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Rotunda Review – what we thought

New? The impressive multi-use Kings Place, which is home to Rotunda, was opened in 2008 and is just a short walk from King’s Cross station. Where? Kings Place, 90 York Way,  N1 9AG On the menu: A seasonal menu serving modern, British food with beef and lamb dishes that have been sourced from Rotunda’s own farm in Northumberland. First Impressions: Smart, casual feel with views of Regent’s Canal; ideal for the summer but still nice to enjoy in cooler months from the warmth of inside the restaurant. The Look: Curved walls that provide clear views of outside no matter where […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

8 of the Best Family Friendly Restaurants

If white tablecloths and quiet, civilised conversation fill you with dread then check out our guide to some of the best family-friendly restaurants in London – FAR more exciting than colouring pencils and a mini chef’s hat. And because we are calling them ‘family’-friendly and not just ‘child’-friendly, you won’t mind eating there either.

Reviews

Royal China Review – What We Thought

New? Established in 1996, Royal China now has 6 award-winning restaurants across London. Baker Street is the flagship but we stayed West and visited the Fulham Road branch one Wednesday evening. Where? 805 Fulham Road, Fulham, SW6 5HE On the menu: Traditional Chinese fare with all the classics you’d expect, Royal China is known for it’s Dim Sum, which unfortunately is only available at lunch time. The illustrated menu makes things a bit confusing so unless you can see beyond the ornate oversized lettering and randomly placed images, it may be a good idea to plump for one of the set […]

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Openings & Launches

Heist Bank: Pizza and Flowers

The weather might be being rather temperamental at the moment but spring is definitely on the way – don’t quote us on that and with that comes a restaurant full of fresh flowers, Heist Bank. So the name might conjure up images of a slick city cocktail bar, all steel greys and dark corners but actually it’s going to be a communal, all-day dining hangout on the edges of Paddington’s canal; the sort of place to have long lazy brunches, drop in for lunch at the weekend or throw a party. Pizzas are going to be the order of the […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Out with the Coffee, in with the Tea

Fancy a cuppa? Good, because it’s finally tea’s time to shine and we know just the place for you to get your hands on the perfect brew. London’s coffee scene has exploded in recent years, but a tea revolution is taking place; it’s time we started to treat the nation’s favourite drink appropriately. And with over 165 million cups of tea being consumed in the UK every day, it’s crazy how tea only comes into its own with scones and finger sandwiches. Meet Emilie Holmes; entrepreneur, tea connoisseur and founder of Good and Proper Tea. Fed up of being unable to […]

Openings & Launches

The Harcourt: Old but New

Old but new, that’s how The Harcourt is being described: new because it’s opening next Monday; old because it originally opened in 1826 as The Harcourt Arms.  Standing in a Grade II listed Georgian Townhouse opposite the Swedish Ulrika Eleonora Church, the restaurant will be drawing on its Scandinavian roots to create a relaxed, all-day modern, European menu which gives a nod to Nordic cuisine. Expect to find the likes of gravadlax with pickled cucumber and quail eggs; Nordic reindeer with pearl barley, turnips and lingonberry jam and dark chocolate mousse with liquorice crumbs and salted caramel. You can drop […]

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How to Live Like a Local In: Bermondsey

Bermondsey is well and truly up-and-come. Once dotted with working warehouses and wharfs, these now play home to young professionals – lovers of exposed brick walls and statement pieces of furniture. Alongside the history of the area, Bermondsey is renowned for it’s unique foodie scene, despite being so close to Borough Market. Pretend to be a local and instead of diving straight into the crowds as soon as you exit London Bridge station, smugly pass by and head to Bermondsey Street, Maltby Street, Druid Street and beyond for unmissable salted caramel doughnuts, intimate cinemas and the infamous Bermondsey bomb. Read on…

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

A Weekend Full of Whisky

We’re all guilty of it: refilling a half empty glass of wine with a completely different bottle. Your friends turn their nose up at you but actually they would probably never have been able to tell anyway. You’re not mixologists but actually it may not be as rookie as you think. For centuries, the malt masters of deepest Scotland have been doing exactly this as professional whisky producers; mixing different blends of whisky together to form unique (and soberingly expensive) bottles of Scotch. Oval Space and The Whisky Lounge are hosting their third ‘Whisky Weekender’, London’s most dramtastic whisky event […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Rockstar Treatment at Jumeirah Carlton Tower

Chances are, if you’re in London you’re after a culture fix. Unless of course you call London home in which case culture is probably just part of your weekly routine – a gig here, exhibition there, you get the idea. Whilst we at The Handbook whole heartedly believe that dining out counts as a form of culture, be it a must-try restaurant or cult street food truck, it fills your cultural appetite as well as the physical, leaving you with something to talk about, share with your friends and post on social media, in much the same way as a […]

Reviews

Bootlegger Review – what we thought

New? The Bootlegger launched on the 20th November 2015 Where? Basement Bar, 25-26 Lime Street, London, EC3M 7HR On the menu: A selection of cocktails plus beers and wines First Impressions: Almost unnoticeable entrance with the venue coordinates written in on the doorstep that leads downstairs to the main bar. Already quite busy at 6pm with no seats available and standing space going quickly, doesn’t take too long to be seen at the bar though. The Look: Prohibition cocktail bar complete with piano bar for live music, newspaper clippings on the walls and bric-a-brac furniture. What We Ate: Only bar […]

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