re “just a girl, standing in front of boy, asking him to love her,” or styling it out at Europe’s biggest street festival, there’s always something going on down in little ol’ Notting Hill. As...

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5 Reasons To Try This New Royal Afternoon Tea at The Shard

The Handbook is a sucker for afternoon teas, at least one of us will be feasting on scones at some point on during the week and don’t get us started on the cream/jam debate. I just started it and as I’ve just been told ‘the Queen puts jam first and so we win’. This time queenie I disagree. Anyway, what we can agree on is that the Shangri-La Hotel, at The Shard, London’s new Royal afternoon tea is excellent, jam or cream first and here are five reasons you should go. The Theme The rumours are circulating about the imminent […]

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The Ritz Are Now Serving Fabergé Eggs!

I’m not sure how posh you have to be to answer the question ‘how do you like your eggs in the morning?’ with ‘Faberge’d’, but you’d probably be the sort of person who stays at The Ritz. Oh, unrelated, did you know that The Ritz have just launched a three-course Fabergè Easter lunch menu? The lunch has been created by The Ritz’s Exec Chef, John Williams, inspired by Peter Carl Fabergé’s iconic Mosaic Egg from 1914. The real thing’s in the British Royal Collection, the Queen probably eats it with actual soldiers. But William’s dish itself mirrors the multi-coloured Fabergé Treillage egg pendant, and this […]

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Now There’s A Meatball Speakeasy

Meatballs. They’re the deliciously moreish balls of meat that are so simple yet so desired; perhaps aided by their famous appearance in that adorable Lady and the Tramp scene. Now, because why not, there’s a meatball speakeasy opening up in London which isn’t all that secret because we’re raving about it on The Handbook! Named Ballroom, the venue will inject a whole lotta Italy in our capital in the form of meatballs, meatballs and yep, you guessed it, more meatballs. The vibe is New York, the destination is underground and the opening date isn’t all that far away! Yes, May […]

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‘Tis The (Asparagus) Season!

‘Tis the season! It seems to come earlier each year, you’re walking through the supermarket and suddenly you hear those familiar jingles over the tannoy. Walk down the street and peer through the windows as families gather for the annual delight of decorating the asparagus tree; the shops are chock-a-block with asparagus themed gifts and trinkets and every TV show seems to be an asparagus season special. You put the telly on at 3pm and there’s Queen: ‘My husband and I, have funny smelling piss’. Yes, merry asparagus season each and every one of you. Here’s where to celebrate asparagus […]

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That’s The Spirit(land): The Restaurant Music Lovers Need To Try

A trip to Spiritland was like watching a movie of the making of The Beatles. Lennon, McCartney, Ringo and Starr are seated at a table in their early days bearing mop tops and notepads eagerly scribbling down lyrics to what would later become Ain’t She Sweet! The restaurant, which resides in the 180-seater space that was previously Canteen at the Royal Festival Hall is essentially a dining experience inside a recording studio; another concept from the quirky heads behind  Spiritland in King’s Cross, with its studio and café, and its Headphone Bar in Mayfair. The latest venture opened in February and […]

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Bookings Open Today! Here’s Our Sneak Preview Of Ramsay’s Lucky Cat

It’s the talk of the town, or the city if you will. The big opening. The one-to-watch. The restaurant from the man who loves an expletive and claims his least favourite sandwich is an idiot one. Yes, Gordon Ramsay’s got a new restaurant opening named Lucky Cat in June but we, as the greedy foodies that we are, got to sample some of the offerings ahead of time. Lucky Cat will be an “authentic Asian eating house”  and will replace Maze, the Ramsay restaurant that currently resides in Lucky Cat’s location. Ramsay lived up to all chef stereotypes upon meeting him, […]

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I’m Gonna Get Freakshake With You, This Easter

Easter, a time to reflect and celebrate on the death and resurrection of Jesus and the saviour of mankind. Which translates as a time to stuff your face with chocolate until you have to be sick in your granny’s downstairs loo. But if you’re going to go in for all the chocolate face stuffing thing, then there’s only one place we want to go, and that’s Maxwell’s in Covent Garden. The American style diner (they take face stuffing to a whole nother level in America) has created an easter feast that’s going to be so filling that you’ll want to […]

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10 Of New York’s Most Romantic Restaurants

Everything’s just that little bit more romantic in New York, isn’t it? Maybe we’re all just lusting for a Ross and Rachael style romance whenever we think of the Big Apple, but either way whether you’re anxiously planning the perfect first date or well into the honeymoon...

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Where To Watch The Boat Race

Are you light blue or dark blue? Are you Oxford or Cambridge? It’s time to pick a side and cross fingers it’s the winning one. This weekend the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race takes place, and assuming you’ve not got academic skin in the game, you’ve got to choose which colour you’ll be wearing in support you’ll also have to think about the best spots for you and your mates to cheer on your favourite boat. Don’t be daunted The Handbook has comprised a list of the best riverside pubs for you to take in the race, drink, eat and […]

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