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Openings & Launches

Freak Scene Pop Up Turns Permanent

We always like it when a pop-up finds a permanent home, so we’re pretty freakin’ excited that Freak Scene is back and back for good. Created by Scott Hallsworth (along with Phar Shaweewan) last July after he left Kurobuta, the pop-up served up ‘curious’ Asian dishes inspired by Scott’s experience in Japan, Singapore and Malay and it was a big hit. Opening in Soho on 54 Frith Street, the menu will include favourites from the pop-up such as miso-grilled black cod tacos with sushi rice and scorched red chilli; chicken-fried chicken with peanut soy and cucumber pickles and a honey-hoisin […]

Awesome Afternoon Teas

We Review: Sheraton Grand Hat Tea

What: Not quite a Mad Hatters tea party but there are certainly hats. New: The Sheraton Grand has teamed up with the world’s oldest hat shop, (Locke & Co) to create a one of a kind afternoon tea. New to the menu, it was our privilege to go and check it out. Where: The Sheraton Grand Park lane. Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 7BX, On the menu: An afternoon tea inspired by hats. A fabulous selection of sandwiches catering for meat eaters as well as those of the vegetarian persuasion. A choice of plain, and warm chocolate and orange scones. Then came […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Street Dedicated to Cheese

An entire festival dedicated to cheese; the sexiest words known to mankind? Quite possibly. Cheese Street NW5 will be a glorious day focusing entirely on the delicious yellow stuff at Parliament Hill Farmers Market on Hampstead Heath. The titillating folk behind such a concept is London Farmers Market who will be showcasing the best Britain has to offer, welcoming local and sustainable food traders, as in keeping with London Farmers Market’s ethos. Dip your toe in the cheese lifestyle with sampling sessions and plenty of tasters from ‘Cheese Angels’. Famous cheese faces like Mac to the Future and The Cheese Truck will be […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The Royal Cocktail Collection

2018 may be the year of the woman, but it is also the year of Harry and Meghan’s wedding. As you can imagine the whole world is running around like looneys planning for the big day and frantically trying to figure out how they can best use it to their advantage. Speaking of, Ritorno has curated a collection of Royal Wedding cocktails, using the happy couple as inspiration. To start things off we have a rather romantic number called the Prince and the Showgirl, try and contain the wistful sighs. Using Harry’s love of vodka and infusing it with ginger […]

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Health & Wellness

The Hotel Giving Out Free Rooms For National Napping Day

You know what I never appreciated as a child? Naps. Quite easily one of the best free things in life. Now, when I’m desperate for an extra hour or two it’s a bit harder, apparently, it’s not acceptable to set up camp at your desk with a pillow and eye mask. And you know when you’ve really reached your peak when the weekend excites you because your afternoon plans will include at least one nap. I am at this peak. DoubleTree by Hilton know that the struggle is real because this Monday they are offering free napping rooms, so that […]

Openings & Launches

Dabbous Legends Set Up New Restaurant

Dabbous is one of the restaurant success stories of the past few years, and right now all eyes are on Ollie Dabbous as he launches his new project. But there’s another Dabbous launch happening. The powerhouse behind the unstoppable Dabbous train was always Ross Gibbens and Michael Kennedy, the Head Chef and his Sous Chef at the Michelin Starred restaurant, and so it’s significant that the pair have teamed up to open Wellbourne Brasserie in White City. Arriving in White City Place, the central hub to the former Television Centre site, the brasserie will serve an all-day dining menu the menu will include […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

5 Riverside Pubs: Where to Watch the Boat Race

Are you light blue or dark blue? Are you Oxford or Cambridge? It’s time to pick a side and cross fingers it’s the winning one. This weekend the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race takes place, and assuming you’ve not got academic skin in the game, you’ve got to choose which colour you’ll be wearing in support you’ll also have to think about the best spots for you and your mates to cheer on your favourite boat. Don’t be daunted The Handbook has comprised a list of the best riverside pubs for you to take in the race, drink, eat and […]

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What to do This Weekend

What To Do This Weekend: 23rd – 25th March

Coming round so soon that you might believe it was a weekly event, it’s almost the weekend again! Hurrah! Yay! Crack open some bubbles. So as you contemplate what to do with your two days of freedom, here are some ideas from The Handbook. We hope they help.

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Openings & Launches

Think You Know About Burma? Have You Tried The Food?

We know so much about the changing political situations in Burma that it comes as a bit of a surprise to realise that we understand so little about the culture, if someone asked you who Aung San Sui Kui is, you’d (hopefully) have no difficulty in identifying her. If someone asked you what food they eat in Burma, you’d likely struggle. Which is one of the reasons Lahpet is important, a Burmese restaurant opening in Shoreditch next month. The other is the brilliant food. Lahpet has proven itself over the last year with its year-long Hackney popup, and now they’ve […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The Prince Returns For Summer

Before last year, Fulham and West Brompton didn’t really have much in the way of the food scene. Having lived there for six years and counting, I watched as my sister’s neighbourhood of Tooting grew into an exciting foodie hub, whilst I made do with another overly expensive pub, because anywhere that charges £3.50 for a soda and lime is expensive, even for London. That was, until The Prince came along at the end of last year – the food saviour of West London. The former pub was transformed to house three bars, four restaurants and an incredible huge woodland […]

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