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Stunning food at Sushinho

The high-powered city peeps based near Liverpool Street now have a new place to fill up on delicious food. Enter the quiet and welcomingly heated (!) haven of Devonshire Square, and you’ll spot Sushinho – a new Brazilian-Japanese fusion restaurant. We were invited to the launch last month, so returned with great anticipation – and we certainly weren’t disappointed. We started our evening downstairs, in the cosy yet sophisticated cocktail bar. The drinks were beautifully presented and paired with tasty plantain crisps which were shockingly moreish! Our taste buds suitably prepared, we made our way to the main restaurant upstairs. Full […]

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Kua ‘Aina: Hawaiian burgers in Soho

The perfect antidote to the rainy weather, Kua ‘Aina is a surprising Hawaiian haven in very central London. Hidden just off Regent Street, this cosy burger restaurant welcomes you with a playful splash of colour (pink, yellow and aquamarine conjure the tropical beach and sea), a rough and ready décor, and the alluring smell of smoky meat. Although the main draw for Kua ‘Aina virgins is probably the unique ‘lava’ method of grilling, we’d wager the restaurant probably guarantees regular custom with its fun, friendly vibe and casual dining appeal. Co-owner Ed Bardos, who worked in a Kua ‘Aina abroad […]

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The Penny Black: Great British Food on Fulham Road

Since opening in 2011, The Penny Black on Fulham Road has won a reputation of serving great British food in a casual but sophisticated setting and The Handbook were lucky enough to go down and try it. The restaurant is informal but still classic, great service but unpretentious; it has none of the potential stuffiness of a white tablecloth restaurant. The restaurant is set with low intimate lighting and the walls are adorned with original art work from street artist Blek le Rat, adding a slight edge. At the front of the restaurant stands a busy bar which has over […]

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The Penny Black: Great British Food on Fulham Road

Since opening in 2011, The Penny Black on Fulham Road has won a reputation of serving great British food in a casual but sophisticated setting and The Handbook were lucky enough to go down and try it. The restaurant is informal but still classic, great service but unpretentious; it has none of the potential stuffiness of a white tablecloth restaurant. The restaurant is set with low intimate lighting and the walls are adorned with original art work from street artist Blek le Rat, adding a slight edge. At the front of the restaurant stands a busy bar which has over […]

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Dinner at Elistano

Friday night in Chelsea and the King’s Road is beginning to fill up. The same however, couldn’t be said for Elistano, the Italian restaurant just off Sloane Avenue. At its peak, there were just 4 tables occupied including my own. Despite the poor turnout, there were no excuses for slack service, and it wasn’t. Lulu and I were served by a waiter and waitress who took it in turns to serve us – both extremely efficient and courteous. For starters we ordered the Selection of Deep Fried Seafood to share with a Tartar sauce. It was delish and the selection […]

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Dinner at Elistano

Friday night in Chelsea and the King’s Road is beginning to fill up. The same however, couldn’t be said for Elistano, the Italian restaurant just off Sloane Avenue. At its peak, there were just 4 tables occupied including my own. Despite the poor turnout, there were no excuses for slack service, and it wasn’t. Lulu and I were served by a waiter and waitress who took it in turns to serve us – both extremely efficient and courteous. For starters we ordered the Selection of Deep Fried Seafood to share with a Tartar sauce. It was delish and the selection […]

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Pizza East: King of Pizzas

Sometimes all you want to eat is pizza and nothing else will do. When that craving calls you need to forget going to your local takeaway and head to Pizza East for proper pizza. The restaurant is quite dark and industrial with exposed concrete, bared wooden walls and simple neutral colours, but the warm low lights are inviting and inside there are a mixture of small and large tables as well as a bar to sit at for drinks. On Monday The Handbook headed over to the Kentish Town branch (there are three, Shoreditch, Portobello and Kentish Town) to try […]

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Pizza East: King of Pizzas

Sometimes all you want to eat is pizza and nothing else will do. When that craving calls you need to forget going to your local takeaway and head to Pizza East for proper pizza. The restaurant is quite dark and industrial with exposed concrete, bared wooden walls and simple neutral colours, but the warm low lights are inviting and inside there are a mixture of small and large tables as well as a bar to sit at for drinks. On Monday The Handbook headed over to the Kentish Town branch (there are three, Shoreditch, Portobello and Kentish Town) to try […]

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Victorious Voltaire

What was once a palace? Once a prison? And now a unique and nonchalantly cool destination venue? The answer? Voltaire, champagne and cigar bar. Named after the infamous French philosopher and writer who spent six years in exile in London, Voltaire is situated in a grade II listed building in the historic Square Mile. Below street level the stone vaults which once housed the treasure from the bank above have now been turned into private, spacious little alcoves, where you can be served by private waiters, The Vaults at Voltaire are set to be one of the exclusive London society […]

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Victorious Voltaire

What was once a palace? Once a prison? And now a unique and nonchalantly cool destination venue? The answer? Voltaire, champagne and cigar bar. Named after the infamous French philosopher and writer who spent six years in exile in London, Voltaire is situated in a grade II listed building in the historic Square Mile. Below street level the stone vaults which once housed the treasure from the bank above have now been turned into private, spacious little alcoves, where you can be served by private waiters, The Vaults at Voltaire are set to be one of the exclusive London society […]

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The Hidden Bar of Hammersmith

Hidden away in the basement of the Brook Green Hotel in Hammersmith is the contemporary cocktail bar Smith’s. We recently paid a visit and enjoyed a relaxed atmosphere, friendly and efficient service and of course, stunning cocktails. The bar décor was casually creative with bare bricks, simple artwork and toilet doors labelled with lips for girls and a moustache for the boys; no confusion there then! Another plus was the comfy booths which we discovered are bookable online – perfect for spontaneous group nights out. Smith’s offers a very extensive and exciting cocktail list. We started off with the Elderflower […]

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Les Misérables – a triumph from stage to screen

If you haven’t already been make sure you go see Les Misérables before its cinema run is finished. It seems to be the marmite of films at the moment – with most critics praising it to the heavens and the small majority loathing it. Ignore the latter – it’s hard to not love Les Misérables. It’s not only worth it for Anne Hathaway’s infamous version of ‘I Dreamed A Dream’ which could – and indeed has – made grown men cry, but for other emotional numbers from Eddie Redmayne and Samantha Barks. Hugh Jackman is worthy of his Oscar nomination […]

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