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11 of the Best Masterclasses

No matter how many cookbooks we read cover to cover (and then mount beautifully on our shelves) or recipe pages we tear out of the weekend paper supplements, The Handbook’s cookery creations never quite live up to picture on the page. So what better way to scrub up on our kitchen skills than at one of the capital’s leading masterclasses. From butchery to cocktails and oyster shucking, here’s our guide to the best in London:

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

24 Ways to Spend Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day, it’s like Marmite isn’t it? You either embrace it whole-heartedly, love hearts and rose petals everywhere or you wish you could just forget all about it. If you do have an SO/a crush that doesn’t know you exist but you want to impress or just want to show your friends a bit of extra love this year then here is our guide on to how to spend the day of love in London:

Reviews

Hakkasan’s Chinese New Year Review – What We Thought

Monday was Chinese New Year, the Year of the Monkey, a chance to celebrate, wealth, health and happiness. So we headed off in search of the best Chinese fare to mark this occasion and as you might remember we told you about Hakkasan’s Chinese New Year menu and so after drinks we headed off to Bruton Street to try it out. Walking down the stairs in Hakkasan is like heading into an underground lair that you might find in James Bond. It’s seductive, sophisticated, it’s the sort of place you walk into and instantly feel that you’re more attractive (thank […]

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Openings & Launches

Duende: Magic in Covent Garden

You know how Instagram/Pinterest/Tumblr is littered with inspirational quotes such as ‘You may have flaws but you’re still perfect’ ‘You just do you’, you know the ones we mean, the ones we all hate to love and love to hate. Well new tapas restaurant Duende, reminds us of one of those quotes. Why? Because Duende loosely means magic and founder Victor Garvey (co-founder of Bravas Tapas) has said he won’t be serving up the finest or the most authentic tapas, but just the kind of food that he would love to eat in a restaurant – they’re just doing their own thing […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Homemade Children’s Food Delivered To Your Door

Although we can’t prove it, we’re no scientists of course, we’re pretty sure that London runs on a different time scale to the rest of the country. Everything is so much more fast-paced, everyone is always on the move, we’ll quite happily sit on the tube for an hour on a Tuesday to meet a friend for a drink in the depths of zone five – would we sit in a car for an hour if we didn’t live in London to do the same thing? Unlikely. And with all these things to do and all this bustling about it […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

7 Of The Best South American Restaurants

Got the winter blues? Haven’t we all! After months and months of grey darkness, we’re all craving a bit of colour in our lives. And where better to start than with your dinner? Say goodbye to winter stodge – here are seven of the best South American restaurants, with enough spice and flavour to kick you back into life:

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Market Yard Pops Up in Shepherd’s Bush

London is buzzing with pop-ups and limited edition dishes. If you can’t keep up with the Creme Egg cafes/fully loaded milkshakes/rooftop cocktail bars then settle for a trend a little less…rapid. A couple of pop-ups are coming to Market Yard for six week durations from 10th February; enough time for you to plan an imminent visit, but not so quick that if you blink you’ll miss it. The people who brought us Scandinavian wonderland Little Feast before Christmas are back, this time as Market Yard. Known for popping up in unusual locations across the city (warehouses, squares, car parks) they […]

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Openings & Launches

Kensington’s New Bar

Ah, Wednesday; hump day, the day in the week where we start to free wheel towards the weekend. And what better way to celebrate this day than with the opening of a new bar?  Exactly. So it’s good news then that you have just two days to wait until The Kensington Hotel opens the K Bar. Found between Old Brompton Road and Queen’s Gate, the bar will be taking inspiration from a gentlemen’s club. The bar features deep oak bookcases and panelling, polished brass detailing, dark green hues, blue velvet seating and sparkling chandeliers. It’s the sort of place that […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Love Potions at the London Eye

‘I feel it in my fingers. I feel it in my toes. Love is all around me. And so the feeling grows’. Ah those timeless lyrics by Wet Wet Wet. And to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year the Coca – Cola London Eye will be playing that song on repeat from the 12th – 14th February… only joking, that would be probably be classed as torture. They do however have a cocktail called Love is All Around which is much more enjoyable. As part of the Valentine’s day experiences, they’ve teamed up with cocktail aficionados, The Cocktail Trading Co. to create […]

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Reviews

Darbaar Review – what we thought

With critically acclaimed Chef Abdul Yaseen at the helm I knew I would be in safe hands, as after spending over a decade spent at the iconic Cinnamon Club and Cinnamon Kitchen, he has launched his first solo project in the form of Darbaar. I love the slick yet exotic feel to the venue as soon as I arrive which has a sharing dining experience layout, inspired by the banquets of the Indian Royal Court. The main dining area also boasts an open kitchen, providing a clear view of all the hustle and bustle of the food being created. The […]

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