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Openings & Launches

3rd Ceru Opens

First we’re told that we’re going to have an Indian summer, next thing it’s lashing it down with rain and we’re told that it’s going to be the coldest winter for fifty years… ah British weather, that fickle old thing. Well the one place that is determined to keep the holiday mood going is Ceru, the Eastern Mediterranean restaurant. They’re opening their third restaurant on Canon Street next week and they’re big fans of summer. Vibrant Levantine food, craft beers, artisan coffee and of course cocktails are going to be the order of the day. Executive Chef, Tom Kime (River […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

POP-Down at The Vaults Waterloo

Another day, another pop-up. Or it certainly seems that way. Having said that, we certainly aren’t complaining – pop-ups seem to have the kind of ‘cool factor’ that a stand-alone restaurant can rarely achieve. There’s something about feeling in-the-know that makes you feel like you can visit places every other Tom, Dick and Harry don’t yet know about. Cuisson, the people behind POP-Down are getting a bit of a name for themselves for turning the standard street-food-style pop-up on it’s head and injecting a bit of luxury and innovation, this time to a three month gastronomical residency at the Vaults […]

News

8 of the Best Things to do in Brixton

Ask anyone about Brixton these days and you’ll inevitably hear the same, tired phrases used to describe practically every district of Zone 2 like ‘ooh, it’s meant to be really up and coming’ or ‘I’ve heard it’s pretty edgy’. However, with its funky market, independent cinema and quirky art gallery, Brixton really does seem to live up to these clichés. So, without further ado, here’s the Handbook’s Guide to 8 of the best things to do in lovely Brixton.

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Openings & Launches

Maddox Club Presents UNDERCURRENT

One of London’s most exclusive private members’ venues, Maddox Club, is offering Mayfair party-goers something a little bit different in the form of a new Friday night event called UNDERCURRENT. UNDERCURRENT offers tech and deep house fans a unique opportunity to experience world-class music in an intimate and exclusive nightclub environment. In a nutshell, this is exactly what Ibiza, Mykonos and St Tropez regulars have been looking for after a hedonistic summer of dance. Every Friday throughout September internationally renowned artists such as Adriatique, Magdalena and Undercatt have taken to the Maddox Club decks, proving that the party can, and […]

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News

8 Of The Best Breakfast Spots in London

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and if you ask us, that means that we have the right to make the absolute most of this morning munch. In the spirit of early morning fine dining, we’ve rounded up 8 of the best breakfast spots in London, so that you can sample them all on your quest for the tastiest brekkie – however, we can’t be held responsible for the calorie intake this guide may lead to.

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Best Brunches

8 Of The Best Breakfast Spots in London

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and if you ask us, that means that we have the right to make the absolute most of this morning munch. In the spirit of early morning fine dining, we’ve rounded up 8 of the best breakfast spots in London, so that you can sample them all on your quest for the tastiest brekkie – however, we can’t be held responsible for the calorie intake this guide may lead to.

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Refreshingly British Afternoon Tea

Here at The Handbook we are suckers for the latest offering of teas from a remote village in China finely brewed overnight at the perfect temperature with macaroons presented in a flower pot but sometimes we do crave the good old traditional English afternoon tea. This Autumn, the OXO Tower Restaurant are stripping things back following the success of their ‘Not Afternoon Teas’, so alongside the whimsical cocktail and dessert pairings is something much more familiar. This afternoon tea is something much more like Aunt Mabel would prepare for you, albeit with the culinary talents of a leading London Head Chef and […]

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Reviews

Lucky Pig Fulham – What We Thought

Normally sticking to my home area of East London, I knew that taking my geographically challenged friend and myself to Fulham was never going to be easy. However, after some avid google mapping and a few squeaks of ‘where the hell are we?’ we found our destination. With its bold signage and grand entrance, there was no mistaking that we had arrived at our destination. Lucky Pig has two venues, with the first having an underground speakeasy vibe. Tonight though, we were at the second venue, which acts as the prelude to its sister site (a bit like how the […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Buffalo Bourbon Empire Returns

Hearing something is The World’s Most Award Winning anything fills us with admiration and curiosity so hearing that The World’s Most Award Winning Distillery, Buffalo Trace, are in town makes us eager to see what all the fuss is about. Back as part of the annual London Cocktail Week, Buffalo Bourbon Empire is bringing a flavour of the deep South to the heart of East London. Over the week are a range of events celebrating all things whisky, so there’s pretty much something for everyone, so long as whisky is your tipple of choice. The cocktail masterclass promises to turn […]

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Openings & Launches

Il Cudega Opens in Hackney

Hackney resident of 20 years, Giovanni Brighi has joined with Milanese Luca Gaggioli and chef Paolo Elesbani to bring East London a taste of Lombardy, their home region, with Il Cudega an Italian eno-gastronomia. If you haven’t come across an eno-gastronomia then think of it as café/deli/ restaurant/ takeaway all with the aim of serving Lombardy’s best dishes to us Londoners. To start they’ll be making all your carb dreams come true as it’ll feature a focaccia bar which will serve up the bread Genovese-style, plain or with toppings including crescenza (creamy cheese), thin layers of lardo or bits of […]

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