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Balans Soho Society
Openings & Launches

Balans Soho Society Opens in Clapham

It’s been 30 years since the Balans Soho Society opened on Old Compton Street and to celebrate, they are have headed south and opened their first site on the other side of the river, over in Clapham. They’ll be doing what Balans does best, serving up morale boosting cocktails and encouraging us to indulge in our decadent side. Cocktails include the likes of Slap on the Rum made from Red Leg spiced rum, pineapple, mint and ginger beer and the Jaliscan Night – a mix of El Jimador tequila, activated charcoal, agave and violet. To accompany it will hearty brunches […]

World Book Day
Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The Bar Swapping Cocktails for Books

World Book Day at school was great, you got a free book and could dress up as your favourite character. You either went all out and arrived in a bear suit, duffel coat and red wellingtons, or you came in normal clothes and pretended you were some girl from a Jacqueline Wilson book – lacking imagination we say. Perhaps we need to start introducing it into offices too… Anyway, Paddington costume or not, we will be heading to The Bloomsbury Club Bar, because to celebrate World Book Day on the 2nd March, they will be swapping books for cocktails. You […]

Openings & Launches

15 of the Top Bars and Restaurants that Opened in February

And just like that we are almost through the second month of the year. Where did it go? No one knows. In amongst Valentine’s Day, the end of Dry January and awards season there have been rather a lot of new openings. We’ve had new ventures from Jason Atherton, more openings at Nova and third restaurants from Yard Sale and Hawksmoor. Here are 15 to add to your never-ending bucket list… Hai Cento Jason and Irha Atherton have again teamed with Chef Patron, Paul Hood, for another winning collaboration, serving up casual New York/Italian dishes and classic Italian cocktails at […]

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Nirvana Kitchen

Nirvana Kitchen Review: What We Thought

What: Smart pan-Asian dining in a hotel restaurant. New? Nirvana Kitchen is new to Marylebone, connected to the 5* Montcalm Hotel, metres from Marble Arch. Where: 61 Upper Berkeley Street, Marylebone W1H 7PP, On the Menu: Nirvana Kitchen is all about pan-Asian, aka the best of both worlds when you want a curry but you also want noodles. Designed for sharing, it’s recommended that you order three starters to share (they’re small), two mains and a few sides, all inspired by Indian, Thai and Far Eastern cuisines. First Impressions: First things first, don’t trust Google Maps… Or the address […]

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The Garage
Openings & Launches

The Iconic Garage Relaunches

Since it opened back in 1993, The Garage in Islington has been one of London’s most loved live music venues hosting the likes of Radiohead, Lil Yachty, Bring Me the Horizon and Red Hot Chilli Peppers. You might have noticed things have been changing over there, well now it’s been taken over, refurbished and it’s almost ready for business once more. Now owned by the DHP Family (Oslo, Hackney and Rock City, Nottingham) The Garage will not only be a legendary music venue once more, but during the day you can stop in for coffee, craft beer and cocktails. The […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

River Cottage Residency at The Imperial

We just Googled how long it would take us to get to the award-winning River Cottage from The Handbook HQ. Apparently, it’s somewhere between 5 and 13 hours, unless we paid an unholy amount and flew. Basically, it takes rather a long time to get to there, it isn’t somewhere we can just visit for the evening, which is a shame. So, it’s rather good isn’t it that Steven Lamb, the curing and smoking expert is coming to London to cook up a six -course tasting menu at The Imperial. Following on from the success of last year, he’ll be […]

Health & Wellness

15 Spots for Feel-Good Dining

With so much focus on eating healthily we often disregard another (huge) element of responsible eating; where our food comes from, how it is prepared and what effect it has on the environment. We’re not suggesting you live on organic hemp and cook in a solar-powered kitchen but with so many great options for ethical, sustainable and socially-aware dining in London, you can take your guilt-free lunch to the next level.

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Openings & Launches

TT Liquor: The Cocktail Bar With 1000 Liquors

Kingsland Road inhabitants and fans, listen up, launching this Friday is TT Liquor, a subterranean cocktail bar and specialist liquor store – now isn’t that a good welcome to the weekend? Set across three floors, you’ll enter into the liquor store, here you’ll find over 1000 liquors including many bottles which are normally tricky to get hold of. Buy and take them home, or buy to keep them at one their deposit boxes so you can build up your own private liquor collection for each time you visit. Downstairs in the bar, you’ll be able to get all 1000 liquors – […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

London’s Free Cheese and Wine Festival

Last year they brought you the chocolate festival, but this year East Village are going bigger and better with…drum roll please…a cheese and wine festival – and it’s free. On the first weekend of April (we promise, this isn’t an April fools joke), East Village will be getting one big alcoholic, cheesy makeover! Bringing you a festival showcasing the very best in artisan cheese and wine from over 25 independent retailers. Any cheese connoisseur will be impressed by what’s on offer, from fine Italian gourmet truffle cheese from Lombary Gourmet to traditional farm and dairy treats from Jacob’s Ladder. That’s […]

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Openings & Launches

Duck & Waffle Opens 2nd Restaurant

This is big news. Duck & Waffle are flying the nest and waddling on over to St James’s Market to launch Duck & Waffle Local. London is big on fast chicken – we’ve even got a fast-casual restaurant for turkey but not one for duck which, quite frankly, is a shame because the stats say we’re a city of duck lovers. Since it opened, Duck & Waffle have sold almost half a million of their signature duck and waffle dishes. That was until now, because Duck & Waffle Local is going to be much more casual. Firstly, it’s ground level […]

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