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Walton Darlings at Eclipse Chelsea

Thursday, it is pretty much the weekend, it’s an extra night to go out and if you do accidentally/on purpose stay out well passed your bed time, you only have one day in the office to get through whilst nursing your hangover. With that sorted, what are you plans for tonight? You don’t have any yet? 1) Why not, shame on you 2) We have just the thing for you. Eclipse Chelsea is holding another ‘Walton darlings’ tonight where all girls get a complementary glass of Champagne on arrival. You don’t have to have any special code, no secret password, […]

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Eelbrook Review

You might remember that a couple of weeks ago we told you about the new all-day eatery that has just opened on the edge of Eelbrook Common, aptly named Eelbrook, well not one to say no to checking out a new restaurant The Handbook sauntered over to Fulham to do just that. The venue itself is somewhere between a café and a restaurant with twinkling lights, large windows, plain white walls and white tables and chairs. A scattering of cushions and flowers provide splashes of colour, but the minimal décor is so minimal that in places it almost looks unfinished; […]

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Eelbrook Review

You might remember that a couple of weeks ago we told you about the new all-day eatery that has just opened on the edge of Eelbrook Common, aptly named Eelbrook, well not one to say no to checking out a new restaurant The Handbook sauntered over to Fulham to do just that. The venue itself is somewhere between a café and a restaurant with twinkling lights, large windows, plain white walls and white tables and chairs. A scattering of cushions and flowers provide splashes of colour, but the minimal décor is so minimal that in places it almost looks unfinished; […]

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London Fashion Week Afternoon Tea

London Fashion Week is fast approaching and style-savvy folk all over the capital are preparing themselves for a week of models strutting their stuff, adorned in the latest garb. Fashionistas will be drooling, not only over the clothes this year though, but at the introduction of The Ampersand’s new fashion inspired afternoon tea. The gorgeous apparel-themed pastries come in the shape of High Heeled Biscuits with a white chocolate and lemon curd "cat walk", a Gingerbread Dress, Sugar Handbag with caramelia mousse, Raspberry and Pistachio Macaroon, and Blueberry Milkshake. There are also savoury options like Glouster old spot ham with sauce gribiche, H.Forman & Son […]

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Shaka Zulu Review

Filled with towering statues and tribal prints, Shaka Zulu, has created an immersive dining experience that makes you feels like you have skipped the 12 hour plane journey and landed bang in the middle of the Rainbow Nation. The cocktails are great and even boasts a Rum Blazer which was voted ‘CNN Top Twelve Unusual Cocktails in the World’ thusly awarded as you get a mini pyrotechnic show at your table as they prepare it for you, be warned though, it may look pretty but it kicks harder than a mule. If you can bear to share a cocktail, you […]

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South Place Hotel parties in Ibiza

It might be the end of summer for us but in Ibiza it isn’t, unlike us it is still a balmy 29 degrees….29 degrees. And making the most of this is boutique hotel South Place, who is leaving London and going in search of warmer weather to host its first annual pop-up party at Sands Resort on the stunning Playa d’En Bossa on the 28th September.  Like house music? Great, because they have Harri and Domenic of Subculture the longest running weekly house and techno night in the world, who will be keeping the party going. There are also rumours of […]

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Ippudo

New Yorkers regularly queue around the block for a table in the Manhattan branch of legendary Japanese ramen restaurant, Ippudo. With over 100 restaurants worldwide including Singapore, Hong Kong and Sydney, the launch of the new London venue will see their first foray into Europe. The ramen aficionados amongst you will already be planning your visits while the slightly less ramen aware amongst you should rest assured that Ippudo has nearly thirty years of history and tradition that goes into their food. Signature dishes will include the Shiromaru Classic, a traditional white pork-based broth ramen and Akamaru Modern, a bolder, […]

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September Openings

As September starts it's safe to say autumn is officially here, the back to school feeling has returned as everyone is returning from their holidays and the streets of London are starting to bustle again with the arrival of new restaurants, hotels and bars. From boutique hotels in Victoria to bars serving up a mix of science and cocktails in Bevis Marks, here is The Handbook’s guide to some of the best new venues opening this month.  The Artist Residence Following on from their success in Brighton and Penzance, hoteliers Justin Salisbury and Charlotte Newbury are set to open their […]

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The Great British Cook Off

What could be better than a chef cooking for you? Two chefs cooking for you and battling for your approval that’s what. Oh and the profits going to Action Against Hunger too. Happening over at Almeida, The Great British Cook Off will take place on the 29th September and will see host head chef Tommy Boland sharpening his knives, making his chef whites extra white and cranking up the heat as he prepares to take on head chef Dan Loftin from sister restaurant Kensington Place. Each will be cooking up 3 dishes: one meat, one fish and one sweet dish […]

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Eclipse

Things are changing over at Eclipse in South Kensington, those who frequent the haunt on Old Brompton Road in search of one of their infamous watermelon martinis know that the downstairs club has always been an extension of the bar, well not any more. They’ve given it a complete refurbishment to make it into its own unique space and today is the launch. Gone are the light sandy coloured walls, in favour of deep burgundy walls giving the club a much more intimate, dark atmosphere which can only lead to more debauchery whilst also hiding any smudged make up after […]

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The Colour Palate Review

On Wednesday The Handbook headed down to the launch of new Marylebone venue, Carousel, and Art of Dining’s latest pop-up experience The Colour Palate. The idea behind it is theming your food with colour, each course corresponds with a colour and relevant music, think mellow yellow for the yellow course. The downstairs room of Carousel has an industrial feel with white walls and stone floors which worked well as a blank canvas for the colour changes. The evening begins with a green theme; coloured lights flood the room and the first course, quail wrapped in a vine leaf served with […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Colour Palate Review

On Wednesday The Handbook headed down to the launch of new Marylebone venue, Carousel, and Art of Dining’s latest pop-up experience The Colour Palate. The idea behind it is theming your food with colour, each course corresponds with a colour and relevant music, think mellow yellow for the yellow course. The downstairs room of Carousel has an industrial feel with white walls and stone floors which worked well as a blank canvas for the colour changes. The evening begins with a green theme; coloured lights flood the room and the first course, quail wrapped in a vine leaf served with […]

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