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Chotto Matte Soho New Lunch Menu

If the sandwich has lost it’s allure or the idea of yet another pasta salad leaves you cold, let Chotto Matte in Soho take over and introduce you to their new lunch menu of quick and healthy Japanese dishes. With a menu based around the Japanese term ‘Bento’, meaning multi course meal, the menu is perfect for the busy worker looking for something a little different but keen to keep to a tight schedule. To take just one of the three Bentos on offer, the Spicy Chicken one will include a paper thin salad, a seabass ceviche, a spicy vegetable […]

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Valentine’s Day in London: 3

In our final piece about Valentine's Day we have rounded up some of our favourite dinner menus, such as the Savoy's 'his and hers' menu, our favourite events – we want to head over to Charlotte Street Hotel to fall in love with Mr Darcy all over again, and if you do already have someone to share Valentine's Day with then we also have some of our favorite hotels to visit – from decadence at The Ritz to naughtiness at the South Place Hotel… spread the love! Alain Duccase As part of their Valentine’s menu the Alain Duccasse at The […]

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Lanes of London Review

Lanes of London on Park Lane is like a new best friend who you feel like you have known for years. Or that is what The Handbook thought when we went down to check it out this week. Despite it being a new restaurant, it didn’t have any of that shiny- new brightness where the paint looks almost sterile or hospital like; rather it felt homely and at ease with itself. With low lighting, grand ceilings, vintage mirrors, high wing back chairs and an air of a member’s club there is none of the stuffiness, the cocktails were served in […]

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Valentine’s Day in London: 1

Valentine's day –  you either love it or loathe it, either it has you coming over all warm and fuzzy or the red hearts and loved up couples make you nauseous. But panic not, for those who have someone special this year then London has all host of things you can do, from afternoon tea at The Ampersand to comedy at the Roof Gardens – perfect for dates! For those who aren't celebrating with anyone in particular, now is time for the phrase 'if you can't beat them join them' at one of the valentine's party happening across the capital […]

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Hawker House Indoor Market Extends Its Run

Love Food? Love Drink? Love Music? So do we!  So all that’s left to do is pack up, get together and head down for all three at The Hawker House Indoor Market. Who’s with us? Due to its immense popularity the Hawker Market has extended its original run for a further ten weeks allowing its Singapore street food inspired setting to bring even more joy to Londoners. Hurrah! Housed in a old factory sandwiched between Broadway Market and Hackney Road the menus at the eating emporium are constantly changing. With Fundi Pizza’s wood fired treats, The Grilling Greek’s halloumi souvlaki or Vinn Goute’s curried […]

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Big Easy

Big Easy is branching out into Covent Garden next month complete with a nine-metre bar boasting over 500 bottles with a focus on dark spirits from whisky to Caribbean rum. Better still, there’ll be cocktail machines dispensing frozen slushies and Old Fashioneds on tap! As with the Kings Road mothership, the food menu will be based around the finest Bar.B.Q pork and beef cuts, rare-breed British steaks, freshest local seafood and lobster. Executive Bartender is Lee Potter Cavanagh (HIX restaurants) and Nathan Merriman (The Club at The Ivy, The Savoy) is Bar Manager. Merriman was recently named 2013 Young Bartender […]

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MTV Brand New for 2014 at Islington Assembly Hall

Heard of George Ezra, Ella Eyre, Royal Blood? Yes? Good work! No? Well you should and you certainly will by the end of 2014. They are among the acts who have been nominated for the MTV Brand New for 2014. Joining them are the likes of The Vamps, Joel Compass and Kwabs, they are the bands and singers that MTV reckon will be big this year, and if you heard their music you would know why! To celebrate this much coveted title Emporio Armani Diamonds in association with MTV Brand New for 2014 are putting on two exclusive gigs at […]

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Zumbura: Review

Zumbura is a relaxed, welcoming restaurant in Old Town, Clapham with friendly staff. A large bar where guests can sit, enjoy the food and watch their cocktails being prepared takes up one side of the restaurant. Now I have set the scene I’m going to tell you about the food because it deserves the majority of this blog. We sampled a lot of the food, and by a lot I mean nearly everything, so I will try and keep it short. The Pakora are spinach and onion chick pea flour fritters were an authentic starter which reminded me of onion […]

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February Openings

January is almost over, hurrah, and we can look forward to February and hopefully spring is on the horizon. But  forget Valentine's Day, right now we are getting more excited about the new restaurants opening in London next month, then whether or not that guy on the floor below is finally going to ask us out.  From Spanish dishes on Lower Regent street to noodles in Dalston; from bard inspired by fairytales in Farringdon to American BBQ in Camden, here are some of London's best venues, and our new favourite dates. London House After a three month long refurbishment, London […]

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Award -winning Poppies Fish and Chips

Fish and chips – the quintessentially British dish, Britain without fish and chips is like Romeo without Juliet, Bonnie without Clyde, Ant without Dec… you get our drift, it is an institution. Now Poppies Fish and Chip in Spitalfields have reason to celebrate as it is has just been named as the UK’s Best Independent Fish and Chip Restaurant in the National Fish and Chip Awards organised by Seafish! With its vintage style décor and Poppettes (waitresses) dressed in wartime land girl outfits,  Poppies run by Pat Newland or Pop has been in business for the last 50 years, feeding […]

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