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The French Riviera comes to The Gherkin

The sun is now setting at 5.30pm, slowly restoring our faith that the winter won’t last forever – we’ll be complaining of sweatbox tubes and hayfever in no time. The first little glimpse of summer is something to get excited about – Searcy’s at The Gherkin are transforming the space into the French Riviera, circa 1950. The era of glamour and sophistication is coming to the London skyline, 180 metres above the city for a six week duration. Walking out of the elevator you’ll be hit by gentle wave noises, palm tree reflections and an abundance of cocktails – you’ll […]

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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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Pop the Question… and the Cork

The month of love will become a whole lot more romantic on Monday when women worldwide can take matters into their own hands and propose to their other halves. A nerve-wracking time for any man, many may be thankful for the chance to be relieved of this duty. 108 Brasserie is giving ladies even more of an incentive to ask the four-word question (no, not “are you cooking dinner?”) with a complimentary bridal Champagne afternoon tea for bridal parties of up to 12 people. The Marylebone restaurant is a suitably special spot for a bride to celebrate her upcoming nuptials; […]

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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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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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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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EGGBREAK: The Second Coming

The humble egg, the star of brunch, the saviour of quick suppers, the superfood that we can actually afford to eat every day and the very reason that Notting Hill restaurant, EGGBREAK exists. Focussing on free-range chicken and the eggs (but unfortunately not answering the which came first chicken or egg question), rare-breed meat and fish caught on day boats; EGGBREAK is having a second coming with a new menu, fresh interiors and a new weekend brunch. Opening on the 9th March, the menu will feature the likes of House shakshuka with spinach and kale, Gloucester Old Spot McMuffins and […]

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American Wine and Steak Dinner

For an American, turning 21 in the French regions of Champagne and Burgundy must be a dream come true. An academic year abroad spent in Champagne and Burgundy in 1974 ignited a passion in a young Jim Clendenen that meant he never returned to law school, instead pursuing a career in wine. We can think of worse places to spend an exchange… His Californian winery Au Bon Climat was the result of such passion, founded in 1982, having since gained international acclaim for it’s ‘classically-styled’ Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay and winning Jim a smattering of awards […]

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