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Shaka Zulu Review

Filled with towering statues and tribal prints, Shaka Zulu, has created an immersive dining experience that makes you feels like you have skipped the 12 hour plane journey and landed bang in the middle of the Rainbow Nation. The cocktails are great and even boasts a Rum Blazer which was voted ‘CNN Top Twelve Unusual Cocktails in the World’ thusly awarded as you get a mini pyrotechnic show at your table as they prepare it for you, be warned though, it may look pretty but it kicks harder than a mule. If you can bear to share a cocktail, you […]

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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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Caravan’s Grass Roots Supper Club

I hate to break it to you but autumn is coming, it’s just around the corner, waiting to pounce. So it’s time to give summer a send-off until its return next year and what better way to celebrate the wonderful British summer than with a four course meal?  Step in Caravan in Exmouth Market with their Grass Roots event happening on the 8th September who are doing just that. For their second quarterly dining session they will be serving a four course feast championing seasonal, home-grown and local ingredients, using ingredients from King’s Cross Skip Garden, a community garden charity […]

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The Bingham’s Mystery Menu

So you want to go out for dinner, you choose a restaurant, book a table and peruse the menu so you know exactly what you want to order beforehand. Well it’s time to think again, throw caution to the wind and live on the edge, because The Bingham have created a mystery menu where you have no idea what you might be served, how many courses there are, and what you might drink. With The Handbook being risk takers (although with chef, Mark Jarvis at the helm you know it’s going to be good) we signed up and headed over […]

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The Colour Palate Review

On Wednesday The Handbook headed down to the launch of new Marylebone venue, Carousel, and Art of Dining’s latest pop-up experience The Colour Palate. The idea behind it is theming your food with colour, each course corresponds with a colour and relevant music, think mellow yellow for the yellow course. The downstairs room of Carousel has an industrial feel with white walls and stone floors which worked well as a blank canvas for the colour changes. The evening begins with a green theme; coloured lights flood the room and the first course, quail wrapped in a vine leaf served with […]

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Eclipse’s Crackbaby Carnival

So it’s Sunday,  you’ve been to the carnival and now you’re ready for serious night of cocktails, dancing and drums, because hey there is no work on Monday. Well we have just the ticket, as Eclipse are bringing the carnival to Walton Street until the early hours of Monday morning . Their DJs will be playing a mix of jungle and house alongside live per percussion all night so you can carry on dancing whilst drinking their infamous Crackbaby shots.  Oh and as it’s carnival fancy dress is encouraged, the staff will all be dressed in their finest carnival gear […]

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Yauatcha’s Secret Menu

What did you do to celebrate your 10th birthday: pool party, laser quest, disco where you got to stay up until 10pm (you crazy party animal, you)? Well it’s time to say Happy 10th Birthday to Yauatcha one of London’s most loved dim sum restaurants and they are celebrating in style, no bouncy castles here. The celebrations are centred on four of its iconic offerings, the Chinese Kitchen, teahouse, patisserie and wine and cocktails. Starting from the September 1st they will be offering different secret off the menu items each week -can’t choose which week to go? Easy go to […]

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Rick Stein To Open New Restaurant

A trip to Cornwall isn’t complete without a trip to Rick Stein’s empire aka Padstow, whether it’s his fish and chips, bakery, seafood school, restaurant, bistro, café, one of his 5 places to stay or four shops (see why we say empire?) but now Londoners can sample his cooking without making that long weary journey down south, because Rick Stein has just announced he is opening his first venue outside of Cornwall. ‘And where might this restaurant be opening?’ we hear you ask, well it's Winchester – only an hour from London on the train from Waterloo, hurrah! The concept […]

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Ping Pong Summer Menu

The weather might have put its autumn coat on but forget the weather, summer is not over until at we’ve at least had the August Bank holiday and with that in mind The Handbook checked out Ping Pong’s summer menu. Start with one of the new summer mojitos before ordering, there’s hibiscus, blackberry and Chambord or Longan and Sake.  New dim sum includes the beef and black pepper shu mai (open-topped wonton pastry with asparagus, carrots, marinated beef, topped with fresh black pepper and goji berr) whilst lovers of seafood can indulge in the chinkiang seafood skewers, or the citrus […]

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Ping Pong Summer Menu

The weather might have put its autumn coat on but forget the weather, summer is not over until at we’ve at least had the August Bank holiday and with that in mind The Handbook checked out Ping Pong’s summer menu. Start with one of the new summer mojitos before ordering, there’s hibiscus, blackberry and Chambord or Longan and Sake.  New dim sum includes the beef and black pepper shu mai (open-topped wonton pastry with asparagus, carrots, marinated beef, topped with fresh black pepper and goji berr) whilst lovers of seafood can indulge in the chinkiang seafood skewers, or the citrus […]

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Gin Festival Pop Up: Gin Bop

Gin fans can rejoice because for one night only Rivington Grill Greenwich will be hosting renowned gin experts from Hendrick’s, Beefeater, Tanqueray to Langley’s No.8, Bombay Sapphire and premium tonic from Fever-Tree. It will be the perfect festival-style event for all gin enthusiasts where guests will be able to feast on a hog roast and sip delicious gin-based cocktails (what else?). There will also be a tombola, “Gin Bottle” hoopla and live music from Old Hat Jazz. The Gin Bop will take place on Friday 15th August from 6pm – 1am. Tickets are £40 per person and include 3 cocktails […]

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Our favourite Afternoon Teas

For those of you who don’t know, back  in the early nineteenth century it is said that Anna, 7th Duchess of Bedford, complained of a ‘sinking feeling in the afternoon’ (at the time it was common just to eat breakfast and supper) and so she began to snack on sandwiches and little cakes. On returning to London, Anna invited the girls over to join her and so the tradition of afternoon tea was formed. To say the list of places offering tea now is extensive, is a bit of an understatment because London sure knows how to do an afternoon tea, but […]

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