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Now There’s A Meatball Speakeasy

Meatballs. They’re the deliciously moreish balls of meat that are so simple yet so desired; perhaps aided by their famous appearance in that adorable Lady and the Tramp scene. Now, because why not, there’s a meatball speakeasy opening up in London which isn’t all that secret because we’re raving about it on The Handbook! Named Ballroom, the venue will inject a whole lotta Italy in our capital in the form of meatballs, meatballs and yep, you guessed it, more meatballs. The vibe is New York, the destination is underground and the opening date isn’t all that far away! Yes, May […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

I’m Gonna Get Freakshake With You, This Easter

Easter, a time to reflect and celebrate on the death and resurrection of Jesus and the saviour of mankind. Which translates as a time to stuff your face with chocolate until you have to be sick in your granny’s downstairs loo. But if you’re going to go in for all the chocolate face stuffing thing, then there’s only one place we want to go, and that’s Maxwell’s in Covent Garden. The American style diner (they take face stuffing to a whole nother level in America) has created an easter feast that’s going to be so filling that you’ll want to […]

Openings & Launches

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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Best Brunches

The Down The Rabbit Hole Brunch You Won’t Want To Miss

Bottomless prosecco. Ah, now we’ve got your attention we shall begin… Mews of Mayfair has whipped up an Easter treat that’ll beat any Cadbury’s offering – yep, we said it! Their Down The Rabbit Hole bottomless brunch experience hopes to get you grinning like the Cheshire Cat with a welcome cocktail, two delicious courses, and two, yes two hours of bottomless prosecco on offer. It sounds like we’ll more likely be recreating Babe the pig, let alone a character from Alice in Wonderland! The theme of this brunch is very fitting as Mews of Mayfair, for those who don’t know, […]

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Reviews

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 […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

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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Travel

10 Of New York’s Most Romantic Restaurants

Everything’s just that little bit more romantic in New York, isn’t it? Maybe we’re all just lusting for a Ross and Rachael style romance whenever we think of the Big Apple, but either way whether you’re anxiously planning the perfect first date or well into the honeymoon...

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Where To Watch The Boat Race

Are you light blue or dark blue? Are you Oxford or Cambridge? It’s time to pick a side and cross fingers it’s the winning one. This weekend the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race takes place, and assuming you’ve not got academic skin in the game, you’ve got to choose which colour you’ll be wearing in support you’ll also have to think about the best spots for you and your mates to cheer on your favourite boat. Don’t be daunted The Handbook has comprised a list of the best riverside pubs for you to take in the race, drink, eat and […]

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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Seasonal & Celebrations

It’s Cherry Blossom Season And Here’s Where To Spend It

Surely one of the prettiest seasons, cherry blossom celebrations or Sakura will soon be taking place in Japan, blooming in the last week of March and the first two weeks of April in Kyoto (roughly between 20 March and 14 April). If you can’t make it to Japan to see the blossoms (you’d need to be quick, their beauty is fleeting) then check out these restaurants that will be dressing up for the month:

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