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Read All A’Bao It: Bao Borough Has Opened!

We’re so excited about this May opening – eek! For those who don’t know, BAO is the famed Taiwanese restaurant that took London by storm with its funky, animated steamed buns that have lit up our social feeds and taste delicious. It’s no surprise therefore that people are totally and utterly raving about the latest opening that has arrived in Borough joining the other outposts including BAO Soho and BAO Fitzrovia, XU Teahouse and Restaurant, as well as the original BAO BAR stand which remains at Netil Market. Oh, and did we mention it has a karaoke room named BAO […]

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Here’s Why You Need To Check Out Theo Randall’s Restaurant

Union Jacks and red telephone boxes aside, Intercontinental London Park Lane is a total shrine for quintessential Britishness. As the former playground of Queen Elizabeth II, what with the hotel’s location being her former childhood residence, there’s a certain grandness encompassing the Mayfair staple. Inside lies Theo Randall, a restaurant tucked away from the marble floors and chandeliers of Intercontinental London Park Lane’s main drag. A quick aperitif chosen from a busy collection of ‘build-your-own’ Negroni offerings saw us seated in the elegant dining space, which is certainly not somewhere you’d don a Timbaland or trainer. The restaurant, which has been […]

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Losing Your Veganity: The Definitive Guide To London Vegan Hangouts

London’s culinary scene is positively bulging with vegan restaurants at present, illuminating just how popular the plant-based way of life has become in recent years. Restaurants galore are popping vegan goodness on plates, from jackfruit tacos to plant-based fried “chicken” – and...

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Lights, Camera, Restaurant: Film Locations You Can Eat In

You’ve seen it on film, now you can eat there. London is one of Hollywood’s most popular go-tos for filming. Partly down to its incredible architecture, iconic locations and picture-perfect views, but mainly because of the generous tax breaks. Either way, here’s where you can eat...

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Openings & Launches

The New Claridge’s Restaurant Opening Soon

We’re a few steps, and months, closer to Chef Daniel Humm and the team behind acclaimed New York restaurant Eleven Madison Park opening up a brand spanking new restaurant inside Claridge’s – eek! For those of you wondering why Eleven Madison has such celeb status, know that in 2017 it was voted #1 in the world by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. That’s a pretty big deal, like, pretty darn big! Suffice to say we’ve got high hopes for Chef Daniel Humm and Restaurateur Will Guidara – go get ’em guys! Claridge’s in Mayfair, the restaurant famed for its snazzy Christmas trees, has always […]

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Where To Eat Out In… Southwark

As with many London boroughs the lines are often pretty blurred when it comes to where on starts and the other ends. This time around though, we’re having a plug at Southwark, or that inconspicuous bit by Waterloo, as it might be more commonly known. However, this part of London does in fact...

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In Vogue: Fashion Houses With Food

Haute couture and haute cuisine seldom meet, unless you eat spag-bol wearing your best Chanel. But we’re spotting a slow-growing trend among fashion houses to include restaurants in their fashion outlets, after all if you can create a fantastic £15k handbag you must also be a dab-hand at...

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Farmacy: The Vegan Restaurant Paving The Plant-Based Way

Vegans, listen up, because you’d be a buffoon not to tick this restaurant off your list. Quite literally a sanctuary for catering to all your plant based needs, Farmacy is the brainchild of Camilla Fayed opening in 2016 on Westbourne Grove between Notting Hill and Bayswater. The menu and concept was undeniably ahead of its game when it came about a few years ago, with a smorgasbord of seasonal, nutritional and sustainable flavours on offer. Fast forward a few years and there’s no doubting the restaurants consistent popularity, with diners filling tables that sit wrapped around the centrepiece bar. The restaurant really plays […]

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Awesome Afternoon Teas

Shangri-La Launches a Sky High Royal-Tea

Chances are you don’t have a spare £150,000 to splash out on your baby shower like Meghan Markle’s pals, you probably don’t have the maternity wardrobe to match either, just saying. But before you throw your toys out of the pram, we have some good news. Sky high, Shangri-La Hotel, at The Shard, London is launching a new Royal High Tea celebrating the upcoming arrival of the royal baby and motherhood, making it the new place to host your baby shower. Meghan missed out. Much to the horror of Jamie Oliver, no doubt, I grew up on a diet that […]

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East London Girl’s Top 10 Restaurants

She’s racked up close to 40,000 followers on Insta due to her in-the-know restaurant knowledge, whirling off recommendations left, right and centre across her sprightly blog and social media platforms, and now the oh, so popular East London Girl shares with The Handbook her Top 10 East...

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Spice, Spice, Baby: Tamarind Mayfair Gets A Sexy Refurb

India is a country I’m yet to visit but I live vicariously through the fragrant spice and punchy flavours of its marvellous cuisine that has graced our city. Tamarind in Mayfair is a stalwart member of London’s ever-evolving Indian cuisine influence and I had the pleasure of delving into its complex creations, after a lengthy closure and refurbishment. Tamarind was the very first Indian restaurant to pin a Michelin-star proudly to its chest and, as a result, has held a position of prominence and high-end notoriety since, with glamorous city-dwellers wandering in for a hint of India. Despite holding such […]

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We Get Savaged By This Rooftop Restaurant

The hype at Savage Garden is all about debauchery, from devil-horned cocktails and black-dyed food to sexy DJs and darkened rooms – the stuff of a Marilyn Manson wet dream, when he’s not dreaming about removing ribs and gyrating on stage in a leather thong that is. Savage Garden, under the veil of darkness, definitely has a kind of we-could-get-into-trouble-here vibe; it’s dimly lit and there is loud music pumping from a purposefully chosen young, blonde DJ that certainly doesn’t harm the aesthetic. It’s an ideal date spot my taken plus one notes casually, it’s not the first time I’ve […]

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