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Barrecore launches new studio in Chiswick

For those of you not in the know yet, barrecore is a low-impact, full-body interval training programme which boasts fans like Eva Herzigova, Suki Waterhouse and Zara Martin. You may not move from your yoga mat but that doesn’t mean you are in for an easy ride. The Handbook decided to head down to check out a class – if it’s good enough for a supermodel, it’s good enough for us! The movements used are inspired by ballet, yoga and pilates, participants use their own bodyweight as resistance with high repetition exercises to work the muscles to capacity for a […]

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Scandinavia Comes to The Bluebird

What do Ikea, ABBA and The Bluebird all have in common? No not great music, fantastic furniture and delicious food (although they all have these too) but Scandinavia. Now we know that The Bluebird’s inclusion in this denouncement is a little strange but bear with us because on 24th November, Scandinavia will officially be coming to Chelsea in the shape of The Bluebird’s Scandi Bird pop-up and don’t worry, any ABBA shenanigans will be left at home. The pop-up terrace, which will be transformed into a Nordic inspired haven complete with Christmas trees, twinkling fairy lights and reindeer skins will […]

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Meantime Mondays: Burgers and Beer

How was your Monday?  Dreadful? Slow? Still battling the two day hangover? Well next week you can forget the Monday misery as Ben’s Canteen have joined forces with Meantime Brewery  for burgers and schooners (they’re a glass if you didn’t know, don’t worry we didn’t either). From 5pm every Monday you’ll be able to get your hands on a limited edition Burger – they’ve kicked things off with the Ultimate Lamb Burger topped with BC Lamb Mayonnaise and mint salsa verde and a Schooner of Meantime Beer for just £10…sounds pretty ideal to us. They’ve also made all their regular […]

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Night Tales Returns

Hanging out in car parks has officially become cool. No, don’t worry here at The Handbook we have not gone crazy. Nor have we swapped our grown up city life for a slightly depressing teenage one. Yes, gone are the days of seedy car park drinking, thanks to Background Bars who have come out of hibernation to transform a 10,000 sq/ft car park into this winter’s hottest hangout: Night Tales. Based in Shoreditch, every Friday and Saturday you will be treated to an evening of revelry underneath a stretch canopy surrounded by wood fires, private serviced chalets and deliciously indulgent […]

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Openings & Launches

Rosa’s Chelsea

East London mini chain Rosa’s Thai Café which began life as a street food stall on Brick Lane is launching its first West London location in Chelsea’s Fulham Road so expect authentic, home-cooked Thai food from husband and wife team, Alex and Saiphin Moore plus a debut cocktail bar too. The seasonally changing menu features must-tries such as Spicy Grilled Pork Neck Salad with a bittersweet Thai dressing; Red Curry with Palm Heart with a lemongrass marinade; Stir-fried Crispy Pork with Kra Prow – with galangal, mint and chilli; Minute Seared Tuna with fresh Thai herbs, capers, garlic and chilli, […]

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Q on Ice opens in Canary Wharf

It’s getting cold and there’s nothing we can do to escape the next few arctic months except embrace the festivities (Bonfire Night, Thanksgiving, Christmas etc) wholeheartedly. So pass us the mulled wine, let’s throw on an extra layer and head down to Canary Wharf’s outdoor ice rink. But if sliding over frozen water is not quite your thing then rejoice in a new pop-up restaurant by restaurateur Des McDonald; Q on Ice. Open until 28th February, Q on Ice offers a wide selection of food and drink from the BBQ menu and raw bar. The new pop also boasts great […]

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Selin Kiazim at Carousel

You must have heard about Carousel by now… if not shame on you. Situated in Marylebone it’s the brainchild of Shuttlecock Inc, a permanent pop-up, where chefs and groups take up residencies to show off their menus and skills to Londoners alongside, performances and music. And now it is the turn of Selin Kiazim, who takes up the reins following on from the likes of Javier Rodriguez, Giorgio Locatelli and Paris Pop-Up. Since her 6 month residency at Trip Kitchen, Londoners  have been lusting over Selin’s Turkis- Cypriot influenced food, and her residency which launches today can’t come soon enough, […]

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Openings & Launches

Heddon Street Kitchen

Gordon Ramsay, a veritable institution in the culinary (and celebrity) world, adds yet another refined restaurant to his luxury portfolio. Heddon Street Kitchen is inspired by its City sister, Bread Street Kitchen, but boasts its very own premier location, in the heart of Regent Street’s Food Quarter. Set across two floors, its glamorous interior closely resembles the classy industrial chic of Bread Street Kitchen, but with more gorgeous golden hues; making it appear aglow with a warming Instagram filter. Their simple yet sophisticated décor perfectly reflects their desired ‘cool and casual’ vibe. They are open all day and welcome drop-ins; […]

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The Wild Game Co. Pop-Up

Meat lovers across the capital rejoice as The Wild Game Co. launches its very first stand-alone pop-up dining experience in the foodie’s paradise that is Charlotte Street, and its surrounding area. When it comes to wild game and venison, The Wild Game Co. are about as authentic as it gets; founded by Scotsman Andy Waugh, all their meat is directly sourced from the Scottish Highlands before being, to put it delicately – ‘prepared’ – by his family’s game-butchering business. Andy and his clan of ‘kilt-wearing chefs’ have been making quite the impression on the London dining scene since their beginning […]

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Shoryu Ramen, Soho Review

Japanese food is up there with my favourite cuisines but having never ventured to this particular establishment before I was intrigued to see what they would have to offer. The restaurant looks quite unassuming from the outside but inside it takes on the appearance of a cosy Japanese Ramen bar. It’s cosily lit, dark walls and wooden detailing. We were sat at the front of the restaurant in a reasonably narrow space but go out the back and it opens out into a sizeable area, even with a private dining room downstairs. We started by meeting Mimi, restaurant manager and […]

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