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Testicles, Squirrel and Kangaroo: London’s Weirdest Menus

London is a city of extremes, a place where anything can happen. Like eating a plate of lambs’ testicles. For the city that gave the world the culinary masterstroke ‘jellied eels’ (odd that it didn’t catch on anywhere else), this shouldn’t be a surprise. Here are a selection of some of the weirdest items on London menus. Enjoy. Florentine What: Let’s have it oeuf Why: How do you like your eggs in the morning? If the answer is ‘f**king massive mate’ then you’ve come to the right place. Florentine offer visitors the biggest English breakfasts in London, not because their […]

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From Roast Grouse to Squirrel Croquettes: Where to Eat This Game Season

We’re ten days into game season and the birds have started to find their way from the grouse moors of Lancashire, Yorkshire and Scotland to our plates. With the Glorious 12th signalling the start of the shooting season (admittedly somewhat less glorious if you happen to be a grouse), we’re starting to find some excellent game dishes heading our way. And with pheasant and partridge seasons opening soon, we thought it only right to share with you where to enjoy some of the best game in London. Simpson’s in the Strand Why: Simpsons In The Strand is one of a […]

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The organic festival you’ll want to GO! to

If music be the food of love, play on… and if both music and food are involved in one big festival, let’s GO! Yep, it’s festival time again. Who cares if summer is coming to end, doesn’t mean we stop partying does it? Foodies in their thousands will congregate at GO! Organic Festival this September, for a brand-new experience that involves beats whilst you eat. Spread over two organic ogling days, there will be Organic Kitchen demos, a showcase of the biggest selection of organic food and drink of 2018, over 100 exhibitors, music galore and a huge indoor organic […]

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London’s first ever brunch festival

Brunch has blown up as of late, holding hands with rushes like the gin craze and all things unicorn. Therefore, there’s little surprise that London is getting its first ever brunch festival, running from the 1st-2nd of September. At the end of the day, we love to brunch. Some may prefer the (br) part, others may prefer the (unch), but what we all probably have in common is the desire to indulge in a bloody Mary or mimosa, lazily brunching with friends and dismissing the hangover blues. London’s brunch fest will have you saying goodbye to brunch FOMO, by bringing […]

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The burger you do-nut want to miss

There’s a new day of the year every day it seems…yes, this might sound obvious, but I mean days like “national save a ladybird” day or “national toothache day”, yep, it does exist sometime in January… Suffice to say, we’re never not celebrating something or other. National Burger Day however? Well that’s head-turner, which is why we’re all super-duper excited for the big ol’event on 23rdof August. Giving all you burger-bandits the chance to scoot to your nearest bun and beef joint to grab one. However, alternatively you could feast your eyes on this: Heliot Steak House are launching their savoury, […]

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Instagram Heaven Pergola Olympia Opens

Before nightfall starts to hit us circa 3pm, it’s probably best to catch some last-min city views, and Pergola Olympia seem to be thinking the same, with the intro of their brand-new rooftop location, up, up, up and away. If you know The Handbook, you’ll know we love a bit of a rooftop here and there, and this summer has been a blast with them. However, this botanical babe is sure to grab your attention, with “view goals”, seating for 500, three restaurants and, the important part, a huge open bar. It was about time Olympia had something on the […]

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Keeping it in the Family at Banh, Banh Brixton

What: Banh, Banh is the new kid on the Brixton block, a Vietnamese food hub with a grandma at the helm. Not literally, however she is the source of the authentic dishes to be found inside. In fact, if you weren’t sporadically hiding your g’mas cooking amongst random items of furniture as a kid, then you were following the 1940 journey of your Saigon chef grandma like the Nguyen siblings, to create a Peckham restaurant followed by this brand-new Brixton venture. The siblings at the helm epitomise familial fruition with their culinary creations, lucky enough to have hand-me-down recipes. We […]

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Awesome Afternoon Teas

The Entirely Bonkers Alice in Wonderland Afternoon Tea

As the Mad Hatter once said: “It’s always tea time”, and with this in mind Kew Gardens have created an afternoon tea as mad as a hatter. Yes, that’s right, an Alice in Wonderland-Themed afternoon tea is gracing the gardens until the end of the month, and, as affirmed by our favourite Cheshire Cat, every adventure requires a first step… and we’re here to tell you which steps you should be taking to attend. The tea, which has come about thanks to the delight that is Afternoon Tea Week, will see a bundle of characters from the Lewis Carroll classic […]

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A Taste of Summer at Galvin HOP

What: Galvin restaurants have a certain notoriety about them, scattered across metropoli (is that a word?) inclusive of London and decadent Dubai. This time however, it was the turn of Galvin HOP located in Spital Square, to sample their aptly timed Taste of Summer Menu, curated by Executive Head Chef Zac Whittle. The Setting: Galvin restaurants were established by Chris and Jeff Galvin in 2005, and so there’s quite an establishment and warmth surrounding them. We got this sense especially, walking through Spital Square on a warm summer evening, the chatter from the restaurant wafting towards us in ebbs and […]

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Get Your Claws On This Extravagant Lobster Burger

Yes, you could go into KFC and pick up their ‘double down’ concoction; I mean, I’m not sure why you would, but you could. But in case there was any danger of that actually happening, Burger & Lobster have taken away your choice – because you have to get their new crustacean creation instead: welcome the ‘double drown’. Burger & Lobster are famous for cooking two dishes very well, burgers… and lobster. And the Double Drown combines the two ingeniously, it’s a pork burger and two bits of lobster. Job done. The dish itself includes strips of thick cut smoked pork, covered […]

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Gunpowder Plot Their Second Restaurant at One Tower Bridge

You know what they say, the smaller the better… or at least that’s what I tell myself as I stand on my tip toes to reach something from the top shelf. Yet, Gunpowder seem to be on side with my views, as their first restaurant was equipped with an intimate 20 covers. Now, a little sibling is en route in the form of Gunpowder numero duo, residing at One Tower Bridge. Situated in Shoreditch their first restaurant was a huge success, and whilst we’re sure this is because the Indian home-style cooking was a success, it’s equally an ideal pit-stop […]

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Tom’s Kitchen Brunch Review: What We Thought

What: Following a ravishing re-launch of his flagship Chelsea restaurant, Tom Aikens, the Michelin-star clad face behind the famed Tom’s Kitchen, has thrown a weekend bottomless brunch menu into the mix, perfectly timed for lazy Summer snacking. The redesigned space has seen the introduction of an array of seasonal British sharing plates, and a brunch with a no-nonsense approach, featuring all the championed classics. Tom’s Kitchen has two sites across London and one in Birmingham. The London locations include Chelsea which opened first in November 2006, followed by Canary Wharf. The Setting: Despite being situated a stroll from the infamous King’s […]

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