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Valentine’s Day at 1 Lombard Street

This is a place is rooted in romance. Once a bank run by the father of Charles Dicken’s first love Maria Beadnell, the writer himself would walk the street in the early hours staring at the building where his true love dozed. Definitely one to keep up your sleeve to get your date all doey eyed over some delicious four course sharing menus in the Brasserie and the 1776 restaurant.  In the Brassiere, start with a starter of figs and parma ham, arancini balls and stuffed baby peppers before fighting over a Filet of Angus Beef, Foie Gras and Black […]

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Lanes of London Review

Lanes of London on Park Lane is like a new best friend who you feel like you have known for years. Or that is what The Handbook thought when we went down to check it out this week. Despite it being a new restaurant, it didn’t have any of that shiny- new brightness where the paint looks almost sterile or hospital like; rather it felt homely and at ease with itself. With low lighting, grand ceilings, vintage mirrors, high wing back chairs and an air of a member’s club there is none of the stuffiness, the cocktails were served in […]

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An Evening of Rugby and Gastronomy at The Langham

Whether you’re a rugby fan or you just have a penchant for men who can pull off a pair of  shorts (don’t we all?),  The Langham is hosting a dinner and drinks reception with some of England and Wales’ most famous names. Before England and Wales meet to play at Twickenham on Sunday 9th March, players such as Phil Vickery, Brian Moore and Welsh stars Scott Quinnell and Robert Jones will lay their memories of the pitch bare to fans over dinner and drinks at The Langham.  If the mention of rugby players has sparked your interest, start your evening […]

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Hawker House Indoor Market Extends Its Run

Love Food? Love Drink? Love Music? So do we!  So all that’s left to do is pack up, get together and head down for all three at The Hawker House Indoor Market. Who’s with us? Due to its immense popularity the Hawker Market has extended its original run for a further ten weeks allowing its Singapore street food inspired setting to bring even more joy to Londoners. Hurrah! Housed in a old factory sandwiched between Broadway Market and Hackney Road the menus at the eating emporium are constantly changing. With Fundi Pizza’s wood fired treats, The Grilling Greek’s halloumi souvlaki or Vinn Goute’s curried […]

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Zumbura: Review

Zumbura is a relaxed, welcoming restaurant in Old Town, Clapham with friendly staff. A large bar where guests can sit, enjoy the food and watch their cocktails being prepared takes up one side of the restaurant. Now I have set the scene I’m going to tell you about the food because it deserves the majority of this blog. We sampled a lot of the food, and by a lot I mean nearly everything, so I will try and keep it short. The Pakora are spinach and onion chick pea flour fritters were an authentic starter which reminded me of onion […]

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Award -winning Poppies Fish and Chips

Fish and chips – the quintessentially British dish, Britain without fish and chips is like Romeo without Juliet, Bonnie without Clyde, Ant without Dec… you get our drift, it is an institution. Now Poppies Fish and Chip in Spitalfields have reason to celebrate as it is has just been named as the UK’s Best Independent Fish and Chip Restaurant in the National Fish and Chip Awards organised by Seafish! With its vintage style décor and Poppettes (waitresses) dressed in wartime land girl outfits,  Poppies run by Pat Newland or Pop has been in business for the last 50 years, feeding […]

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The Blues Kitchen: Review

Over at the Blues Kitchen in Camden they are spicing up Monday nights with a ribs festival throughout January and February. Having invited the countries best rib chefs to come in and cook up some of America’s most loved food, The Handbook went down on its opening night to check it out. From the outside it looks dark, the wood distressed, inside it was still dark with low red lights but it was packed – good work for an early Monday evening. A mix of bar seats, high tables, booths; we were quickly shown to our seat and explained which […]

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The Blues Kitchen: Review

Over at the Blues Kitchen in Camden they are spicing up Monday nights with a ribs festival throughout January and February. Having invited the countries best rib chefs to come in and cook up some of America’s most loved food, The Handbook went down on its opening night to check it out. From the outside it looks dark, the wood distressed, inside it was still dark with low red lights but it was packed – good work for an early Monday evening. A mix of bar seats, high tables, booths; we were quickly shown to our seat and explained which […]

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Carom at Meza: Review

Last week The Handbook broke its attempt at ‘Dry January’, but it was rightly so as we were drinking the gin cocktails at Carom at Meza on Wardour Street. When we arrived on a Thursday night the restaurant was buzzing, clichéd as that word may be it was. It was bustling with drinkers at the bar, large groups of diners filling up the booths, couples on dates and every so often a waiter bringing out a dish and igniting it. The menu offers a range of small plates, so we started with a mound of chilli squid, perfectly crisp and […]

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Carom at Meza: Review

Last week The Handbook broke its attempt at ‘Dry January’, but it was rightly so as we were drinking the gin cocktails at Carom at Meza on Wardour Street. When we arrived on a Thursday night the restaurant was buzzing, clichéd as that word may be it was. It was bustling with drinkers at the bar, large groups of diners filling up the booths, couples on dates and every so often a waiter bringing out a dish and igniting it. The menu offers a range of small plates, so we started with a mound of chilli squid, perfectly crisp and […]

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Brontё inspired afternoon tea at The Gilbert Scott

When you think of the Brontё sisters, you probably think of the bleak moorlands in Wuthering Heights or the plain, but determined Jane Eyre. What might not spring to mind though is afternoon tea, but that is about to change as The Gilbert Scott launches its Brontё inspired afternoon tea. Created by by General Manager and chef, Chantelle Nicholson and cult artist and creator of Visitoriana, Charlotte Cory, this traditional Yorkshire Victorian tea is a tribute to the famous writing sisters, who would sup on tea between penning the paragraphs of their novels. Charlotte Cory is a cult artist and […]

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Orrery Winter Retreat

High above Marylebone High Street, away from the hustle and bustle below is Orrery’s hidden terrace and this year it has been given a bit of makeover to turn it into a snug winter retreat; with toasty heaters,  cosy blankets and the twinkle of lanterns. They’ve added a delicious selection of ‘Winter Warmers’ to their drinks list such as Warm Old Fashioned with Woodford Reserve, angoustura bitters, orange and maraschino cherry; Apple Pie with Dupont vsop, apple juice, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, buttered rum, orange and sugar; and Minty, a blend of fresh mint tea, honey, ginger and lemon. And […]

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