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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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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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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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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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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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Q-Jazz Nights at Purl

Earlier this week The Handbook headed to speakeasy Purl for a little bit of Monday night jazz and Quintessentially vodka cocktails! Situated beneath Blandford Street – Purl is a wonderful Victorian-esque den and mishmash of ornate glass tables, low – lighting, chandeliers, wing -back chairs, chintzy lamps, sofas and dark corners perfect for being secretive in on dates; or depending on how your date is going – hiding from them! Their cocktails are wonderfully inventive – forget your usual champagne cocktail or daiquiri, these are masterpieces in comparison. Some are served in picnic hampers with scones, some are charged with […]

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Q-Jazz Nights at Purl

Earlier this week The Handbook headed to speakeasy Purl for a little bit of Monday night jazz and Quintessentially vodka cocktails! Situated beneath Blandford Street – Purl is a wonderful Victorian-esque den and mishmash of ornate glass tables, low – lighting, chandeliers, wing -back chairs, chintzy lamps, sofas and dark corners perfect for being secretive in on dates; or depending on how your date is going – hiding from them! Their cocktails are wonderfully inventive – forget your usual champagne cocktail or daiquiri, these are masterpieces in comparison. Some are served in picnic hampers with scones, some are charged with […]

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Asia de Cuba Bento Box Review

Back by popular demand, Asia de Cuba in St Martins Lane  has recently re-launched their classic Bento boxes, so of course The Handbook went down to check it out. We arrived on a Saturday afternoon to find the restaurant was quickly filling up, we took our seats, ordered a large glass of white wine and got to ordering. As is the nature of Bento boxes they are a brilliant way to try a little bit of this and a little bit of that without eating so much you feel uncomfortably full  and at Asia de Cuba there is a choice […]

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Far Rockaway Review

The first thing that struck us about Far Rockaway was its size – it is vast, a mix of low tables, high  tables, little tables, trestle tables, sofas and bars, the next thing we  noticed was just how colourful it was. Every inch is decorated, whether it is graffiti art, skateboards lining the bar, neon lit up signs huge murals of world leaders or the album artwork that is plastered all over the bathroom walls.  And yet somehow it wasn’t overwhelming or garish which is always a bonus. The menu is unashamedly American, no fine dining here – just lots […]

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Rextail Review

On one of those truly grey nights that only London can produce, Mayfair restaurant Rextail seemed the perfect place for The Handbook to hide out in. Shouldered in between Brown’s hotel and the Royal Arcade on Albermarle Street we headed down a small flight of stairs and into a chicly lit basement space where our coats were taken and we suddenly remembered the perfect cure for drizzly nights – cocktails, tapas and a healthy dose of people watching. Luckily Rextail offered all three. Seated at one of the individual place settings along an enormous black bar we took in what […]

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