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Fashionably Gluten-Free Tea

Two days to go before London Fashion Week and we all know that we can’t possibly be fashionable unless we’re cutting gluten from our diets – whether for medical or vanity reasons. So Michelin-starred chef William Drabble of the five star St James’ Hotel & Club has devised a gluten-free afternoon tea launching on Friday. We’re talking airy macaroons layered with fresh raspberries; delicate fancies embellished with seasonal berries; corset-friendly chocolate mousse cake; light lemon drizzle cake; and even scones dressed with clotted cream and a rich homemade strawberry preserve. there's also gluten-free bread in the wafer thin sandwiches. £19pp […]

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Double Detox

January detox not gone so well? Or maybe this is just a pre-emptive strike but until the end of February, The Club and Spa at the 5* London Marriott Hotel County Hall has rather a good offer going on. Its 2 for 1 Detox Spa Day features an invigorating gym and 60 minute power plate session; 30 minute health check, blood pressure, heart rate and BMI consultation and 60 minute holistic Dr Murad treatment from a menu including the luxurious Resurgence Renewal Facial or (depending on how hard you’ve gone in the gym) the Deep Tissue Massage might be the […]

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Brilliant Burgers at Blue Boar

The Handbook team headed over to Blue Boar smokehouse to try out their great menu which is inspired by American pit masters but uses only the best British ingredients, think pulled pork, burgers, and steaks. The restaurant itself is dark, with low lighting and decorated with little nods to its American and British inspirations. We started with grilled Caesar salad and the sautéed mushrooms with crispy duck eggs. Both were delicious although the Caesar salad which rather than being tossed together as they usually are came as baby gem lettuce split in half, drizzled in the dressing and parmesan, one […]

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Brilliant Burgers at Blue Boar

The Handbook team headed over to Blue Boar smokehouse to try out their great menu which is inspired by American pit masters but uses only the best British ingredients, think pulled pork, burgers, and steaks. The restaurant itself is dark, with low lighting and decorated with little nods to its American and British inspirations. We started with grilled Caesar salad and the sautéed mushrooms with crispy duck eggs. Both were delicious although the Caesar salad which rather than being tossed together as they usually are came as baby gem lettuce split in half, drizzled in the dressing and parmesan, one […]

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Celebrate Valentine’s all weekend with Aurelia

Why should Valentine's be restricted to one day only? Couples have the chance to celebrate their love all weekend, as the Mediterranean restaurant Aurelia extends its special Valentine's menu! Enjoy exotic offerings such as Warm Baby Octopus Salad or Duck Terrine with Prune Compote & Pan Brioche, and lavish your taste buds with luxury dishes such as Lobster Risotto or Foie Gras and Olives Stuffed Roast Baby Chicken. Don’t forget the dessert – a staple in any romantic dinner date. Fall in love over Chocolate Mousse with Raspberry and a Wild Strawberry Soufflé. Mediterranean cuisine is for lovers of food, and […]

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London Theatre Springing to Life

London theatre has been blessed this year with a spectacular season ahead. As per usual the influence of Shakespeare is seen across the board. Adrian Lester takes to the stage in Othello, James McAvoy returns to the title role in Macbeth while Francis Barber and Harriet Walter are currently to be seen in an all-female version of Julius Caesar at the Donmar. One of the more whimsical takes on the bards words is Kiss Me Kate, a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew, which stars Adam Garcia. London is also teeming with modern drama. Old Times, starring Rufus […]

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Selvedge Launches Pop-up Shop at Anthropologie

Anthroplogie is collaborating with Selvedge, the fine textiles magazine, and opening it's doors for a combination of skilled craftspeople and a collection of sewing supplies. Between the 14th February to 29th March The Gallery at Anthropologie will be transformed into a traditional haberdashery with a twist, filled with Selvedge dry goods. At the Launch on Valentine's day guests are invited to shop and socialise with a chance to meet the Selvidge team and create a butterfly corsage to take home. A couple of weeks later, on the 22th-23rd March, the Selvedge Spring Fair takes place in Chelsea Old Town Hall. The two-day event […]

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Fashion Paradise

With London Fashion Week kicking off this Friday, Paradise by way of Kensal Green, has created a tongue-in-cheek cocktail list celebrating the best of our home-grown talent and sure to quench your love for both fashion and booze. Fizz fans can opt for The Daphne Guinness – served in a Champagne glass half Guinness with a Champagne and raspberry top – or if you’re feeling fruity, The Rose Huntington Whiteley should do nicely. It’s made from Sipsmith Gin, dry Vermouth, lemon juice, apricot jam, Grenadine, and garnished with a cherry. There’s also The Stella (Artois) McCartney and The Laura (Baileys). […]

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La Dolce Domenica

Knightsbridge's luxurious The Bulgari Hotel & Residences is launching an Italian-themed Sunday brunch and movie experience, commencing Sunday 24 February. The brunch buffet and á la carte menu will be available in Il Ristorante between noon and 2.30pm, after which guests will be invited to kick back with one of two complimentary movie screenings in the hotel’s state-of-the-art, 47-seat Cinema. Following a signature Bloody Mary, Mimosa or glass of Prosecco, guests can get stuck into a buffet fresh fruits, smoothies and juices, artisan breads and pastries, Italian cheeses and hams and decadent desserts from Amedei Chocolate Mousse to Tiramisu, Baba […]

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Café de Paris

‘Le Chat Noir’ was the original cabaret, grown in late 19th century Paris. In a blast from the past, the West End club Café de Paris hosts its English cousin, the Black Cat Cabaret; re-igniting the spirit of the first shows over a hundred years ago. Stepping into the nightclub is to be swallowed by an elegant, opulent whale. Descend down a curved staircase into the Titanic ballroom, a sparkling cavern of velvet and gold. Large tables are laid out for the show, and if a couple, you are seated with other couples – getting to know them is part […]

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Barts boycotts Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is looming, for some it is a day to indulge in and be spoilt, for others it is that last minute tacky card and flowers from a garage, and for others it is a day to be dreaded as you drown your sorrows in the nearest bar. Well this year Barts have had enough, they are boycotting celebrating just Valentine’s Day rather the speakeasy styled bar is running a month of good old fashioned, laid back fun. They have installed a secret message board on the French windows where you can write your secrets, tell your loved how much they […]

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Get ready for Goat

Shedding its boots the well established pub the Goat in Boots on Fulham road and is getting it ready for its relaunch as a restaurant, all day lounge and cocktail bar, simply named Goat, this spring. Owners Tim Cunliffe, Steve and Katia Manktelow have taken the 350 year old site and are transforming it with classic tiles and layered textures to give it a more contemporary feel. And with Finch Interiors, the guys behind The Breakfast Club, at the helm we are expecting great things! Head chef Marco Muselli who has previously worked at Mirabelle and with Malmaison will be […]

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