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Tequila, Tequila, Tequila

Make sure to grab your lemon and salt and head straight to Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green from the 9th, where as an ode to the season Tequila Patrón will be hosting the Bah Humbug party celebrating the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Whilst there won’t be any Scrooges in attendance you will be treated to three Christmas parties in one, with the night taking on an immersive trail of tequila splendour, inspired by Dickens’ famous novel. WHAM’s Last Christmas will definitely be on the cards, with the start of the evening celebrating everything that is the […]

Openings & Launches

December Openings

Bocconcino London Mayfair’s Berkeley Square and its surroundings is packed with every permutation of posh restaurant going, but what if you just fancy a pizza? Well as of this week, Berkeley Street is saying ‘bienvenuto’ to brand new pizzeria, Bocconcino. The new venue is the brainchild of restaurateur Mikhail Gokhner who was inspired by the vibrant flavours he experienced while visiting Forte dei Marmi. All your favourite pizzas will be on offer from the classics to the more unusual indulgent Calzone Four Cheese and Gorgonzola and Pear pizza. Opens December 1st. www.bocconcinorestaurant.co.uk BRGR.co Who says that burgers couldn’t be fancy? With BRGR.co as […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Welcome to The Clubhouse

Say goodbye to any dieting New Year’s resolutions you may have and hello to KERB’s new semi- permanent residency in Hackney Wick, where from 5th December you will be treated to some innovative cooking every Friday and Saturday night. Based in an old mirror factory, The Clubhouse will be a covered, experimental food market complete with indulgent street food and live music. For those that don’t already know, KERB was created by Petra Barran after she embarked on her own food journey by converting a van into ‘choc star’. Since then she has taken KERB all over London, helping to promote […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Zaika reopens after complete refurbishment

Sitting proudly at the top of Kensington High Street you might recognise Zaika, from the outside at least, as inside there has been a complete refurbishment which extends to the entire staff and management. The former bank makes for a stunning and striking venue with its high ceilings and marble features, the long bar betrays its first purpose with cash register shaped features running along the back of the bar which separates it from the main dining area. It is definitely worth taking a moment to pull up pew at the bar to enjoy their impressive selection of cocktails and […]

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Openings & Launches

Happy Birthday to the Marquee Club

What do The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix and David Bowie all have in common? For those who are not rock geniuses, the answer is The Marquee Club, which throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s witnessed the birth and rise of these now major artists. And having given birth to such iconic British figures, it is only apt that on 1st December we celebrate their 50 years of existence, with an anniversary party at Floridita London. Whilst we doubt there will be any guitar smashing going on, the evening does promise exclusive performances from bands such as Ten Years […]

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M in the City

This week has seen the launch of M in the City situated on Threadneedles Street, the first solo project from Martin Williams the former Managing Director of Gaucho Restaurants and it’s pretty impressive.  Set over 15,000 square feet it’s home to 2 restaurants , a wine tasting bar, a destination cocktail bar, private dining room, events space and a secret den.  Designed by Rene Dekker Design Team, the inside is playful let luxurious with the different spaces running into each other, blending seamlessly. So the cool blues and ebony hues of the Grill restaurant will merge with the greys and […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Cheese, Glorious Cheese at Verden

Cheese, glorious cheese…here at The Handbook we cannot get enough of the stuff which is we were delighted to hear about Verden, a new restaurant led by Head Chef Tom Fraser (ex-Scott’s) in Clapton. The restaurant, which has its very own cold-room vaults in the basement, specialises in three of our favourite things: cheese, wine and charcuterie. Make sure to wrap up warm as customers are more than welcome to enjoy the vaults themselves, selecting homemade cheeses, to either eat-in or take-away.   Whilst the cheese is definitely something that we are going to be checking out, we were intrigued […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Lancaster’s Afternoon Tea

When it’s this sort of weather there is nothing better than to get out of the cold and set yourself up with good company and better food. With this in mind we headed over to The Lancaster who have recently launched their new afternoon tea. Served in the lounge – which is the perfect setting with dark wooden panels, an open fire and sofas you can just sink into- the tea is classic yet with little contemporary twists and nostalgic sweet inspired cakes. First we were brought Novus loose teas and a mini sand timer so that each type could […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Oh My Cod at Randall & Aubin

You are all probably well aware that it is Christmas soon, and that the festive season is almost upon us as you have to check that your ears aren’t playing tricks on you as the first Christmas song starts blaring from supermarket speakers. But did you know that a much more important season is also taking place? I am of course talking about cod season! Well someone that is well aware is iconic seafood restaurant Randall & Aubin who has launched their Oh My Cod menu. Lunchtime visitors can treat themselves to Large Premium In-Shore Cod & Chips with House […]

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Hunting Without the Gathering with York & Albany

Grab your shooting jacket and head to York & Albany’s winter cabin this week, where you will be treated to a hunting lodge complete with wild game and plenty of fun. Set in the cosy courtyard of the restaurant and inspired by the age of hunting grounds of the surrounding Regent’s Park, you will be in for a rural retreat with the added bonus of not having to leave the confines of London. Combine this with outdoor heaters, scented candles and live music and this whole hunting thing suddenly became a whole load more enticing. Tweed, tartan and taxidermy will […]

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