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The afternoon tea putting our sweet tooth to the test

What: Whilst the Mayfair hotel isn’t the best foodie destination, they certainly put on a spread that was extravagant. The super fun experience boasted the perfect afternoon tea experience for those with a sweet tooth and/or love a glass of champers on a weekend (so, everyone?!). The Chesterfield in Mayfair has introduced an afternoon tea that champions penny sweets and red and white striped style shenanigans, filled to the brims with cake versions of our favourites, from cola slices to Reeses cups, to fruit salad tea. New? Yes, but sticking around for the foreseeable – pretty sweet, right? First Impression: The […]

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A Taste of Summer at Galvin HOP

What: Galvin restaurants have a certain notoriety about them, scattered across metropoli (is that a word?) inclusive of London and decadent Dubai. This time however, it was the turn of Galvin HOP located in Spital Square, to sample their aptly timed Taste of Summer Menu, curated by Executive Head Chef Zac Whittle. The Setting: Galvin restaurants were established by Chris and Jeff Galvin in 2005, and so there’s quite an establishment and warmth surrounding them. We got this sense especially, walking through Spital Square on a warm summer evening, the chatter from the restaurant wafting towards us in ebbs and […]

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Is this Covent Garden’s Cosiest Coffee Haunt?

What: Imagine the homeliest of café’s and Abuelo, meaning ‘grandfather’ in Spanish is at the forefront of the mind. The coffee house and kitchen, is a haven of calm and tranquillity in a tourist-trap laden Covent Garden in the height of summer. It’s a café that makes you wish it was winter to nestle up amongst the billowing foliage and wooden interiors with a hot-chocolate and knitted jumper, and it’s a place that makes you thankful for the summer, to lap up the spontaneity of boozy BYOB nights. Abuelo is the brainchild of two hospitality in-the-knowers, who, after designing other […]

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Bottomless Crab Mac n Cheese at Claw

What: I rather like Mondays, I think they get a rough deal, sure we can complain about Mondays saying they are reason we are tired and down, actually it’s more likely that the reason you’re tired is because of Saturday and Sunday. Mondays are the start of a new week, the day we all say we’re going to not procrastinate at work, we will bring our lunch in and we will make it to the gym, a day of new possibilities. It’s also the day that many restaurants lure as in with wonderful deals, to cheer up our days and […]

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We Review Café Forty One’s Vegan Afternoon Tea

What: La Suite West has always had a vegan restaurant but things have taken a sweeter turn as they have replaced it with London’s first vegan French patisserie, Café Forty One. Although there is an emphasis on sweeter foods like afternoon tea and daily pastries, it is still very much a restaurant and has a savoury menu. New? Café Forty One launched 11th July 2018. On The Menu: Head Chef Clarisse Flon, a speciality vegan chef, is in charge of the menu which has the likes of Chipotle cheese with caramelised onion chutney and rocket on rye bread and a Brioche […]

Hotels

A Hotel For Convenience: Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport

What: Say you’re catching a flight from Stansted Airport, say Stansted Airport is 2 hours from where you live, say you’re me. This was my predicament a few weeks ago, except that my flight was at 7am, so between the 2-hour recommended time of arrival before a flight plus my 2-hour journey there I was looking at waking up at 3am – no thank you. That’s where the clever business of airport hotels comes to the rescue, in this case Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport where I decided to stay before my flight. First Impression: Although a 2-hour journey […]

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The Veganning of Something New at Bob Bob Ricard

What: The famed ‘press for Champagne’ restaurant in Soho, Bob Bob Ricard, was the subject of my foodie attention on a Tuesday evening. A stalk on Instagram was enough to excite, wowed by the glitz and glam. I’d gone to try out the new vegan dishes Bob Bob has just introduced which dropped on the A La Carte menu circa 17th July, accompanied by lover of all things vegan, colleague Charlotte. Luxe is at the helm of this stalwart restaurant positioned down a side-street of sexy Soho. The Setting: It’s one of Soho’s most insta-d locations so expectations were thriving, but […]

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Health & Wellness

We Review St. James’s Hotel and Club ‘Happiness in the City’ Package

What: City life is busy, busy, busy; people are always in a rush with deadlines to meet and social lives to try and keep fulfilled – so it’s no wonder that the wellness movement is on the rise, with Londoners desperate to maintain a sense of harmony. There’s nothing like a touch of luxury to help one feel relaxed so St. James’s Hotel and Club has created a Happiness in the City package which includes an overnight stay in a Deluxe Room, the wellness breakfast for two people and a 90-minute Connock body treatment from Perfect 10 Black Label for […]

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Summer Menus and St Germain Cocktails: We Review Dalloway Terrace

What: Normally London’s terraces promise to transport us to different countries, with themed cocktails, dishes and decorations but our whether makes it nigh on impossible to imagine. Not this summer though, we really have been living in a hot country, so when Dalloway Terrace said that they would be bringing the south of France to London with their new installation, they weren’t actually too far out. New? Dalloway Terrace itself isn’t having been on a constant on Instagram feeds since it opened back in March 2016, but it’s new summer floral installation started this month. The Setting: Despite being just […]

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Pizarro: The Spanish Staple That Proves Older is Often Wiser

What: Desayuna mucho, come más, cena poco y vivirás – no, The Handbook hasn’t turned Spanish, but has instead visited Pizarro, a restaurant by the man, the myth, the legend José Pizarro, and now we can’t get all things España out of our minds. The restaurant opened in 2011, and has since become a Bermondsey staple, named after José’s grandpops and is now one of three, sitting snug between first venture José Tapas Bar and a 2015 opening in Broadgate Circle. That intro phrase translates, roughly: eat a big breakfast, have a bigger lunch, have a light dinner and you will live […]

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