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Freakshakes come to London

When bad food happens to good diets – the UK edition. So we all saw and drooled appropriately at the pimped out milkshakes created Down Under, the cleverly named Freakshakes, so-called because they look like freaks of delicious wonder. A jug of sugary milkshake is then topped with delights from doughnuts, brownies, cream, sprinkles, various sauces, wedges of cake – basically anything and everything that it shouldn’t, thusly earning its name. Well these marvels have finally made their way over to Blighty thanks to Molly Bakes Café & Bakery. Available from their daily menu you just pick your base flavour […]

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Homeslice’s Unlimited Pizza Party

Stop the press because the end of January is in sight! We’ve made it people; we’ve made it through the most miserable month of the year – sorry January you have a bad rep. And to celebrate Homeslice are hosting their first Sunday Slice and Spritz Party. Taking place at the latest Homeslice on Old Street, Shoreditch, the party will start at 2pm  and will mean that you for £10 a head you can eat unlimited pizza. Yep from the moment you sit down you have an hour and a half to eat as much pizza as you can, so […]

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7 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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York & Albany’s New Wine Bar

We all have our favourite local, whether it’s the coffee shop that has your order ready as soon as you walk through the door or the pub which may as well have a ‘reserved’ sign on your favourite seat. And then we have the ones that are slightly more aspirational, in neighbourhoods with average house prices about 10 times what we could ever afford – but we mingle amongst the locals none the less. Enter the Wine Bar: York & Albany’s latest offering. No pretentiousness here, the wine bar is welcoming and rustic, cosy and contemporary and sits in the […]

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5 Hot Jamaican Restaurants

Nothing beats tucking into a polystyrene tray of jerk chicken, washed down with a cold can of red stripe perched on a concrete paving slab. Lucky for us, we don’t have to wait for a street market or festival anymore to fully embrace the sunshine and spice of this authentic cuisine. Brighten up these cold and dark January days and head down to the best Caribbean restaurants in London. Plus what better way to reward yourself after dry Jan than with rum, rum and, er, more rum.

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Monica Galetti at The Gherkin

Hands up is you can tell me the actual name of The Gherkin. No, that isn’t actually its real name. Any takers? No? Well it’s actually called 30 St Mary Axe. There we go you learn something new every day. We can also tell you, that from now until the 11th of February, Searcys | The Gherkin has a special set menu designed by Monica Galetti (there’s a name you should definitely know), star of BBC’s Master Chef The Professionals. Over seen by chef Renee Miller the menu will be full of winter offerings including black curry scallop, basmati, white miso and […]

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A Very Scandalous Afternoon Tea

For those of you unfamiliar with scandal water, just to quickly stop you from jumping to all sorts of questionable theories, it’s merely 19th Century slang for tea – and is being used as a focal part of the London EDITION’s afternoon tea. Now this may seem like an obvious concept, it is afternoon tea after all but London EDITION has decided to turn their back on the endless stream of sugary treats that normally fill our afternoon teas to focus more on the drink that began the mid-afternoon pick me up. Five teas will be served alongside five dishes […]

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OXO Launches Weekend Brunch

Our favourite pick me up between breakfast and lunch is finally making its way to OXO as they launch a weekend brunch menu for the first time in the Brasserie. The new menu will see a London make over given to the English breakfast with dishes like sautéed mushrooms on toast with a soft boiled egg; Severn & Wye’s smoked salmon served with potato rösti and crème fraiche; as well as corned beef hash, eggs royale, eggs Florentine and eggs benedict – all made with the best ingredients from award-winning local producers. What brunch would be complete without alcohol? OXO’s […]

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Champagne with Leonardo DiCaprio

Going to the cinema it’s a classic date, albeit a little clichéd, unless that is you’re going to the cinema in a hotel and you’re drinking Champagne at the same time.  The popular Film & Fizz series is returning to One Aldwych on Fridays and Saturdays, this time in partnership with Curzon Cinema meaning that guests can expect to watch films, some still on general release, from the comfort of the hotel’s 30-seat screening room and with a glass of Lallier Grande Réserve Champagne – beats the supersized Diet Coke.  Films include Joy, Leonardo DiCaprio’s latest, The Revenant  and Youth […]

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7 Savvy Spots for a Working Lunch

Whether you’re reclaiming your lunch break and looking for quick dine-in options at lunchtime, or you’re a freelancer hot-desker after a spot to pitch up with the laptop and eat at the same time, we thought we’d round-up our top working lunch spots to tick the boxes for you.

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50 Days by Albert Adrià at Hotel Cafe Royal

Every few months an event comes along that really makes our ears prick up. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what makes such an event but when a Michelin starred Spanish chef will be hitting the kitchen of one of London’s top hotels for a limited residency, you know it will be something very special. For the first time outside of his home country, elBulli chef Albert Adrià is bringing some of his gastronomical innovation to the UK with a 50 day residency at Hotel Cafe Royal, in the hotel’s 150th year. London is now considered to be at the forefront […]

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East meets West at Tom’s Kitchen Chelsea

It’s always an exciting thing when two greats are reunited i.e. Bill & Ted, and now former colleagues Tom Aikens and the Typing Room’s Lee Westcott have come together for one blissful night of cooking magic. The pair will introduce a 5 course menu, created by them, where they explain the skills involved in creating the Modern European dishes. The two chefs first met at Tom Aikens’ eponymous two Michelin-starred restaurant, where afterwards saw Lee Westcott travel around the world and working with Jason Atherton before coming back to the UK to become Executive Chef of the hugely successful Typing […]

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