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Openings & Launches

Yosma: Flavours of Istanbul

Bringing together meyhane, mangal and seafood from the Bosphorus, Marylebone restaurant, Yosma is going to be a celebration of the social, eating out culture of Istanbul.  Opening this summer, the menu will be divided into cold meze, hot starters, mangal, clay oven and sides. There will be classic Istanbul dishes alongside new takes on old favourites. In the cold meze you’ll find the likes of Deniz Börülce – steamed samphire, lemon, garlic and olive oil or choose a hot starter such as Mantı – Turkish dumplings stuffed with lamb neck, yogurt sauce, chilli oil and mint. There’ll be Ahtapot – […]


What To Do This Weekend: 12th-14th August

With the Rio Olympics now a week in, it’s no surprise that London is embracing Brazil whole-heartedly – mainly in the form of rum, cachaça and caipirinhas. This weekend is no different; Ben’s Canteen have launched a Rio-inspired brunch menu and Tooting is going all tropical with a pop-up rum shack. Free ribs (yes, free) from Bodeans Old Street on Friday lunch time will kick things off pretty nicely before a weekend of craft beer, street food, Italian celebrations and Wembley’s colourful Holi festival.

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Magical Masterclasses at London Edition’s Punch Room

Think of punch and your mind probably casts back to questionable bowls of sickly sweet liquid at house parties’ passed. To name your bar the Punch Room, you can be pretty certain that there’s not a hint of such horror – expertly mixed bowls only. The London EDITION is launching a number of masterclasses so that even the biggest punch fan can learn a thing or two a they sip. Kicking off the masterclasses, the expert bartenders from the Punch Room are sharing their knowledge in two, hour and a half long sessions in August. The evening will begin with […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Casa Havana Brings a Taste of Cuba to London

It was pretty exciting news when the announcement was made earlier this year that Cuba would become a new travel destination. The travel restrictions still unfortunately make it quite exclusive, but if you can’t fit in a trip to see the classic cars, classic Colonial architecture and sample some of the worlds best rum then have no fear because Soho is bringing Cuba to us! Havana Club is hosting Casa Havana, a two-week Soho pop-up bar allowing you to experience the vibrancy and energy of the Cuban capital. Pop in and enjoy your favourite Cuban classics whilst being transported to Havana. There will […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

My London: Partridge’s Owner John Shepherd’s Top 5 Markets

If you’ve ever been in Duke of York Square on a Saturday you will’ve discovered the amazing array of street food stalls that make up Partridges food market. Now more than ten years old, the market is a great platform for new artisan food traders to get their name out there, as well as being a staple in the weekend calendar for locals to get their lunch time feed and dinner party supplies. Startisans (a mash-up of ‘start-up’ and ‘artisan’) run the market and are sister company to Patridges, the Royal Warrant-holding grocery store. We caught up with John Shepherd, […]

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Openings & Launches

Albert’s: Kensington’s Exclusive New Club

They’ve sold a million bottles of vodka between them, have over 60 years’ experience and played host to the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio and Rihanna and now four of the biggest names in the London club scene have joined together to open a prestigious members club.  We’re talking about the guys behind Boujis, Raffles and Mahiki: Jake Parkinson-Smith, Carlo Carello, Piers Adam and Fraser Carruthers and this September they’re set to open Albert’s. Opening on Old Brompton Road, it takes its name from Prince Albert and the fact that that area of London is nicknamed The Albertropolis due to the […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

Pop Up Screens’ Historic New Location

As summer is coming to a close, is there really any place you should be besides the great outdoors? Before our days become laden with wet streets and grey clouds, you owe yourself some time soaking in the warm breezes and fresh air. Still, often we find ourselves wanting to just stay in and do nothing. Luckily, Pop Up Screens is giving us the best of both worlds with their summer line up of movies under the stars.  Pop Up Screens 2016 returned to London on the 22nd July, bringing with them an epic program of classic films. With an plethora of locations like Bishops […]

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Awesome Afternoon Teas

10 Very British Ways to Celebrate Afternoon Tea Week

Afternoon Tea Week needs little introduction. A British staple for over 150 years, the act of having tea, sandwiches and cake late afternoon is as popular today as ever – here at The Handbook we hear of a new afternoon tea pretty much every week if not every day. 2016 is the sixth year of Afternoon Tea Week (8-14th August) so get involved – we’ve rounded up the classics, the brand new and the little-bit-exotic, so if you’ve tried a few already there are plenty more to tick off your list.

Openings & Launches

Cha Chaan Teng: Holborn’s New Restaurant

So it’s Monday; a new day, a new week and a new restaurant opening – today it is the turn of Cha Chaan Teng, a restaurant inspired by the 1950s cha chaan teng cafes of Hong Kong. With School of Wok creator and TV Chef, Jeremy Pang at the helm it’ll be serving up a menu of Chinese comfort food that is infused with Western influences. So expect to find the likes of crispy duck with French toast and orange maple; prawn toast which has been given a makeover with lobster and sharing plates of chilli tiger prawns with lobster claws […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Plymouth Gin Dock Terrace

You don’t need us to tell you how much Londoners love gin, it’s been the drink everyone has been raving about for the last few years. How good is your gin knowledge though? Do you know the one ingredient that makes gin, gin?* Do you know where gin originated from? ** Do you know which spirit was the first in the world to be labelled dry gin when it was created? The answer to that last one is Plymouth Gin the much loved gin of the navy and this summer they’ve teamed up with Rivington Greenwich for a nautical themed […]

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