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Our Guide to… the Best Seafood in London

The murky water of the Thames might not look the most appealing, but it is in fact teeming with fish from salmon to trout and even eel – and London certainly loves its fish. With a whole hoard of brilliant seafood restaurants to choose from, not necessarily serving up fish from the Thames we hasten to add, The Handbook has a shoal of the best London has to offer:

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Hawker House Returns…

We love street food, music, cocktails and crisp winter air but, really, we sort of love being in the warmth too don’t we? Fear not, you no longer have to worry about the cold and you can still have all the excitement of being out on the streets as Hawker House is back. An abandoned office block is set to be transformed dramatically into three floors of street food. Whether you’re a cocktail and a burger person, or a beer and a curry or even whisky and jazz, Hawker House caters for all. Oh, did we mention there’s a Whisky […]

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The Porridge Café Pop-Up

What’s not to love about porridge? It’s healthy for you (it’s all about the slow releasing energy), it’s basically a duvet day in a bowl when you eat it on a rainy morning and the ways in which you can pimp it up are officially endless – we’re all about coconut and Greek yoghurt at the moment. And launching next month is The Porridge Café Pop-up on Paul Street which will be serving up big old bowls of porridge goodness 7am – 6pm, 7 days a week. There will be 11 grains to choose from including buckwheat and quinoa, coconut, […]

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Our Guide to… Getting Battered

No not that kind of battered, you don’t need a guide on where to get drunk. We’re talking pancake batter, obviously. Flip them, toss them, roll them in sugar or drown them in chocolate – pancakes are a wondrous thing. Yes, we may eat them more times than we care to admit when it comes to the weekend, but there is still something extra special about Pancake day/Shrove Tuesday/Fat Tuesday. As ever London has stepped up to the occasion: eating challenge, insane creations and unique flavours, here are some of the best places to get well and truly (pancake) battered: […]

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Secret Ibiza Party Hits London

It might be the dreariest month of the year (we thought we’d knocked that on the head with Dry-January but, oh no, some joker has now come up with Veg-February) but the guys from Blue Marlin are doing their very best to melt the freeze and bring some Ibiza lovin’ to London. You heard us, the White Isle’s most exclusive party is jetting into the capital in time for LFW, the BAFTAs and the Brit Awards with an all-day extravaganza in the 1000-capacity Banking Hall, decked out by La Maison Des Artistes. The exclusive club in the heart of the […]

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‘All loved up’ Afternoon tea review

The most romantic month of the year has begun, depending on your perspective and relationship status of course, so what better time to launch an ‘All Loved Up’ afternoon tea? Skylounge has created a delicious, creamy offering that celebrates all things heart shaped and love related that will leave even the most-staunch Valentine’s opposer feeling sweet. The best of the savoury ‘Aphrodisiac sandwiches’ was the Bruschetta and the Parma ham on white baguette thanks to the dreamy garlic butter it came served with. The emphasis here for good food is all on the sweet section though, with dense fudgey ‘He […]

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‘All loved up’ Afternoon tea review

The most romantic month of the year has begun, depending on your perspective and relationship status of course, so what better time to launch an ‘All Loved Up’ afternoon tea? Skylounge has created a delicious, creamy offering that celebrates all things heart shaped and love related that will leave even the most-staunch Valentine’s opposer feeling sweet. The best of the savoury ‘Aphrodisiac sandwiches’ was the Bruschetta and the Parma ham on white baguette thanks to the dreamy garlic butter it came served with. The emphasis here for good food is all on the sweet section though, with dense fudgey ‘He […]

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Squirrels Take Over The Cinnamon Club

They might have missed Squirrel Appreciation Day (yep, that happened – 21st January apparently) but The Cinnamon Club are making up for it by putting Rajasthani-spiced grey squirrel on their menu from 9th-21st February. To coincide with his appearance on Jimmy & Jamie’s Friday Night Feast, head chef Rakesh Ravindran Nair is throwing caution to the wind and risking his reputation as a top chef at London’s best curry house by serving the unusual animal to daring diners. The Rajasthani rodent will have his (or her) legs and shoulders marinated with coriander, cloves, garlic, chilli and pineapple juice and then […]

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The alps come to London

When you think of winter you think of white snow covered roof tops, children having snowball fights in the streets and roaring fires. When in reality if you’re lucky in London you might get some brown slush on the side of the road, you’re more likely to get a chunk of ice chucked at you and your central heating will probably pack in. Good thing then Home House is here to rectify that and transport you to an Alpine retreat without you having to even leave London, marvellous. A proper winter is coming to Zone 1 in the form of […]

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Urban Villa opens

If the dream of living in a fancy London apartment is just a distant, expensive fantasy then we have an alternative solution. Boutique hotelier Urban Villa has just opened its first property in the Great West Quarter development in London, combining boutique hospitality with the convenience and comfort of luxurious residential living. Instead of the typical bathroom and bedroom scenario, you will find a lounge area complete with kitchen and fully functioning oven, stove and even dish-washer. Each of the 100 all-suite bedrooms also boasts an enclosed winter garden with floor to ceiling panoramic views which gives the building its […]

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Our Guide To… Burns Night in London

This Sunday is Burns Night, a day of haggis, piping and poetry. For those of you who don’t know the history of Burns Night, let us tell you. Scotland’s National Poet, Robert Burns (or Rabbie, as he was known), may have only lived until he was 37 but in that time he wrote some pretty epic poems, including Auld Lang Syne and an Address to Haggis. After his death on the 25th January 1796, his friends started to celebrate his life, and so Burns Night was born and London well and truly adopted it. Celebrating with haggis, tatties, neeps and whisky, […]

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Our Guide To… Burns Night in London

This Sunday is Burns Night, a day of haggis, piping and poetry. For those of you who don’t know the history of Burns Night, let us tell you. Scotland’s National Poet, Robert Burns (or Rabbie, as he was known), may have only lived until he was 37 but in that time he wrote some pretty epic poems, including Auld Lang Syne and an Address to Haggis. After his death on the 25th January 1796, his friends started to celebrate his life, and so Burns Night was born and London well and truly adopted it. Celebrating with haggis, tatties, neeps and whisky, […]

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