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Mamounia Lounge: Review

Last week The Handbook headed over to Curzon Street in Mayfair to Mamounia Lounge, the second Mamounia (the first being in Knightsbridge) to try out their Middle Eastern cuisine. Going on first impressions had we not known about the restaurant below we would have probably kept walking passed it. The terrace in front of the restaurant was filled people smoking shisha, nothing wrong in that, but it just didn’t reflect the great quality food that was being served downstairs. Once we were inside and down the stairs we were led into the restaurant, which was a mix of small tables, […]

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Charm School comes to The Cadogan Hotel: Review

This week The Handbook went down to the Cadogan Hotel on Sloane Street to take part in Charm School. Run by the Mistress of Manners, Dana, Charm School’s aim is to make sure we all know the correct etiquette when it comes to social situations and modern life. Tuesdays for us normally involve ‘start of the week’ cocktails or mindless television, so we thought we would shake things up a bit and take part in a class all about the art of small talk and professional networking. But don’t be fooled by the words ‘small talk’ or ‘class’ because this […]

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Charm School comes to The Cadogan Hotel: Review

This week The Handbook went down to the Cadogan Hotel on Sloane Street to take part in Charm School. Run by the Mistress of Manners, Dana, Charm School’s aim is to make sure we all know the correct etiquette when it comes to social situations and modern life. Tuesdays for us normally involve ‘start of the week’ cocktails or mindless television, so we thought we would shake things up a bit and take part in a class all about the art of small talk and professional networking. But don’t be fooled by the words ‘small talk’ or ‘class’ because this […]

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Snowflake Luxury Gelato: Review

Last night having found ourselves in Soho, The Handbook decided to defy the cold weather and head to Snowflake for gelato. Having opened at the end of September it is the second boutique, the first having opened in Bayswater. It was all very sleek, minimal with white walls, counters and tables but the splashes of pink stopped it from being hostile or sterile. There were a few high tables, a bar and booths, so if you are like we were and can’t handle the cold outside there is space to sit and indulge. Before you panic and ask ‘why do […]

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The Bull Hotel Review

The Bull in Wrotham, Kent, is a hotel, restaurant and bar that has been around for over six hundred years. It has undergone extensive work to restore its former 14th century glory including exposing the oak beams, the inglenook fireplace and even the war time victory stamps on the ceiling of the restaurant. The hotel may look quaint but guests can still enjoy 21st century perks like free Wi-Fi and TVs in the rooms. The hallways are the last on the list of the hotel to need refurbishing before they meet the standards of the rooms. The room we stayed […]

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The Bull Food Review

The Bull is committed to supporting their local suppliers and sources only the freshest, highest quality ingredients in their restaurant. The menu brings together elements of Kentish, British and European cuisine and varies from classic pub food to a la carte dining suitable from couples to families to enjoy. We decided to pop down and check it out for ourselves! The starter of Pesto linguine was created especially as a smaller main to make up for the lack of vegetarian options in the starter menu but unfortunately there was nothing special about it. It seemed to lack the main ingredient of […]

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The Bull Food Review

The Bull is committed to supporting their local suppliers and sources only the freshest, highest quality ingredients in their restaurant. The menu brings together elements of Kentish, British and European cuisine and varies from classic pub food to a la carte dining suitable from couples to families to enjoy. We decided to pop down and check it out for ourselves! The starter of Pesto linguine was created especially as a smaller main to make up for the lack of vegetarian options in the starter menu but unfortunately there was nothing special about it. It seemed to lack the main ingredient of […]

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12 Days of Christmas Afternoon Tea at the InterContinental Park Lane

The InterContinental Park Lane has just launched its new Christmas afternoon tea and The Handbook chose a suitably cold and wintery afternoon to go and curl up in the Wellington Lounge and check it out. Firstly  the term ‘sink into a chair’ has never been more relevant than in the Wellington Lounge, the chairs engulf you in a sumptuous mass of cushions and soft material, had we the time, we would have never have left them, they were that inviting. But we weren’t there to review the chairs, (had we though top marks all around, 5 out of 5) the […]

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12 Days of Christmas Afternoon Tea at the InterContinental Park Lane

The InterContinental Park Lane has just launched its new Christmas afternoon tea and The Handbook chose a suitably cold and wintery afternoon to go and curl up in the Wellington Lounge and check it out. Firstly  the term ‘sink into a chair’ has never been more relevant than in the Wellington Lounge, the chairs engulf you in a sumptuous mass of cushions and soft material, had we the time, we would have never have left them, they were that inviting. But we weren’t there to review the chairs, (had we though top marks all around, 5 out of 5) the […]

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Review: Est. India

On Saturday evening, The Handbook made a trip South of the river to review Est. India, a newly opened Indian restaurant in Southwark. The décor was fairly standard: minimal and neutral, but modern and clean. When we arrived at 7pm, the restaurant was pretty empty, although it had filled up quite a lot by the time we left. We were seated at a comfortable booth table. To drink, we ordered my favourite, mango lassi, and it didn’t disappoint: deliciously sweet but not overwhelming – the perfect accompaniment to a spicy meal. The menu is extensive, and it took us a […]

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Ballaro Restaurant Review

On Thursday evening, The Handbook headed over to Belsize Park to try out Ballaro, a new Sicilian restaurant that opened earlier this week. Co-owned by renowned Italian chef Carmelo Carnevale, former Head Chef at Novikov, we were very excited to sample his new offerings – needless to say our expectations were very high. We arrived at 7.30pm when the restaurant was in full swing, and, having seen photos of the empty restaurant, we were expecting a contemporary, stylish atmosphere. Designed by Sally Yeoh with a brief of slick London restaurant meets warm, friendly Mediterranean bistro, I was a little underwhelmed: […]

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The Lockhart Review

Last week The Handbook headed over to Marble Arch for a little bit of good old fashioned South Western American food at The Lockhart. We arrived as the restaurant was filling up, a few people at the bar and families and couples around the small white wooden tables which were adorned with mismatch crockery. The restaurant itself is minimal think exposed bricks and wooden floors- yet it is still cosy, with twinkling candles and warm soft lights. We snuck off downstairs to the bar, naturally, to start with cocktails. Forget sugary pinks and chemical greens these cocktails are all about […]

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