London is a city awash with hidden historical secrets – tales of heartbreak, horror and gruesome happenings that go largely unbeknown, day to day. However, this time of year we all seem to pay particular interest in London’s dark side – we’ve rounded up 10 pubs, restaurants and event spaces that will send shivers down your spine, any day of the year.
What? “Ah, meester Bond, I’ve been expecting you. Here’s your table, I’ll get you a menu”. Okay, so it’s not quite Dr No, but there’s something distinctly Bond-Villain-Lair about M Restaurant on Victoria Street, a hidden subterranean hideaway beneath the mysterious ‘Zig Zag Building”. But is it Stromberg’s Atlantis or just a Zorin’s Blimp? Where? The restaurant is based in the strikingly isometric Zig Zag on Victoria Street, a building that wouldn’t be out of place on a Bond movie location scout’s long-list, though the activities within are that other face of world domination, mainly hedge funds. The Look: It’s all very Tinker, […]
We don’t want to alarm you, or get you overly excited but we have some big news – it involves cheese, it involves the weekend and it involves a rooftop; three of our favourite things. Next Thursday, Brixton Rooftop’s South Pole Saloon is transforming into Cheese Town for three days. That’s three days of baked brie, melting mozzarella and comforting camembert, who doesn’t love a bit of alliteration? Actually, talking about camembert, Mac to the Future will be launching their new Camembert Mac, a mac n cheese dish served in an entire backed camembert, if you’re going to be indulgent […]
Thank you very muchies Butchies! Butchies, London’s favourite premium fried chicken joint now has a permanent address on Rivington Street in Shoreditch. Starting life as a stall at Broadway Market three years ago founders Garrett and Emer FitzGerald set out to create the ultimate fried chicken sandwich. Sourcing sustainable packaging and premium ingredients, including higher welfare, slow reared free-range chicken from Castlemead Poultry in Somerset. Interestingly Butchies are also the first in UK street food to use a pressure fryer, specially imported from the US, and ensuring the juiciest most flavoursome fried bird possible. The new shop will have room for 45 […]
Sorry to break it to you but it’s time to face the truth… it’s nearly Christmas. Even though you’ve not started buying presents for your nearest and dearest or heard Slade on the radio that doesn’t mean that you should put off planning your office Christmas party. With venues booking up fast celebrating with friends or colleagues simply won’t be feasible unless you get your skates on. So The Handbook’s put together some suggestions to get you started. The Arch London What: Marylebone Christmas dining Why: Hunter 486 is the restaurant set within boutique hotel The Arch London in Marylebone […]
Circus Village West is continuing to put Battersea on the foodie map as more restaurants open up and this time it’s the turn of Wright Brothers, who have it as the home for their fifth site. Of course, Wright Brothers are known for being seafood and oyster specialists and this new restaurant is right next to the Thames, but that doesn’t mean that they have forgotten about meat. No, this time, they will have a Josper charcoal oven taking centre stage and will be cooking up the likes of East Sussex collar of pork with chimichurri and Bannockburn beef on […]
It’s that time again. The most wonderful time of the year. And with it, comes an abundance of winter terraces. Yes, they may be outside, but sheepskin blankets, hot cocktails and heaters are aplenty, so don’t worry. Here are some of London’s best festive winter terraces to get you all, even all you Grinches, into the spirit. Ritorno What: An Italian Christmas Why: Having teamed up with Campari, Ritorno have transformed their terrace which overlooks Chelsea’s Kings Road into a wintry wonderland, the perfect place to enjoy either their festive cocktails or the more classic Aperol spritz or negroni. You […]
What? A stunning Indian restaurant serving up traditional dishes with a clever, contemporary twist. New? No – you may remember its previous incarnation in Chelsea, where it enjoyed a gaudy couple of decades from 1990 until 2015, at which point it moved to its current location in Mayfair. Where? In the heart of grand, old St. James’s Street – on the vast site where Marco Pierre White’s Luciano’s used to be. 73 St James’s Street, Mayfair, SW1A 1PH, www.chutneymary.com On The Menu: One of the first restaurants to put a modern spin on Indian cuisine, Chutney Mary is still pushing out powerful flavours, riotous […]
The Portuguese word for Londoner is Londrino, which was the natural name for Portuguese chef Leandro Carreira to call his new restaurant at London Bridge. After ten years in the capital he now sees the culinary traditions of his native Leiria through a new, Londoner’s, lens and he’ll be focussing it on the Portuguese dishes of his upbringing, reimagining dishes to reflect his new experiences. Based on Snowfields, a residential street just off London Bridge, the 70 seat restaurant is split into two sections, an a la carte restaurat open for lunch and dinner, and a relaxed all-day wine bar […]
What? Is there a better way to spend a Sunday than having a lie in, going for a walk in the crisp winter sun (albeit through the air polluted streets of London) and rounding it off with a big roast for lunch? Because right now I can’t think of one. I’ve waited all summer to be able to feast on Yorkshire puddings and the time has finally come, so having a free weekend I did just that and headed to Minnow. New? Relatively, it opened back in July, the Sunday roasts, however, are new for autumn. Where? Minnow, 21 The Pavement, […]
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