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We Review: Royal Garden Hotel’s Cirque du Soleil Afternoon Tea

What: Cirque du Soleil is back at Royal Albert Hall with OVO so showing some community spirit they have partnered with nearby neighbours, Royal Garden Hotel, for a collaboration which includes a themed afternoon tea. New? The tea launched 7th January and will be available until 4th March, make a meal out of it with Royal Garden Hotel’s OVO package where you get tickets to Cirque du Soleil with an overnight stay, afternoon tea and breakfast. Where? Royal Garden Hotel, 2-24 Kensington High Street, W8 4PT www.royalgardenhotel.co.uk On the menu: The theme for Cirque du Soleil’s new show is the enigma […]

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We Review: Gillray’s Vegan Menu

What: Breaking news – Waterloo-based steakhouse, Gillray’s, has gone vegan! Well not entirely, but they do now have a three-course vegan set menu which is a first for the restaurant and therefore a big deal. They have a fair amount of vegetarian options on their a la carte menu but have now gone the whole hog (excuse the pun) with the new vegan dishes. New? New year, new menu. Head chef, Jamie Welch, created the vegan menu just in time for Veganuary and will as such only be available throughout January 2018. Where? London County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB […]

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We Review: The Waldorf Hilton’s Charleston Tea Dance

What? A Sunday afternoon spent in swinging skirts, learning the Charleston, sipping on Champagne and scoffing down scones (like a lady). New? Far from it. The Waldorf Hilton Tea Dances have been going on for thirty years, and some of their patrons who have been there from the very beginning are still turning up to, ditch their zimmer frames and put on their dancing shoes. Where? At The Waldorf Hilton, Aldwych, WC2B 4DD, www.hilton.com The Look: The tea dance takes place in the Palm Court, a core feature of the hotel ever since it opened back in 1908. The room is bright […]

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We Review: Tea at Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square

What? The 1920s, a time of frivolity post-war, a time when England was recovering from First World War, a time when the likes of Cecil Beaton and Nancy Mitford were at the centre of London’s raucous party scene. It was also the time that the building that the Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square now resides in, was the headquarters for the Port of London Authority. Looking back at its history, the hotel team have now launched an afternoon tea and cocktail menu inspired ‘The Bright Young Things’ (the name given to the It crowd of the day). […]

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We Review: Sunday Brunch at Henrietta Hotel

What? New this year to Covent Garden, Henrietta Hotel has just launched a Sunday brunch, so you can fuel your morning before pottering around the market or for the ultimate Sunday, brunch before heading to a matinee at one of the nearby theatres. New? One of the new hotels to open in 2017, the Henrietta Hotel then joined the brunch game at the start of November. Where? 14-15 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, Wc2E 8QH, www.henriettahotel.com On the Menu: There are a couple of classic brunch dishes like crushed avocado on toast with spring onion and lovage, but you’ll also find the […]

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We Review: Brunch at Ben’s Canteen

What?  Ben’s Canteen was one of the first restaurants I visited when I moved to London, before I worked at The Handbook, before I knew my way round London and before (most likely) I had ever had a proper brunch. Having left Gloucestershire to find my way amongst the gold paved streets of London aka interning and living out of a suitcase, one of my tasks was to go and photograph dishes at Ben’s Canteen for the magazine I was working on. Fast forward to now and I am back several years later, having eaten at Ben’s Canteen several times, […]

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We Review: Galvin at Windows

What? Interestingly, there’s one guest who’ll never be visiting Galvin At Windows: The Queen. That’s because it’s the only building that The Queen refuses to ever enter. Stringfellows and Spearmint Rhino – she’s not come off the fence, but London Hilton Park Lane (on top of which Galvin is balanced) is where she draws the regal line. The hotel was put up in the ‘60s and against the express wishes of the monarch, given that it soars above Buckingham Palace and offers guests untrammelled views into her garden. The hotel itself has a real corporate feel, you can guarantee that you’ll […]

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We Review Perrier-Jouët Christmas Afternoon Tea

What? To celebrate Christmas and that joy everyone feels when you hear the sound of a cork being popped, Palm Court at The Langham has joined up with Perrier-Jouët has created an afternoon tea that pairs each course with a different glass of Champagne. New? Yes, the tea launched at the end of November and will be running until the 1st January 2018, so you’ll need to book quickly. Book it as a way to relax after what will most likely be an experience close to hell – Christmas shopping on Oxford Street, or do as we did and skip […]

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We Review: The Habit

What? A little cosy bistro with a lot to say. New? The Restaurant itself has been open for a while, and in light of their Brunch and Lunch menus doing so well, they are now launching their new dinner menu for Friday and Saturday evenings. Where? 60 Nunhead Lane, SE15 3QE, www.thehabitlondon.co.uk On the Menu: The Habit, has created quite the reputation as a fabulous place to stumble out of bed for some brunch or lunch. Now it is on the verge of breaking in to the dinner market. With a diverse range of dishes, many suitable for vegetarians such […]

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We Review: Canova Hall

What? Canova Hall has come to Brixton, turning what was once Le Bon Marche, Britiain’s first department store, into a new venue, whilst managing to keep the timeless feel of an old market canteen. New? …ish. It officially opened its doors on the 22nd August 2017. Three months later and it still has that new and excited buzz about it, with its happy crowds and waiters rushed off their feet. Where? 250 Ferndale Road, Brixton, Sw9 8BQ, www.canovahall.com On the Menu: Having imported their authentic wood oven all the way from Modena Italy, you can expect some exceptional pizzas that promise […]

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We Review Minnow

What? Is there a better way to spend a Sunday than having a lie in, going for a walk in the crisp winter sun (albeit through the air polluted streets of London) and rounding it off with a big roast for lunch? Because right now I can’t think of one. I’ve waited all summer to be able to feast on Yorkshire puddings and the time has finally come, so having a free weekend I did just that and headed to Minnow. New? Relatively, it opened back in July, the Sunday roasts, however, are new for autumn. Where? Minnow, 21 The Pavement, […]

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We Review Q Brunch at Quaglino’s

What? Quaglino’s boozy Q brunch has been given an update and with no plans for the day, we took to Mayfair to indulge. New? Certainly not, Quaglino’s has 88 years of heritage behind it, having first opened in 1929. Visited by the Queen in 1953 and subsequently by the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Helena Christensen, Quaglino’s is known for its decadence, opulence and fun atmosphere. Back in 2014 it reopened following a £3m refurbishment and since whilst the Queen might not have been, Prince Harry has. Where? 16 Bury Street, Mayfair, SW1Y 6AJ, www.quaglinos-restaurant.co.uk On the Menu: Much more […]

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