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The Crown & Sceptre

Great Titchfield Street’s The Crown & Sceptre has long been a hangout for denizens of its surrounding media companies and now it’s better than ever following an extensive refurbishment and a new and improved range of international draught beer and cask ales to boot. Its inviting gold and blue exterior gives way to a newly positioned spot lit bar and quirky design touches such as light-fittings fashioned out of old milk bottles, wrought iron chandeliers from Morocco, studded leather stools and bright pink armchairs with ‘King’ and ‘Queen’ cushions. The wood panelled décor also features vintage Radio Times posters and […]

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Marcus Wareing

Following an extensive refurbishment over the last few months, the all new Marcus Wareing  restaurant is set to open next week in a stunning new contemporary space at the Berkeley Hotel in leafy Mayfair.   Designed to ‘strip away the formalities and barriers that are commonly associated with top-end dining’, the new Marcus promises an ‘all-new, accessible, Michelin starred dining experience.’ The restaurant seats 105 with 12 in the Private Room and 10 at the Chefs Table. Robert Angell Design International is behind the new look, the idea being to celebrate the venue’s grand architecture and opulent interiors – embracing […]

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Zilouf’s

Islington’s Zilouf’s has been completely made over by Pete Clucas, Niall Downey, Tim Yates and Francis Puyat – team behind 100 Hoxton and has just relaunched with a fully refurbished interior plus newly devised Asian fusion menus and new cocktail offering too. The interior is evolved from the eccentric original and is full of reclaimed or upcycled materials and vintage furniture: disassembled pianos, old submarine lights, battered leather chesterfields, a vintage television (now a fish tank), 1930's mirrors and light fittings made from antique cocktail shakers and ice buckets. The menu consists of small dishes and a handful of larger […]

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28-50 Review

28-50 has recently opened its third venue in the heart of Mayfair on Maddox Street which boasts their first ever champagne bar. 28-50’s great reputation precedes it as the venue is buzzing when we arrive, the atmosphere is relaxed and we excitedly settle in to order. The Aubergine with grilled courgettes, marinated peppers and goats curd is a simple but delicious starter; the ingredients were fresh and full of flavour. The Salmon Gravlax served with mustard sauce and sourdough toast was another delicious but safe choice, another venture might see us opting for a more daring starter. For our main […]

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Counter Club at Spuntino

Calling all food lovers, so really calling everyone – big news: on the 24th April Soho restaurant Spuntino will host the very first Counter Club. But what is the Counter Club I hear you ask? Well it is created by the team who are behind the Quintessentially Supper Club and it is a veritable feast – that’s what it is! 24 guests will sit down to 10 courses including classic sliders and ribbon steak – will indulge in 4 Quintessentially Vodka cocktails and half a bottle of wine (that’s each – not between the 24 of them – that wouldn’t […]

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Clipper Coffee Merchants

Launching this month is Clipper Coffee Merchants, a bulk brew coffee bar in Shoreditch funded by donations from the surrounding firms in the area’s technological hub plus Kickstarter Crowdfunding. It showcases a range of single origin coffees sourced directly from growers across the world. Clipper is rooted in the founders’ belief in touring each farm’s processing mills to connect with the workers. The venue will centre on a continually changing single origin menu, using beans sourced from small farms around the world in conjunction with James Gurr of Ozone Coffee Roasters. The raw and earthy space will allow coffee lovers […]

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Happy 21st!

This month, Quaglino’s restaurant and Champagne bar turns 21 and it's celebrating with a five month programme of revelry. First up is the opening of the rainbow Bellini Bar today running through to July and serving 21 varieties of brightly coloured bellini such as Orange Marmalade, Beetroot, Black Cherry and Basil & Mandarin. The Meringue Girls confectionary company has created an exclusive Peach & Champagne Bellini flavoured meringue which will be served at the bar alongside a rainbow assortment of flavours from Rosewater to Lemongrass & Ginger. March will also welcome back Quag’s legendary Cigarette Girls – sadly, for some, […]

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Bianco43 Review

The pizzeria, Bianco43, have recently opened their third venue in Trafalgar Square, serving Italian cuisine. The venue is a stone’s throw from Charing Cross station and is located in an elegant building with views of the Trafalgar Square monuments. The main dishes comprise mostly of pizza and pasta dishes with a few meat-focussed dishes like Sword Fish Steak, Chicken Breast Fillet and Mixed Seafood Grill. I opted for the Ravioli in the butter and sage sauce but it was unavailable so I went with the Gnocchi with the same sauce instead. It wasn’t unpleasant but definitely lacked any flavour; the […]

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Bianco43 Review

The pizzeria, Bianco43, have recently opened their third venue in Trafalgar Square, serving Italian cuisine. The venue is a stone’s throw from Charing Cross station and is located in an elegant building with views of the Trafalgar Square monuments. The main dishes comprise mostly of pizza and pasta dishes with a few meat-focussed dishes like Sword Fish Steak, Chicken Breast Fillet and Mixed Seafood Grill. I opted for the Ravioli in the butter and sage sauce but it was unavailable so I went with the Gnocchi with the same sauce instead. It wasn’t unpleasant but definitely lacked any flavour; the […]

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St. Ermin’s Spring Tea with unlimited bellinis: Review

Last Sunday The Handbook took a little trip to St Ermin's Hotel in St James for a spot of afternoon tea. With it being the first warm day in months and with sun actually shining we found though that the Tea Lounge was a little oppressive and heavy; purpley walls with white gilding, gave way to a brown carpet covered in beige hexagons, whilst the chairs were a print of yellow, grey and brown – a pattern overload so to say.  And yet the china that the tea was served on was light and white, decorated with delicate blue and […]

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Hai Street Kitchen

Today, Leadenhall Market welcomes a new take on Japanese and Mexican fast food: Hai Street Kitchen, the UK’s first Japanese burrito bar, a new fast casual dining concept. Executive Chef is Takao Iinuma, who worked alongside famous Japanese Chef Masaharu Morimoto for many years and his core offering is Japanese burritos and bowls made from fresh, sustainably sourced ingredients. Designed along the lines of a burrito bar, diners first choose whether they want a burrito style sushi rice roll or bowl (rice or salad). Next is the choice of filling, which includes Chicken or Fish katsu, Grilled pork belly, Salmon […]

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Quintessentially Supper Club Party

Get ready for round three of the Quintessentially Supper Club Party! Due to take place on Saturday 22nd March at Momo, this will be the third in the line of successful Supper Clubs previously hosted at The Dock Kitchen in Ladbroke Grove and The Beagle in Hoxton last year.  This time the team are coming to Mayfair and tickets are available to members of the public for £100 a piece. Included in the ticket price there will be Quintessentially Vodka Cocktails, canapes and a delicious four course Morrocan inspire supper designed by Momo’s Head Chef. All this and a whole […]

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