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Bloody Vegans! The Best Bleeding Burgers That Are Totally Vegan

No, I’m not going all William Sitwell on you, these are bloody vegan burgers, as in they’re burgers, that are bloody. And vegan. Actually we should all be vegan. No, really, we should. Not only are we all eating so much processed meat that our bodies are reacting against it to the point...

Openings & Launches

5 Reasons We’re Getting Excited About Selfridge’s Fancy New Restaurant

When it comes to Selfridge’s new eatery, Brasserie of Light, founder Richard Caring promises “Dreams in this restaurant will come true!”. And if your dream is eating roasted fennel and capers beneath a humongous suspended crystal-encrusted statue of Pegasus, the creation of none other than Brit-pop legend Damien Hirst, then he’s absolutely right. Here’s why we’re excited: It’s in Selfridge’s The new opening will throw its doors wide on 22nd November, but the early indications are that this one’s going to be a goody. Firstly it’s in Selfridge’s. As Caring also said, taken a little bit more in context this time, […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

17 of the Best Pre-Theatre Menus

With over 40 theatres in London’s West End alone, it’s not hard to see why London is one of the cultural capitals of the world. And where there is a theatre you can guarantee there is going to be a restaurant nearby serving up a pre- or post-theatre menu; they’ll have you in and out in time for the performance and they’re a wonderful way to eat at some of London’s best restaurants at a much more bank balance friendly price – take note if you’re on a date! So forget going to a chain or grabbing a rushed sandwich […]

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Seasonal & Celebrations

Santa’s Sarnies: We Eat ALL The Christmas Sandwiches

You may be destined to have a waistband as large as Santa’s after delving into the following Christmas sarnie’s but let’s face it, Christmas ’tis the season for eating way, way more than you typically would and lazing about in an ugly jumper knitted by your gran. Really...

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Openings & Launches

B&H’s New Rooftop Garden Room Promises A Good Thyme

In the age of social media, the opportunity to grab a photo of anything iconic is sure to boost the ‘ol likes, and give us that physiological high – yep, you actually get a squirt of dopamine when you get a positive response on social! Suffice to say, if you love a view, and snapping a photo of one, you’ll love B&H Garden Room (Bourne & Hollingsworth, not Benson & Hedges, as one nameless Handbook employee thought!); a space that combines coveted interiors with seasonal food (and outrageously must-see views of the city). We’re eager to visit, as should you […]

Reviews

5 Reasons You Need To Visit Hakkasan This Weekend

Sunday doesn’t have to be the day that you spend recovering from the party, curled up in front of Netflix; Sunday can be the party! #SundayFunday. And one restaurant that has the Sunday vibes spot-on is Hakkasan. The Michelin-starred restaurant is already known for its Dim Sum Sundays, a feast of cocktails, Champagne and dim sum and now they are taking things up a notch with the introduction of a new ‘luxe version’, featuring a bottle of 2008 Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne. Here are five reasons you need to check it out… The Champagne and Cocktails Dim Sum Sunday embodies […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

There’s a Bottomless Halloumi Brunch in Town

Las Banderas, we love you! Why, you ask? Well just because they’re serving up a halloumi-themed bottomless brunch and our prayers have been answered. Seriously, we called out for a brunch like this and were answered with Hallou, is it mi you’re looking for? And yes, that is my worst pun yet. Anyway, I’ll stop being cheesy; onto the serious stuff. The halloumi brunch will be available at Soho’s Las Banderas from Saturday 20 October until Sunday 18 November. So, you’ve already missed out on a week if you’re reading this: get your skates on, cheezus! It appears we’ve got Cyprus Tourism […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

45 Restaurants That Have Just Won A Michelin Star

Yesterday was one of the most important days in the restaurant industry, the day that the results of the UK and Ireland Michelin Guide were announced, a day that Gordon Ramsay labelled “the Oscars of the food industry,” and a very exciting one for us at The Handbook. The term Michelin Guides comes from  a series of guide books published by the French tyre company Michelin , the first Michelin star came to London in 1977. The term normally refers to the annually published Michelin Red Guide which is one of the oldest European hotel and restaurant reference guides, which awards up […]

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Seasonal & Celebrations

Instagram This! These Loos Will Scare The Crap Out Of You

If you’ve read our piece on London’s Most Instagrammable Loos, or if you’ve ever typed in #bathroom on insta, the likelihood is you’ve got an eyeful of Sketch’s renowned egg laden loos. Awash with vibrant multi-colour, and pod-shaped futuristic crappers make this the ultimate bathroom-selfie spot. They’re almost as worth a visit as the dining rooms below. And now, as the spookiest time of year is now upon us, Sketch have jumped ahead of the game with a ravishing Halloween makeover of their bogs. The Mayfair restaurant has stylishly installed a pumpkin patch, clad with pumpkins galore and matching up […]

Reviews

We Try Out Dr Alex’s Favourite Restaurant

If this summer taught us one thing, it’s that ruling your life according to Love Island makes sound sense. My diary throughout June and July was governed by the broadcast times of the reality TV show, as was most of Britain’s. I was at an engagement party that pretty much cleared out at 9:30 so everyone could be in front of their tellies in time for their daily instalment. So when Love Islander Dr Alex George tells you to head to a restaurant, surely it carries more weight than Giles Coren, Jay Rayner and Fay Maschler put together? The restaurant […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Forget Brexit, This Was The Real Referendum

Referendum might be a dirty word, but its not stopped the launch of the second-most talked about plebiscite in Westminster. While Theresa May was explaining her backstop plan to EU leaders last night, all eyes in parliament were on a far more important matter: the Kennington Tandoori’s new menu. The Kennington Tandoori’s position, close to Westminster and in the midst of MP second-home-land, makes it the best politico hangout in the country, for those in the know. On any given night it’s rammed full of MPs from all political backgrounds, talking shop, formulating policy and swapping gossip. Needless to say it’s a customer-base […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

London’s Best Scotch Eggists

How do you like your eggs in the morning? If the answer is ‘scotched’ then you’ve come to the right place. With the nights drawing in, the mercury plunging and duffle coat sales going through the ceiling, there’s only one food that can hit the spot perfectly. Trudge through the gloaming gloom to one of these light and warmth-filled pubs and restaurants selling these balls of sausagey-breadcrumby-eggy goodness. Ben’s Canteen You have to break some eggs to make an omelette, said Herman Göring, but because we’re not Nazis we’re going to make sure they’re very much not broken. And the […]

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