BACK TO Lifestyle

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Barts boycotts Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is looming, for some it is a day to indulge in and be spoilt, for others it is that last minute tacky card and flowers from a garage, and for others it is a day to be dreaded as you drown your sorrows in the nearest bar. Well this year Barts have had enough, they are boycotting celebrating just Valentine’s Day rather the speakeasy styled bar is running a month of good old fashioned, laid back fun. They have installed a secret message board on the French windows where you can write your secrets, tell your loved how much they […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Anna Hansen at Harrods

Launching today Harrods will be welcoming The Modern Pantry and Anna Hansen as ‘Chef of the Season’ for Spring 2013 to its Food Hall. For three months The Modern Pantry will be offering exclusively to Harrods a selection of takeaway meals and a range of condiments, spices and pantry goods.  The Modern Pantry’s fresh foods can be purchased at the counter in the traiteur section of the Food Hall as individual dishes or complete meals for dinner parties at home. Starters include Jasmine tea-smoked salmon with black garlic, liquorice & macadamia crust, tomatillo salsa, mains feature Rose marinated poussin with […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Rooftop Café – Rising Above Our Expectations

Last Friday night The Handbook headed to The Exchange, and The Rooftop Café which lay within. Ironic that a rooftop café should nestle but nestle nevertheless it did given that it lay bang at the foot of the newly erected Shard. As with so many restaurants now the theme was clearly simplicity. Nothing wrong with this; though when ‘simple’ borderlines on ‘unfinished’ you need to be careful. This just about came on the right side of the line, though maybe the toilets could have done with a lick or two more of paint. The food carried similar connotations. Fundamentally great […]

Read more

WIN!

It's free to enter our competitions + you can win amazing prizes!

Win A Family Trip To Disneyland® Paris With Staycity Aparthotels

Open until 18th October 2019

On September 3rd 2019 the award-winning Staycity Aparthotels opened its first ever resort-style property in France, Paris Marne La Vallée – just five minutes from Disneyland® Paris.

Click to read for answer

What is the first name of Disney's founder?

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
By entering your email you agree that you are happy for us to email you with other competitions, offers and Handbook news
Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Cheese and Wine Pairing at Orrery

With an award winning cheese trolley and extensive wine list, you know that Orrery’s cheese and wine pairing evening this Thursday is going to be a great event and a perfect start to their series of monthly tastings.  Head sommelier Kathrine Larsen and cheese expert Anthony Schepper will be giving an insight to their favourite cheese and wine pairings such as the wonderful match of the ever popular Comté cheese paired with Blanc de Blanc champagne. With 10% off the a la carte menu afterwards there is no reason not to enjoy dinner in the main restaurant after the event.  […]

Read more

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Love and bubbly at Corinthia Hotel

Corinthia Hotel London guarantees to set hearts aflutter this February, with the introduction of a Sensory Afternoon Tea. Available from the 9th to the 17th, the Valentine’s-themed tea will treat guests to a romantic and sensual dining experience, featuring Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé and the eminent perfumer Roja Dove. Couples can kick back and relax in Corinthia’s serene and elegant Lobby Lounge, enjoying a glass of distinctive bubbly and a selection of sweet fancies. The tea menu is served beautifully presented and includes a stunning red velvet chocolate mousse and raspberry floral macaroons. To heighten the romantic atmosphere, lovebirds will also […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Social Eating House

Exciting news for April which sees the launch of Social Eating House, Jason Atherton’s new hotly anticipated venture opening on Poland Street. Expect an informal take on his Pollen Street Social original of 2011 with sharing plates, a hip upstairs cocktail bar and then a New York style ‘employees only’ downstairs area. Joining Atherton is Paul Hood, who is heading up the kitchen and who has worked with Atherton for six years. "I am really excited to be going into partnership with Paul Hood who is one of the most talented chefs I have ever come across,” he enthures.The premises, […]

Read more

Become An Insider

Want free instant access to secret locations, exclusive parties, the latest openings and much more!

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Perfect pizzas with Franco Manca

Ever puzzled at how to bake your own authentic pizza? Franco Manca is here to help, with the Chiswick restaurant running an additional pizza masterclass due to overwhelming demand. Head down to Franco Manca on the 11th February and enjoy expert tuition on making the best sour dough pizza this side of Naples! To top it off (the pizza, as well as the experience) you’ll get the opportunity of using some of the fabulous ingredients that epitomise the Franco Manca cuisine: organic tomatoes from Italy; pizza flour from the renowned Molino Caputo in Naples and the freshest mozzarella courtesy of […]

Read more

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

A Shrine to Shrove Tuesday

February 12th, Shrove Tuesday, is nearly upon us with a second chance at your New Year’s Resolution. Instead of a 12 day Christmas blow out before the abstinence begins Shrove Tuesday is a one day only event. Spend your limited treat time wisely with some of the best pancakes London has to offer. The classic lemon and sugar combo is always available but if you are interested in something with an American kick then head to The Blues Kitchen and smother your pancake with deliciously fattening choices including the very appealing ‘Banana, Pecan and Caramel’. Bishopsgate Kitchen and Benguo Bar […]

Read more

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

No Mean Feat At The Wheatsheaf

On Tuesday The Handbook headed to The Wheatsheaf, a pub ideally placed next to Borough Market and London Bridge Tube. The place was bustling, surprising so early on in the week, and the owner assured me that at the weekends it can be hard to squeeze everyone in. Impressive considering the place has only been open for 6 weeks. The staff were visibly a bit harassed but only because there were so many people and not that many of them – we were still served before the irritation set in however. The pub has a D.I.Y scheme – you tick […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

No Mean Feat At The Wheatsheaf

On Tuesday The Handbook headed to The Wheatsheaf, a pub ideally placed next to Borough Market and London Bridge Tube. The place was bustling, surprising so early on in the week, and the owner assured me that at the weekends it can be hard to squeeze everyone in. Impressive considering the place has only been open for 6 weeks. The staff were visibly a bit harassed but only because there were so many people and not that many of them – we were still served before the irritation set in however. The pub has a D.I.Y scheme – you tick […]

Read more

View in full-screen
Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Blue Elephant Cookery School

Blue Elephant, London’s most iconic Thai restaurant, is set to open its first cookery school outside Thailand! Following the run-away successes of their Bangkok and Phuket schools, this eagerly anticipated project will kick off this Spring, offering the same high standards of teaching and expert knowledge in traditional and modern Thai cooking – but at a beautiful riverside location in Chelsea! Located on the first floor as a standalone venture, the cookery school will complement the restaurant’s already glamorous facilities – Blue Elephant will provide students with a unique introduction to the fascinating cuisine of its homeland. If you’re a […]

Read more

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Rum Shack pops up at Floridita

This Friday 1st February, Floridita will unveil its brand new Rum Shack bar, a Cuban ‘beach shack’ inspired drinking experience in the heart of the West End offering a cocktail menu inspired from around the globe.  Choose from  Hemingway Punch (Barcardi Superior and Maraschino Liqueur inspired by Ernest Hemingway), In a Barrel (absinthe, gomme, lemon & orange juice, shaken with Pussers Blue Rum and served in a barrel vessel) and Cheeky Monkey (made with the mellow Chairman’s Reserve with its complex mix of ripe raisin fruit, tobacco and spice and served in a tiki glass). Created by interior designer Joanna […]

Read more

  • * a company email is required to download this file
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.