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Brindisa’s Calçotada Celebrations

If you know what Calçotada is then we’re very impressed. We’ve got to say we had no idea but extensive professional research means we can enlighten you too; the calçotada is a Catalan winter food festival celebrating the harvest of calçot (giant spring onions). A festival involving food, we’re interested. A good old Spanish excuse to eat, drink and celebrate with friends, Calçotada tends to get messy. Giant spring onions are chargrilled and dipped in Romesco sauce and along with red wine, poured into guests mouths from a height – cue laughter and messy faces. Such an authentic celebration can […]

Reviews

Shoreditch Grind Review – What We Thought

I lived in Melbourne for a while and it’s no secret that they know their coffee. They also know their brunch so every time I stumble across an Aussie-esque brunch in London I am delighted. Whilst I’d happily grab a takeaway flat white from Shoreditch Grind if I was in the area, I was new to learn of their brunch offerings so one Sunday in December headed east, relying on the Grind to build me back up after the silly season had ground me down. I needn’t have doubted them. Whilst I had never actually stepped inside I was familiar with […]

Celeb News

Ones To Watch

2016 was a great years for many, and saw many fantastic new musicians and actors make their way into the limelight. This begs the question “who should we keep an eye out for in 2017?”. Well the fortune-tellers here at The Handbook have put their heads together to come up with this list of 2017’s ones to watch! From Star War’s John Boyega to up-and-coming star Halsey – here is our list!

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Festive afternoon tea at the Playboy Club

Combining two of our favourite things with Christmas and afternoon tea, is the festive themed tea inspired by the Playboy Club’s new “Around the World” cocktail menu, and Salvatore “The Maestro” Calabrese’s globetrotting adventures. Salvatore’s Bar is situated inside one of our favourite London venues, the Playboy Club, which oozes old school glamour and sophistication and we love any excuse to pop down. The suitably festive and boozy afternoon tea offers a selection of traditional gourmet sandwiches like a delicious egg cress sandwich, made more interesting with a touch of garlic, and smoked salmon blinis – vegetarian options instead of […]

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Openings & Launches

London’s 3rd Shake Shack Opens

Following on from the success of the Covent Garden and Stratford restaurants, Shake Shack are opening London site number three, the magic number, this Friday on New Oxford Street. Things are sticking to the classic Shake Shack recipe with the likes of ShackBurger, SmokeShack and Shack-cago Dog and of course those crinkle cut fries with that cheese sauce that everyone is a fan  of…if you haven’t then make them on your bucket list of food to try!  Drinks wise they’ll have Shack exclusives including ShackMeister Ale brewed exclusively for Shake Shack by Thornbridge Brewery and  Shack Red and Shack White […]

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Openings & Launches

Corbin & King Open Bellanger

Chris Corbin and Jeremy King, the duo behind the grand cafés of London such as The Wolseley and The Delaunay are back with the opening of Bellanger. Opening today just off Islington Green, Bellanger will be a classic brasserie taking inspiration from the Alsatian brasseur of the Paris originals. Heading up the kitchen will be Head Chef, Lee Ward who will be cooking up a relaxed all-day brasserie menu with Alsatian overtones and will include classic dishes such as choucroute; Coq au Riesling – riesling braised landaise chicken with mushroom and pearl onions;   Baeckeoffe: beef, pork and lamb braised in […]

News

5 of London’s Best Winter Markets

Instead of trailing round the high street shops, buying the same boring stuff you did last year and having ‘Its Chrissstttmmaaassssssssssss’ perforate your eardrum, why not head down to the best winter markets London has to offer. As the rest of the world launches their own traditional, festive markets, we are lucky to have loads to choose from right on our doorstep. Have a mooch for unique presents, sample delicious food and drinks while seeing loads of christmassy stuff… all while getting tipsy on mulled wine. What could be better? Here’s our top 5:

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

House of Godo Launches

When it comes to lunchtimes, and especially those in busy offices, we can get a bit spoilt for choice. We walk past 10 perfectly good lunch options and despair that there’s nowhere to eat around here. Well, Italian Michelin-star quality food brand, GODO, is about to launch a 3 month pop-up restaurant come Italian seasonal deli  offering authentic, passionate flavours of Italy. The House of GODO pop up will be an immersive experience with an Italian colour scheme and décor plus of course, authentic friendly Italian staff. Seasonal Italian drinks and products will be available to purchase, including a range […]

Reviews

The Ivy Café Review – What We Thought

When you think of the word café you probably most likely think of something cheap and cheerful, where you can get enough food to feed a small army for less than a fiver (you might need to leave London for that to be a reality, but you get my drift).  If not those you might think of the grand cafés of Europe with their high ceilings, antique lighting and smart service, it is, naturally that The Ivy Café falls into this latter category. Having opened at the start of last month in Marylebone, the café offers all -day dining and […]

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Reviews

The Ivy Café Review – What We Thought

When you think of the word café you probably most likely think of something cheap and cheerful, where you can get enough food to feed a small army for less than a fiver (you might need to leave London for that to be a reality, but you get my drift).  If not those you might think of the grand cafés of Europe with their high ceilings, antique lighting and smart service, it is, naturally that The Ivy Café falls into this latter category. Having opened at the start of last month in Marylebone, the café offers all -day dining and […]

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