Openings & Launches

Black Roe: Poke Bar & Grill Opens

Welcome back to the working week! Don’t be too blue about it, at least this is another four day week (really sorry if you worked over the Bank Holiday or are working this weekend) and today is the opening of a new Mayfair restaurant backed by the Kurt Zdesar, owner of Soho’s Chotto Matte. Black Roe a Poke Bar & Grill opening on the Mill Street, will be serving up Pacific Rim cuisine with the Poke bar taking centre stage. It’s here that you’ll find raw fish with a Pacific slant, specifically Poke, a Hawaiian marinated raw fish dish as […]

Awesome Afternoon Teas

Kurobuta’s Tokyo Tea Party

What crazy ideas do you have on your bucket list? How many of those can you tick off in London? Do you seek exoticism, adventure and discovery but are unable to jet-set off somewhere abroad this Easter..we feel your pain? Fear not! With thanks to Scott Hallworth’s, you can be transported to the furthest corners of Asia with Kurobuta at Harvey Nichol’s latest ‘Tokyo Tea Party’. Inspired by the unique flavours of Japanese cuisine, Hallworth’s menu offers a twist on your usual afternoon tea experience. Expect new flavours, bright colours and refreshing culinary innovations from the usual scones and sandwiches […]

Seasonal & Celebrations

What To Do This Easter Weekend: 24th – 28th March

Hurrah it’s here: the four day weekend. Four days of Easter eggs, lie-ins, nights out, boat races, catching up with friends and family and (hopefully) not thinking about work. If you’re staying in London over the weekend then we’ve rounded up some of the best events happening in our fair city. It’s time to party! 

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Award-Winning Pizza Comes to Sheperd’s Bush

From a kiosk in Brixton and a truck around town – until now that’s how you got your hands on Made of Dough’s award-winning Neapolitan pizza. Whilst the most mouthwatering and gloriously photogenic food does often start on the street, it’s always reassuring to hear that they’ve hit the big time (so to speak) and secured a permanent site. Although Made of Dough won’t be trading their kiosk for bricks and mortar till summer, we are having a slightly longer term fix of them when they start a 6 week residency at Market Yard Kitchen from today. We’ve written about Market […]

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Openings & Launches

Blades Opens at Hush

James Bond aficionados now is your time to shine, can you tell us what Blades has to do with 007?… Yes you’re right it was the private member’s club that M belonged to, if you got that right here’s a virtual high five. It’s also the name for Mayfair restaurant, Hush’s new dining space, because as founder Jamie Barber says “I have always referred to Hush as a private member’s club you don’t have to be a member of, and Blades is the ultimate expression of that,” Inspired by the glamourous age of Mayfair from the 1960s, (Hush looks into […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Hawksmoor Turns 10

10 years is a vast amount of time. Think back to 2006 and the event seem more than distant and many have been all but forgotten about. A decade ago MySpace was America’s most visited website (yes, ahead of Google) and Facebook became accessibly to anyone over 13. Footballer Zinedine Zidane caused controversy by head-butting someone on the football pitch and Justin Timberlake dropped Sexyback, arguably the greatest song of all time. 2006 was also the year that a couple of old school friends stumbled across a boarded up kebab shop and, as many do, planned to open their first […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Watch Romeo and Juliet in a Candlelit Church with Live Choir

With the dawn of spring, it makes the anticipation of summer all too great. Long, warm evenings, picnics, outdoor festivals and live screenings… Here at The Handbook, we have the perfect event for you to look forward to, and we do mean really forward – it’s in July. Back by popular demand, Backyard Cinema is returning to W1 to screen Shakespeare’s world-famous, Romeo and Juliet complete with sofas, deckchairs, popcorn, ice cream and a fully licensed bar. Marking the film’s 20th anniversary, Baz Luhrmann’s avant-garde interpretation of Shakespeare’s tragic romance set in a modern Verona is certain to bring tears to a glass […]

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Randall & Aubin Review: What We Thought

The problem (or advantage, depends if you’re having a half full or half empty day) with living in London is that your bucket list of places to go and things to do is never ending. You’re never going to make it to every restaurant, it’s just not going to happen – unless you want to give up your job and embark on a continuous 24/7 eating fest. So you need to choose wisely and one place that had been on my list for a while was Randall & Aubin, the Soho institute that originally opened as London’s first French butchers […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Kensington: Art and Afternoon Tea

Here at The Handbook we aren’t even going to try and pretend we don’t love afternoon tea; like Bonnie and Clyde; Romeo and Juliet and Snoopy and Charlie Brown – it’s The Handbook and afternoon tea. Which is why when we heard the The Kensington hotel had launched not one, but two new tea menus we got a little too excited. Served in the newly refurbished drawing rooms and cosy Town House restaurant the teas have been created by Executive Chef Steven Gibbs (formerly of Hix and The Ivy) and includes the Classic Afternoon Tea and a Gluten Free Tea […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

8 Top Venues for Live Music

With so much going on in the Big Smoke, it’s easy to forget that London is one of the best places for live music in the world. But you don’t have to splash out at the O2 or Wembley to get some groove in you. There are heaps of bars, pubs and clubs featuring live music all year round, from earthy folk to soulful blues. Here are eight of the best venues for live music:

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