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Dinner at Elistano

Friday night in Chelsea and the King’s Road is beginning to fill up. The same however, couldn’t be said for Elistano, the Italian restaurant just off Sloane Avenue. At its peak, there were just 4 tables occupied including my own.Despite the poor turnout, there were no excuses for...

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Victorious Voltaire

What was once a palace? Once a prison? And now a unique and nonchalantly cool destination venue? The answer? Voltaire, champagne and cigar bar.Named after the infamous French philosopher and writer who spent six years in exile in London, Voltaire is situated in a grade II listed building in...

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Victorious Voltaire

What was once a palace? Once a prison? And now a unique and nonchalantly cool destination venue? The answer? Voltaire, champagne and cigar bar.Named after the infamous French philosopher and writer who spent six years in exile in London, Voltaire is situated in a grade II listed building in...

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The Narrow Boat

Perched on a North London street corner overlooking the canal, the newly refurbished pub, The Narrow Boat, is a small gem amongst the deserted streets of Islington.Seated by the window, with a view of the old barges along the water, we sunk into our snug armchairs. For starters, I ordered the...

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Barts boycotts Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is looming, for some it is a day to indulge in and be spoilt, for others it is that last minute tacky card and flowers from a garage, and for others it is a day to be dreaded as you drown your sorrows in the nearest bar. Well this year Barts have had enough, they...

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Barts boycotts Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is looming, for some it is a day to indulge in and be spoilt, for others it is that last minute tacky card and flowers from a garage, and for others it is a day to be dreaded as you drown your sorrows in the nearest bar. Well this year Barts have had enough, they...

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Inn-ovation Within Ancient Walls

Although The Spaniards Inn has recently reopened following renovation, don’t expect a great visual transformation. This is a pub that’s received a behind-the-scenes makeover; think of a car having a new engine installed. As The Spaniards was built in 1585, hardly...

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Les Misérables – a triumph from stage to screen

If you haven’t already been make sure you go see Les Misérables before its cinema run is finished. It seems to be the marmite of films at the moment – with most critics praising it to the heavens and the small majority loathing it. Ignore the latter – it’s hard to...

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Les Misérables – a triumph from stage to screen

If you haven’t already been make sure you go see Les Misérables before its cinema run is finished. It seems to be the marmite of films at the moment – with most critics praising it to the heavens and the small majority loathing it. Ignore the latter – it’s hard to...

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Hedsor House Hosts The Quartet

Last night The Handbook went to a private screening of Quartet at Pinewood Studios, followed by a tour round Hedsor House, the beautiful Georgian country house that featured magnificently in the film. The glorious rooms were paired with delicious food from Melissa Webb and some delightful...

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