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Pop Up Opium Den in Mayfair

Imagine yourself in the basement of a Chinese laundry, surrounded by a heady cloud of opium and slumped bodies inhaling vapour from pipes. Now image a legal and more civilised present-day scenario and you have yourself ‘The Blue Lotus’ Opium Den, a four-day event by award-winning immersive pop-up event planners. The Chinese brought opium over to the States with them during the California Gold Rush, resulting in numerous dens popping up across San Francisco’s Chinatown. Back then the clientele varied, with some dens hugely opulent with others seedy and basic. Despite their underground popularity, huge bonfires in the city destroyed confiscated […]

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Morden & Lea Review: What We Thought

Following on from being Chef Director at The Strand Dining Rooms, Mark Sargeant has recently opened his first central restaurant, Morden & Lea on Wardour Street and so of course The Handbook had to go and check it out.  Split across two levels, the restaurant caters for those looking for a more formal evening and those like us who just wanted to snack on a little (or in our case, a lot) after an evening of drinks. The downstairs restaurant is kept simple, dark blue leather banquettes, small tables and calm, light grey walls adorned with an eclectic mix of […]

Reviews

Morden & Lea Review: What We Thought

Following on from being Chef Director at The Strand Dining Rooms, Mark Sargeant has recently opened his first central restaurant, Morden & Lea on Wardour Street and so of course The Handbook had to go and check it out.  Split across two levels, the restaurant caters for those looking for a more formal evening and those like us who just wanted to snack on a little (or in our case, a lot) after an evening of drinks. The downstairs restaurant is kept simple, dark blue leather banquettes, small tables and calm, light grey walls adorned with an eclectic mix of […]

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Homeslice Fitzrovia Review- What We Thought

Remember when we told you about the opening of Homeslice in Fitzrovia? Well finding ourselves in need of a cure to a miserable Wednesday we decided to head over to Wells Street to gorge ourselves on 20” pizzas and prosecco…as you do. Walking up from Oxford Street I thought I had missed Homeslice it’s quite a long way down Wells Street, but there it was, the awning and neon pizza sign welcoming Londoners in from the rain. With Neal’s Yard being as successful as it is, they’ve kept the formula pretty much the same, great music, drinks on tap and […]

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Homeslice Fitzrovia Review- What We Thought

Remember when we told you about the opening of Homeslice in Fitzrovia? Well finding ourselves in need of a cure to a miserable Wednesday we decided to head over to Wells Street to gorge ourselves on 20” pizzas and prosecco…as you do. Walking up from Oxford Street I thought I had missed Homeslice it’s quite a long way down Wells Street, but there it was, the awning and neon pizza sign welcoming Londoners in from the rain. With Neal’s Yard being as successful as it is, they’ve kept the formula pretty much the same, great music, drinks on tap and […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Flavour-altering Pop-Up Cafe

Do you eat all the fruit in the bottom of a glass of Pimm’s but leave the bitter lemon because even the thought of eating it makes you wince? We do. An exciting culinary experiment is taking place where nothing is quite as it seems. Sour will taste sweet in a venture that sounds very Heston Blumenthal-esque; we are slightly expecting clouds of smoke and flying doves when we visit The Attendant. Sound familiar? You probably know of The Attendant as London’s most unusual cafe. A converted Victorian public toilet down steps in the heart of Fitzrovia, The Attendant’s latest […]

Openings & Launches

Nanban Lands in Brixton

We always love to see when a pop-up or street food stall is so successful it can take up permanent residence and that is happening again this month as Tim Anderson’s Nanban settle in Brixton. Opening on the 25th September the restaurant on Coldharbour Lane is found in a building that was the former home of a pie and eel shop and many of the original features have been restored; there is an arched picture window, brickwork, dark hardwood panelling and a red and white terrazzo floor.  Being a combination of an izakaya and ramen shop the restaurant will offer […]

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The Boundary review – what we thought

When you think of Shoreditch you might think urban chic and hipster hangouts. The idea of a high end French restaurant probably won’t spring to mind, but that’s exactly the charm of The Boundary. Hidden away in the basement, leaving behind the edgy cool and graffiti streets of Shoreditch, you are suddenly transported to a venue that wouldn’t look out of place in Mayfair. The open plan kitchen allows for snooping as the chefs work their magic with Head Chef Frederick Forster leading the team. The Boundary is one of those restaurants where you feel safe ordering any dish in the […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Supa Dupa Brunch Party

Imagine your coolest friend and imagine their apartment. Now imagine a New York-style long and lazy brunch party and mix the two together. This is exactly what is happening in The Hoxton Holborn Hotel’s new Apartment when super cool DJ Emily Rawson hosts The Supa Dupa Brunch Party in October. We love the Hoxton for their informal, Scandi-style interior and welcoming atmosphere which makes it all too easy to settle in for the day on one of their comfy velvet sofas – and actually not much reason to leave, thanks to Cheeky spa, Hoxton Grind coffee and then the cosy […]

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OktoberFest comes to London

We think that October should officially be renamed Oktober, in honour of annual German festival OktoberFest, which brings together a delicious mix of sausages and beer. Somehow the name makes it entirely acceptable – if not a requirement – to eat as many Würstel as we can handle in 4 days, surrounded by stein-drinking, Lederhosen-clad men and Dirndl-dressed women. We find it hard to believe that OktoberFest is only debuting in London this year. Before now, 6 million beer-mad fans have made the trip to Munich to enjoy the traditional festivities, first held in 1810 to celebrate the royal wedding […]

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