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Theatrical Japanese Cocktails at ROKA

If you’re unfamiliar with the word ‘Kabuki’ don’t worry, we didn’t know what it meant either. A classical Japanese performance combining dance and drama, it’s most easily recognised by the distinctive make up worn by performers. UNESCO even count it as an Intangible Cultural Heritage so it’s worth knowing about. You may not have known that but one thing you should really know by know is that anything, be it cultural, geographical or historical, can be used to inspire a menu thanks to a creative chef somewhere out there itching to shake things up.  Award-winning Japanese restaurant, ROKA, is celebrating […]

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Pay What You Like at Galvin at Windows

One of the big headaches about dining out is the bill. That innocent slip of paper so discreetly placed on the table, maybe with a chocolate to soften the blow. No matter how inevitable it is or how many times you’ve mentally tallied up your spend, it’s all too easy for those extra glasses of wine to add up – not to mention the creme brûlée you promised yourself (and your waistline) you’d avoid. X number of glasses of wine later and it’s not only you who is seeing double, yes the wine was good but your eyes don’t deceive […]

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Tom’s Kitchen Celebrates Totally Thames Festival

What do St Katherine Docks and HMS Belfast have in common? Besides the obvious watery locations, they are both home to Tom’s Kitchen restaurants and, to celebrate September’s Totally Thames festival, chef Tom Aikens is hosting a special dinner the night the festival launches. Totally Thames is a celebration of the vibrant and historic River Thames, more specifically the 42 mile stretch through London being celebrated throughout September. Although it’s home to over 25 species of fish, we can tell you in good authority that Tom’s fish comes from much clearer waters and that actually there is no fish on […]

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Immersive Parisian Wartime Bar and Dining Experience

It’s mid-August and suddenly our thoughts are turning to which winter coat we should go for this year and why we can’t even remember what our New Year’s resolutions were, let alone why we haven’t stuck to them. Stop. Rewind time. Ok maybe you’ve gone a bit far but suddenly it’s 1943 and everyone around you is wearing a beret and has a moustache. Welcome to the world of Maman le Mot, a secret immersive supper club experience from event organisers A Place in Time, the people behind The Tick Tack Club, coming to London Bridge this September. The bunker-come-bistro […]

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Where to Celebrate the Start of Game Season

August is a month of games. The Rio Olympics are well underway and for the non-countrified amongst us, let us inform you that tomorrow marks the first day of the grouse-shooting season – August 12th, otherwise known as the Glorious Twelfth. Game may be something you’d prefer to enjoy on a dark winters night but think of it this way – it won’t be long till dark nights are a reality so in the meantime, make the most of summer nights and game with these places that are getting the season off with a bang.   The Ginger Pig, Marylebone […]

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8 London Alternatives to The Edinburgh Fringe Festival

August in Edinburgh is all about the Fringe. If you can’t make it up north, use it as an opportunity to experience some of London’s best cultural happenings. Save the pre-theatre rush and try out these places for a night consisting of more than just dinner and drinks; comedy, cabaret and live music, London has it all.

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Casa Havana Brings a Taste of Cuba to London

It was pretty exciting news when the announcement was made earlier this year that Cuba would become a new travel destination. The travel restrictions still unfortunately make it quite exclusive, but if you can’t fit in a trip to see the classic cars, classic Colonial architecture and sample some of the worlds best rum then have no fear because Soho is bringing Cuba to us! Havana Club is hosting Casa Havana, a two-week Soho pop-up bar allowing you to experience the vibrancy and energy of the Cuban capital. Pop in and enjoy your favourite Cuban classics whilst being transported to Havana. There will […]

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My London: Partridge’s Owner John Shepherd’s Top 5 Markets

If you’ve ever been in Duke of York Square on a Saturday you will’ve discovered the amazing array of street food stalls that make up Partridges food market. Now more than ten years old, the market is a great platform for new artisan food traders to get their name out there, as well as being a staple in the weekend calendar for locals to get their lunch time feed and dinner party supplies. Startisans (a mash-up of ‘start-up’ and ‘artisan’) run the market and are sister company to Patridges, the Royal Warrant-holding grocery store. We caught up with John Shepherd, […]

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Michelin-Starred Dining and… Underwear

The only relationship between underwear and food we can think of is unzipping our jeans after the final mouthful of a particularly indulgent meal – until now. If you haven’t heard about it, the V&A Museum is currently showing an exhibition all about what lies beneath; Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear, on until March 2017. The exhibition reveals the relationship between lingerie and fashion, sponsored by luxury underwear label Agent Provocateur. If walking around a museum has you working up an appetite (and when does it not?), leaving you in need of something equally as tasteful (or tasty) then […]

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Plymouth Gin Dock Terrace

You don’t need us to tell you how much Londoners love gin, it’s been the drink everyone has been raving about for the last few years. How good is your gin knowledge though? Do you know the one ingredient that makes gin, gin?* Do you know where gin originated from? ** Do you know which spirit was the first in the world to be labelled dry gin when it was created? The answer to that last one is Plymouth Gin the much loved gin of the navy and this summer they’ve teamed up with Rivington Greenwich for a nautical themed […]

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7 of London’s Best Vietnamese Restaurants

After a wave of Korean food sweeping London’s shores – think great street food from the likes of Busan BBQ, Old Street eatery On the Bab and Judy Joo’s Soho based Jinjuu – we thought The Handbook’s old faithful, good ol’ Vietnamese, deserved a little love. Here’s a round-up of where we recommend you should go to get some.

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Farmopolis: Putting the Green in Greenwich

 The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, a key date in London’s horticultural and social calendar, but have you ever wondered what happens to all the flowers after? Are they planted somewhere else? Or are they left to wither, each petal dropping off, one by one…a little flower graveyard? Well banish that thought because launching this weekend on the Jetty at Greenwich Peninsula is Farmopolis, a floating garden which has saved and rehomed tens of thousands of plants from the flower show. Created by Secret Productions (the co-founders of Wilderness Festival) and Wayward (the UK’s leading art-design-farm practice), the new garden will […]

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