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A, b, c, d, eeek! The re-launch of Alphabet bar

Opening up a restaurant in our bustling city must be a bit of a mean feat, what with nearly every idea being eaten up. However, it also pushes those in the culinary industry to turn to innovation far and wide, in a bid to conjure up new ideas. Introducing the re-vamp of Alphabet, a restaurant not only with a super cool name, but an extra cool idea at its helm. The restaurant, formerly found on Soho’s Beak Street, has recently re-opened on Upper Street, Islington just a stroll from the underground. And for those who know their alphabet well, you’ll […]


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 […]

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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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Get Festival Body Ready… With Burgers

It’s August, it’s been raining (finally) which means it’s muddy, so it must be festival season. At least, it certainly is at STK who have embraced the festival spirit, not by replacing their bathrooms with overflowing Portaloos, but with their ultimate ‘pre-festival sharing board’. So slap on some body paint, order some meat and enjoy the in-house DJs. Available only over August, the FEASTival Board (see what they did?) is ideal for four people and, like the best festival acts, includes all the classics, with something new thrown in. So get in the mood for a New York Strip cut of USDA […]


Is this Covent Garden’s Cosiest Coffee Haunt?

What: Imagine the homeliest of café’s and Abuelo, meaning ‘grandfather’ in Spanish is at the forefront of the mind. The coffee house and kitchen, is a haven of calm and tranquillity in a tourist-trap laden Covent Garden in the height of summer. It’s a café that makes you wish it was winter to nestle up amongst the billowing foliage and wooden interiors with a hot-chocolate and knitted jumper, and it’s a place that makes you thankful for the summer, to lap up the spontaneity of boozy BYOB nights. Abuelo is the brainchild of two hospitality in-the-knowers, who, after designing other […]

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The Handbook Meets…Mary Berry

It’s safe to say that Britain is obsessed with baking, a couple of years ago we could barely work out quite how to pronounce frangipane and now we’re whipping them up like nobody’s business (well, we maybe we attempted it once) afternoons are spent perfecting piping skills and Sundays aren’t Sundays without homemade cake and at the centre of it all is Britain’s most loved baker, Mary Berry who published her latest book this year Fast Cakes, so, The Handbook caught up for a chat: If you were only allowed to bake one thing and nothing else what would it […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Bring on the Meat: Meatopia Returns

We said we’d be back with more information when we first told you about Meatopia back in April and now we can give you all the details… In amongst a year of vegan offerings, there is one festival which will satisfy all our carnivorous cravings: Meatopia. Taking place at Tobacoo Dock from Friday 31st August – Sunday 2nd September, Meatopia is three days of meat and one-off dishes all cooked over fire. It’s the ultimate barbecue. Now in its sixth year, it’s going to be even bigger with more dishes, drinks, music and fire. The line-up is will include several […]

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Seasonal & Celebrations

The Modern Pantry’s Birthday Bonanza

What were you doing 10 years ago? Or, more importantly, where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time? Time is a funny old thing, you blink and it’s 2018, you’re sat at an office desk getting to that 3pm “I desperately need a coffee” stage of the day, and your teenage years seem like a distant, knock-and-run, awkward school disco dancing, memory. But, if you’re The Modern Pantry in Clerkenwell, 10 years ago owner Anna Hansen inhaled, exhaled and…no she didn’t give birth before you get carried away, it’s a casual café. She did however open the doors to […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

The Cookery Classes Helping Those With Cancer

As if battling with cancer wasn’t tough enough, it is thought that 80% of those undergoing chemotherapy will lose their ability to taste, taking away one of life’s smallest but best pleasures. London is a city dominated by food and now of its most iconic restaurants, the 24/7 sky-high, Duck & Waffle has teamed up with charity, Life Kitchen to host free cookery classes across the UK for those living with cancer. Founder Ryan Riley set up Life Kitchen in memory of his mother, Krista, who lost her battle against cancer at just 47 and now with the help of […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Wine not? The wine brand that wants it to be more than just drinks

All good things come in threes, which must be why there’s going to be three nights of wining and dining, courtesy of Campo Viejo’s, Casa Campo Viejo. If you think we’ve just spouted a tonne of Spanish words, it’s probably because we have. Within reason though, might I add. In essence, Campo Viejo have launched an event that will allow Londoners one-and-all the opportunity to enjoy an evening, or two, filled to the brims with Rioja. I personally, decant even cope with how great this sounds… see what I did there? If not, you need a night at Campo Viejo’s […]

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Openings & Launches

Belsize Park Gets a New Local

As the 1st of August lands today, office chats have been peppered with comments inclusive of “where’s the year gone?”, “time has flown by” and, brace yourselves, “it’ll be Christmas soon”. However, with the advent of a new month comes exciting things too and not just a sour attitude towards time flying the older we get! Introducing The Belrose, a pub providing an eclectic drinks range to help you celebrate the coming of August. Yes, that’s right, open today is Belsize Park’s latest pub addition which will also serve up Italian-inspired food through the use of its big ol’ clay […]

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