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A Middle Eastern Must-Visit: Café Loren

What: Quite frankly, something completely different to your average breakfast or brunch indulgence. Ever craved some shakshuka in the morning? Well, I hadn’t either, but I think I might in future after this taste-test. The word is actually synonymous with breakfast in the Middle East and, after sampling, I can’t say I’m half surprised. The Setting: After Northern line troubles, a subsequent Uber and then a fumble through Stables Market in Camden on a bank-holiday, I was very happy when I finally discovered the ever-so-cosy Café Loren. Located at the main entrance of the market, the restaurant still feels nestled […]

Openings & Launches

20 Top Restaurants That Opened in May

And that’s another month down, I’m going to sound very clichéd here when I say, where is the year going? Luckily it doesn’t seem like restaurant openings are taking a break as 20 opened this month, from a new Instagram haven to a Thai fast food restaurant, London really has it all.   Kricket Brixton What: Kricket Returns to Brixton Why: The sun’s out, blue sky and the smell of mown grass! Time for some Kricket? No, not the endlessly dull summer sport, but the Indian restaurant phenomenon. Kricket, feted for its casual and creative Indian food served out of their […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Swingers Celebrate Second Birthday with Free Crazy Golf

Crazy golf – the sport that sees you holding up a queue of people as you attempt put number twelve, making up rules that definitely aren’t applicable, and being faced with absolutely impossible holes over water features. Yet, there’s something about the crazy, loveable little sport that drags us back for more each time. This said, Swingers City has got a hole in one with their idea to offer free crazy golf all day long to celebrate their second birthday on 4th June. As if crazy golf wasn’t hard enough, Swingers birthday event also includes half price champers and discounted […]

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Openings & Launches

A New Wimbledon Champion

Wimbledon! You read it here first, the very first mention of the world famous tennis venue on The Handbook this year. Expect to see the word many more times over the coming month, but this isn’t a guide to the best places to stock up on strawberries and cream, tactics for queuing or a list of afterparties, in fact it’s nothing to do with the championships at all. It is, though, an exciting new opening coming to the home of English tennis. 601 Queen’s Rd has just opened in the heart of Wimbledon, down the hill from the village and […]

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Reviews

The Afternoon Tea That Swaps Sandwiches for Sushi

What: If you ever have that moment where you think that you’d really like some sushi, but you’d also really like a scone and you don’t know which to choose (granted it might not be the most common thought but I bet it happens) then I’m here to tell you that you no longer to make that decision. Why? Because Ichi Sushi & Sashimi have combined the two to create an afternoon tea that replaces sandwiches with sushi. The Setting: If you think roundabouts are just places to advertise local businesses, show off flowerbeds and a dumping ground for broken […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Posh Chippies: London’s Finest Fish ‘n’ Chip Shops

The words 'posh' and 'chip shop' aren't usually put together. Until now

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The Fitzrovia Collective’s Famous Five

We’ve all heard of the famous five, but how about a foodie version? The Fitzrovia Collective is back with a Salt Yard, The Ninth, Noizé, Picture and Lima sized bang this Summer, as it showcases dinners from each restaurant. The dining experience will see the restaurants showcase one course from each foodie-haven, creating a 5-course tasting menu. They may say too many chefs spoil the broth, but we’re quite assured that won’t reign true in this case. The menu will change monthly with each restaurant taking it in turns to host the evening. Ever been so indecisive of which cuisine […]

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Seasonal & Celebrations

Where To Make The Most Out Of English Wine Week

Until very recently the mere mention of English wine resulted in barely muffled sniggers. Maybe just about good enough for cooking. But then, a couple of decades back people were equally dubious about Australian wines and earlier this week I found it impossible to find someone to come along to a Chinese wine tasting (they were excellent, by the way). So it is that English wines now really are a thing, they’ve overcome the naysayers and brands like Nyetimer rival the big Champagne houses on price and quality. English Wine Week is an opportunity to celebrate this, and here’s some places […]

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A Tea Without Any Gimmicks: Corinthia’s New Afternoon Tea

What: Thinking of a theme? Chances are there is a tea for that. London’s restaurants have taken afternoon tea and have been running with it for years. ‘It’s summer? We’ll make a summer tea’; ‘Guy Fawkes night? Stick a firework in a scone’; ‘Let’s add in alcohol, let’s serve it at midnight, let’s make it historical, let’s make it breakfast themed.’ Yep you’ve got to hand it to them, they’re taking the idea and running with it. Anyway, Corinthia’s new afternoon tea is stripping it all back to offer a traditional afternoon tea with no gimmicks. New? Relatively it only […]

Things to do With Kids

Grab a Fork at Fork to Fork

When Spotify and Starbucks joined forces it was the soundtrack to our morning coffee run. EVA Air and Hello Kitty’s collab saw us all want to take to the skies (more than usual), and Apple and Hermes’ partnership meant an added sexiness to the apple watch made it a whole lot more wearable. The moral of the story? When two business brains join forces, great things can most certainly happen, and has happened, in the form of Fork to Fork food festival. Created by Wahaca co-founder Thomasina Miers, and Caravan co-founder Laura Harper-Hinton, the food festival, which launched in June […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Party Like It’s 1899, Pimm’s Bring Back A Classic

Pull on a pair of plus-4s, bring out your boater and peddle your penny farthing; we’re going to party like it’s 1899. Given the weather, it has been perpetual Pimm’s o’clock for about a fortnight now and it seems highly unlikely you’ve not guzzled your way though your first Pimm’s of the summer. But what you’ve almost certainly been sinking is Pimm’s No. 1 Cup, the fruity gin-based spirit concocted from a top-secret recipe infusing gin with a combo of herbal botanicals, caramelised orange and warm spices we all know and love. What you won’t have been downing is Pimm’s No. […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Grab A Slice Of Sandwich Week 2018

As national celebrations go the royal wedding was just a practice run, bring on National Sandwich Week. Named, so legend has it, after the fourth Earl of Sandwich, the humble sandwich has come a long way since its aristocratic beginnings; it’s the country’s most eaten lunch, a national dish and an institution. So much so they’ve now gone and named this whole week after it. Here’s some sandwichy goodness on offer…

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