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Cereal Killer Café: Are You In On The Joke?

The Cereal Killer Café has had a tough time, remember the gentrification controversy when they opened in 2015? Since then the Brick Lane eatery has tried to win people over with their ‘zany’ marketing and £5-a-pop bowls of cereal, and their latest charm offensive (no pun) is no different: ‘Unicorn Poop or Salty Balls in your mouth, anyone?’. It’s hard to understand why an angry mob marched on the hipster hangout. They mustn’t have got the joke. And I’m not sure I do either. I don’t understand the appeal of the Cereal Killer Café, the jokey pun name grates, while the […]

Reviews

Bottomless Crab Mac n Cheese at Claw

What: I rather like Mondays, I think they get a rough deal, sure we can complain about Mondays saying they are reason we are tired and down, actually it’s more likely that the reason you’re tired is because of Saturday and Sunday. Mondays are the start of a new week, the day we all say we’re going to not procrastinate at work, we will bring our lunch in and we will make it to the gym, a day of new possibilities. It’s also the day that many restaurants lure as in with wonderful deals, to cheer up our days and […]

Travel

Cowes Week, Music Festivals and 8 Other Reasons to Visit the Isle of Wight

The English social calendar is an ever moving caravan, Ascot’s top hats are hurriedly stowed to make space for Wimbledon’s strawberries and cream, gaudy blazers, thronging the banks of Henley Royal Regatta, give way to the spectacle of aristos and reality stars divot stomping at Guards polo before the party moves to Glorious Goodwood, which itself fires the starting pistol for Cowes week, the regatta that gets into full swing this coming week. So as the great-and-the-good set sail for this beautiful island county on England’s south coast, so I have donned my best life preserver to check out what […]

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Openings & Launches

Gunpowder Plot Their Second Restaurant at One Tower Bridge

You know what they say, the smaller the better… or at least that’s what I tell myself as I stand on my tip toes to reach something from the top shelf. Yet, Gunpowder seem to be on side with my views, as their first restaurant was equipped with an intimate 20 covers. Now, a little sibling is en route in the form of Gunpowder numero duo, residing at One Tower Bridge. Situated in Shoreditch their first restaurant was a huge success, and whilst we’re sure this is because the Indian home-style cooking was a success, it’s equally an ideal pit-stop […]

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Health & Wellness

Ready, (Mind)Set, Go: New Gym Seeks to Help Your Mindset

Your mindset is an important thing…especially when it comes to carrying out mundane office tasks or waking up for work in the morning, or keeping calm when it’s your other halves turn to choose the movie. In these circumstances, and many others, there’s no doubt a healthy mindset helps you to take the bull by the horns. With this in mind (see what we did there?), a boutique fitness club – also aptly named Mindset – is throwing open its doors an accessible five-minute walk from Waterloo Station. The gym has been designed to help its users rejuvenate their mental […]

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Reviews

Tom’s Kitchen Brunch Review: What We Thought

What: Following a ravishing re-launch of his flagship Chelsea restaurant, Tom Aikens, the Michelin-star clad face behind the famed Tom’s Kitchen, has thrown a weekend bottomless brunch menu into the mix, perfectly timed for lazy Summer snacking. The redesigned space has seen the introduction of an array of seasonal British sharing plates, and a brunch with a no-nonsense approach, featuring all the championed classics. Tom’s Kitchen has two sites across London and one in Birmingham. The London locations include Chelsea which opened first in November 2006, followed by Canary Wharf. The Setting: Despite being situated a stroll from the infamous King’s […]

What to do This Weekend

Some Weekend Ideas: 3rd – 5th August

Remember that time that it rained? Waaaay back, like four days ago? Seems like a dream, right? Not least because it’s forecast to go up to around 30 degrees again this weekend. London Craft Beer Festival What: Beer we go… Why: We’re on the cusp of beer day, so what better way to get into the spirit than the London Craft Beer Festival? The festival returns with their biggest celebration yet, with over 65 breweries from around the world taking part all at the festival’s new home in Wapping’s Tobacco Dock. Taking place over three days, look forward to a combination […]

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Reviews

We Review Smoke & Salt’s New Brunch

What: When chefs Aaron Webster (Dinner by Heston and The Latymer in Pennyhill Park) and Remi Williams (Craigie on Main and Deuxave) met in the kitchens of The Shed in Notting Hill they decided to come together to create Smoke & Salt, a restaurant championing ancient techniques of smoking, curing and preserving. In the modern fairy tale that is pop-up to bricks and mortar (or in this case shipping container), Smoke & Salt started off as a monthly pop-up series and residencies before taking over the magic container that Kricket had at Pop Brixton. On my quest to find the […]

Reviews

Critics’ Choices: Where We Reviewed In July

July zipped by in a haze of Love Island and intolerable heat. So how do we deal with office temperatures that peaked at 32 degrees (with the AC on!) here at The Handbook? Go out and eat in some of London’s best restaurants, of course, oh and travel. Here’s all the places we enjoyed in July. Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa What: Just very sly… Why: Okay, so I’ve wanted to go to the Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa since I was about 11 years old. Genuinely, proper bucket list stuff. Couldn’t afford it for my honeymoon but would have […]

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Health & Wellness

“Ommm” Your Way to Equilibrium: Inhere’s Meditation Pods

We’re about to lose our minds up Inhere, up Inhere…No, the space bar on my computer hasn’t stopped working, but rather Inhere, London’s first drop-in meditation studio, has arrived to provide private guided meditation classes and workshops. When we think of meditation more often than not images of mountain ranges, sunsets and the full lotus might cloud the mind. However, you don’t actually have to use up the air miles to find a foreign sunset, as Inhere have created a custom-designed meditation pod launching this month, available for homes, offices, hotels, spas and other areas. We all know offices can […]

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