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The Elgin – Maida Vale

You don’t particularly notice the décor at The Elgin, which is a good sign; this pub/restaurant is all about the food and service, which is outstanding. It’s not a pub in a traditional sense – you walk straight into a bright, airy and bare-bricked room, with sturdy wooden tables featuring the standard flickering candle. If I was asked what The Elgin looked like, I’d say ‘lots of wood’, which isn’t the most descriptive of phrases, but probably sums it up. This Maida Vale bar and grill is the sort where regular diners are greeted like old friends, and the service […]

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The Machiavelli does Italian

Centrally located in Covent Garden, the Machiavelli Kitchen & Dining Room specialises in contemporary Italian cuisine with a rustic twist. Importing all its high-quality ingredients straight from Italy, the Machiavelli promises a seasonal menu to showcase the best of its favourite Italian regions. The Handbook comes to dine. Trattoria meets ristorante at Machiavelli, where warm décor and rustic furniture give a traditional touch to this modern establishment. Large, hemispherical lamps hang from the ceiling, providing intimate, low-level lighting, while attentive waiters delivered quick and friendly service. Limoncello with a basil twist, the delicious Machiavelli cocktail provided the perfect aperitif to […]

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The Machiavelli does Italian

Centrally located in Covent Garden, the Machiavelli Kitchen & Dining Room specialises in contemporary Italian cuisine with a rustic twist. Importing all its high-quality ingredients straight from Italy, the Machiavelli promises a seasonal menu to showcase the best of its favourite Italian regions. The Handbook comes to dine. Trattoria meets ristorante at Machiavelli, where warm décor and rustic furniture give a traditional touch to this modern establishment. Large, hemispherical lamps hang from the ceiling, providing intimate, low-level lighting, while attentive waiters delivered quick and friendly service. Limoncello with a basil twist, the delicious Machiavelli cocktail provided the perfect aperitif to […]

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Manicomio Chelsea’s New Ten Year Menu

Manicomio Head Chef Tom Salt’s Ten Year Menu celebrates a decade of mouth-watering dishes at this popular Chelsea haunt. Set to coincide with the Chelsea Flower Show and running throughout the summer, this colourful and flamboyant menu provides a round-up of Manicomio favourites in what just about constitutes a culinary Hall of Fame. The Handbook provides a taster of the three-course anniversary meal. An interior of stylish minimalism, a bare-brick chimney and striking modern art, Manicomio Chelsea combines urban elegance with the luxury of fine dining. The restaurant was positively buzzing as we entered, waiters rushing to serve delicious-looking platters […]

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The Lord Palmerston in Tufnell Park

Geronimo Inns have really done a fine job on this North London gastropub. Perched attractively on a leafy corner of Tufnell Park, the establishment was recently renovated and now oozes simplicity and charm, with large windows and high ceilings giving a lovely open feeling. The Lord Palmerston works as one room, a sort of square horseshoe which runs from an intimate corner table to a lounge-style space with an open fire and steps to the garden. The pub also houses an eclectic collection of chairs – including a barber’s chair (apparently you can actually get a trim!) – and it […]

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Back to the 1920s at Hyatt Regency London The Churchill

To celebrate the release of Great Gatsby, The Montagu restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Churchill are hosting Great Gatsby nights each Thursday throughout May, inviting guests to dress up in their best 1920s attire and to enjoy a three course meal and last week The Handbook went down to check it out. We arrived to the sounds of Hot Dog Corn Dogs, the hotel’s resident band, who immediately set the tone with their 1920s jazz and were greeted by the waitresses who wore white silk blouses, pearls and ‘1920s-eqsue’ head bands and were immediately served Pommery champagne, off to a […]

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Back to the 1920s at Hyatt Regency London The Churchill

To celebrate the release of Great Gatsby, The Montagu restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Churchill are hosting Great Gatsby nights each Thursday throughout May, inviting guests to dress up in their best 1920s attire and to enjoy a three course meal and last week The Handbook went down to check it out. We arrived to the sounds of Hot Dog Corn Dogs, the hotel’s resident band, who immediately set the tone with their 1920s jazz and were greeted by the waitresses who wore white silk blouses, pearls and ‘1920s-eqsue’ head bands and were immediately served Pommery champagne, off to a […]

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The Handbook takes a trip to The Truscott Arms

Last week The Handbook headed over to Maida Vale to try out the Truscott Arms.  Things took a bit of a slow start, it took a while to be served despite the bar being relatively quiet and quite a few staff working.  We were sat up in the restaurant, a large room light, airy room with high ceilings and large sash windows, it will look lovely when the sun is shining and would be brilliant for getting a large group together for a meal or to hire out for a party. Things were a little quiet, and for a while […]

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The Handbook takes a trip to The Truscott Arms

Last week The Handbook headed over to Maida Vale to try out the Truscott Arms.  Things took a bit of a slow start, it took a while to be served despite the bar being relatively quiet and quite a few staff working.  We were sat up in the restaurant, a large room light, airy room with high ceilings and large sash windows, it will look lovely when the sun is shining and would be brilliant for getting a large group together for a meal or to hire out for a party. Things were a little quiet, and for a while […]

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Roll up, roll up for Circus

The first thing that has to be said about Circus London is that it is pure escapism. As soon as you step through those doors you are transported out of the bustle of Covent Garden and into the bustle of what only can be described as a surreal, unique cocktail fantasy. Outside the hype is noisy and people are pushing to and fro trying to get around the streets, the atmosphere inside though is high energy, fun and excitable. Everything is wonderfully glamorous, from the dark sleek interior to the waitresses, who were friendly and attentive without checking on us […]

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Stunning food at Sushinho

The high-powered city peeps based near Liverpool Street now have a new place to fill up on delicious food. Enter the quiet and welcomingly heated (!) haven of Devonshire Square, and you’ll spot Sushinho – a new Brazilian-Japanese fusion restaurant. We were invited to the launch last month, so returned with great anticipation – and we certainly weren’t disappointed. We started our evening downstairs, in the cosy yet sophisticated cocktail bar. The drinks were beautifully presented and paired with tasty plantain crisps which were shockingly moreish! Our taste buds suitably prepared, we made our way to the main restaurant upstairs. Full […]

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K10 opens on Appold Street

Founded in 1999 by Christopher Kemper, the Development Director of the original Yo Sushi, Contemporary ‘kaiten’ Japanese restaurant, K10 has been serving up great sushi for the past twelve years and now they have just opened a second restaurant on Appold Street and last week The Handbook went down to try it out.  Bored of seeing dull or bland versions of Japanese food, the chefs at K10 have come up with a very affordable nutritious menu still using the highest quality ingredients, and the extensive range is amazing, think everything from fresh salmon sashimi to katsu currie to home-made puddings […]

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