Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Restaurants and Bars That Opened in May…

Every day we write about new opening in London and safe to say there have been quite a few…if you’ve missed any or just want a quick low-down then read on to find out everything that has opened in the last month.  Legs  Legs is open in Hackney’s fashion district, serving up a daily-changing menu that focuses on fresh, nourishing produce in a light, casual space. Rosa’s Thai Café The seventh café from husband and wife team Alex and Saiphin Moore that is serving up punchy Thai dishes made using British ingredients. Randy’s Wing Bar The first permanent restaurant […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

The Handbook Meets: Organise Events

This year sees London based events company, Organise Events, celebrate their 10th anniversary. With 10 years of experience in hosting successful and exciting events, boasting access to some of the capital’s most exclusive venues, they are an obvious choice to help you create the event of your dreams.  We caught up with the mastermind behind Organise Events, Lara Akka, to discuss unicorns, Madonna and the difficulties of being asked to invite dead celebrities to perform at client events. What event have you been most proud of in the past 10 years? The event I am most proud of was actually one […]


Santa Maria Review – What We Thought

New? It opened back in April Where?  This is the second site, (the first being in Ealing) and is at the end of New Kings Road:  92-94 Waterford road, SW6 2HA, On the menu: Award winning pizza and a lot of it. So much in fact that it is rather overwhelming, the toppings are kept simple and fresh in many different variations – these are classic Italian pizzas so think lots of parmesan, mozzarella, San Marzano tomato sauce DOP, artichokes, olives and truffle oil. You won’t find toppings like Hawaiian, pepperoni or BBQ – this is the real deal. Accompanying the pizzas […]

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Openings & Launches

Chuck Burger: Pop-up To Permanent

We love it when a pop-up or a street food stall finds a permanent home. We can feel a little more at ease knowing that they’re going to be around more and that we don’t have to try and visit as many times as we can during their residency before they move on. So we’re in luck then that Chuck Burger who have been at Hawker House since October are now getting their first restaurant on Commercial Street at the end of next month.  Inspired by founder Basit Nasim’s travels through America the menu has all the punch of American […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Pop Brixton’s 4-Day Birthday Extravaganza

A lot can happen in a year. If you think back to one year ago today, chances are a few things were a little different. Maybe you moved house, met the love of your life, or stumbled upon the then-newly opened Pop Brixton, which transformed an old, abandoned car park into a hub of food, drink and partying. Partying will most certainly be the order of the day as Pop Brixton celebrate their 1st birthday over 4 days (2nd – 5th June), each day providing a different way to celebrate so whether you’re looking for food, dancing or simply shopping, […]

Openings & Launches

O’ver Opens: True Neapolitan

Neapolitan street food is what’s going to be going on over at O’ver opening next month in Borough Market. What makes this restaurant stand out from the others though is that they are using a new ingredient. An ingredient never used in a restaurant in the UK before, an ingredient that improves the taste and texture of food, whilst still containing 40 times less sodium chloride than table salt and an ingredient that boosts the consumption of 93 trace minerals essential to the human body. What is this ingredient you ask? It’s Pure Sea Water. Sea Water extracted from the […]

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The Good Ship Benefit Review – What We Thought

New? Opened on 9th April 2016 The Good Ship Benefit is only here for a short time before it sails away on the 31st August. Where? Victoria Embankment, WC2N 5DJ On the menu: They do everything from cocktails to afternoon tea to a full sit down, 3 course dinner. Plus the full Benefit make up range can be bought in The Brow Lounge where you can also receive brow treatments. First Impressions: Really easy to find from Embankment station and well-advertised, there’s a friendly captain aboard dressed in full attire who’s happy to guide you round the ship as some of the […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Santa Monica Summer Rooftop

As the mercury rises it seems that we do too. Who knows exactly why summer has us rushing to the nearest rooftop bar (even when they’re indoor) but when the rooftop in question consists of an outdoor terrace it all starts making sense. Skylounge at DoubleTree by Hilton London – Tower of London is launching its summer residency on 1st June and it takes the form of a laid-back Californian beach bar. The Santa Monica summer pop-up has food and drink at its core; whilst Californians aren’t shy of a burger they will also have chips of the kale variety. […]

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Celebrities & Influencers

My London: The Weekly Poach’s Top Brunches

Is a weekend really a weekend if it doesn’t include brunch? We don’t think so. Nor do Nadine, Annelise and Rebecca aka The Weekly Poach. These three are on the mighty mission to try all of London’s brunches and score them, so that next time you’re heading for brunch and are slightly overwhelmed by the sheer number in London you can choose a great one, guaranteed. Here are five of their favourites:

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

VIP Partying at East London’s FSTVL

Removing vowels from names somehow manages to make an event instantly look cool and FSTVL is no exception. Add to that the fact it’s held in East LDN and you have yourself a field full of vintage-clothed ravers dancing away to Steve Angelo, Sigma, Shy FX and Philip George. Kicking off a whole summer of outdoor fun, FSTVL boasts a seriously good line-up. Split into themed areas, you can head to the ancient realm, party in a favela or tuck yourself away in the WHSE district’s techno warehouse if you dare. Moshing and mingling with the masses is all fun and games but […]

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