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5 of the Best Places To Eat With Strangers

Ever feel like you’re tired of listening to your friends’ mundane dramas? There’s only so much a person can take of listening to whines about exes, backstabbing besties and the politics of Instagram likes. So why not sack off your friends and dine out on your own? Yes, if someone told us this a while back, we would think they were insane too. But that was before we discovered the trend for ‘communal dining’ in restaurants across London. Check out our guide to 5 Of The Best Places To Eat With Strangers below and embrace your awkward social skills – you might even make […]

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Cinnamon Kitchen Meets Pizza Pilgrims

This is the sort of culture clash that we like to hear about, a meeting of east meets west with the team up between Indian restaurant Cinnamon Kitchen and the Italian inspired Pizza Pilgrims. From the 3rd to the 7th August the Pizza Pilgrims will be parking their Piaggio van in Cinnamon Kitchen’s alfresco terrace to serve up pizzas from noon until 9pm each day. As you can guess these pizzas aren’t your typical Italian offering, nope instead you’ll find Tandoori Chicken, green chilli and cheese and lamb Rogan Josh calzone.  They’re all priced the same too (a mere £8) […]

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Fishdog Pop-up

Normally seen at street food markets, festivals and of course in the signature 1971 Citroen H Van, Fishdog from Mark Hix is staying put (well for three weeks) with the start of their residency at Farringdon’s much loved pub, The Hat and Tun next week. Running every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evening from the 29th July – 14th August, they’ll be serving up seriously good seafood but with their comfort food twist. You’ll find a selection of their signature dishes including spicy crab chips and the cheekily named Holy F***ed fish balls, croquettes served with spicy mayonnaise made from another […]

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6 Of The Best Healthy Restaurants

While we are normally perfectly content gorging on ice creams and burgers, in order to get those #summerbods it’s important to eat healthy. Also, it just feels good to leave a restaurant knowing you haven’t eaten triple your daily calorie allowance. The Handbook has got you covered with a guide to 6 Of The Best Healthy Restaurants in London – check it out below!

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Storeys Rooftop Pop Up

If you haven’t noticed from some of our previous blogs and guides, The Handbook loves rooftop parties and hangouts. This is because escaping the madness of the city and taking in stunning views of London in the sunshine is just a whole lot of fun. The latest one to come about for summer is Storeys Rooftop pop up – a food experience from event production company Afternoon Delight LDN. Storeys will be located on top of the iconic former BBC Car Park at Television Centre in White City. A summer terrace hotspot, Storeys will be a cultural hub, featuring striking artwork, tasty […]

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Maggie’s At Bluebird: An 80’s Summer In Chelsea

Everybody loves the 80’s, the decade of WTF fashion – yes, we mean giant shoulder pads, big hair and neon leg warmers. However, there’s something secretly great about all those fashion faux-pas and the music of the moment. This month, Bluebird is helping you fulfil all your 80’s cravings teaming up with the 1980’s-inspired nightclub Maggie’s, to create an 80’s summer in Chelsea. The collaborating duo will be hosting the ultimate retro pop-up bar, complete with Rubick’s cube tables, bean bag chairs, ‘80’s arcade games and a line-up of DJ’s from Wednesday to Saturday playing hit ’80’s tunes! So start practising […]

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Street Food Masterclasses at L’atelier des Chefs

Just like afternoon tea and drinks after work, Londoner’s love of street food looks like it is set to stay. There are festivals, awards and numerous articles all dedicated to it, and many of London’s top restaurants now start off as street food vendors. So it only seems fitting that we get a chance to dabble in it ourselves.  Cookery school, L’atelier des Chefs is now giving diners the chance to learn how to create their own street food, with some street food masterclasses this summer. Every day at 1pm you can master a classic street food dish in a […]

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5 Of The Best Delis In London

Everyone loves a picnic, but in recent years, the standard of picnic-ing appears to have dropped. If, like us, you get fed up of your friend Instagramming ‘picnic in the park’ with their supermarket meal deal and have to resist the urge to scream ‘that’s not a real picnic!’, then you need our guide to ‘5 Of The Best Delis In London’, to make the perfect picnic. We’re talking wicker hamper baskets, soft blankets and plenty of cheeses and meats from the best delis in London. Check out our guide to them below and step up your picnic game!

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Pop down to POP-Down at Cuisson

Everybody loves a bit of pop, whether it be the cheesy S Club 7 kind, or the fizzy coca cola kind. Pop is fun and fleeting, or in the case of Steps, scarring. Pop-ups are just as much raucous fun and are pretty much guaranteed to be enjoyable. One promising pop-up is POP-Down, a brand new interactive dining concept, which was created by luxury gastronomy experts, Cuisson. The pop-up promises to deliver inventive, high-end dining at affordable prices, with a menu that is full of surprises. The menu at POP-Down comprises of four extraordinary courses along with a signature Cuisson […]

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Lights Out Party At Kettner’s

We’ve all heard the tales from our grandma about good old wartime spirit and how life was so much better when everyone grew their own veggies and knitted their own socks. While we at The Handbook are perfectly happy living life through our iPhones and buying ready meals (sorry gran) we don’t mind a bit of a throwback every now and then, so we’re super excited for the next ‘Lights Out’ event at Kettner’s! For this event, the upper two floors of Kettner’s will be transformed into a fun-filled celebration of wartime London after dark. A wartime inspired ‘Home Front […]

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Notting Hill’s Secret Garden

Did you ever watch the Secret Garden as a child and  wish you could stumble upon a door that led to the hidden oasis, or have you ever clung forlornly to the gates of the communal, private London gardens and wished you had the keys (no? just us then…) well now we have the answer. The housemates over at Notting Hill’s favourite flat, The Little Yellow Door are turning their humble abode into an indoor garden – ok so you won’t be catching a tan, but it does mean you won’t have to deal with the insects, the sweating and […]

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Aqua Kyoto celebrates the Marine Menu

When it comes to celebrating national holidays and days London is pretty much an expert and it doesn’t matter if they aren’t British national holidays oh no, if there is a chance to celebrate then we’ll take on any national holidays and Japanese restaurant Aqua Kyoto, are doing just that with their celebration of Ocean Day. Taking place on the 20th July, Ocean Day is Japan’s newest national holiday (it was formed in 1996) and celebrates the importance of the ocean and its bounty. Head Chef Paul Greening has drawn inspiration from his background of studying marine biology to create […]

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