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Cocktails at St James Bar: Review

When The Handbook heard that Sofitel St James had recently launched its spring/summer cocktail menu we knew that we just had to go and try it out. So on a Tuesday evening we escaped the bustle of Piccadilly, headed over to the hotel and took a seat in the decadent St James Bar. The bar draws inspiration from Coco Chanel’s 1920’s apartment, with a décor of Shagreen and kinon topped tables, dark hues, French antique gilt chairs and low sofas and dusky lighting. It’s intimate without being overbearing; quiet without it feeling awkward and at 7pm there was of mix […]

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Vivo: Review

Sometimes it is best to keep things simple. Sometimes you just want good food without the fuss and that is exactly what Vivo are doing over in Islington. So The Handbook headed to the all-day café and bakery to try out the Italian food. We wanted to sit on the roof terrace, a hidden space at the back which would have been beautiful had the sun been shining but the strong winds and chill in the air meant that we settled for downstairs; the upside being that we didn’t have to grapple with our trays of food up the stairs, […]

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Win Tickets to the Launch of Jenius Social

For anyone who is even a little bit interested in food, a new haven has opened in Islington, called ‘Jenius Social’ which provides somewhere for people to talk, share and over food, and we have five  tickets to give away for the launch! It will be providing daily food adventures which include supper clubs, cookery classes, and special events, such as a cocktail dating master class where you can learn how to make a perfect cocktail and meet your perfect match all in one night! Not forgetting there will also be an on-site deli and shop too! What more could […]

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Hey Presto, it’s Vegusto!

Calling all vegetarians and vegans, the holy grail of animal free products is here in the form of the award winning brand Vegusto! Originating in Switzerland, they create delicious, healthy food, free from damaging products like Cholesterol, Phosphate, Palm Oil, Sugar, Soya, and GMO. If you are a meat eater and the idea of eating vegan food has your taste buds recoiling in horror then fear not, Vegusto has cast their magic wand over their products to have them tasting as delicious as possible. They have even won awards for their flavourful food including the Great Taste Gold Star Award […]

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The Goring: Review

Since its opening in 1910 (when the price of  a room was just 7s 6d, the equivalent of 37p!), The Goring has become a quintessential part of luxury London. The family run hotel has continually been named as the top hotel in London and indeed in Europe. Having become synonymous with the Royal family, in 2010 it was granted a Royal Warrant for Hospitality Services by Her Majesty The Queen. But now they have something new to celebrate, the arrival of new chef Shay Cooper whose aim is to take the menu to the next level and so The Handbook […]

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The Goring: Review

Since its opening in 1910 (when the price of  a room was just 7s 6d, the equivalent of 37p!), The Goring has become a quintessential part of luxury London. The family run hotel has continually been named as the top hotel in London and indeed in Europe. Having become synonymous with the Royal family, in 2010 it was granted a Royal Warrant for Hospitality Services by Her Majesty The Queen. But now they have something new to celebrate, the arrival of new chef Shay Cooper whose aim is to take the menu to the next level and so The Handbook […]

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Cheyne Walk Brasserie Afternoon Tea

Chelsea favourite, Cheyne Walk Brasserie, has recently joined the afternoon tea brigade and so The Handbook went down to check it out. And, well, we were expecting a little bit more. Whilst the restaurant has a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, upstairs was a little more subdued – it had the air of a waiting room – carpeted floor, a few sofas around small low tables and most importantly seeing as there were only four of us in there, no music or back ground noise, just an odd ticking that made it sound like it was raining heavily outside. But in true […]

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Cheyne Walk Brasserie Afternoon Tea

Chelsea favourite, Cheyne Walk Brasserie, has recently joined the afternoon tea brigade and so The Handbook went down to check it out. And, well, we were expecting a little bit more. Whilst the restaurant has a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, upstairs was a little more subdued – it had the air of a waiting room – carpeted floor, a few sofas around small low tables and most importantly seeing as there were only four of us in there, no music or back ground noise, just an odd ticking that made it sound like it was raining heavily outside. But in true […]

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Pont St at Belgraves Hotel Review

Pont ST at Belgraves Hotel is a restaurant that promises beautifully prepared seasonal fare in a beautiful Knightsbridge location, it was established as a replacement to the hotel’s previous HIX Belgravia. With a kitchen headed by Sophie Michell of TV’s ‘Cook Yourself Thin’ fame, she promises a ‘distinct style’ of light seafood, drawing inspiration from Californian, Australian and Mediterranean sources. Based around seasonal fare, done simply, this passion for food suggested an eclectic range of dishes which piqued our curiosity instantly. Coupled with an interior, designed by Tara Bernerd, the venue promised an elegant evening ahead. With our expectations well and […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Pont St at Belgraves Hotel Review

Pont ST at Belgraves Hotel is a restaurant that promises beautifully prepared seasonal fare in a beautiful Knightsbridge location, it was established as a replacement to the hotel’s previous HIX Belgravia. With a kitchen headed by Sophie Michell of TV’s ‘Cook Yourself Thin’ fame, she promises a ‘distinct style’ of light seafood, drawing inspiration from Californian, Australian and Mediterranean sources. Based around seasonal fare, done simply, this passion for food suggested an eclectic range of dishes which piqued our curiosity instantly. Coupled with an interior, designed by Tara Bernerd, the venue promised an elegant evening ahead. With our expectations well and […]

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