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The Night Before Christmas at sketch

“Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…” This Christmas, sketch has employed some of London’s favourite local florists, transforming the already magnificently-designed venue into a Christmas wonderland. Titled ‘The Night Before Christmas’, visitors will be invited to make their way through the eclectic venue passing through individual installations each representing a chapter of the much-loved Christmas tale. Florist Carly Rogers, following her success at the Mayfair Flower Show, has returned to create the ‘Hollow Way’ – upon entering, guests will make their way through the forest-inspired installation, immersing themselves in […]

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Little Feast Returns to Shepherd’s Bush

The more the merrier is what we say about London food markets; this winter, Little Feast are back in Shepherd’s Bush. Beginning in Summer 2015, they remained for 10 weeks before popping up twice more during Christmas 2015 and Summer 2016. The site will be transformed into a magical English winter garden and will become temporary home to five street food kitchens. There’ll be huge Christmas trees and sparkling fairy lights in the festive red, green and gold – a perfect setting to enjoy your mulled wine or cider. Returning to the market following their success last year will be Cheeky […]

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What To Do This Weekend: 4th-6th November

The sun may now set at 4.30pm but with some careful planning, you can pack as much into this weekend as any other – Saturday is Bonfire Night after all which means it’s a whole weekend of pyrotechnical delights. If your intended fireworks show has sold out, don’t worry, you can stay in the warm with an innovative digital display or head high and watch everyone else’s shows with the satisfaction that you’ve got the best view of all. There’s also a Sri Lankan feast taking place, life-sized igloos you can dine in and an adult-friendly ball pit complete with […]

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Belpassi Bros. Review: What We Thought

Having sold meatballs from their 1967 Fiat van at Old Spitalfields market, brothers, Livio and Lorenzo Belpassi have just opened their first permanent restaurant in Tooting, so The Handbook headed over to see what was going on. New? Yes, it opened in August of this year, following successful residencies at Doodle Bar and House of Peroni. Where?  70 Tooting High Street, Tooting Broadway, SW17 0RN, www.belpassibros.com On the Menu: Meatballs! The menu is succinct – 5 types of meatballs including pork and fennel and a vegetarian offering of kale and chickpea; 3 bases, 3 sauces and a small selection of cicchetti, […]

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Tabun Kitchen Review: What We Thought

New?  It opened back in the summer. Where?  77 Berwick Street, Soho, W1F 8TH, www.tabunkitchen.com On the Menu: Founder Hanan Kattan grew up in a Palestinian household in Jordan and she has used the recipes from her family’s archives to create a menu of Middle Eastern street food. Dishes are made for sharing and include mezze plates, lamb Makloubeh, Maneesh Palestinian pizza and grills to share. First Impressions: It was stifling. It’s a relatively narrow space and with the added Tabun oven it was too hot. It may be a Middle Eastern restaurant but I still want the British temperatures. I […]

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Sliders: Curling and Karaoke

Curling, it’s the sport that you find yourself strangely addicted to during the Olympics, but you’ve probably never played or never known anyone to play. That is until now. Brought to you by the same team as the Rooftop Film Club, tomorrow will see the launch of Sliders, a rooftop curling club in East London which will have everyone sliding rocks towards the house – check us out with our curling terminology. You know what goes well with curling? Karaoke. And who better to sort the singing then kings of karaoke, Lucky Voice. They’ll be hosting two karaoke cabins, The […]

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12 of the Best November Pop-Ups and Supper Clubs

What do you know, we already in November, the penultimate month of the year (if you haven’t achieved your New Year’s resolution you better start now). Yes, we’re equally as surprised that it has come around already, Halloween is done and dusted and now it’s two months of comfort food, mulled cider, mince pies, hot chocolate and all things festive – here are 12 pop-ups opening this month which embrace all those things.

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Hoppers’ 1st Birthday

Sri Lankan restaurants are on the rise in London and leading the way is Hoppers. They are celebrating their first birthday this month but despite being relatively young, they’ve garnered up quite a following. Even Jay Rayner – who hates queuing, has stated on record that he was glad to have queued just for a taste of the fermented rice and coconut milk pancakes. To make their birthday that much more special, Hoppers have recently been awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand. Think of Bib Gourmand as a Michelin star, but for restaurants with a slightly friendlier price tag; only 15 […]

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Peckham Feastival: Feeling Peckish

You don’t need us to tell you how popular street food is, you already know that. What do you need to know though is that this month Peckham will see the launch of the aptly named ‘Peckham Feastival’. Some of the finest food trucks will be taking over an 11,500 sq foot warehouse in Peckham’s artsy Copeland Park. Forza Win, a favourite for local Peckhamites, will be taking the driving seat serving all sorts of Italian goodness such as arancini and artichoke fritti. The Feastival is not just about local food though, established food trucks from markets all over London […]

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The Victoria Inn Review: What We Thought

New? The Victoria Inn recently re-opened its doors to the Peckham public as a spruced up pub and boutique hotel with the site operating as a pub since 1878. Where? 77 Choumert Road, Peckham, SE15 4AR www.victoriainnpeckham.com On the Menu: Traditional pub food with a twist! Starters vary from classic crispy fried squid to the rather unique sounding Devilled Kidney – clearly not for the faint hearted! There were 4 choices for the roast (beef, chicken, pork belly and nut roast) to appease even the fussiest palate and a meat board for the seriously carnivorous. The other mains included a standard fish ‘n’ chips, a […]

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1970s NYC Comes to Brixton

This winter it’s time to head back to 1970s New York. No, we don’t have a time machine, what we do have though is the award-winning team who brought us the South Pole Saloon and Brixton Beach Boulevard and that is good enough for us. Opening today on a Brixton rooftop, you’ll be transported back to a time when hip hop was first emerging, where hordes clamour outside Studio 54 trying to party with Warhol and guerrilla artists take to the streets to colour the concrete streets. A city that never sleeps. Inside Big Apple Brixton you’ll find three indoor […]

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Squid Kitchen Launch New Residency

If you fancy the experience of a Madrid food market but can’t leave London, you’re in luck. This autumn, Squid Kitchen is launching their new kitchen residency at 119 Lower Clapton. Having begun as a market stall, with a menu developed entirely around… you guessed it – squid, Squid Kitchen has hosted several pop up events and kitchen residencies. This residency however, is their first full venue kitchen and bar takeover since their launch in 2014. Their signature dish is baby squid stew with piquillo peppers and sherry vinegar chickpeas, but don’t worry if squid isn’t your thing (although it’s […]

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