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Champagne Lovers’ Lunch at 34 Mayfair

Is there anyone out there who isn’t a lover of Champagne? If so, we definitely do not fall within that category. So for those of you like us who cannot imagine a better summer day than one featuring a long, leisurely lunch complete with a glass of our favourite drink, 34 Mayfair is sorting out your summer plans. For every day in July and August, guests who purchase a glass of Bruno Paillard Champagne with their two course lunch or weekend brunch will be able to enjoy complimentary Champagne top ups throughout the entirety of their meal. There is a minimum […]

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Italian Street Food Market Opens

A taste of Italy is coming London this June as Mercato Metropolitano is making its UK debut in the new ‘SoBo’ area, just south of Borough. Originally opening its doors in Milan last year, the food market will be sure to be a new rival to nearby Borough market. Set in a gritty warehouse, the site of a disused paper factory, the huge 45,000 square foot market specialises in small producers from all over Italy and the UK and will feature an onsite bakery, butchers, fishmongers, coffee roasters, pizza chefs and, obviously, pasta makers. And if the food isn’t enough to draw you […]

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Meredith Collective Presents ‘Keeping Up With The Jones’

Ever wonder who the Joneses really are, and why people are trying to keep up with them? Look no further than Meredith Collective’s latest pop-up launching on July 7th, where you are invited to come and explore first-hand the fantastical way the other half lives. Actors will play the role of the Jones family, while audiences become a part of their world. This delightful foodie adventure will begin in Mrs. Jones’s stylish new kitchen (which she has just had refurbished don’t you know?) and leads guests on a journey featuring wonderfully creations from Mrs. Jones’s secret recipe book, such as edible vodka toothpaste, […]

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10 Overlooked Museum and Gallery Restaurants

It’s easy to forget that we live in one of the greatest cities in the world, filled to the brim with some of the best museums, art galleries and theatres. And within those cultural delights, some extraordinary food and drink offerings, which are worth the visit in themselves. Here’s a guide to The Handbook’s favourite:

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Yolk at Duke of Wellington’s

Being a foodie is great, especially in a city with as eclectic a mix of restaurants as London. Whether you’re looking for something as simple as the perfect afternoon tea, or something a little more niche, such as a restaurant that combines Chinese cuisine with Portuguese, you’ll find what you’re looking for in London. The main issue with being a foodie is the constant internal battle between craving comfort food and knowing that after you’ve eaten it you’ll feel thoroughly unsatisfied. It’s a war that’s been raging since the dawn of time and one that it’s about time we had […]

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A Taste of Rio in Hackney

One thing Britain is truly Great at is pubs. You don’t have to walk far in any part of London before a George and the Dragon, Kings Head, Fox & Hounds… You get the picture. A new spot in London Fields is combining the pub with the humble corner shop and the outcome is Rio Boteco. Since it’s not a standard pub, the grub here consists of authentic Brazilian tapas and street food dishes like slow cooked ribs, salted cod fishcakes and Bolo de banana with cinnamon ice cream and, instead of a pint, (although craft beers are available – it […]

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8 Top Places for Riverside Dining

Glad it’s summertime? Of course you are. But summer brings its own problems. Since we’re not exactly blessed with endless sunshine, when the sun finally does come out you want to enjoy it. A good riverside venue, then, is something to savour – gorgeous views of the sunlit Thames, a nice breeze off the water and a bit of food and drink to while away the hours. Who said summertime was all about the park? Here are our top riverside venues:

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10 Picnics for National Picnic Week

‘I don’t know why, but the meals we have on picnics always taste so much nicer than the ones we have indoors’, and we agree with George from Famous Five. We might be in a city but that doesn’t mean we are short of spaces for a picnic, in fact London has over 35,000 acres of public green space and with it being National Picnic Week this week, we’ve rounded up 10 top picnics to feast on throughout the summer:

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Daddy Cool Afternoon Tea at 108 Pantry

Now while you think of afternoon tea you may think of petite sandwiches and dainty cakes, normally indulged ladies who enjoy down sized dining, but for this Father’s Day 108 Pantry is making sure your pops won’t miss out with their special Daddy Cool Afternoon Tea. The tea will be given a male-focused spin with savoury options like 108 Burger slider Keen’s cheddar & pickles, and a free-range pork and black truffle sausage roll. The sweet will feature a classic selection of homemade cakes and pastries from Pantry counter as well as freshly baked scones, strawberry jam and Devonshire clotted cream. All […]

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How to Have Tea with the Queen

Chances are we won’t ever be having tea with the Queen, but that doesn’t mean we can’t prepare just in case the occasion somehow arises… probably best if you do the same too.   The Fans of London campaign (launched by Hilton, British Airways and London & Partners) to create a series of series of London experiences for super-fans based around four themes – Royal, music, Harry Potter and Shakespeare and they’ve joined with Conrad St James to host etiquette lessons so that we all know how to behave when that day comes and we have tea with the Royal […]

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Restaurants and Bars That Opened in May…

Every day we write about new opening in London and safe to say there have been quite a few…if you’ve missed any or just want a quick low-down then read on to find out everything that has opened in the last month.  Legs  Legs is open in Hackney’s fashion district, serving up a daily-changing menu that focuses on fresh, nourishing produce in a light, casual space. www.legsrestaurant.com Rosa’s Thai Café The seventh café from husband and wife team Alex and Saiphin Moore that is serving up punchy Thai dishes made using British ingredients. www.rosasthaicafe.com Randy’s Wing Bar The first permanent restaurant […]

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Restaurant Critics Cook for Top Chefs

Being a food critic has many perks, and eating brilliant food at some of the world top restaurants is definitely worth the hard work and writing that comes afterwards. A pretty plush job! The same can’t be said for the poor chefs who spend their days rushing around boiling hot kitchens, meticulously planning everything and barely getting a minute to sit back and relax. Humanitarian organisation Action Against Hunger, however, have decided that it’s about time the tables turned and the critics spent a little time in the hot seat, so to speak.   The idea is easy enough. Get […]

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