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Openings & Launches

Jikoni Now Open

Jikoni is the Swahili term for kitchen, it’s also the name of Marylebone’s latest restaurant which opened this week on Blandford Street. Opened by the award-winning food writer and cook, Ravinder Bhogal, Jikoni will bring together the flavours and cooking techniques of East Africa, Britain, the Middle East and Asia and will be a celebration of the maternal figures that inspired her love of food and cooking. Divided into snacks, small plates, big plates and puddings, you’ll find British classics but not as you know them. Take the Scotch egg, a firm favourite at Ravinder’s pop-ups but not as you […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The Handbook Meets: Our/London

Whilst gin is still having its moment of fame, vodka is sitting quietly in the background, doing its own thing, just biding its time. Our/Vodka is a project by Pernod Ricard which sees a global vodka being made by local producers. It’s already launched in Berlin, Detroit, Seattle and Amsterdam. It’s now here in London and the guys leading the way are Neil Chivers who comes from a music background and Clive Watson the name behind restaurant, Blixen and co-founder of The Riding House Café, Village East and the Garrison. We caught up with them to talk working with friends, […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Bars and Brunches at Smith & Wollensky

Bars and brunches, two of our favourite things. An evening at the former inevitably leads to the requirement of the latter and now both can be found at Smith & Wollensky as they have just launched their new bar and are set to launch their new brunch this weekend. Found on the lower ground floor of the restaurant, the Adelphi bar will be open from 5pm throughout the week and on Saturday, which means if you only have time for a cocktail or a pre-theatre bite then you can still pew up a stool at the bar. There’s a 40 […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Oktoberfest Comes To The Frog

Walk around the streets of Shoreditch this Autumn and you’re going to feel like you’re further east (and a little bit further south) than you actually are. Munich to be precise. Oktoberfest is being celebrated all over the city and despite the last minute, unforeseen cancellation of the 2015 London festivities at Tobacco Dock, 2016 is looking brighter. The renowned German festival is coming to The Frog E1 in a collage of big bratwurst, giant pretzels and beer-filled steins; all the iconic elements that bring warmth and comfort to a crisp, dark evening. Pioneering the three-week long celebrations is Head Chef, Adam Handling, […]

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Openings & Launches

Butchies Hatch: Award-Winning Fried Chicken

When it comes to the things that sandwich dreams are made of then fried buttermilk chicken in soft butter-toasted buns is where it’s at. Just read that again, buttery toast and fried chicken. Heaven. Good thing then that the award-winning sandwiches from Butchies are to have their first permanent home in Camden Market following their stall at Broadway Market. Created by Garrett FitzGerald and his wife, Emer their aim is to bring chicken sandwiches to the same level as the beloved burger. Named after some of Garrett’s favourite fictional pop culture characters, they will be serving up four free-range chicken […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Mad Hatter’s Tipsy Evening Tea

A tipsy tumble down the rabbit hole has got catastrophic hallucinatory trip written all over it, but when you factor in Sanderson as the destination and an evening tea as the destination, this suddenly becomes a comforting, indulgent immersion. And that’s exactly what Mad Hatters Tipsy Evening Tea at Sanderson induces. Autumn evenings are approaching and The Tipsy Evening Tea menu is changing accordingly with new savoury treats, sweet delights and warming cocktails to see you through the crisp evenings in Sanderson’s courtyard garden. Seasonally inspired, prepared to be lured by a dark chocolate and raspberry liqueur martini, enticed by […]

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Celebrities & Influencers

Storytelling By Britain’s Best-Loved Voices

‘You’ve got a letter’, ‘Uh oh…’ Receiving a letter is usually met with this type of response, and understandably so, as usually awaiting in that envelope is an unexpected bill or unwanted news. Gone are the days where we correspond with pen and paper. Yet, like reading an actual book over picking up the Kindle, there is something personal and intimate about conversing with handwriting. With that in mind, Letters Live is breathing life into that endearing tradition. Inspired by Shaun Usher’s international best selling Letters of Note series, Letters Live brings back the momentous point of reading a letter […]

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Seasonal & Celebrations

12 Cupcakes to Eat This National Cupcake Week

This week is National Cupcake Week, it couldn’t come at a better time seeing that autumn is now here and as a nation we are still getting over the terrible news that the Great British Bake Off will no longer be on the BBC – we need to take a little comfort in cake… not that we ever normally need an excuse. We’ve rounded up 12 places you need to check out from cupcakes and cocktails to cupcake decorating lessons. 

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Sofitel Launch Wine Days

In London there’s no such thing as a dedicated ‘wine day’ – with a glass on Monday evening to celebrate getting through the day, a wine-fuelled Tuesday night ‘meeting’ with a colleague and once you get to Wednesday there is no need for justification. Sofitel London St James is launching Sofitel Wine Days, a curated collection of wine cocktails which is running from 21st September to 31st October.  Available in the intimate St James Bar and the sophisticated The Balcon restaurant, the cocktails will feature French wines in celebration of the French wine harvest and will include the likes of […]

Openings & Launches

Fancy Funkin Chicken Sets Up Shop in Brixton

Confident enough to nestle in to Brixton’s Coldharbour Lane, new late-night chicken shop Fancy Funkin Chicken is clearly up to the challenge of making their own surrounded by new neighbours CHICKENLiquor, The Rum Kitchen and Nanban to name but a few. Before we reveal anything you can no doubt work out a few key things; there’s probably a street food vibe seeing as 1) the name is quite (very) informal, 2) Brixton is king of the London street food scene and 3) a chicken shop doesn’t tend to be swanky. The 50-cover restaurant will have an ‘urban’ feel to it, […]

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