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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: 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 Rooftop Restaurant: Il Tetto

What? Collaborating once more with renowned restaurateur, Des McDonald, Selfridges has opened their next rooftop restaurant, which this time is transporting diners to Italy, with a taste of traditional, rustic, neighbourhood restaurants. New? Relatively, it opened at the start of October, as one of Selfridges’ changing rooftop restaurants, it will be there for a year-long residency. Where?  On the roof of Selfridges (it has its own separate lift inside), you find it at  400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB, www.iltetto.co.uk On the Menu: Overseen by Head Chef Luca Terraneo the menu is classically Italian. You’ll find pizzas from traditional pizza ovens with […]

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We Review Manetta’s Bar at Flemings Mayfair

What? Your latest haunt for drinks when  you need a little luxury. New? Yes and no…The bar was opened in the 1930’s as Manetta’s but after a while the bar lost its name and it rather faded into the background. However, with the refurbishment of Flemings and with the introduction of restaurant, Ormer Mayfair by Shaun Rankin, Manetta’s was brought back to life and even given its own entrance on Clarges Street. Where? Hidden away beneath Flemings Mayfair, this is your new secret ‘in-the-know’ bar in Mayfair: 39 Clarges Street, Mayfair, W1J 7EW, www.flemings-mayfair.co.uk On the Menu: Having drawn in a […]

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We Review: Vegan Street Food in Camden

What: So it turns out that Camden Market is much more than a thriving metropolis for overpriced goth wear, dubious looking drug alternatives and cheap fast food. Not only have their food stalls improved overall, from which they are part of 1000 plus stalls, but the vegan offerings are plentiful and varied. New? Hardly, Inverness Street in Camden Town started selling local foodstuffs from the beginning of the 20th century. It expanded in 1974 to include a small weekly crafts market that operated every Sunday near Camden Lock which then developed into a large complex of markets that over a […]

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We Review The Frog By Adam Handling

What? Having made a name for himself by winning whole host of awards and for creating officially (not so officially) the best dish in London- the cheese and truffle doughnuts, Adam Handling opened his second restaurant and the flagship site for the group: Frog by Adam Handling. A more grown up affair than Frog E1 this new site even has a hidden bar below the restaurant, Eve. New? Yes, it opened mid-September of this year. Where? Part of the group of restaurants that has taken Covent Garden from tourist destination to foodie hub, you’ll find Frog By Adam Handling just […]

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We Review: Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell’s New Afternoon Tea

What?  Your great aunt Wilhelmina* has called, she is putting on an afternoon tea and has invited that you join her in her Georgian townhouse, for sandwiches, scones and of course an alcoholic tipple or two. New? Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell isn’t, but the tea is relatively new. During the summer, Benjamin Boeynaems (previously the head chef at Goring Hotel) joined the team as head chef and created a new afternoon tea based on both Aunt Wilhelmina and Uncle Seymour – who lives at Zetter Town House Marylebone. Where?  Just off Clerkenwell Road, Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell sits on the edge of […]

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We Review Behind This Wall

What? An underground cocktail den in Hackney, Behind This Wall is as cool and intriguing as the name suggests. New? After a successful stint as a 4-month summer pop-up, it went permanent in early 2016, taking over the site of a former Turkish social club. Where? Behind This Wall, 411 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1HY www.behindthiswall.com On the Menu: Cocktails are the name of the game but don’t go looking for a mojito. Instead you’ll find ingredients like dehydrated broccoli, saline water and oysters… and yes, those are in the drinks. Ingredients are seasonal and steer well clear of anything artificial […]

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We Review Cub, Mr Lyan’s New Restaurant

What? Cub is the highly anticipated restaurant from Ryan Chetiyawardana (aka Mr Lyan), his team and Doug McMaster of Brighton’s pioneering zero-waste restaurant Silo. Here, as with Silo, the focus is on sustainability both in the dishes and in the interiors. Its other quest is to blur the boundaries between food and drink. Whilst blurring food and drink might sound (dare I say it) pretentious, in reality what it means is that drinks aren’t just there to accompany or elevate dishes, they are served in their own right, sometimes without food. New? Yes, it only opened last month. Where? Taking […]

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We Review Bronte

What: Pan-Asian cuisine in the heart of Charing Cross; the name is from the first Duke of Bronte otherwise known as Lord Nelson of Trafalgar whose statue is located mere metres away from the restaurant. If that ever comes up in pub quiz remember to credit us with that titbit of knowledge. New? It’s survived it’s first year, having opened in July 2016. Where? The Grand Building, 1-3 Strand, WC2N 5EJ www.bronte.co.uk On the Menu: If you go at breakfast you can expect more of a European feel to the menu than pan-Asian with salmon and scrambled eggs, and light fluffy buttermilk pancakes […]

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