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The Phoenix gets a make-over

Bursting out of the ashes in a blaze of glory comes The Pheonix, not the mythical bird but the newly refurbished pub in London’s Cavendish Square. The totally revamped basement area comes complete with state-of-the-art sound system, a new diner-style menu and a larger selection of draught beers, cask ales, quality wines and ciders. With the new sound system comes the return of singalong extravaganzas and special nights like Friday I’m In Love, as well as a host of brilliant comedy events which have previously included Frankie Boyle, Ed Byrne and Al Murray plus special DJ nights throughout the year. […]

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The Ultimate Chocolate Indulgence

As if we didn’t need more of an excuse to eat chocolate, 13th-19th October is National Chocolate Week – amazing! And to celebrate, pudding professionals Gü have joined up with the award-winning Plum + Spilt Milk to create a super special (and chocolatey) three course menu. The limited edition menu incorporates four types of chocolate as core ingredients and what results is a terrifically tantalising trio of dishes that are certainly not to be missed. They’re serving up pan-fried scallops and a loin of venison with a delightful chocolate twist. And fans of Gü‘s Melting Middles certainly won’t be disappointed […]

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Sunday Sessions Launch at Nobu

We've got your Sunday night sorted. Not just a critically acclaimed eatery; uber fashionable Nobu Berkeley ST has just announced the return of Nobu Unplugged, following a short summer hiatus. So whilst sipping on sake or one of their delicious cocktails you can check out some of the freshest new talent on the music scene. And if the drinks start to go to your head, grab a table to experience the michelin star rated food.  Their opening on the 28th September sees ALX, Fabienne and Alani take to the stage. A trio of acts all set to light up the music world, […]

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The Club at Hotel Café Royal

Hotel Café Royal has launched its swanky members only club, aptly named The Club, on its first floor. While it has already opened its doors, it will not officially launch till the beginning of October. Celebrating iconic figures of the past whilst providing an exclusive sanctum for future and established stars of the literary, art and fashion world. It is designed as a place where members are able to pursue their vocations whilst also being an exciting social hub – a space to work and play. With interiors overseen by the super talented March and White, the historic space has […]

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Mid-Autumn Festival at Hutong

We’re at that funny time in the year when there is nothing to celebrate quite yet, the summer is almost over, Halloween isn’t here yet, we can’t get excited about bonfire night and don’t even mention the C word (to clarify that is Christmas…in case you thought otherwise). How about the Mid-Autumn festival then?  You might not have heard of it, but it’s celebrated in China on the 15th day of the 8th month in the lunar calendar during a full moon. Celebrating the legend of Chang’e, the moon goddess, and Houyi, the archer, Mid-Autumn Festival is a time for […]

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The Honor Oak Review

South London’s newest dining experience, The Honor Oak, has recently opened its doors after an expensive refurbishment with the aim to restore it back to its former glory days as a popular community hub in South East London. Whenever a pub opens that bids farewell to the days of the old man pub I breathe a sigh of relief; mustard walls, brown curtains and sticky bars are banished here in lieu of classic moss-coloured walls, hand-cut silhouettes for decoration and industrial looking light features. The menu keeps true to British flavours with Chef Robert Radcliffe in the kitchen drawing on […]

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The Honor Oak Review

South London’s newest dining experience, The Honor Oak, has recently opened its doors after an expensive refurbishment with the aim to restore it back to its former glory days as a popular community hub in South East London. Whenever a pub opens that bids farewell to the days of the old man pub I breathe a sigh of relief; mustard walls, brown curtains and sticky bars are banished here in lieu of classic moss-coloured walls, hand-cut silhouettes for decoration and industrial looking light features. The menu keeps true to British flavours with Chef Robert Radcliffe in the kitchen drawing on […]

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The World’s First 8OOft High Sleepover

So you’re single, living in London and dating, but are you dating to the best of your ability? If thumb twiddling over a dreary dinner whilst inquiring about their job sounds all too familiar then we need to introduce you to activity-based dating site doingsomething.org, who focus on taking the awkwardness out of dating. Would you rather meet your beau to be during a ping pong championship at a rooftop party, getting your downward dog on for yoga pub dating or through an obligatory blind date your mum organised for you? How about at the world’s highest sleepover? For 10 […]

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Yauatcha: Review

Yauatcha on Broadwick Street is celebrating its 10th birthday with a month of secret dishes on the menu focused around the four iconic offerings that it is known for: the Chinese kitchen, teahouse, patisserie, wine and cocktails. As we can’t resist dim sum or a reason to party, The Handbook went over to celebrate last week, when the secret dish was a dim sum platter. We headed downstairs to the main area of the restaurant and for a Tuesday night it was packed, the atmosphere was upbeat, with loud music, dark corners, bright leather chairs, constant chattering from the other […]

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Yauatcha: Review

Yauatcha on Broadwick Street is celebrating its 10th birthday with a month of secret dishes on the menu focused around the four iconic offerings that it is known for: the Chinese kitchen, teahouse, patisserie, wine and cocktails. As we can’t resist dim sum or a reason to party, The Handbook went over to celebrate last week, when the secret dish was a dim sum platter. We headed downstairs to the main area of the restaurant and for a Tuesday night it was packed, the atmosphere was upbeat, with loud music, dark corners, bright leather chairs, constant chattering from the other […]

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The Great British Cook Off

What could be better than a chef cooking for you? Two chefs cooking for you and battling for your approval that’s what. Oh and the profits going to Action Against Hunger too. Happening over at Almeida, The Great British Cook Off will take place on the 29th September and will see host head chef Tommy Boland sharpening his knives, making his chef whites extra white and cranking up the heat as he prepares to take on head chef Dan Loftin from sister restaurant Kensington Place. Each will be cooking up 3 dishes: one meat, one fish and one sweet dish […]

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The Black Dog Review

By all appearances The Black Dog in Vauxhall looks like any other pub, even inside it rocks a kind of shabby chic design with tables crammed just a little too tightly together but this is where the drawbacks end. It is always a sign of a confident kitchen team when the kitchen is open plan, as you can combine a perfect opportunity to snoop on the cleanliness and preparation of your food with a pre-meal show. They should be confident as the food, although simple, is surprisingly good with fresh flavours coming through easily and as they say, if it […]

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