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Cookhouse Joe Opens

After the success of Cookhouse Joe which opened on Berwick Street last year the team behind Soho Joe are back with their next venue Cookhouse Joe on Dean Street. Having opened yesterday they kicked things off by giving out 1000 chicken wraps to customers who visited the restaurant, because they’re nice like that. Panic not though, if you have just found out that you missed out on free chicken for lunch because their main focus is rotisserie chicken and a contemporary twist on traditional Lebanese cuisine. The menu is simple they will be serving up crisp falafel, salads, lamb kofte, […]

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Cloudy Bay’s Sensory Garden

Calling all wine lovers, things are about to get a little rosé at Harvey Nichols. New Zealand based winery, Cloudy Bay, will be taking over the 5th Floor to host a stunning range of food and wine tasting experiences.  Cloudy Bay’s Sensory Garden, created especially for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, will overlook the rooftops of London making it an ideal destination for summer evenings in the city. Guests will be treated to a special 3-course à la carte tasting menu with wines that complement the various flavours of the dishes. The menu will have temptations like Pan fried sea […]

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A Little French Idyll in The Churchill

You won’t need ‘A Year in Provence’, an afternoon will do in The Churchill Bar at London’s Hyatt Regency. The Winter Terrace has been transformed into a French idyll for summer opening 1st June. Taking inspiration from Provence, one of Winston Churchill’s favourite holiday destinations, the elegant space is the perfect spot to soak up some rays and enjoy a glass of wine or two. The drinks list is a creative amalgamation of British cocktails mixed with a French flair. Examples include the Bloody-Marie Niçoise, a Bloody Mary with a dash of tequila, a splash of balsamic olive oil, garnished […]

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On The Roof with Q Grill: Review

Selfridges’ 18 week long rooftop residency kicked off at the weekend and so at first chance The Handbook headed over to Oxford Street to see what everyone has been getting excited about. A separate lift takes you up to the 5th floor where you come across their beautiful secret garden rooftop restaurant. Inspired by a Victorian greenhouse, the restaurant is covered in foliage, flowers, grass and is lit by Victorian street lights, but the pièce de résistance is the retractable roof. Excitedly we had pictured ourselves basking in the sun-drenched terrace as we drank cold, crisp cocktails and enjoying the […]

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The best of London’s pubs

It can’t be denied that London loves its pubs, it always has and most likely always will. Nor cannot it be denied that there are plenty of them, it’s estimated that there are approximately 7000 in London. But with so much choice and so little time, The Handbook have rounded up the ultimate pubs for you to visit: the best places to stay, eat and drink. The best for ales and beers… The infamous White Horse aka The Sloany Pony in Parsons Green has one of the best selections of beers and ales around. They regularly change their selection so […]

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The Beach at Bluebird

Having been transformed into an ice rink at Christmas, the courtyard at Bluebird is now being given a summer makeover and becoming a beach… that’s right a beach on the Kings Road, well they have a sandbox and that’s enough for us! Why are we really excited though? Because they are going to be serving the new Moet Ice Champagne (when you didn’t think Champagne could get any better, it just did) and serving up an all-day BBQ, what is it with BBQs and just being able to keep eating and eating and eating….? With the World Cup and Wimbledon […]

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APM AT ZINC

A members’ club and restaurant that opens at 2:30am through to 7am? Only the hardcore need apply that’s for sure! But if you are indeed hard enough you’re going to love it. And besides, didn’t your mother always tell you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? Open on Friday and Saturday nights from this week – or mornings depending how you look at it, it’s a collaboration between Zinc restaurant on the 31st floor of Centre Point and food magazine, FOUR which works with the likes of Heston Blumenthal, Ashley Palmer Watts, Simon Rogan, Marcus Wareing, […]

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Artist Residence Hotel Review

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside…we like it even more when we are staying in a trendy hotel. Located on the imposing Grand Regency Square, only 10 minutes' walk from the centre of town, is the Artist Residence offering an authentic taste of Brighton's offbeat, artistic character. This boutique hotel's real selling point is its cool, quirky vibe perfect for cool, quirky individuals like myself. The bare floorboards and exposed brickwork, teamed with stylish designer furniture and reclaimed wood, create a fun yet surprisingly homely feel. Despite the hotel's origin as converted townhouses, the rooms are spacious, […]

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Artist Residence Hotel Review

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside…we like it even more when we are staying in a trendy hotel. Located on the imposing Grand Regency Square, only 10 minutes' walk from the centre of town, is the Artist Residence offering an authentic taste of Brighton's offbeat, artistic character. This boutique hotel's real selling point is its cool, quirky vibe perfect for cool, quirky individuals like myself. The bare floorboards and exposed brickwork, teamed with stylish designer furniture and reclaimed wood, create a fun yet surprisingly homely feel. Despite the hotel's origin as converted townhouses, the rooms are spacious, […]

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After the wedding ceremony, comes the party…

Summer is just around the corner, which means along with the Pimms, the stifling tubes, the dodgy sandals and endless BBQs, wedding season is almost upon us. If this year you are starting to plan your own wedding (hurrah!) or you have been given the nerve- wracking task of planning a Hen party or Stag do, then Crowne Plaza London –The City, have just launched their new wedding packages which has everything covered – so you can focus on sorting the dress and whether you do have to invite that long lost aunt. Their Grade II listed property is steeped […]

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