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Smoke & Salt: Modern Dining, Ancient Techniques

Modern dining, ancient techniques – that’s what is going to be happening at Smoke & Salt, a one -year residency popping up at Chapel Bar in Islington. The 30 cover restaurant is the work of chefs Remi Williams and Aaron Webster who met whilst working for The Gladwin brothers (The Shed, Rabbit) in Notting Hill and now they are taking bold and adventurous flavours and using techniques such as curing, smoking and preserving to create their tasting menu. Consisting of five courses, all for a rather nice, £38 the menu will be served during the evening Monday – Thursday and […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

The Inner Circle Presents Habana Nights Rooftop Party

A while ago we introduced you to the exclusive dating app service, The Inner Circle, and they’re back hosting another carefully curated, love-matching evening. Their singles events are like no other as they aim to take online dating offline by doing all the hard work of screening out any weirdos for you, leaving behind fun-loving, similarly-minded (normal) singles who are ready to mingle at fabulous parties. This time round will see a return to Soho members’ club, Century Club on 1st July for a Habana themed night of fun. The evening will kick off with a barbecue on the rooftop where […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Restaurant Critics Cook for Top Chefs

Being a food critic has many perks, and eating brilliant food at some of the world top restaurants is definitely worth the hard work and writing that comes afterwards. A pretty plush job! The same can’t be said for the poor chefs who spend their days rushing around boiling hot kitchens, meticulously planning everything and barely getting a minute to sit back and relax. Humanitarian organisation Action Against Hunger, however, have decided that it’s about time the tables turned and the critics spent a little time in the hot seat, so to speak.   The idea is easy enough. Get […]

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London’s Natural History Museum Ice Rink will return for the 2019 festive season and to celebrate The Handbook will be offering one lucky family of 4 an overnight stay in one family room at Radisson Blu Edwardian, Vanderbilt with breakfast plus an extended skate session at National History Museum which includes a 30 minute exclusive skate followed by a 50 minute public skate session thereafter.

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Openings & Launches

JAN: A Taste of the Caspian in Battersea

Drawing influence from the likes of Iran and Turkey, Battersea will soon have a taste of the Caspian with the arrival of JAN at the end of June. At the heart of the 53 cover restaurant will be a medieval-style charcoal oven that’ll be used to bake traditional bread as well as meat and vegetarian dishes – it’s all about big flavours, whether it’s delicate aromas or punchy spices. Expect to find the likes of grilled lamb chops and slow roast shoulder in a pomegranate glaze served with chickpeas and Caspian spices; sea bream with harissa and preserved lemons and […]

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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 […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

What To Do This Bank Holiday Weekend – 27th – 30th June

It’s Thursday morning and in about 36 hours it’ll be the start of 72 wonderful hours off… let the countdown begin. What to do with all that time though? If you haven’t made any plans yet then how does an beer festival, an urban fete and a Mexican pop-up sound? Or what about a bottomless brunch and a party on a boat? Here are some of our top choices for this weekend: 

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

I Quit Sugar Founder Hosts Food & Film Series

Inspiration comes in all shapes and forms – from nature to music, people to places, you never know where your next flash of brilliance will come from. When you think of what inspires chefs your mind would probably jump to culture or surroundings, however Charlotte Street Hotel are getting culinary greats to consider how film has affected their passion for food and their love of their art. The series, known as Food & Film, will be kick-started on June 1st by international wellness guru Sarah Wilson, founder of I Quit Sugar, who will be telling tales of how her film […]

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Reviews

Obica St Paul Review: What We Thought

New? Obica opened in March 2016, much to the delight of mozzarella-mad Londoners. Where? 4 Limeburners Lane, 1 Ludgate Hill, London EC4M 7AA obica.com On the menu: A lot of mozzarella plus pasta, pizza, charcuterie – classic Italian dishes. First Impressions: We dined on a Monday evening and it was relatively quiet even for a fairly new restaurant. Our waiter was very friendly and authentically Italian, complete with accent. The Look: Slightly industrial but still quite casual and relaxed, al fresco dining space runs along the length of the restaurant. In one corner sat a huge copper stove, with a chef making fresh pasta in a food […]

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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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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Live Music 5 Days a Week at 100 Wardour Street

Soho’s great. There’s something for everyone – whether you’re after a big bowl of hummus for lunch, cocktails after a stressful Monday or mid-week dinner with friends, you don’t really need a plan you can just roam the streets till you spot somewhere you like the look of/recognise/doesn’t have a forty-minute queue (delete as applicable). In the same way that it’s great, the choice can be a little overwhelming – where to start? You’ve probably been to 100 Wardour Street already (if not, why not?), be it for weekend brunch or one thirsty Thursday but it really comes alive is […]

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Openings & Launches

Strut & Cluck: Turkey 365

Chicken is a big deal in London, whether it’s grilled on a robata, served as wings or deep fried with a bucket of chips and eaten at the end of a night – however it is we love it. What about turkey though? It doesn’t get much love January to November. That’s all to change though with the opening of Strut & Cluck. Launching next month in Shoreditch it follows a successful Shoreditch residency and will see husband and wife team Limor and Amir champion their hero ingredient, free-range turkey, in Eastern Mediterranean dishes. Marinated for 24 hours in the […]

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