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Openings & Launches

Jason Atherton Opens Sosharu

This March, The Social Company will be opening their seventh London restaurant and this time it’ll be in Clerkenwell. Following on from the likes of Berners Tavern, Pollen Street Social and City Social, Sosharu will be a collaboration between Jason Atherton and Executive Head Chef Alex Craciun (previously sous chef at Pollen Street Social). Unlike anything Atherton has done before, Sosharu is the next step for The Social Company and will see the restaurant serving up casual yet refined Japanese cuisine using seasonal British ingredients. To ensure that Alex knew everything there was to know about Japanese cuisine he did […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

9 of the Cosiest Library Bars

Forget cosy, wood panelled pubs and trendy, cosmopolitan wine bars. This winter, the place to curl up with a nice hot toddy is, believe it or not, the library. No longer the preserve of bookish geeks, pottering pensioners and panicky students, more and more of London’s prestigious hotels and bars are opening swanky, book-filled watering holes, allowing visitors to partake in some seriously scholarly drinking.

News

PR That Packs a Punch

It is no secret that restaurants and venues would struggle without a good PR company. Word of mouth is a wonderful thing and don’t get us wrong, we love stumbling upon a hidden gem before it’s splashed all over Instagram, but when PR companies act as the ‘word of mouth’, the word is spread much more effectively. Here at The Handbook, we constantly keep you up to date with all the latest news; venue openings, refurbs and new chefs that make somewhere worth a visit – we work closely with PRs to keep us in the loop, so we can keep […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

OXO Launches Weekend Brunch

Our favourite pick me up between breakfast and lunch is finally making its way to OXO as they launch a weekend brunch menu for the first time in the Brasserie. The new menu will see a London make over given to the English breakfast with dishes like sautéed mushrooms on toast with a soft boiled egg; Severn & Wye’s smoked salmon served with potato rösti and crème fraiche; as well as corned beef hash, eggs royale, eggs Florentine and eggs benedict – all made with the best ingredients from award-winning local producers. What brunch would be complete without alcohol? OXO’s […]

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What to do This Weekend

8 Ways to Live Like a Local in Parsons Green

Parsons Green; that little hamlet just east of Fulham as it was described by the Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales in 1870 (which was the topographical dictionary of the day don’t you know?), maybe somewhat overlooked, given that it is sandwiched between Putney, Fulham and Wandsworth. But overlook it and you’d be missing out on some fine establishments; check out our guide on how to live like a local and make the most of Parsons Green.

News

Day Pass For The Handbook Readers to Members’ Restaurant

You may have recently read that the South Kensington Club have shipped sea water over from the Mediterranean for their lava stone pool, enhancing their existing Mediterranean influence and status as London’s most unique private members’ clubs. The Club want the best for you and your wellbeing which is why they have devised their ‘Back to Shape Menu’ in their restaurant, true to their manifesto that “the Mediterranean’s do it best”. Available until mid-February, the menu offers raw fish, zesty salads and warming Sicilian soups as well as more hearty plates cooked in their wood-burning oven – grilled rack of […]

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Openings & Launches

Patty & Bun Land in Soho

London burger giants, Patty & Bun, are soon to be back with their fourth restaurant and this time they are heading to the old Stockpot site on Old Compton Street. Their largest site yet, the restaurant will have 55 covers and will be split over two floors. In the basement will sit an open kitchen and space for 20 diners so they can watch their burgers being flipped. It’s also available for private hire…oh hello birthday burger parties. In a Patty & Bun first they’ll also be building a little bar so that they can serve up cocktails, because burgers […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Spritz Up Your 2016

If it was summer we’d be out every evening sipping sundowners till, well, the sun goes down. But since we’re still in January and it still gets dark long before we leave the office, our nights tend to be cut rather short. Lack of sunlight hours aside, an evening well spent makes the week feel so much longer and more fulfilled. Combine this potential sense of achievement with the chance to learn something new – a series of talks, Q&As and masterclasses across 3 dates in late January/early February, by which time your other resolutions may have fizzled out. Each […]

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Reviews

Paradise by Way of Kensal Green Review – What We Thought

When it comes to January, I’m firmly in the middle between those who are on a New Year New Me campaign and those who think  ‘I don’t really care, I need comfort in this bleak time.’ Mornings start with raw green juices, lunches are full of nourishing soups and protein filled salads, come the evening though when it’s dark and inevitably raining then all I want is comfort food. I want carbs, I want pudding and heck I’m going to eat it. And when the need for hearty, comforting dishes comes calling then Paradise by Way of Kensal Green’s dining […]

Reviews

Paradise by Way of Kensal Green Review – What We Thought

When it comes to January, I’m firmly in the middle between those who are on a New Year New Me campaign and those who think  ‘I don’t really care, I need comfort in this bleak time.’ Mornings start with raw green juices, lunches are full of nourishing soups and protein filled salads, come the evening though when it’s dark and inevitably raining then all I want is comfort food. I want carbs, I want pudding and heck I’m going to eat it. And when the need for hearty, comforting dishes comes calling then Paradise by Way of Kensal Green’s dining […]

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