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7 Courses, 7 Top London Chefs

If ‘7 courses’ doesn’t grab your attention, I don’t know what will. If, however, you’re not quite ready to sign on the dotted line and hand your money over, let us tell you a little more. FoodCycle is a British charity which makes use of spare kitchen spaces and surplus food to create nutritious meals for people living in food poverty. In a city with thousands of restaurants it’s all too easy to forget food poverty is very real and a lunchtime visit to Pret is often the closest we get to donating surplus food (Pret donate unsold food at the […]

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The Botanist Broadgate’s: Hot Cross Bunny Burger

If Watership Down has you reaching for the tissues, then you might want to stop reading now. If, however, you’re a fan of game then read on… this year the Easter Bunny is meeting a rather sticky but delicious end at The Botanist Broadgate Circle. It won’t be bringing you Easter eggs in a basket this year, rather it will be appearing in the form of a rabbit patty, topped with smoked bacon, mushrooms, Lincolnshire rarebit and served between two light, sweet hot cross buns. Add to this thick cut chips, carrot mustard slaw and a complimentary bottle of Long […]

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Celebrate Mother’s Day Like The Italians

There’s no doubting that Mother’s Day is a big event in the British calendar. Doting daughters and appreciative sons nationwide will take their mothers out for lunch, arms full of flowers and cards. Whilst the Brits do celebrate family pretty well, we can still learn a thing or two from the Italians. Mamma Mia jokes aside, South Kensington restaurant Daphne’s are offering a Mother’s Day with a difference, starting with the fact that the celebration won’t actually take place on Mother’s Day itself… If you already know Daphne’s, you’ll know their conservatory room is the place to be – floral […]

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Top Pop-Ups in March

London is known for its pop-ups, it’s just one of those things London does and does well. More than well really. From 80s themed office parties to learning about Champagne and gambling in 1921 here are 9 pop-ups you don’t want to miss this month! 

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Star & Garter’s Bottomless Brunch

You know a weekend is off to a good start when Saturday morning involves a bottomless brunch, add in a view of the Thames and perhaps a walk along the river after then you know it’s off to an excellent start.  Star & Garter in Putney is hosting two bottomless brunches next month on the 5th and 19th of March with two sittings, one for the early risers (or early-ish) at 11:30am and one for those who like to take things a little more leisurely at 2pm. The bottomless part of the brunch comes in the form of free-flowing Prosecco […]

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Pop the Question… and the Cork

The month of love will become a whole lot more romantic on Monday when women worldwide can take matters into their own hands and propose to their other halves. A nerve-wracking time for any man, many may be thankful for the chance to be relieved of this duty. 108 Brasserie is giving ladies even more of an incentive to ask the four-word question (no, not “are you cooking dinner?”) with a complimentary bridal Champagne afternoon tea for bridal parties of up to 12 people. The Marylebone restaurant is a suitably special spot for a bride to celebrate her upcoming nuptials; […]

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The Most Fashionable Afternoon Tea

London Fashion Week might be finishing today but that doesn’t mean that you have to stop being the sartorial don that you are…the streets are your catwalk and all that. And what isn’t finishing is The Montagu’s Haute -Tea which is running until March 31st. Combining food with all the other things we love, (food and art, food and sport etc) is one of our favourite things, so food and fashion is definitely up there. With a client list that includes the likes of Dita Von Teese, Kylie Minogue and Diana Ross, designer Antony Price has teamed up with The […]

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Gluten-Free Cookery Masterclasses

If any of you saw the recent Channel 4 Supershoppers programme, you will have seen it name and shame brands for (amongst other things) claiming gluten-free credentials but that actually never included gluten anyway – it’s basically like sticking a ‘gluten-free’ sticker on a banana and charging twice the price. Heading to this mind-boggling aisle in the supermarket may make you feel healthy but if you really just want to know what’s in your food without the distracting packaging, why not just make it yourself? The next issue is the mound of Deliciously/Wonderfully/Honestly gluten-free recipe books and millions of Google search results. Stop. Keep […]

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Michelin-starred dining at Selfridges

The familiar will meet the unfamiliar when Michelin-starred Kei Kobayashi hosts a one-off lunch at Aubaine in Selfridges for not-your-average Monday lunch. Whilst the rest of us are queuing in Pret or microwaving the soup we made at the weekend (thrifty) you could be enjoying a 6-course French/Japanese fusion menu and petits fours. The experience will be even better if you don’t have to return to the office by plumping for the wine pairing option but actually, on second thoughts, spreadsheets might be a whole lot more fun a few glasses later. If you haven’t been, the Aubaine in Selfridge’s […]

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German Gymnasium’s New Afternoon Tea

Here at The Handbook we’re a sucker for a new afternoon tea, if it’s sandwiches and cakes in miniature form then sign us right up! Joining the afternoon tea brigade is German Gymnasium, who will be launching their afternoon tea tomorrow. When you think of Germany you might not think of cake, you’re more likely to think of beer, bratwurst, pretzels and sauerkraut, but they’re pretty big on their cakes too. Starting at 4pm with the German tradition of Kaffee and Kuchen, the afternoon tea menu is split into two teas; The German, which features sandwiches filled with the likes […]

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Tavern At 15 Review – What We Thought

Located underneath “London Capital Club”, Tavern at 15 offers guests the chance to experience life as a member of a private club without having to make the financial commitment. Unfortunately, presumably due to lack of public awareness, Tavern at 15 didn’t offer much in the way of atmosphere. The near-empty dining area was far from representative of the number of people out and about in the London Bridge area, and was a stark contrast from the over-flowing bars just 2 doors away. Lack of promotion certainly seems to be hindering the progress of a restaurant with great potential as both […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Tavern At 15 Review – What We Thought

Located underneath “London Capital Club”, Tavern at 15 offers guests the chance to experience life as a member of a private club without having to make the financial commitment. Unfortunately, presumably due to lack of public awareness, Tavern at 15 didn’t offer much in the way of atmosphere. The near-empty dining area was far from representative of the number of people out and about in the London Bridge area, and was a stark contrast from the over-flowing bars just 2 doors away. Lack of promotion certainly seems to be hindering the progress of a restaurant with great potential as both […]

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