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Epic SANA Algarve

Well we are now in summer. Supposedly. When the sun shines, London really comes into its own, with the roof tops, terraces and parks bustling, but when the weather is like this, sometimes you just need to get out of London and find the sun. Situated just off Falesia Beach, Albufeira and within in easy reach of Faro, set in a spacious 8 hectares of land, the hotel is the newest  in the SANA collection and is aptly named Epic, because 1) it is and 2) it is one of their 5* hotels (the hotels range from SANA style to […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Keeping it Simple at Hot Pink Grill

Hot Pink Grill has a simple menu idea complete with fresh, uncomplicated ingredients and an eco friendly approach to producing the food. Diners pick from a selection of 12 mains, divided into 4 categories; meat, chicken, fish and vegetarian. They then add one of six sides and an option of either Garlic & Herb, BBQ, Spicy Pink or Hot Pink Pesto sauce. When The Handbook checked out the latest addition to the Wimbledon Broadway we selected the Half chicken with Sweet potato fries and Spicy Pink sauce as well as the Halloumi & 7 Veg Stack (grilled halloumi, red/yellow pepper, aubergine, […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Keeping it Simple at Hot Pink Grill

Hot Pink Grill has a simple menu idea complete with fresh, uncomplicated ingredients and an eco friendly approach to producing the food. Diners pick from a selection of 12 mains, divided into 4 categories; meat, chicken, fish and vegetarian. They then add one of six sides and an option of either Garlic & Herb, BBQ, Spicy Pink or Hot Pink Pesto sauce. When The Handbook checked out the latest addition to the Wimbledon Broadway we selected the Half chicken with Sweet potato fries and Spicy Pink sauce as well as the Halloumi & 7 Veg Stack (grilled halloumi, red/yellow pepper, aubergine, […]

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Openings & Launches

Summer Screenings

It’s summer screening time again. Bluebird Chelsea is erecting its annual big telly in the King’s Road courtyard and over in Shoreditch at the Aubin cinema, Soho House and Bombay Sapphire are launching the next instalment of their Edible Cinema series. Kicking things off it Chelsea, on 24 June is The Great Gatsby Screening at Bluebird. Promising to be the hottest alfresco cinema in town, Moet & Chandon Champagne usherettes will be handing out Moet Minis as well as salty popcorn cornets. The Café & Courtyard menu will also be available, not to mention the roaring all day BBQ. Booking […]

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Openings & Launches

VOC

VOC Punch House and cocktail bar in King’s Cross’ Varnishers Yard, is expanding its offering this Friday with the opening of brand new restaurant, VOC Grill which promises to help soak up some of the alcohol you might consume at the original. All that and late opening hours, an attractive courtyard area and a large cigar selection too… Promising to continue the ethos of the Dutch East India Company, or Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (VOC), after which the venue is named, the restaurant pays homage to the original trail finding pioneers who scoured the east for new tastes, exotic flavours and […]

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Roaring 20s Afternoon Tea at Season

“I’m going to call up Daisy tomorrow and invite her over here to tea.” It’s the moment where Daisy and Great Gatsby first set eyes on each other after several years, afternoon tea at Nick Carraway’s house. And so with London celebrating Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of the infamous book it seems only proper that there is at least one afternoon tea honouring this both poignant, and humorous moment in the book. Step in Harvey Nichols and Season at the Fifth Floor with their opulent ‘Roaring 20s Afternoon Tea’. Gatsby sends flowers to decorate Nick’s house, and whilst his were over […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Roaring 20s Afternoon Tea at Season

“I’m going to call up Daisy tomorrow and invite her over here to tea.” It’s the moment where Daisy and Great Gatsby first set eyes on each other after several years, afternoon tea at Nick Carraway’s house. And so with London celebrating Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of the infamous book it seems only proper that there is at least one afternoon tea honouring this both poignant, and humorous moment in the book. Step in Harvey Nichols and Season at the Fifth Floor with their opulent ‘Roaring 20s Afternoon Tea’. Gatsby sends flowers to decorate Nick’s house, and whilst his were over […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Mambo on Tour comes to Pacha London

When it comes to partying in the summer, there is only one destination: Ibiza. But what if you can’t leave London to get to the white isle? Well fear not, Cafe Mambo Ibiza has just announced that they are bringing the ‘Mambo Tour’ back to Pacha London. For one night only Mambo will be bringing the best of the Ibiza  vibes and club scene to London and letting you relive sunsets and parties of summers gone by  with ‘We Are In London’. Pacha’s Mambo resident, Matthew Charles and special guest Kaz James will be taking to the decks to ensre […]

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Openings & Launches

Grain Store

Just opened yesterday is Bruno Loubet’s new King’s Cross venture, The Grain Store – influenced by the chef’s extensive travels and the years dedicated to his beloved vegetable patch. Although many dishes have a meat or fish element, the menu gives vegetables equal billing, if not the starring role. Fermented, sprouting, pickled and smoked ingredients feature alongside the fresh and the seasonal. Dishes include Sprouting beans and seeds, miso aubergine, crispy citrus chicken skin, potato wafer Courgette, broad bean and prawn falafel, raita; Vegetable merguez, aromatic vegetables and preserved lemon salad; Chilled lobster ‘Bloody Mary’; Sticky rice, kimchi cabbage and […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Head Over To Alice’s House

The Alice House in Queens Park is an upmarket pub that is helping to shed the old fashioned image of dingy, derelict pubs where no one under the age of 30 dare enter. It sits on the corner of Salusbury Road a mere 5 minute drive from its sister pub, The Alice House in West Hampstead. Inside are various sofas and dining areas to relax with a spider like mash of wires creating a beautiful lighting fixture covering the ceilings. The food here is simple but exquisite and definitely does not disappoint. The Pea mousse starter was a simple idea […]

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