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Poppies Camden: Review

Having been nominated for the National Fish and Chips award in 2013 and with its sister restaurant in Spitalfields having won the award this year, we weren’t going to say no to going to Poppies in Camden. So we said goodbye to leafy Fulham and trekked across London in search of the best fish and chips this city has to offer, now I have to mention before we go any further, I adore fish and chips – they would be my choice when it came to my last meal – if I was told I could only eat one thing […]

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Mews of Mayfair Review

The Handbook went to Mews of Mayfair for a little bit of late night dining. When we arrived at Lancashire Court just off New Bond Street, it had all the bustle of a thieves market; there were people everywhere chatting, smoking and getting ready to move on for their night out – drinks firmly in hand. But as we stepped into the door of Mews of Mayfair, climbed the stairs we instantly felt relaxed – as we left the mayhem below and entered the twinkling, quaint brasserie. With low, warm lights, plenty of candles and a simple décor of thick […]

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28-50 Review

28-50 has recently opened its third venue in the heart of Mayfair on Maddox Street which boasts their first ever champagne bar. 28-50’s great reputation precedes it as the venue is buzzing when we arrive, the atmosphere is relaxed and we excitedly settle in to order. The Aubergine with grilled courgettes, marinated peppers and goats curd is a simple but delicious starter; the ingredients were fresh and full of flavour. The Salmon Gravlax served with mustard sauce and sourdough toast was another delicious but safe choice, another venture might see us opting for a more daring starter. For our main […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

28-50 Review

28-50 has recently opened its third venue in the heart of Mayfair on Maddox Street which boasts their first ever champagne bar. 28-50’s great reputation precedes it as the venue is buzzing when we arrive, the atmosphere is relaxed and we excitedly settle in to order. The Aubergine with grilled courgettes, marinated peppers and goats curd is a simple but delicious starter; the ingredients were fresh and full of flavour. The Salmon Gravlax served with mustard sauce and sourdough toast was another delicious but safe choice, another venture might see us opting for a more daring starter. For our main […]

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St. Ermin’s Spring Tea with unlimited bellinis: Review

Last Sunday The Handbook took a little trip to St Ermin's Hotel in St James for a spot of afternoon tea. With it being the first warm day in months and with sun actually shining we found though that the Tea Lounge was a little oppressive and heavy; purpley walls with white gilding, gave way to a brown carpet covered in beige hexagons, whilst the chairs were a print of yellow, grey and brown – a pattern overload so to say.  And yet the china that the tea was served on was light and white, decorated with delicate blue and […]

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The Fable Review

The Fable is part of the Drake and Morgan collection and draws inspiration from Aesop’s fables. The theme isn’t abundantly clear to the untrained eye though but once you start noticing it the subtle touches show through. The most obvious place is in the stairwell which leads between the 3 floors, as the wallpaper is prints of story book pages. A booth in the bottom floor is partially sectioned off by a wall of books and little tags are discreetly hidden around the venue with famous lines from fairy tales written on them. Next to the mezzanine level, carriage wheels […]

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The Fable Review

The Fable is part of the Drake and Morgan collection and draws inspiration from Aesop’s fables. The theme isn’t abundantly clear to the untrained eye though but once you start noticing it the subtle touches show through. The most obvious place is in the stairwell which leads between the 3 floors, as the wallpaper is prints of story book pages. A booth in the bottom floor is partially sectioned off by a wall of books and little tags are discreetly hidden around the venue with famous lines from fairy tales written on them. Next to the mezzanine level, carriage wheels […]

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Boisdale of Belgravia Review

Not just one for trying the latest restaurants, The Handbook headed to one of Belgravia’s classic establishments – Boisdale of Belgravia for a little bit of jazz and a lot of food. With a bright red exterior, inside Boisdales is a mix of a gentlemen’s’ club mixed with a Highland estate library – it was all dark colours,  patterned rugs, stags and tartan; and the tables were filled with business men, a sprinkling of tourists here and there and even a vicar who seemed to be rather enjoying himself. Throughout the night there was the infamous live jazz, which wasn’t […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Boisdale of Belgravia Review

Not just one for trying the latest restaurants, The Handbook headed to one of Belgravia’s classic establishments – Boisdale of Belgravia for a little bit of jazz and a lot of food. With a bright red exterior, inside Boisdales is a mix of a gentlemen’s’ club mixed with a Highland estate library – it was all dark colours,  patterned rugs, stags and tartan; and the tables were filled with business men, a sprinkling of tourists here and there and even a vicar who seemed to be rather enjoying himself. Throughout the night there was the infamous live jazz, which wasn’t […]

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Megaro Bar Review

Hidden away from the hustle and bustle of King’s Cross, underneath the colourfully decorated Megaro Hotel, is Megaro Bar. As soon as you enter the hotel’s restaurant Karpo, you go down the stairs and leave the noise behind as you are welcomed with velvet curtains and dark walls. The whole feel of the venue changes, it has a real speakeasy feel to it, dim lighting and an intimate layout make it perfect for a date. The bar greets you as you enter, to the right is a general seating where you can relax and order food on leather sofas and […]

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