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Dalston Japanese Hit Comes To Covent Garden

What’s the story of yakitori at Jidori? The team behind Jidori, the yakitori restaurant in Dalston, have started work on their new venue in Covent Garden. And what’s more, there’s going to be karaoke! Sign us right up, our’s will be a bowl of shiitake mushroom and Bohemian Rhapsody. Yakitori, the popular Japanese street food snack, has taken off out East, so it was only a matter of time before the craze swept into the West End. The new location, on Catherine Street, will see Head Chef Shunta Matsubara adding his unusual twist to yakitori over three floors. Owners Natalie […]

Kazu
Openings & Launches

Kazu: Sushi and Sake in Fitzrovia

Since Fitzrovia had its food renaissance a couple of years ago, the restaurants have kept flocking there and the next to open is Kazu, a new contemporary Japanese restaurant. In the kitchen, you’ll find Executive Chef and partner, Dham Kodituwakku who has spent the last fifteen years working as head chef at Chisou in Mayfair. He’ll be serving up a menu of sushi and sashimi as well as dishes such as seared fatty tuna with pickled wasabi; wagyu beef steak; deep fried soft- shell crab sushi rolls and black cod with miso. Accompanying it will be sakes, spirits and an […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Mood Boosting Sunday Roast

It’s easy to see why we have the January blues – in the last few weeks, we’ve spent too much, eaten too much and drank too much. Now the decorations and twinkly lights have been taken down, all we’re left with is the dark, miserable wet days, too tight jeans and a mince pie addiction. Which is why we need to boost our moods in positive ways, like an invigorating walk followed by a Sunday roast rather than 3 back to back gym classes and then some broth – there’s a time and a place and the depths of January […]

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Openings & Launches

Kensington Palace Pavilion Opens This Spring

You might have just got over your Christmas parties, but now it is time to start planning your summer events, because it’s never too early and we need something to look forward to anyway. Let us introduce you to a new events space opening up in Kensington. Replacing the Orangery, which is going for the #NewYearNewMe vibe and is currently undergoing a major conservation and building project, The Pavilion is purposely built for events and will feature a unique terrace overlooking the gardens and East façade of the royal home. A first for Kensington Palace, it’ll be covered so the […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

London Says Farewell to The Roof Gardens

Sometimes we have to say goodbye, even if we don’t want to and that time has come, as we have to say farewell to one of London’s most iconic venues: The Roof Gardens in Kensington. For over 35 years, it’s hosted some of the best parties, events and dinners in London, as well as being a home to the legendary flamingos which grace its grounds. The beautiful Spanish garden based on the Alhambra in Granada was also stocked with fish, ducks and in 2016 their bees won them the award for the Best Rooftop Honey at the London Honey Show. […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Masterchefs Cook Up Supper Club With A Twist

Given we’re all just back from Christmas the idea of eating for 24 hours solid doesn’t necessarily sound like a huge challenge, but imagine cooking for 24 hours! That’s exactly what MasterChef losers Billy and Jack will be doing next month as they host a one-off supper club with a difference at Plum + Spilt Milk at the Great Northern Hotel. This extravaganza of food and endurance will mark World Cancer Day, which falls on Sunday 4th February this year, and Billy and Jack will be hitting the kitchen from the 3rd all in an effort to raise £12,000 for […]

Openings & Launches

It’s Bread Ahead In Soho

Get bready for another reason to visit Soho’s Beak Street. Bread Ahead, the artisanal bakers, have been making their signature sourdough loaves in Borough Market for some time now, and following the success of their Mayfair residency this year Bread Ahead have found a permanent home in the heart of Soho. Founded in 2013 by Matthew Jones, Bread Ahead has rapidly expanded to a second site in Chelsea, a baking school and now their latest venture, a Soho cafe. Jones has teamed up with designer Lisa Helmanis to convert the former stable into a bright 60-seat eatery with beautiful wooden […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Weekend Guide: 22nd-24th December 2017

It’s the last weekend before Christmas. If you are feeling far too organised and pretty relaxed, with some spare time on your hands, then read on. We have compiled a little guide to help you get out and about, by yourself or with loved ones. Take a look at some of our inspired ways to pass the time and ease the frustrated anticipation brewing in us all. The Edible City What: Experience the ginger bread city at the Museum of Architecture Why: The Museum of Architecture (MoA) is a charity that creates pop-up exhibitions and programming to help the public […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

My London: The Rum Runner’s Top 5 Notting Hill Bars

Sam Paget Steavenson is The Rum Runner, a man on a mission to prove that bar-quality drinks can be served at any event or pop-up, they’ve even got their own Airsteam. Whilst he might not have his own bar, he certainly knows a thing or two about where to go for a drink. Until you can catch him at an event, then check out his favourite bars in Notting Hill: The Ginstitute What: G&Ts Why: This used to be a tiny museum above The Portobello Star that hosted tastings and masterclasses. The new bigger offering is just across the road […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Bespoke Hampers From London’s Iconic Deli

Happiness for The Handbook is, not surprisingly, food. When it comes to Christmas if you don’t know what to get us, then hampers get us giddy. Not that we’re hinting…of course not. If, however, you were looking to buy someone a hamper than let us introduce you to Panzer’s Deli. If you live in St John’s Wood then chances are you know it, it’s been open since 1944 after all. In that time, it’s grown a loyal following with many celebrities dropping in (Yotam Ottolenghi and Nigella Lawson are said to be regulars) for their smoked salmon and bagels which […]

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