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Foxlow Launches 2nd Restaurant

Aim of the game for Will Beckett and Huw Gott when they opened the first Foxlow in Clerkenwell back in 2013 was to run a great neighbourhood restaurant. They succeeded and it’s now famed for favourite dishes like Crispy Five Pepper Squid, Foxlow Fried Chicken and Ten Hour Beef Shortrib with Kimchi. So Stoke Newington residents will be suitable ‘stoked’ to know that the duo is opening a second Foxlow – a 100 cover restaurant and bar on the former Homa site on Stoke Newington Church Street, on the 15th April. When they opened Foxlow #1, they used to live […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Fresh Italian food straight to your door

Over at The Handbook we like to write about the best restaurants and bars and generally the best places to eat in the city but then sometimes its winter, and when the icy winds strike staying at home can become a tempting option. But when hunger comes knocking, keep it at bay with the online Italian food delivery service, Nifeislife.com. Nifeislife.com aims at servicing an extensive selection of fresh, authentic and seasonal Italian deli products which won’t break the bank. The website is based in London and delivers tempting items like ham, breads, salami, wine and cheese straight to your […]

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Our Guide to…British Pie Week

It can’t be denied that as a nation we love pies, so much so that this week is British Pie week, which sounds like just the sort of thing we can get on board on with. From traditional meat pies with gravy and jellied eels to those cooked in Champagne, here are some of the best places to get pies in the capital – bring on the carbs:  Putney Pies Claiming to be the finest pies in the land Putney Pies on Putney High Street sure know how to make a classic British pie and it seems as if London is loving […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Our Guide to…British Pie Week

It can’t be denied that as a nation we love pies, so much so that this week is British Pie week, which sounds like just the sort of thing we can get on board on with. From traditional meat pies with gravy and jellied eels to those cooked in Champagne, here are some of the best places to get pies in the capital – bring on the carbs:  Putney Pies Claiming to be the finest pies in the land Putney Pies on Putney High Street sure know how to make a classic British pie and it seems as if London is loving […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Blenheim Palace’s Winston Churchill Supper

‘My idea of a good dinner is, first to have a good dinner, then discuss good food, and after this good food has been elaborately discussed, to discuss a good topic – with me as chief conversationalist’   Wise words from Winston Churchill, sounds like our sort of dinner too and Blenheim Palace’s, because on the 5th June they are hosting a Churchill inspired supper. The evening will begin with Champagne cocktails and smoked salmon blinis with Avruga caviar, on the Italian Garden Terrace, well how else would you start it? As Churchill so famously said, ‘ Remember gentlemen, it’s not France […]

Openings & Launches

The Next Big Thing at St Pancras Renaissance Hotel

What did you do the last time you stayed in a hotel? Had afternoon tea, visited the spa perhaps? How about go and watch a set by the next up and coming bands and artists?  No? Well you can at the St Pancras Renaissance hotel. So you may or may not know that back in the day (we’re talking almost 20 years which is slightly terrifying) the Spice Girls shot their Wannabe video on the Grand Staircase inside the hotel, which is pretty impressive but they are not the only band to grace the hotel.  Oh no, the last couple of […]

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Openings & Launches

Farr’s School of Dancing (it’s a restaurant)

Contrary to what you might think, Farrs is a restaurant. Yes really. The ‘dancing’ thing is just to confuse people. The just-launched venue on Dalston Lane is a new venture from the team behind Clapton boozer The Clapton Hart, Manager Charlie Beety and Head Chef Brez Barwise and is all about pub food with seasonal produce, sourced locally and ethically wherever possible. The menu serves up artisan bar bites accompanied by chutneys and sauces, a selection of potted and jarred snacking dishes, school board sharing platters, hearty mains and indulgent desserts. Small plates feature Deep-Fried ‘Popcorn’ Cockles with Chilli Vinegar and […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Owl bar to open – what a hoot!

It is a truth universally acknowledged that barman are basically the Fairy Godmothers of the twenty-first century. They are there to listen to our drivel when we’re broken up with, watch us get down with friends and impart some much needed wisdom/cocktails in times of crisis. However, if it is wisdom that you are after, make sure to head to Soho, where for one week only, you can be sharing your cocktails with a bunch of wise old owls. You heard correctly: owls, and we don’t mean the agony aunt kind. Yes, the nocturnal gang will be flying into Soho, […]

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Openings & Launches

Ice & Slice Opens in Fulham

We all like to boast about the latest fancy restaurant we’ve been to, where we dined on impossibly small portions of deconstructed something or other, artfully arranged on a plate with painstaking precision, then delicately sprayed with aerated nothingness and finished with some superfluous foam. Something like that anyway. But if we’re being really honest, when asked what we’d like for our last supper it’s unlikely that many of us would request a Michelin-starred tasting menu. Really (and we’re being really honest here), nothing beats good old-fashioned pizza and ice cream. Call us big kids, but it doesn’t get better […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Glenmorangie Whisky Launches 1st Pop-Up

Scotland’s favourite single malt whisky Glenmorangie is launching its first ever London pop-up bar this March designed by London events company Polar Black. Opening on the 13th and running until the 21st on Bateman Street, The Glenmorangie Unseen Bar will reveal the unseen lengths and artistry that goes into creating the whisky. Of course mixologists will be on hand creating a range of bespoke ‘Unseen’ cocktails or if you like your whisky straight up then there is the full range of Glenmorangie expressions.  For the whisky aficionados out there then you can head to The Glenmorangie Vault, an exclusive room […]

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