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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

An Abundance of Oysters

It’s oyster season! Mark Hix, of HIX Oyster & Chop House, as arranged an evening around the trickiest member of the shellfish family. To help you through the daunting prospect of downing your first oyster the Wright Brothers’ Robin Hancock is there to guide you through the menu which celebrates oysters from all around the British Isles. Of course paired with Champagne the menu stands at £95 per head all inclusive. Recommended for those looking for something little different from the regular tasting menus. Reservations: 020 7017 1930  www.hixoysterandchophouse.co.uk  

Openings & Launches

London’s Pubs

It can’t be denied that London loves its pubs, it always has and most likely always will. Nor cannot it be denied that there are plenty of them, it’s estimated that there are approximately 7000 in London. But with so much choice and so little time, The Handbook have rounded up the ultimate pubs for you to visit: the best places to stay, eat and drink. The best for ales and beers… The infamous White Horse aka The Sloany Pony in Parsons Green has one of the best selections of beers and ales around. They regularly change their selection so […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Smiths of Smithfield – the City Solution

When wandering around London a lot of time and energy is spent on Google searching for the best place to head for a nibble and a drink or two. More often than not there is a panic and you end up in a grotty pub with a dubious glass of house white and some mixed olives from the massive jar behind the bar. Last night however The Handbook may have found a solution to this problem. Smiths of Smithfield launched last night a new floor which is especially for those who want a relaxed drink in a comforting environment. The […]

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The Return of The Goat

Fulham residents can breathe a sigh of relief as their favourite pub The Goat in Boots is soon to return as, simply, GOAT. A whole new concept promises to keep the traditional easy pub atmosphere but with a stylish look and a new food menu to arouse anyone’s interest. An emphasis on vintage glamour has been designed by Finch Interiors and ties in with the food where Head Chef Marco Muselli has perfected a New York-Italian fusion menu. Given that the team behind the whole concept has been involved in some of the most popular venues London has to offer […]

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Openings & Launches

Royal Hospital Road

This March, Gordon Ramsay will reopen his Royal Hospital Road venue following a luxurious art deco interior redesign and marking a new ear for the restaurant. The intimate space in Chelsea will relaunch in the middle of the month with a newly enhanced modern look and feel. Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital is longest running three Michelin starred restaurant in London and Ramsay is delighted to welcome Head Chef Clare Smyth on board both as a partner in the venture and as Chef Patron. Smyth, who has worked with Ramsay for over nine years will continue to improve and further the […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Pizza East: King of Pizzas

Sometimes all you want to eat is pizza and nothing else will do. When that craving calls you need to forget going to your local takeaway and head to Pizza East for proper pizza. The restaurant is quite dark and industrial with exposed concrete, bared wooden walls and simple neutral colours, but the warm low lights are inviting and inside there are a mixture of small and large tables as well as a bar to sit at for drinks. On Monday The Handbook headed over to the Kentish Town branch (there are three, Shoreditch, Portobello and Kentish Town) to try […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Pizza East: King of Pizzas

Sometimes all you want to eat is pizza and nothing else will do. When that craving calls you need to forget going to your local takeaway and head to Pizza East for proper pizza. The restaurant is quite dark and industrial with exposed concrete, bared wooden walls and simple neutral colours, but the warm low lights are inviting and inside there are a mixture of small and large tables as well as a bar to sit at for drinks. On Monday The Handbook headed over to the Kentish Town branch (there are three, Shoreditch, Portobello and Kentish Town) to try […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Happy 15th anniversary Itsu!

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the first Itsu [dining] restaurant in Chelsea, Itsu is launching the £15 for 15th special set price menu at its Chelsea and Notting Hill locations on Draycott Avenue and Notting Hill Gate. Created by Head Chef William Da Silva, the menu features a range of dishes inspired by traditional Japanese cuisine. Guests are invited to choose two classic dishes from the conveyor (options include Sesame Spinach, Salmon & Tuna Tartare, Salmon Tobiko Maki and Duck Crystal Roll with HoiSin Sauce) and one from the Hot Menu (Tiger Prawn Tempura Handroll perhaps?) and a drink […]

Celebrities & Influencers

Amber Lebon DJ’ing at LFW

Amber Le Bon, the enchanting model turned DJ has obviously inherited the musical gene from her famous father, Simon Le Bon. She will no doubt be enjoying her time in the spotlight though, while she's spinning decks at the exclusive club Raffles Chelsea on Wednesday. After all the buzz and visual excitement from London Fashion Week, Le Bon's cool tunes will be the perfect way to say goodbye to the influx of fashion and creativity for another year. Amber will be performing at Raffles Chelsea for the London Fashion Week wrap party along side friend and fellow DJ Becky Tong. […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Bring your own to Bonnie Gull

Sunday may seem like a long way off at the moment, but here is a thought to keep you going throughout the week, the glorious Bonnie Gull on Foley Street are doing a ‘Bring your own’ beer and wine all day and evening on Sundays. If that was not good enough, they are also not charging for corkage, hurrah! So get booking a table now, as it is very popular! Known for its wonderful, fresh seafood, Bonnie Gull is the ultimate place for fish and chips, oysters, lobster, crab…. the list goes on! So forget the Sunday roast this weekend […]

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