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Peruvian Bottomless Brunch at COYA

As you probably already know, here at the Handbook HQ, we are big brunch aficionados. Always on the lookout for our next weekend destination, it’s no surprise that we are drawn to COYA Mayfair’s newest offering; Latin-American Bottomless Brunch. Cue angels singing, parades through Mayfair and salsa dancing in the streets. (Not really, but we can wish right?) Launching the first weekend in April –and not as some cruel April Fool’s joke- London’s first Peruvian restaurant will open its doors with the only real decision you need to make; classic bottomless Champagne, firm favourite Pisco Sour or their new twisted […]

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Use Celebrities To Promote Your Brand

With brands seeing around a 20% uplift in product sales when using a celebrity to endorse their products it seems a worthwhile investment. The general public are bombarded with thousands of adverts every day, but studies have shown the most memorable ads are ones where a celebrity is endorsing the product. With the rise of social media, brands can get their products in front of celebrities through gifting producing a great response at little expense. To start contacting celebrities click here. Here are the most important things to remember when trying to get a celebrity to promote your brand. 1) Find […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

A Londoner’s Guide to Croatia

The clocks have gone forward, the evenings are getting lighter and we have one thing on our minds, holidays. We want to explore new areas, stay in boutique hotels and try the best cuisine. So we decided to head to the beautiful Croatian city of Šibenik and the surrounding area, our guides were Jonathan and Megan owners of new boutique hotel, The Admiral Zaton. So if you like island hopping, crystal blue water, fresh seafood, wine and stunning scenery read on…  

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

A Boozy Monday Brunch launches at Shackfuyu

There is only one way to beat that “uh it’s Monday” feeling and that’s by starting the weekend countdown as soon as your Monday lunch time break arrives (or if you’re wise, wait until after work). Grab your bag, throw your jacket on and head to Shackfuyu to indulge in a three-course Japanese inspired brunch and..wait for it…the feast is washed down with free-flowing Prosecco finished with a dash of pineapple sake (just think, Friday is just 4 more sleeps away). That’s sure to end the Monday blues. Guests will get to choose two small plates from dishes including katsu […]

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Reviews

Novikov Italian Review: What We Thought

What: The Italian offering from the Novikov group which also has a sushi restaurant and basement lounge bar. New? Novikov celebrated their 5th birthday on the 1st of March with an exclusive party. Where? 50A Berkeley Street, Mayfair, W1J 8HA www.novikovrestaurant.co.uk On the menu: Being an Italian restaurant you can expect a healthy choice of cheese, pasta and risotto while fish dishes feature heavily on the menu with options like Sicilian red prawns’ carpaccio with lemon dressing, Sardinian wild boar prosciutto, and Dover sole meuniere with capers and lemon. If you fancy something meatier there is the wood roasted whole suckling […]

Openings & Launches

Lewisham’s New Restaurant: Sparrow

What’s in a name? Well, if you’re husband and wife team, Terry Blake and Yohini Nandakumar, your restaurant name, Sparrow, reflects the kind of food they want to make, because like a sparrow their new Lewisham restaurant won’t be specific to a place or country. Opening next Tuesday, the menu will be a homage to the food they love. The couple met when they worked together at St. John’s and they’ll bring together Terry’s experience as a chef at the likes of BAO, Merchant’s Tavern and Amisfield and Saffron in New Zealand; with Yohini’s experiences at Pollen Street Social, The […]

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What to do This Weekend

What To Do This Weekend: 24th-26th March

It’s our favourite time of the week again, when we get to tell you about everything going on this weekend. This time round we have a new exhibition at the Tate free pizza, a Sunday roast with sky high views and  rather good offer at a burger joint. Oh and if you’ve forgotten, Sunday is Mother’s Day – if you haven’t sent your cards do it now and check out our Mother’s Day guide for 46 great events happening this weekend!

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The Handbook Meets Jamie Oliver
Celebrities & Influencers

The Handbook Meets Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver really needs no introduction – there are fewer names more synonymous with everything from healthy eating to comfort food but his. As he celebrates the opening of his latest restaurant, the upmarket Barbecoa on Piccadilly, we chat to him about everything from primal cooking (come on, we’ve all seen him construct his own smoker in his back garden and make pasta in the back of a van) to this year’s biggest food trends. Oh, and if you’ve ever wondered if he could only eat one meal for the rest of his life what it would be then you’re about to […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Treasure Hunt at The British Museum

Are you a culturally curious Londoner tired of the museum crowds? Or do you get museum legs (as we like to call it) at the thought of hours spent trudging round observing millions of artefacts? If you’re the former, this will excite you and if you’re the latter…read on anyway, because it may just convert you. Husband and wife team, Daisy and Hernan, spent their childhoods exploring the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and have now created a fact-filled adventure with a big dose of fun to make going to a museum an enjoyable experience for all. Following a successful stint in […]

Reviews

Vinoteca Soho Review: What We Thought

What: Loosely translated from Spanish as ‘wine cellar/bar’, Vinoteca is inspired by the characterful wine bars of Spain and Italy and boasts a vast list of 200 wines (25 by the glass) from 20 countries. Wine is also available to purchase to take home but an inviting atmosphere and daily changing food menu makes you want to stay. New? Vinoteca opened in Farringdon back in 2005 and have since opened wine bars in Marylebone, Soho, Chiswick and King’s Cross. Where: 53-55 Beak Street, Soho, W1F 9SH, www.vinoteca.co.uk On the Menu: Wine takes precedence here, but far from being overwhelming the menu is split into easily digestible sections; think ‘staff picks’, ‘organic and […]

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Reviews

Jamie Oliver’s Newest Restaurant: What We Thought

What? Six years after Barbecoa St Paul’s opened, Jamie Oliver’s ‘home of smoke and fire’ has come to Piccadilly, albeit a more formal/less corporate version that’s as popular for afternoon tea come the weekend as it is a midweek dose of meat. New? Barbecoa Piccadilly opened its doors in February with a star-studded launch party for Jamie and friends. Where? 194 Piccadilly, St. James’s, W1J 9EX, www.barbecoa.com On the Menu: The Piccadilly site is in-keeping with the primitive fire and smoke concept of St Paul’s, although a spruced up menu offers even more choice with a huge range of cooking equipment […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Street Food, Live Music and Movie Marathons in Tooting

We all love a pop-up, especially one that involves food and/or drink, so when we hear of multiple pop-ups under one roof, we’re sold. Tooting Pop Ups is brainchild of brothers, Al and Nick Heathcote, of Skeleton Entertainment who founded things like Dalston’s tapas and cocktail bar, La Cabina – basically, they know what it takes to have a good night out. Street food is of course playing a key part (see, we told you they know a good time), with two residencies taking place at a time for up to six months. Tasked with kicking things off is Every Juan […]

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