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The Handbook Reviews the Menu Deluxe at Harrods

Harrods have given the Midas touch to their menu with the introduction of the Menu Deluxe. Using the most luxurious and premium ingredients, the menu which is spread across eight of the restaurants on three floors, is everything you would expect from a menu designed by Harrods pulling out all the stops. It’s decadent, exclusive and priced at £100 a dish, but after our recent visit, we can say worth every penny. On Wednesday evening, we escaped the heat of Knightsbridge and pulled up a pew at the Bentley’s Sea Grill on the first floor. Their offering to the menu […]

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The Hutch Club at Quaglino’s

This summer Quaglino’s launches “the Hutch club”, a glamorous pop up cocktail and Jazz bar as a tribute to the restaurant's righteous and indulgent reputation.  The venue opened its doors in 1929 by the flamboyant host, Giovani Quaglino and to play to homage to this, one lucky July diner will walk away with more than just a full tummy- a South Sea Ronirose pearl found in an oyster. Obviously, this is one lottery the Handbook had to be part of, so last Friday, we head down to Quaglino’s to sample the Hutch club menu. On arrival, we were greeted by […]

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Brunch at Aurelia

Last weekend The Handbook headed over to Aurelia on Cork Street for a spot of brunch, as part of their new Bellini brunches with live music. With it being one of the hottest days so far, Aurelia was luckily light, airy and most importantly cool, the colour scheme being off whites and neutral tones, kept it fresh. The brilliant thing about the Bellini brunches, as the name suggests is that the bellinis are free flowing, cue us starting with a couple at the bar. Made up with Prosecco it was a delicious raspberry pink, and rather than having the puree […]

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Brunch at Aurelia

Last weekend The Handbook headed over to Aurelia on Cork Street for a spot of brunch, as part of their new Bellini brunches with live music. With it being one of the hottest days so far, Aurelia was luckily light, airy and most importantly cool, the colour scheme being off whites and neutral tones, kept it fresh. The brilliant thing about the Bellini brunches, as the name suggests is that the bellinis are free flowing, cue us starting with a couple at the bar. Made up with Prosecco it was a delicious raspberry pink, and rather than having the puree […]

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Christopher’s Marvellous Martini Bar

It was Tuesday, and we needed a cocktail, something classic but still inventive, something like a martini. So we headed over to Christopher’s in Covent Garden to try out their bar, which just so happens specialises in martini’s – the Martini Bar. The bar takes on a theatrical appearance, emulating the style of American Deco, it’s grand, with deep opulent colours set against gold, but still with contemporary modern fixtures such as the tubular hanging lights. And the decor rather mirrors the menu which is divided up into classic, contemporary and decadent, with martinis ranging from The Original, to the […]

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Christopher’s Marvellous Martini Bar

It was Tuesday, and we needed a cocktail, something classic but still inventive, something like a martini. So we headed over to Christopher’s in Covent Garden to try out their bar, which just so happens specialises in martini’s – the Martini Bar. The bar takes on a theatrical appearance, emulating the style of American Deco, it’s grand, with deep opulent colours set against gold, but still with contemporary modern fixtures such as the tubular hanging lights. And the decor rather mirrors the menu which is divided up into classic, contemporary and decadent, with martinis ranging from The Original, to the […]

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Obikà, a taste of Italy in South Kensington

Last Friday, The Handbook took the rare opportunity to enjoy the last of the sunshine with a window table at Obikà mozzarella bar in South Kensington to indulge in some cheese… alot of cheese. The restaurant is painted in black but it the large open windows and the staff who were attentive and friendly ensured that the atmosphere was light and sophisticated rather than being dark and stuffy. After being seated, we were brought an orange liqueur cocktail by the devilishly charming waiter, it was sweet, yet refreshing and worked well with the buffalo mozzarella that they served it with, […]

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Obikà, a taste of Italy in South Kensington

Last Friday, The Handbook took the rare opportunity to enjoy the last of the sunshine with a window table at Obikà mozzarella bar in South Kensington to indulge in some cheese… alot of cheese. The restaurant is painted in black but it the large open windows and the staff who were attentive and friendly ensured that the atmosphere was light and sophisticated rather than being dark and stuffy. After being seated, we were brought an orange liqueur cocktail by the devilishly charming waiter, it was sweet, yet refreshing and worked well with the buffalo mozzarella that they served it with, […]

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Cocktails at The Rivoli Bar

The weather was stifling, the day had finished and the weekend was almost in sight, the perfect reason for a cocktail. So The Handbook headed to The Rivoli Bar at The Ritz. A glorious gem of a bar giving a nod to the art deco era, think dark woods, gold leaf and Lalique glass. You would be mistaken for thinking it was a product of the era itself, but in fact it was redesigned in 2001 by Tessa Kennedy. But whilst we loved the decor, and the atmosphere: comfortable, relaxed and yet intimate and definitely not stuffy (this isn’t an old […]

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Cocktails at The Rivoli Bar

The weather was stifling, the day had finished and the weekend was almost in sight, the perfect reason for a cocktail. So The Handbook headed to The Rivoli Bar at The Ritz. A glorious gem of a bar giving a nod to the art deco era, think dark woods, gold leaf and Lalique glass. You would be mistaken for thinking it was a product of the era itself, but in fact it was redesigned in 2001 by Tessa Kennedy. But whilst we loved the decor, and the atmosphere: comfortable, relaxed and yet intimate and definitely not stuffy (this isn’t an old […]

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Roaring 20s Afternoon Tea at Season

“I’m going to call up Daisy tomorrow and invite her over here to tea.” It’s the moment where Daisy and Great Gatsby first set eyes on each other after several years, afternoon tea at Nick Carraway’s house. And so with London celebrating Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of the infamous book it seems only proper that there is at least one afternoon tea honouring this both poignant, and humorous moment in the book. Step in Harvey Nichols and Season at the Fifth Floor with their opulent ‘Roaring 20s Afternoon Tea’. Gatsby sends flowers to decorate Nick’s house, and whilst his were over […]

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Getting it right at Rack & Ruin

There is one word to describe Rack & Ruin. Epic. The Handbook went down to check it out in the Kitchen Party in Clerkenwell and we came out saying that it was one of the best meals we had ever had. It was so simple but so brilliant. Less is definitely more. The concept is food at its most honest, forget extensive menus, waiters and waitresses this is all about traditional methods of brine soaking and roasting wood smoked meats, and birds.  Understated and rustic, we sat at an old slightly warped wooden table and were brought over a bowl […]

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