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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Mint Leaf’s Cocktail Masterclasses

When it comes to Friday you can forget the gym, forget the chores and forget your boxsets because Friday night is the night for drinks, ok so most nights are the nights for drinks, but Friday in particular. And if you’re looking for a place to go, then we say Mint Leaf, Haymarket. Firstly they have a happy hour from 5pm – 7pm – because who doesn’t want to drink and save money? Secondly, DJ Jon Henry of House of Henry Records will be on the decks playing from 7pm until late, so you can dance off the cocktails. And […]

Openings & Launches

Swine Dining: The Launch of Oink

A life without pork is unthinkable. Well it was for James Purdie whilst living in Dubai and on his return to the UK vowed never again go without his pig necessity. Hence, his creation of the pop-up restaurant, Oink. Located in the heart of Shoreditch, Oink pays homage to our pot-bellied friends. So, how versatile can pork really be? Well Oink’s Swine Dining menu offers dozens of varieties including pig’s cheek, black pudding nuggets, crispy shredded pig’s ear, pulled pork shoulder and sour glazed chilli ribs. With obvious inspirations from both home and abroad, Oink offers a new range of […]

Culture

Drive in Film Club At Alexandra Palace

We’ve been to rooftop cinema, we’ve been to good old regular cinema and we’ve generally watched too much Netflix. But yawn, no one wants to spend their summer evenings inside feeling like they’ve wasted their time and after all you should never live the same day twice. So why not go to the capital’s only drive in film club at Alexandra Palace? Classics like The Goonies, Back To The Future will be on show. Also playing is the saucy 50 Shades of Grey…oh la la. Londoners can also get their engines going for the 4th of July with a very […]

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News

5 of London’s Top Dim Sum Restaurants

Did you know ‘Dim Sum’ simply translates to ‘Touch the Heart’? See you learn something new every day…Whether you’re looking for an informal place to tuck into your bamboo baskets, or somewhere a little bit special, we have rounded up our five of our favourite dim sum restaurants in London. The Drunken Monkey What: All day dim sum eatery with cocktails and DJ’sWhy: With most traditional dim dum restaurants in Shoreditch only serving at breakfast and lunchtime, this is the place to go if you’re craving the cuisine well into the evening.  This one off place offers a massive selection on […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Boozy Burgers At K West Hotel & Spa

There are some people who go into a spa and want to cleanse, detox, eat celery and what not. That’s just not for us – celery is hardly the equivalent of living the dream. Whenever we go to the spa it is usually because we want to indulge ourselves or possibly because we had a few to many cocktails the night before. And plus, all that time spent there makes us hungry. We are glad someone has picked up on this as K West Hotel and Spa are introducing their new Bloody Mary Burger in the Studio Kitchen The Bloody […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Cellar Fest at Source Battersea

South-West London’s most exciting basement bar, Source Battersea, has teamed up with The Vintner to open its doors to host Cellar Fest for one night only. So if you are looking for a fun and booze-fuelled night, look no further. Join other young bright sparks of London to embark on a night entirely different to the traditional Thursday post-work drinks. The Vintner, legendary wine merchants of Chelsea, will be providing specially selected and interesting wines, so don’t expect the usual run-of-the-mill Chardonnays and Sauvignons. In addition, a wine-tasting opportunity will be on offer to sample a selection of wines. Street food […]

Reviews

House of Elemis – what we thought

What: Body care brand’s mothership Where: 2 Lancashire Court, Mayfair W1S 1EX Why you should go there: To be pampered inside and out Favourite thing we did: Nearly fell asleep on the heated massage bed Summer is here, clothes are coming off, time to get prepped. For any Elemis fans, you are about to be dropped in heaven as Elemis has just opened a venue in Mayfair where they not only sell their products but perform treatments. The venue is brand spanking new and oozes relaxation from the moment you pop your toe in the door.The main entrance leads to the shop filled […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

8 of London’s Best Hotel Restaurants

As a cosmopolitan tourist destination, London is blessed with a variety of world class hotels and restaurants. Some bright sparks have managed to combine the two, creating some of London’s finest culinary delights! Here are The Handbook’s Top 8 Hotel Restaurants.

Reviews

Top Hat Catering Pop Up – What We Thought

What: Stylish and great tasting foodWhere: 1, Heliport Industrial Estate, Lombard Road, Battersea SW11 3SSWhy you should go there: For the best salted caramel ice cream ever We started our evening in the warehouse plot of Top Hat Catering’s cooking facility – not something you here at the start of every food review. Our gin was mixed with tonic water and apple juice and the air was mixed with the smell of high class food which was yet to be served.  The Wye valley asparagus with smoked hollandaise was a simple dish but beautiful crafted and perfect for a canapé. I say crafted […]

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Reviews

Top Hat Catering Pop Up – What We Thought

What: Stylish and great tasting foodWhere: 1, Heliport Industrial Estate, Lombard Road, Battersea SW11 3SSWhy you should go there: For the best salted caramel ice cream ever We started our evening in the warehouse plot of Top Hat Catering’s cooking facility – not something you here at the start of every food review. Our gin was mixed with tonic water and apple juice and the air was mixed with the smell of high class food which was yet to be served.  The Wye valley asparagus with smoked hollandaise was a simple dish but beautiful crafted and perfect for a canapé. I say crafted […]

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