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Almeida: Review

When it comes to restaurants you think most things have already been covered, we’ve had dining in the dark, mystery menus, eating whilst precariously perched in the sky and way underground, but the Almeida over in Islington have created something brand spanking new; they have done away with the wine list, making them the first restaurant in London to do so. Instead they have a wine wall, where diners can go up and choose their wine based on the tasting notes or they can leave it up to the sommelier to make the choices based on what they are eating […]

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myhotel Chelsea Review

Tucked away in the residential area of Chelsea, a short walk from Sloane Square station is myhotel Chelsea, one of the three in the myhotel group alongside the Bloomsbury and Brighton venues. The Chelsea venue has been in the press recently due to the launch of Tanya’s Raw Food Café earlier this month, which is focussed on serving living cuisine through cutting edge techniques. The hotel itself has also undergone a refurbishment with a very modern but cosy feel to it and The Handbook went to see for itself. There are 45 rooms in the hotel including a very special […]

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myhotel Chelsea Review

Tucked away in the residential area of Chelsea, a short walk from Sloane Square station is myhotel Chelsea, one of the three in the myhotel group alongside the Bloomsbury and Brighton venues. The Chelsea venue has been in the press recently due to the launch of Tanya’s Raw Food Café earlier this month, which is focussed on serving living cuisine through cutting edge techniques. The hotel itself has also undergone a refurbishment with a very modern but cosy feel to it and The Handbook went to see for itself. There are 45 rooms in the hotel including a very special […]

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Get Creative at Bite Me Pizza

Have you ever tried to make your own pizza? We mean really make it – shop bought dough is not allowed. If so, you know what appears to be a fairly easy task can quickly become rather challenging and end in tears. Cue misshapen bases, under-proved dough and a very unhappy chef. For this reason, we were delighted to discover Bite Me Pizzas; a shabby chic pizzeria based in Notting Hill, where customers can choose from over thirty toppings in which to create a custom-made pizza. Founded by twenty-two year old Christopher Mannesis, the ethos of the restaurant is simple: […]

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Etch Food Residency at The Proud Archivist

This latest London pop-up promises to be a cut above the rest as Etch Food takes up residency at The Proud Archivist. The love child of MasterChef: The Professionals 2013 winner Steven Edwards and the (rapidly) rising star Josh Stanzl, Etch Food aims to offer customers a totally original dining experience. Serving up creative and attractive food, that doesn’t compromise on quality, in a fun and interactive atmosphere. And so what better place to do this than The Proud Archivist? A venue that is both stunning and unusual, it offers not simply a table to eat at but also a […]

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Ohlala Macarons’s Tea Room Pops Up

Anna, Duchess of Bedford was an expert at setting trends, fashionable one might say, after all she was the one who came up with afternoon tea because she got hungry between breakfast and supper, which you know was probably scandalous back in 19th century, cake between meals – how daring! Well now after years of tea and scones, there is a new decadence in town, macarons and old James Bond’s favourite, martinis, courtesy of Ohlala Macarons.   They’ve teamed up with the quintessentially British label Antoni & Alison to host an afternoon of indulgence. In the super cute and charming ‘Ye Olde […]

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Pellicano Restaurant Review

Pellicano restaurant is a family owned Sardinian establishment who is currently finding a home at myhotel Chelsea, while their original residence at Elystan Street is under refurbishment. Their new location is on the ground floor of the hotel and has its own terrace when you can enjoy the hot, city nights while indulging in some people watching. The food is Italian with a Sardinian twist and like any good Italian boasts an extensive wine list, that being said the Raspberry Martini is a great summer cocktail, not so strong that you are floored but it has enough kick to know […]

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Pellicano Restaurant Review

Pellicano restaurant is a family owned Sardinian establishment who is currently finding a home at myhotel Chelsea, while their original residence at Elystan Street is under refurbishment. Their new location is on the ground floor of the hotel and has its own terrace when you can enjoy the hot, city nights while indulging in some people watching. The food is Italian with a Sardinian twist and like any good Italian boasts an extensive wine list, that being said the Raspberry Martini is a great summer cocktail, not so strong that you are floored but it has enough kick to know […]

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Christabel’s Pop- Up Adventures

Autumn is finally here and with winter literally just around the corner, it oh so tempting to get straight into your warmest pyjamas and have an evening binge on Netflix. However, whilst the hours of daylight maybe dwindling, it does not mean that your social life has to.  Want to add some autumnal spice into your life, then look no further. Christabel’s, the bespoke food, design and events company will be popping up in secret locations all over town this season, adding some perzass to somewhat dreary evenings.   Christabel’s, the brain child of Christabel Beeson, puts the pop, snap and […]

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Boyds Brasserie Afternoon Tea

If there’s anything we love at The Handbook it’s a good afternoon tea; delicious cakes and sandwiches down-sized to miniature portions, shrinking down those pesky calories with it meaning you are free to indulge in twice as much! (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it). So when we were invited to Boyds Brasserie, a lounge bar and restaurant focused on smart British fare situated a few minutes’ walk from Charing Cross station, we were more than happy to attend. Kicking off the savoury section to their afternoon tea are the Potted Shrimps served with Lemon and Crisp Bread which […]

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New Collaboration Pop-Up, Dirty Tommi’s

Imagine if your favourite London burger joint, Tommi’s Burger Joint, collaborated with your favourite hot dog place, Dirty Bones, to create the city’s juiciest, dirtiest pop-up yet. Well they have… On the menu you can expect to see signature dishes from both venues plus a range of specially created hot dogs, burgers and sides. A number of unique mashed up recipes, created exclusively will also feature such as: Tommi’s Burger Dog (Tommi’s burger served doggy style, with confit onion, Dirty Bones short rib, crispy shallots, dirty cheese sauce & dill pickles). A selection of juicy sides including Dirty Mac & […]

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Pork Life

This weekend head to Dalston Yard for a celebration of all things pig (although maybe stay away if your affection lies in their happy-go-lucky nature rather than their delicious taste). Pork Life is a new street food festival, born through a collaboration between Masterchef champion Tim Anderson and Big Eater (the talented team behind Chilli Chilli Bang Bang, National Burger Day and Ribstock). They, with the help of a whole host of your favourite vendors, (Bubbledogs, NanBan, Turner & George, Le Swine and Q Grill to name but a few) will be serving up all the classics – bacon sarnies, […]

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