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The Wigmore
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The Langham Opens The Wigmore

The Romans introduced us to one of our favourite things- pubs, when they came along with the tabernae which were going to be the predecessor to the alehouses, inns, pubs and coaching houses that came after. And Londoners took to them, like us millennials now supposedly take to gin and avocados, they were all over them – at one point there were 38 pubs on Oxford Street alone. In amongst them all were the taverns, a place to socialise, drink and do business and now there is a new tavern coming to London, The Wigmore. Created by The Langham London […]

Old War Office
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Churchill’s Old War Office Becomes a Hotel

Here at The Handbook HQ, we’re planning ahead, if you want to too then is this one for your 2020 diaries. If The Ned was the most exciting opening of 2017 (so far, we never know what else this city might produce this year) then this is going to be the most exciting opening of 2020, because Raffles Hotels & Resorts have announced that they are opening their first UK hotel and they’ve teamed up with the Hinduja Group and Obrascon Huarte Lain Desarrollos (OHLD). Following in the footsteps of The Ned, they will be transforming one of London’s iconic […]

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Eclectic Small Plates at Hopscotch

What? Having worked with the likes of Chick ‘n’ Sours, Street Feast and Bleecker St Burger, Jonathan Cowley has now opened his own restaurant, Hopscotch, on Brick Lane. Comprising of a 45-cover restaurant upstairs and the basement Drinking Den with a further 65-covers. New? Relatively, it opened at the tail end of 2016. Where? 202 Brick Lane, Shoreditch, E1 6SA, www.hopscotchldn.com On the Menu: There’s an eclectic mix of small plates which blends Asian, European and Middle Eastern flavours and ingredients. You’ll find the likes of grilled hispi cabbage with miso butter, Parmesan and togarashi and a smoked goat flatbread with […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Where to Celebrate Independence Day

Next Tuesday is 4th July, which for all our State side friends is Independence Day. So you’re not American, that’s fine, London’s restaurants are stepping up to the mark, so that even if we aren’t celebrating independence we can just cheer up our Tuesday with a whole load of hot dogs, burgers, cocktails, pancakes and baseball. Fine by us. Mondrian London Honouring the hotel’s American heritage, Mondrian London will be celebrating July 4th with a one-off American menu of classics such as baby back ribs and hard shakes in the hotel’s restaurant, Sea Containers at Mondrian London. Over in the […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Handbook Meets Mint Leaf’s Head Chef

Having recently launched their Sunday bottomless brunch and a firm favourite when it comes to Indian restaurants in London, we caught up with Mint Leaf Haymarket’s head chef Rajinder Pandey. Part of the original team who opened Mint Leaf back in Haymarket back in 2003, Rajinder has returned to the team after travelling throughout India. We caught up with him to discuss how Indian cuisine has evolved and his tips for success. What did you learn on your travels that you have now brought back to Mint Leaf? That authenticity is key. Individual regional cuisines and street food are such […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Quaglino’s Hosts Classic Murder Mystery Evenings

Admit it as you watch Lewis/Luther/Miss Marple/Silent Witness (delete as applicable) you think that you could be a detective, you of course guessed who did it, long before the others had a clue. So, put your skills to the test (and your money where your mouth is, because you can’t just be all talk) by heading to Quaglino’s for their murder mystery evenings. First up will be the mystery of the Blue Majesty –a diamond of 3,000 carats has been unearthed in an African mine and it’s going to give more than 1,000 diamonds. As you can imagine the shareholders […]

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The Dayrooms
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Brunch Restaurant Opening in Notting Hill

When it comes to brunch, we have to hand it to our Australian friends, they have it sorted.  You know that saying brunch is to Australia, what tea is to England, may have used some artistic license there. Anyway, boutique brand, The Dayrooms are launching The Dayrooms Café next month and it’s going to be a Melbourne inspired brunch and coffee specialist. Created by Head Chef, Andrei Anechitei, the all – day menu is largely healthy, but as life is all about balance there will be a few more indulgent options too, so expect to find the likes of bagel […]

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Ben Spalding’s Small Plate Sessions

What?  As part of Shoreditch’s summer pop-up Lasts Days of Shoreditch, acclaimed chef, Ben Spalding, is serving up an regularly changing, menu of small plates. New? It opened at the end of May and will run throughout the summer on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays. Where?  Last Days of Shoreditch, 288 Old Street, Shoreditch, EC1V 9LA, www.benspalding.co.uk On the Menu: The dishes are nothing if not adventurous, but they’re served without any pretentiousness, well they can’t really be given the setting – but that’s the best way to eat them, when you’re just thinking about the food and not everything else […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Italian Gelato Delicatessen Opens

Just as winter is the time to gorge on mince pies, summer is the time to eat all the gelato and today we welcome a new place to get our dairy fix – Unico. Opening in Notting Hill, the new Italian delicatessen is run by the team behind one of Bologna’s best -loved gelaterias, Cremeria Funivia. Made on site in the gelato lab, flavours include pistachio, due torri – mascarpone gelato with chocolate and hazelnut sauce; cremino – white chocolate infused with hazelnut and the signature, Notting Hill – fior di Bufala gelato drizzled with Aceto Balsamico di Modena. Alongside […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Hush Open a Riviera Inspired Courtyard

Mayfair restaurant, Hush is turning 18 this year and unlike our WKD, warm beer fuelled parties, they are transporting diners to Cannes, Nice and St Tropez…way to reign on our 18th parade. They are transforming their courtyard into Hush Presents Riviera, a 1920’s Art Deco- inspired terrace. Picture, nautical stripes, lemon trees, vintage bicycles, fresh white table clothes and hurricane lamps filled with shells and candles. The perfect setting for your summer. Whereas our 18th probably ended with a dirty kebab, Hush will be serving up a menu of fresh French bread with sundried tomato tapenade and slow roasted tomato […]

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A Bar for Dogs Opens in Chelsea

Everyone loves going for a drink with their best friend, but do you ever go for a drink with your actual best friend? We aren’t talking about your best friend from school, nor the person who props you up on nights out and makes sure you get home in one piece (it’s obvious you’ve been for drinks with them); no, we’re talking about the ones that love you unconditionally, the ones that are always happy to see you, the ones with four legs… your dog. Have you ever been for a drink with your dog? Most likely not, but that […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Duck & Waffle’s New ‘Origins’ Menu

Avocado; the most revered and treasured of all the fruits (at least amongst the middle class). Described as the poor man’s butter you can eat it with a spoon, smash it on toast or even chuck it in your brownie recipe but now there is a new way to get your avo fix; in a cocktail. Head of Spirit & Cocktail Development at Duck and Waffle, Rich Woods, is taking single ingredients and finding inventive ways to use every part of them for their new cocktail menu ‘Origins’. The avocado cocktail for example comprises of Bacardi Carta Blanca rum, avocado liqueur, ‘super-dry’ avocado […]

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