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We Have Cocktails at Fulham’s Coolest Flat: The Little Blue Door

What: After the success of Little Yellow Door the (fictional) housemates have moved out and moved on, going on to move into new flats and one housemate pitched up in Fulham, ready to open his house to Fulham revellers in need of a place to drink cocktails, and drink those cocktails until late, because they’re open until 1am. This isn’t Shoreditch, remember we don’t have many places over in SW6 that stay open until then. New: Yes, it only opened in May so really they are still in the housewarming stage. The Setting: Taking over from Fulham Wine Rooms, The […]

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We Review: Market Hall Fulham

What: If you read The Handbook a lot you’ll know that I’m forever going on about how my beloved Fulham just isn’t at the top of its game when it comes to the foodie scene. Sure, we have some great pubs and we’re pretty good at Millennial brunches but just as the residents often still dress like the 80s Sloane it seems like we’re stuck with our food and haven’t caught up with the likes of Tooting or Fitzrovia. So, when Market Hall Fulham opened with ten kitchens and a bar, I finally felt like Fulham was about to start […]

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We Review: Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar

What? Formerly the princely fiefdom of Ken Livingstone, the grand County Hall building was the epicentre of the battle between left and right through the 1970s and 80s. With its cannon raked on the Houses of Parliament opposite, Livingstone was a thorn in the side of the Tory government until Margaret Thatcher dissolved the Greater London Council in 1986. Whereupon the huge building, with its memorable colonnade and oak panelled rooms, fell dormant. Since then it’s gradually filled up, with the London Aquarium, the Millennium Wheel folks, two hotels and various restaurants, and so it’s with just a pinch of irony that […]

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We Review: Brunch at Wright Brothers Battersea

What? We all know that a weekend isn’t really a weekend unless you have brunch and not ones to be left out of the weekend, the Wright Brothers Battersea have thrown their hat into the ring with a seafood brunch. New? Yes, the brunch launched just in time for the first Bank Holiday Monday this month and they’ll be open for this Bank Holiday Monday too. Where? Part of the new Circus West Village development around Battersea Power Station, you’ll find Wright Brothers Battersea at: 26 Circus West Village, Battersea Power Station, Battersea, SW8 4NN www.thewrightbrothers.co.uk The Look: Designed by […]

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We Review: Maison du Mezzé

What? Mezze is Persian for ‘tasting’. It’s also the name of Leicester Square’s latest addition, Maison du Mezzé, and if you’ve not been to the Middle East then mezze really is appropriate, this restaurant really is a tasting plattter of the region, a smattering of everything, from the prayer mats and crockery on the walls to the Turkish, Persian, Arabic and North African fare on the plates. New? It’s just arrived, taking that corner spot where Häagen-Dazs was since the 1990s. People sometimes come in somehow thinking it’s still an ice cream parlour and presumably get rather a shock when a dish of […]

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We Review: Broadleaf

What? It’s not that I’m against sports, just that I find them impenetrable. It’s up there with Game of Thrones, I’m sure I’d love it if I’d been there at the start, but now it’s too complicated to try and get involved. Also, people crowing ‘We beat Man-U last night’ has been one of my bugbears since childhood, no ‘you’ didn’t, a bunch of foreign millionaires who play for a team in a place you’ve only got a tenuous claim over kicked a ball around for 90 minutes. So the thought of a sports bar, full of rugby shirts and […]

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We Review: Flemings Mayfair

What? One of the last remaining privately owned hotels in London and the hotel thought to be the inspiration for Agatha Christie’s novel At Betram’s Hotel, Flemings Mayfair is also home to restaurant, Ormer Mayfair by Shaun Rankin and the Manetta’s bar. New? Nope, Flemings is actually one of London’s oldest established hotels having opened in 1851 with parts of the building (it’s made up of thirteen Georgian townhouses) dating back to 1731, so no, it isn’t new. That said it has had a recent multi-million-pound refurbishment, which not only gave the hotel a new lease of life, but also […]

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We Review: Sartoria’s Saturday Brunch

What? Standing on the corner of Savile Row, Sartoria (meaning ‘tailor’ in Italian) is part of restaurant super group D&D London who now have over 30 restaurants across London, Leeds, Paris, New York and Tokyo. It’s also arguably my favourite D&D restaurant with Francesco Mazzei as Chef Patron, so when they announced that they were starting a new Saturday brunch I knew that I had to visit. New? Sartoria isn’t but the new brunch launched in the middle of March.  Where? Sat on the corner of Savile Row, you’ll find Sartoria at: 20 Savile Row, Mayfair, W1S, www.sartoria-restaurant.co.uk The Look: […]

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We Review: Simpson’s in the Strand

What? A landmark restaurant on an iconic road. Open for 190 years. Synonymous with Churchill. Restaurants don’t get much more traditional than Simpson’s in the Strand. Or is it so set in its ways? Like an old aunt suddenly getting a face lift, last year it was given a new lease of life, with a refurbishment and updated menu. So, we headed over to see what had kept the restaurant going for so long and how it is faring its second wind. New? In a city where restaurants open and close faster than the doors on the tube, it often […]

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We Review: Cicchetti Covent Garden

What: This Covent Garden Italian restaurant is the third Cicchetti (after Manchester and London Piccadilly) from San Carlo Restaurant Group. New? It opened in 2014 when we first reviewed it. Where? 30 Wellington Street, Covent Garden WC2E 7BD www.sancarlocicchetti.co.uk On the menu: The menu is designed in a tapas style so even the mains are fairly small as you are expected to order a few dishes. It’s a classic Italian menu so pasta, pizza and cheese reign supreme with dishes like Lasagne al Forno, layers of pasta with slow cooked beef ragu; gnocchi gorgonzola in a baked parmesan basket and gamberoni […]

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We Review: Evans & Peel Detective Agency’s New Smokehouse Menu

What? Speakeasy, Evans & Peel Detective Agency has recently launched a new Smokehouse menu. Making use of their own in-house smoker, ‘The Flapper’ each day they’re serving up southern American dishes to accompany their innovative cocktail list. New? Whilst Evans & Peel Detective Agency has been staying secret for the last six years, the smokehouse only launched at the end of the last month. Where? Not ones to broadcast their whereabouts, you’ll find them hidden behind a very unassuming door in Earls Court at 310c Earls Court Road, Earls Court, SW5 9BA, www.evansandpeel.com The Look: From the outside Evans & […]

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We Review Big Easy’s Boozy Brunch

What? Known for their laid back vibes, live music, BBQ food and hearty portions of comfort food, Big Easy is a big slice of American comfort food dotted throughout London. A place to go for a few drinks and a lot of food. Rock up at the weekend and you’ll find their boozy (note no longer bottomless) brunch, which is exactly what we did. New? Nope, the first Big Easy opened back in 1991 and it’s been 17 years of BBQing, chargilling and seafood. Where? Whilst we visited the original, the Kings Road joint, you’ll also find Big Easy in […]

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