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Awesome Afternoon Teas

Bobbi Brown’s Beautiful Afternoon Tea

We all know afternoon tea is a beautiful thing, and it’s about to get a whole lot more so. The iconic classic beauty brand Bobbi Brown is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and in a very British way: afternoon tea. There’s a chance to be as immaculate and polished as your surroundings when you tuck into your Balthazar afternoon tea, just round the corner from Bobbi Brown’s Covent Garden flagship studio. Oh, and it happens to be one of Bobbi’s favourite restaurants – the New York branch is just round the corner from her office. Having previously paired up […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Star & Garter’s Bottomless Brunch

You know a weekend is off to a good start when Saturday morning involves a bottomless brunch, add in a view of the Thames and perhaps a walk along the river after then you know it’s off to an excellent start.  Star & Garter in Putney is hosting two bottomless brunches next month on the 5th and 19th of March with two sittings, one for the early risers (or early-ish) at 11:30am and one for those who like to take things a little more leisurely at 2pm. The bottomless part of the brunch comes in the form of free-flowing Prosecco […]

Openings & Launches

Café Royal’s Pudding Restaurant

Life is short, you only live once, treat every day like it’s your last– we can give you all the Instagram quotes you like, but what it all boils down to really is: do what makes you happy. You know what makes us happy? Pudding. What we would really like to see is more restaurants dedicated to the sweeter things in life and if you do too then read on, because The Café at Café Royal will be opening daily as a dessert restaurant between 6pm and 10.30pm. So if you have had a tough day at work, you want […]

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The Hospital Club: Asking the Big Questions

Anything that claims it is ‘the best week night you can have without sex’ really backs itself, but if thinking big is your thing and you’re looking for an injection of culture into your life (and aren’t we all?) then Salon London’s claim might just be right. Launching with the tag line ‘A lot more fun than it sounds’ – always promising – the cultural monthly events discuss big ideas in the worlds of science, art and psychology and they have just announced a series of talks at The Hospital Club. Open to members and non-members alike, the three talks […]

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The Most Fashionable Afternoon Tea

London Fashion Week might be finishing today but that doesn’t mean that you have to stop being the sartorial don that you are…the streets are your catwalk and all that. And what isn’t finishing is The Montagu’s Haute -Tea which is running until March 31st. Combining food with all the other things we love, (food and art, food and sport etc) is one of our favourite things, so food and fashion is definitely up there. With a client list that includes the likes of Dita Von Teese, Kylie Minogue and Diana Ross, designer Antony Price has teamed up with The […]

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Gluten-Free Cookery Masterclasses

If any of you saw the recent Channel 4 Supershoppers programme, you will have seen it name and shame brands for (amongst other things) claiming gluten-free credentials but that actually never included gluten anyway – it’s basically like sticking a ‘gluten-free’ sticker on a banana and charging twice the price. Heading to this mind-boggling aisle in the supermarket may make you feel healthy but if you really just want to know what’s in your food without the distracting packaging, why not just make it yourself? The next issue is the mound of Deliciously/Wonderfully/Honestly gluten-free recipe books and millions of Google search results. Stop. Keep […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Best Bars to Celebrate National Margarita Day

Today is suddenly a whole lot better when you realise that it’s National Margarita Day! Whether you sip, slurp or shot yours, that first sip is to be savoured once you’ve survived the first day of the week. We have rounded up the best happy hours, masterclasses and most imaginative margaritas in town for you to celebrate this day appropriately.

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Openings & Launches

Foley’s Opens in Fitzrovia

Right now it might be hard to be imagine summer, although today is National Margarita Day so you know grab a glass and the tequila, get in the summer mood, it’s a Monday you deserve it.* When summer does come however, it will arrive with the opening of Foley’s, a new restaurant serving up Modern World dishes. It will of course be opening in Fitzrovia (read about the latest Fitzrovia offerings here, here and here) – it really is the area of the moment. Head Chef Mitz Vora (previously Sous Chef at The Palomar) will be bringing eclectic flavours together […]

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Michelin-starred dining at Selfridges

The familiar will meet the unfamiliar when Michelin-starred Kei Kobayashi hosts a one-off lunch at Aubaine in Selfridges for not-your-average Monday lunch. Whilst the rest of us are queuing in Pret or microwaving the soup we made at the weekend (thrifty) you could be enjoying a 6-course French/Japanese fusion menu and petits fours. The experience will be even better if you don’t have to return to the office by plumping for the wine pairing option but actually, on second thoughts, spreadsheets might be a whole lot more fun a few glasses later. If you haven’t been, the Aubaine in Selfridge’s […]

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German Gymnasium’s New Afternoon Tea

Here at The Handbook we’re a sucker for a new afternoon tea, if it’s sandwiches and cakes in miniature form then sign us right up! Joining the afternoon tea brigade is German Gymnasium, who will be launching their afternoon tea tomorrow. When you think of Germany you might not think of cake, you’re more likely to think of beer, bratwurst, pretzels and sauerkraut, but they’re pretty big on their cakes too. Starting at 4pm with the German tradition of Kaffee and Kuchen, the afternoon tea menu is split into two teas; The German, which features sandwiches filled with the likes […]

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