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Cocktails at St James Bar: Review

When The Handbook heard that Sofitel St James had recently launched its spring/summer cocktail menu we knew that we just had to go and try it out. So on a Tuesday evening we escaped the bustle of Piccadilly, headed over to the hotel and took a seat in the decadent St James Bar.The bar draws...

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Vivo: Review

Sometimes it is best to keep things simple. Sometimes you just want good food without the fuss and that is exactly what Vivo are doing over in Islington.So The Handbook headed to the all-day café and bakery to try out the Italian food. We wanted to sit on the roof terrace, a hidden...

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Win Tickets to the Launch of Jenius Social

For anyone who is even a little bit interested in food, a new haven has opened in Islington, called ‘Jenius Social’ which provides somewhere for people to talk, share and over food, and we have five  tickets to give away for the launch!It will be providing daily food...

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Edible Garden Afternoon Tea

Luxury hotel, InterContinental London Westminster, has combined two English pleasures, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and afternoon tea to create an ‘Edible Garden’ themed Afternoon Tea. Laurent-Perrier is also getting in on the action as guests can enjoy free-flowing champagne as they...

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The Goring: Review

Since its opening in 1910 (when the price of  a room was just 7s 6d, the equivalent of 37p!), The Goring has become a quintessential part of luxury London. The family run hotel has continually been named as the top hotel in London and indeed in Europe. Having become synonymous with the Royal...

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The Goring: Review

Since its opening in 1910 (when the price of  a room was just 7s 6d, the equivalent of 37p!), The Goring has become a quintessential part of luxury London. The family run hotel has continually been named as the top hotel in London and indeed in Europe. Having become synonymous with the Royal...

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Cheyne Walk Brasserie Afternoon Tea

Chelsea favourite, Cheyne Walk Brasserie, has recently joined the afternoon tea brigade and so The Handbook went down to check it out. And, well, we were expecting a little bit more.Whilst the restaurant has a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, upstairs was a little more subdued – it had the...

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Champagne Jacquart 50th Anniversary

The Handbook joined Champagne Jacquart on their trip across the channel to Reims to visit their house for a little bit of wine tasting and a whole lot of Champagne to celebrate the 50th anniversary of  Champagne Jacquart this year. But first to food, arriving in Paris we headed straight to Mary...

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Margaux Review

Margaux is a European style restaurant, on Old Brompton Street, which offers beautifully prepared food with the very freshest of ingredients. The restaurant is open Monday to Sunday and was buzzing on the Thursday night when we came to visit.Ex-Zuma and Iberica chef, Xavier Castella Vilamajo...

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Margaux Review

Margaux is a European style restaurant, on Old Brompton Street, which offers beautifully prepared food with the very freshest of ingredients. The restaurant is open Monday to Sunday and was buzzing on the Thursday night when we came to visit.Ex-Zuma and Iberica chef, Xavier Castella Vilamajo...

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