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Pop down to POP-Down at Cuisson

Everybody loves a bit of pop, whether it be the cheesy S Club 7 kind, or the fizzy coca cola kind. Pop is fun and fleeting, or in the case of Steps, scarring. Pop-ups are just as much raucous fun and are pretty much guaranteed to be enjoyable. One promising pop-up is POP-Down, a brand new interactive dining concept, which was created by luxury gastronomy experts, Cuisson. The pop-up promises to deliver inventive, high-end dining at affordable prices, with a menu that is full of surprises. The menu at POP-Down comprises of four extraordinary courses along with a signature Cuisson […]

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Quaglino’s introduces: The Giovanni Gin Garden

As big gin fans here at The Handbook, we have to admit that Quaglino’s new ‘Giovanni Gin Garden’ installation really couldn’t be more appealing but unlike our casual Friday night post-work excuse G&T, Quaglino’s is going that one step further (well several steps). Aptly named after the original owner, Giovanni Quaglino, this hidden Mayfair gem has been transformed into a garden perfect for summer. Forget your run-of-the-mill fag ash filled, beer scented gardens, The Giovanni Gin Garden provides an opulent experience that cannot compare. Expect pergolas wrapped in emerald vines, glowing lanterns and lilac wisteria silk hanging around your shoulders. Imagine the scent infusions […]

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5 Places You Have To Visit in Balham

SW12 has been christened ‘Clapham’s cooler younger sister’ making Balham one of the hippest areas in South-West London right now. With Nick Jones recently opening his Chicken Shop on Chestnut Grove to Ed Sheeran recording one of his first live EPs at The Bedford, Balham is where you want to be and the Handbook will guide you through the best places to go.  

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5 Places You Have To Visit in Balham

SW12 has been christened ‘Clapham’s cooler younger sister’ making Balham one of the hippest areas in South-West London right now. With Nick Jones recently opening his Chicken Shop on Chestnut Grove to Ed Sheeran recording one of his first live EPs at The Bedford, Balham is where you want to be and the Handbook will guide you through the best places to go.

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Alice in Wonderland in London

What: Alice in Wonderland afternoon tea followed by Alice’s Underground Adventures Where: Amba Hotel, The Strand, Charing Cross, London WC2N 5HX then The Vaults, Leake Street, London SE1 7NN Why you should go there: Die-hard fans of the original tale will love all the attention to detail Favourite thing we ate: The scones with clotted cream and jam Alice in Wonderland is a young girl’s tale of adventure that has stood the test of time, resonating with generation after generation. Since being published in 1865, the story of an eccentric and amusing other world written by Lewis Carroll, has amassed a steady fan […]

Openings & Launches

Estiatorio Milos London Launches

It can’t be denied that there is a lot going on in Greece right now. But with all the negative attention in the press, it seems that everyone has forgotten the most important thing about the sunny aisle…its brilliant and tasty food! Thankfully, Costas Spiliadis is here to remind us all why we love Grecian cuisine, with the launch of Estiatorio Milos in London this month! This acclaimed seafood restaurant with Greek heritage, will be its sixth location since Chef and owner Costas Spiliadis opened his doors in Montreal, way back in 1979. His aim was to elevate the perception […]

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5 Places To Visit in Crouch End

With its village-esque feel but great transport links in to the city centre, Crouch End is a favourite North London destination for The Handbook. And its Broadway boasts some great cafes and restaurants worth venturing out for, while at the weekend, there’s a lovely farmer’s market a short stroll away in nearby Alexandra Park. Read on for our top 5: Best for Dinner: Tootoomoo What: Fresh pan-Asian foodWhy: Tootoomoo is a laid-back shack-style restaurant serving great pan-Asian cooking. We like to start nibbling on some edamame with one of their Lychee Martinis made with fresh lychee puree, apple and vodka, […]

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Oyster Socials at Shuck London!

It is common knowledge that oysters are supposedly an aphrodisiac, and in the case of Shuck and their fun socials, it can definitely be said that this particular brand of sexy seafood is getting The Handbook hot under the collar. Shuck is an oyster vendor that serves the foodstuff in a variety of ways. Located in Borough Market, Shuck oysters come naked, dressed or blown. They include dressed oysters (the shuck shuck) with a classic som tam dressing and a Turkish inspired (the Moor Shuck) oyster with pomegranate, sumac, chilli and red wine vinegar as well as a range of […]

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Reviews

Bentley’s review – what we thought

What: Top seafood in a classic English setting Where: 11-15 Swallow Street, Mayfair W1B 4DG Why you should go there: To experience a nod to a time when dining out really was a luxury Favourite thing we ate: Bread and Butter Pudding and the lobster Opened since 1916, Bentley’s is a staple of fine English dining and a must do if you are eating out in London, taken over in 2015 by regaled chef Richard Corrigan, it oozes classic English style. Upon nearing the outside terrace I was instantly struck by the waiters and doormen’s impeccable smartness and understated charm which is likely to […]

Reviews

Bentley’s review – what we thought

What: Top seafood in a classic English setting Where: 11-15 Swallow Street, Mayfair W1B 4DG Why you should go there: To experience a nod to a time when dining out really was a luxury Favourite thing we ate: Bread and Butter Pudding and the lobster Opened since 1916, Bentley’s is a staple of fine English dining and a must do if you are eating out in London, taken over in 2015 by regaled chef Richard Corrigan, it oozes classic English style. Upon nearing the outside terrace I was instantly struck by the waiters and doormen’s impeccable smartness and understated charm which is likely to […]

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