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Valentine’s at The Imperial

As a new addition to Chelsea’s King’s Road, new restaurant The Imperial is looking to impress us all with an array of Valentine’s Day specials this 14th. Housed in a sleek Victorian building it has pulled out all the stops in an attempt to woo you with fresh, locally sourced ingredients with a distinctly aphrodisiac feel about them. Created by talented chef Tom Hope, start your evening with plump Kent & Essex oysters served with shallot vinegar, lemon & Tabasco. Afterwards get torn between smoked venision berries, red quinoa, toasted seeds and wild herbs or duck breast and heart, parsnip […]

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Valentine’s Day at 1 Lombard Street

This is a place is rooted in romance. Once a bank run by the father of Charles Dicken’s first love Maria Beadnell, the writer himself would walk the street in the early hours staring at the building where his true love dozed. Definitely one to keep up your sleeve to get your date all doey eyed over some delicious four course sharing menus in the Brasserie and the 1776 restaurant.  In the Brassiere, start with a starter of figs and parma ham, arancini balls and stuffed baby peppers before fighting over a Filet of Angus Beef, Foie Gras and Black […]

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Brontё inspired afternoon tea Review

What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than having tea at the glorious Gilbert Scott? Without a doubt it is one of my favourite buildings in London: the grandeur, the faded Victorian glamour (it opened in the 1870s) and the rich colours so it only seemed right that we took a little trip there on Sunday to indulge in the Brontё inspired afternoon tea. Available until the 12th February the tea has been devised by General Manager and chef, Chantelle Nicholson and cult artist and creator of Visitoriana, Charlotte Cory and is a traditional Yorkshire Victorian tea which focuses […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Brontё inspired afternoon tea Review

What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than having tea at the glorious Gilbert Scott? Without a doubt it is one of my favourite buildings in London: the grandeur, the faded Victorian glamour (it opened in the 1870s) and the rich colours so it only seemed right that we took a little trip there on Sunday to indulge in the Brontё inspired afternoon tea. Available until the 12th February the tea has been devised by General Manager and chef, Chantelle Nicholson and cult artist and creator of Visitoriana, Charlotte Cory and is a traditional Yorkshire Victorian tea which focuses […]

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Lanes of London Review

Lanes of London on Park Lane is like a new best friend who you feel like you have known for years. Or that is what The Handbook thought when we went down to check it out this week. Despite it being a new restaurant, it didn’t have any of that shiny- new brightness where the paint looks almost sterile or hospital like; rather it felt homely and at ease with itself. With low lighting, grand ceilings, vintage mirrors, high wing back chairs and an air of a member’s club there is none of the stuffiness, the cocktails were served in […]

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An Evening of Rugby and Gastronomy at The Langham

Whether you’re a rugby fan or you just have a penchant for men who can pull off a pair of  shorts (don’t we all?),  The Langham is hosting a dinner and drinks reception with some of England and Wales’ most famous names. Before England and Wales meet to play at Twickenham on Sunday 9th March, players such as Phil Vickery, Brian Moore and Welsh stars Scott Quinnell and Robert Jones will lay their memories of the pitch bare to fans over dinner and drinks at The Langham.  If the mention of rugby players has sparked your interest, start your evening […]

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Valentine’s Day in London: 2

In the second part of our Valentine's Day events we are looking at some of the best menus available in London this year. From heart -shaped pizzas to caviar, from oysters to macaroni there is something out there for everyone. Just remember the one rule – no garlic …especially if you are on a first date!    B-Soho If the thought of fine dining or silver service on Valentine’s Day when you are trying to impress your date is a little bit nerve- wracking, then how about pizza at B-Soho? Perfect! Even more perfect because they are heart shaped! Start […]

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Valentine’s Day in London: 1

Valentine's day –  you either love it or loathe it, either it has you coming over all warm and fuzzy or the red hearts and loved up couples make you nauseous. But panic not, for those who have someone special this year then London has all host of things you can do, from afternoon tea at The Ampersand to comedy at the Roof Gardens – perfect for dates! For those who aren't celebrating with anyone in particular, now is time for the phrase 'if you can't beat them join them' at one of the valentine's party happening across the capital […]

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Hawker House Indoor Market Extends Its Run

Love Food? Love Drink? Love Music? So do we!  So all that’s left to do is pack up, get together and head down for all three at The Hawker House Indoor Market. Who’s with us? Due to its immense popularity the Hawker Market has extended its original run for a further ten weeks allowing its Singapore street food inspired setting to bring even more joy to Londoners. Hurrah! Housed in a old factory sandwiched between Broadway Market and Hackney Road the menus at the eating emporium are constantly changing. With Fundi Pizza’s wood fired treats, The Grilling Greek’s halloumi souvlaki or Vinn Goute’s curried […]

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Big Easy

Big Easy is branching out into Covent Garden next month complete with a nine-metre bar boasting over 500 bottles with a focus on dark spirits from whisky to Caribbean rum. Better still, there’ll be cocktail machines dispensing frozen slushies and Old Fashioneds on tap! As with the Kings Road mothership, the food menu will be based around the finest Bar.B.Q pork and beef cuts, rare-breed British steaks, freshest local seafood and lobster. Executive Bartender is Lee Potter Cavanagh (HIX restaurants) and Nathan Merriman (The Club at The Ivy, The Savoy) is Bar Manager. Merriman was recently named 2013 Young Bartender […]

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Carom at Meza: Review

Last week The Handbook broke its attempt at ‘Dry January’, but it was rightly so as we were drinking the gin cocktails at Carom at Meza on Wardour Street. When we arrived on a Thursday night the restaurant was buzzing, clichéd as that word may be it was. It was bustling with drinkers at the bar, large groups of diners filling up the booths, couples on dates and every so often a waiter bringing out a dish and igniting it. The menu offers a range of small plates, so we started with a mound of chilli squid, perfectly crisp and […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Carom at Meza: Review

Last week The Handbook broke its attempt at ‘Dry January’, but it was rightly so as we were drinking the gin cocktails at Carom at Meza on Wardour Street. When we arrived on a Thursday night the restaurant was buzzing, clichéd as that word may be it was. It was bustling with drinkers at the bar, large groups of diners filling up the booths, couples on dates and every so often a waiter bringing out a dish and igniting it. The menu offers a range of small plates, so we started with a mound of chilli squid, perfectly crisp and […]

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