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Simply Fish: Review

Simply Fish – it’s in the name: simple. From the minimal décor of block wooden benches and tables to the concept of the menu – choose the fish, the way you cook it, the sauce and sides. Simply Fish is all about keeping things stripped back and minimal. When we arrived at the Camden branch – the other being in Shoreditch- we were the only ones there, which instantly panicked me, some people get anxiety about small spaces, crowds, spiders, well mine is empty restaurants, I  clam up, don’t know what to say, where to look. After a while though […]

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Restaurant Review: Stax Diner

As an American I have some pretty high standards when reviewing an American diner like Stax. This new restaurant situated in Kingly Court got its name from the 1960s Memphis based record lable, Stax Records. Located on the first story, it's hard to miss the red and white, front-porch style of this Southern-inspired joint.  We were greeted by a friendly staff and the ‘Beyoncé of Kingly Court,’ who sang and danced as she brought us some refreshing Mint Juleps –  an iconic Southern drink composed of Bourbon, mint and brown sugar. Whisky Lemonade, and Bourbon Sweet Tea are a few of the […]

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Hawksmoor Knightsbridge

Come July 3 Will Beckett and Huw Gott will open Hawksmoor Knightsbridge on Yeoman’s Row. Number five in the posh chain of steak restaurants, the new 130 cover venue features a glamorous subterranean 1930s interior – not least a reclaimed oak flooring from a Blackpool dancehall and walnut veneer panelling the doors of a Deco building in Marylebone. Each restaurant has its own distinct personality and Knightsbridge is informed by the duo’s travels to Japan, Hong Kong, mainland China and Singapore so diners can also expect an exciting seafood and shellfish offering. Underscoring the ethical approach, group chef, Richard Turner […]

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Goring Champagne Pop Up

Let the Goring Hotel transport you back to 1764, the year Ruinart produced its first ever Rosé champagne. The beautiful 5-star family run hotel, located just behind Buckingham Palace, has transformed its gardens into an enchanted world of 18th century décor, complete with an atmosphere that will take you straight out of central London and to a world of rolling green hills, dusty pink roses and intricate greenery. Celebrate the 250th anniversary of Ruinart’s Rosé by sipping on a glass whilst soaking up the late June sun, and smell some of the alluring vials of scent offered to the guests […]

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Escape To Rum Island

Summer is officially here – and so is the city's hottest new destination.  Floridita opens an island inspired retreat located underneath the restaurant’s iconic sweeping staircase. The late-night Soho hotspot is known for housing the most extensive rum selection in Europe and its new space, suitably named Rum Island, will offer a cocktail menu celebrating the liquor's versatility. Guests can sip on libations like the Watermelon Punch, a concoction created from Brugal Rum, watermelon, Aperol Liquer, cranberry juice, lemon juice with sugar and served in a hollowed watermelon, or the Navy Sangria, a nautical tribute with a Brazilian twist combining Pusser’s Navy Rum, Mandarine Napoleon, sugar and […]

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Places to go during Wimbledon

With the Wimbledon Championships 2014 now underway, we bring you the top events and venues going on around London over the next fortnight of legendary tennis to keep you occupied if not sat in the stands of Centre Court…  – The Ampersand Hotel Enjoy a Wimbledon inspired afternoon tea at The Ampersand Hotel in South Kensington in true British style. The tea boasts some delightfully themed pastries such as coconut mousse, mango and passion fruit jelly tennis ball on a lime sponge tennis court, gingerbread tennis rackets and strawberry and cream tarts. Available from the 21st July until 6th July. www.ampersandhotel.com – […]

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Dorsett, Shepherds Bush

Opening tomorrow but a five minute shopping bag laden stagger from Westfield or five minute drive from Earls Court and Olympia exhibition centres is Dorsett Shepherds Bush, a brand new 317 bed hotel that’s a mecca of contemporary architecture and design. There’s a Chinese speciality restaurant with destination bar, Jin, and also a modern brasserie style restaurant called Pictures which features a European menu complimented by a selection of Asian inspired dishes. Business users can take advantage of a fully equipped business centre and whether you’re in town for business or pleasure, you’re sure to love the Pavilion Spa and […]

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WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party

Last night The Handbook joined the likes of Mischa Barton, Serena Williams, Sabine Lisicki and Lilah Parsons at The Roof Gardens, Kensington to celebrate the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon party presented by Dubai Duty Free. With a dress to impress theme, celebrities arrived with the support of Porsche (The Handbook took to public transport but next year, next year….) and Maria Sharapova stole the show arriving in a 918 Spyder.  The invitation promised ‘substantial canapés’ (the best kind of promise) and they certainly stuck to that – with guests eating mini fish and chips, samosas and salmon as well as there being […]

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Is it Brazil or Covent Garden?

Didn’t make it to Brazil this year for the World Cup? Or are you more like us and food is more your thing than football? Well we have just the thing for you Brazilian barbecue restaurant, Cabana are recreating a corner of Rio’s beaches in the heart of Covent Garden in the form of The Grill from Ipanema – a Brazilian beach grill complete with golden sand from Brazil’s shores. Starting on Saturday 28th June until July 13th The Grill from Ipanema will be serving up a selection of new Cabana dishes including flame grilled skewers, chicken coxinhas and cassava […]

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The Mussel Men Restaurant

Succulent seafood will now be served seven days a week at the permanent Mussel Men restaurant. The new eatery will take all the best bits from their current seafood specialties but with a menu expansion of BBQ influenced items and a proper navy-inpsired cocktail menu. As for dessert, guests can indulge in golden waffles drizzled with decadent chocolate sauce and bacon infused ice cream with salt caramel sauce as well as weekly specials.  After a successful summer of pop-ups in 2013, the Mussel Men have now found it's current location just a stones throw up the road at Dalston Junction in […]

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Midsummer Nights’ Feasts

Celebrate the 450th anniversary of Sir William Shakespeare's birth at a festive Midsummer Nights’ Feast. The Montagu restaurant at Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill on Portman Square,  provides an extraordinary experience that will transport you back to the times of one of the most prized poets. A series of Shakespearean evenings filled with feasting and theatrics begins with the “Love’s Labour’s Won," a clever cocktail created by the Churchill Bar & Terrace team. The tasty tipple is a blend of nettle infused malmsey, Clouded Yellow wheat beer mead and Bushmill’s Irish whisky that's served in a silver tankard with a guinea fowl feather quill garnish. […]

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The Third Annual “Day of Discovery”

Join over 150 Renaissance Hotels around the world for the third annual "Day of Discovery" on the 26th of June starting at 18:00.  London's participating venue, the  St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, encourages guests to experience the best discoveries of the season. As a special treat The Booking Office Bar will host this summer’s hottest new band – Hudson Taylor. The two brothers from just outside of Dublin will hit the stage at 20:00 to perform original Irish folk-pop songs.  Guests will enjoy the lively atmosphere while sampling a range of alternative seasonal drinks based on a short quiz that will reveal the […]

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